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Hi. I'm 17 and I've always wanted to go rallying. The problem is im a 17 year old highschool student with little money. Does anyone know of a good way to raise money to buy a car to Rallycross in? Im just trying to get something that I can take out on weekends and have fun in, and eventually when im older and have a solid job prep it for stage rally. Thoughts?
 

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part time job(S)... 1 for pocket money, and another for rally car money (you'll need it)...

FORGET about crowdfunding. Just get that out there now.

Parents can be a good sponsor too if you're lucky
 

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I saved nearly every penny I had to 10 years after I graduated college before I jumped in to compete. That first year, I ant the equivalent of my salary the year I started saving to do car prep, buy suits, hotels, entry fees, trailer, upgraded vehicles, etc.

Financial planning and adherence to those plans are a must. If you hate managing your money, this hobby ain't for you.
 

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Join the SAE, that would be the Society of Automotive Engineering, not the fraternity. Who knows, you might end up earning billions designing F1 cars.
 

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and eventually when im older and have a solid job prep it for stage rally. Thoughts?
Beyond finding a $5 bill in the parking lot or having a large trust fund land on your lap you'll probably have to work on it. But since you are already thinking about starting small and working up to things take a look at what people are running at the rallyX, it doesn't have to be fancy. Anything light, cheap and reliable should be good for a bunch of grins. then like you said as you can get a job and regular income and then disposable income you can toss that cheap car for something more exciting or start building it into a stage car.

from the other thread it sounds like you are already out volunteering which is great.. thanks! now maybe meet some teams, convince them to let you help with service and make friends and contacts.
 

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I have a friend with a tow company. He has loaned us impounded cars (his after no one paid the bill) for RallyX. Ran a couple events and returned. I also dirt tracked a Chevelle one year on loan from a wrecking yard. Try to get a part time job in a dealership or repair shop, even sweeping floors. Start making those connections now as you never know where they will lead.
 

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Getting a job and finding your own source of income is how just about everybody starts. The only people who start out in the big leagues already had a large fortune in their pockets, so don't look at them. You'll likely start out in some beater 2WD car like we all did and slowly work your way up as you save money and spend it all on rally.

Being your age, get a part time job and buy some $2000 beater car to run at a rallycross. DO NOT take the thing out to "have fun" on the weekends on public roads. Keep it in a proper enviornment, take it to rallycross, autocross, and track days.
 

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Bikini car wash!!!

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If you love driving pizza delivery is pretty good. usually you get minimum wage + tips I think i always went home with at least $40 extra in tips if not a lot more, and that was back in 96 , pizza prices have gone up so hopefully the tips have also! though totally depends on your area.


I like the idea of working in a shop more though.
 

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Really don't need that much money to do SCCA rallyx just find the right car. While I was working on my stage car I bought a beater 1st gen MR2 for $400 just to do a few rallyx with. Sold it to a friend latter that year and its still kicking ass in stock RWD and after tires only have $600 in it. Just buy a bullet proof can thats cheap and have fun.

[video=youtube;g6moaazJjFM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6moaazJjFM[/video]
 

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RallyCross is pretty much the cheapest motorsport you can get into. Beater car, cheap winter tires. You generally don't have to spend big money on suspensions and endlinks and bushings and crap to eek out 10ths like slalom. Plus its a whole lot more sideways. :)
 

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rally cross is a lot of fun and can teach you basic Low speed car control skills. which really does come into play at higher speeds. You'll also meet a bunch of other enthusiasts . I was doing rally cross with a friend who ended up as my first navigator and pitching in for some of the costs.

at the higher speeds though there's a fear factor and much less time to react, and mistakes can be a lot more expensive. but the basics of car control are really the same at different speeds. picking a good line, good braking, good throttle application points, weight transfer, drift control. I can do it at 25mph or 125 mph . (well my car can only get up to 106) .

that's not to say that your car may have steady state under steer at 30 but steady state over steer at 80 . But if you learned how to deal with an oversteer car at 30, you'll have some experience to draw upon when it happens at 80. :)

everything happens slower at lower speeds, giving you more time to recover / think about what's going on.
 

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Don't get married....don't have kids

income savings from those 2 things alone will be most people's racing budget per year
 

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Don't get married....don't have kids

income savings from those 2 things alone will be most people's racing budget per year
unless she makes more than you.

but anyway: side job. main job goes to family, second goes to rally.
 
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