Next time we need to have a not so slow rally course in a large parking lot. I'd be interested in being on a committee that heads up the event. Nathan aka: SMKYTXN
The SCCA, whom Julie and I contacted about setting up and operating just such an event, required three acres, a huge indemnity policy, and a bunch of money for operation, expenses that we couldn't justify. No passsengers, mandatory current Snell approved helmets, full tech inspection, safety trained course workers, medical supplies, extinguishers, spill containment, and so much more.
We also looked into the possibility of having a bunch of fest attendees participate in some pre-existing autocross in the area, but there were none nearby.
We made do with what we told the Hotel was a parking skills event. They specified they would not allow us to use their annex lot for high speed performance tests. The local SCCA allowed us to use their cones, but we could not use them for any technical design or advise on course set-up due to legal clauses.
Prior fests have had some high speed performance events, sometimes set-up and run by others as part of an un-official post-fest option. Many of these events have had far more serious mishaps than the incidents this past weekend. Shattered ring and pinion at the drag strip in 2000; Blown turbos in the hills and damaged C/V joints at the salt flat in 2001; Cars sliding off track and into a containment pond at Grattan in 2002; Temporary closure of the track, a total loss of a race car, and a driver in the hospital at Mosport in 2003.
It was in attempts to minimize the risk to vehicles that the competitive events were toned down starting in 2004.
I feel badly that my course design caused (directly or indirectly) damage to an attendee's vehicle. I don't want the guilt of more serious damage, or of personal injury, to weigh on me.