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their own entity,” he says. “We’re
already seeing that on the Street
level [of Solo] as cars come in
with all sorts of electronics.”
But Zack’s not fearful of
the future; rather, he’s overtly
bullish. “I’m never a doom
and gloom guy,” he insists.
“Racing isn’t going away,
but the skill set necessary to
race is going to change.
“I’ll point to electronic power
steering racks,” he expounds.
“[Solo’s] Prepared and Modified
classes are very analogue,
but electronic power steering
is beginning to play a part in
those classes because it’s small,
compact, and it makes the cars
easier to drive. Now, it requires all
kinds of engineering and tuning
to get it to work, but some guys
are doing that. Electronic power
steering hasn’t been around for
that long but it has trickled its
way down already. Megasquirt
has already started doing
traction control. There are
aftermarket ABS systems, and
they’re super duper expensive,
but I don’t see the cost staying
that high for that long.”
Technology, he notes, always
gets cheaper, “and it’s always
going to trickle down with time.
There will always be racing, even
when there are self-driving cars.
People will be modifying those
to beat someone else. I don’t
see technology eliminating
the sport – racing will always
be there in some form.”
Zack’s involvement in the
autocross community has now
spilled into other aspects of his
life, with him heading up the Hurst
Street Zombie Company, a now
and work facility for enthusiasts.
During the week of our photo
But it’s more than that,
especially for Zack, who’s a
strange combination of carefree
appearance, adrenaline junkie,
sports fan, detailed Solo rules
pontificator, and diehard Solo
Nationals fanatic. “I’ve seen
Michael Jordan play, but I never
got to play with Michael Jordan,
and I won’t walk onto a baseball
field and play with Roger Clemens
or Ken Griffey Jr., but at Solo
Nationals, you get to walk onto
the field and see where you fit.
That’s awesome! And maybe
you can’t beat them on the
course, but you can beat their
[butts] at big wheel ProSolo in
the paddock. Sure, you’re going
to finish dead [freaking] last, but
enjoy the experience – just go.”
Perhaps “butts” and
“freaking” weren’t his exact
words – in this case, it’s only a
small jump to figure it out.
shoot, Zack was not only moving
into the second warehouse
and competing in a weekend
Houston Region autocross, but
he was also instructing at one of
SCCA’s Street Survival schools.
Regardless of Zack’s
involvement ranging from the
Houston Region to the SEB, his
big push is the event he went
to early in his SCCA career.
“I haven’t missed the Solo
National Championships since
2005,” he says, likening it to a
notable event he went to in 1999.
“Nationals is kind of Burning
Man for autocrossers,” he says.
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At first blush, Zack seems like any fun-loving autocrosser,
but once the helmet comes off, you’ll find him involved with
Houston Region business and the Solo Events Board, too.
“Racing isn’t going
away, but the skill set
necessary to race is
going to change”