It was 2011 the last time a National Solo event was hosted at the vacant Wurthsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan, but this iconic site for the Detroit region makes an appearance as the final stop on the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo schedule, August 4-6, before the Finale in Lincoln, Nebraska in September.
Despite being located about 3 hours north of Detroit, Oscoda is located along the coast line of Lake Huron, and this historic concrete site has been a vacation hot spot for Great Lakes Solo competitors who attempt to get their vacation and autocross fix done all in the same weekend.
About 40 minutes south of the site most travelers will get a terrific view out their passenger window overlooking the many beaches along Lake Huron while traveling north to the air force base. Oscoda is known as a tourist town, and competitors and their families can expect lots to do from fishing and canoe trips, along the Ausable River, to golfing on the beautiful Lakewood Shores Golf Course.
Take advantage of the surreal northern Michigan scenery at Foote Pond Overlook, or take a two-hour boat cruise on the Ausable River Queen. Check out the Lumberman’s monument to get a sense of the history of this old town located along one of Michigan’s Great Lakes.
If you haven’t made lodging arrangements, you’ll be advised to avoid the mainstream outlets, as independent hotels, Airbnbs and local cottages will be your best go-to options for this site. If camping is your thing, there are several campgrounds nearby to accommodate you, and camping on-site is very popular and encouraged, but remember, stay off the grass!
With just a few weeks remaining, less than 50 spots remain available for this event. Despite not making an appearance on the national circuit in several years, the Oscoda ProSolo already has more entrants pre-registered than most events at this site than in years past. Don’t miss the tourist experience, and concrete side-by-side ProSolo competition of the 2017 Tire Rack Oscoda ProSolo.
Photo by Andrew Wong