Since I was diagnosed with MS and had double vision, for some reason, I was afraid that I would lose the ability to drive a car. For the past 8 or so years, I have been running/racing in autocross. For the past two years, I took first in class for 2017 and 18. This year was a different story, I had a minivan cut in front of me on the street... their fault, messed up my very old 2001 Porsche, it took 2 months to fix it and about 2 more weeks for me to recover from pneumonia while on Ocrevus for the first time.
But today, after a challenging year from MS and work finding out about it, I took second place out of five. It was a true honor at the last run of the year to accept the second place award while using a cane to walk. The people I race with, know that I have MS, they are always offering to help me do whatever, but unless there is something I physically can't do, I thank them for the offer and continue wearing out the knees on my jeans as I work on the car. All of them know that I want to do everything on my own, but they know my limits, in short, my competitors are great friends and, when needed, helpers.
All of the above being said, Autocross is fun, you can show up in you daily driver station wagon, and learn about how the car handles in challenging situations. And no, autocross will not damage your car, worst case, you hit an orange cone that leaves zero damage on your car, trust me I know that from repeated experience!
BTW, Porsche autocross events accept cars from other makers, we are not stuck up folks, we appreciate, and help anyone who shows up, the car in the pic is worth less than $9K, but it is fun!
Why is the front end of my car red? Simple, I can't stand it when a minivan runs over it!