NER AUTOCROSS SERIES EVENT #4 Nick Shanny August 17, 2021 Autocross SPONSORED BY NER’s Autocross Season continues with Event #4 on Saturday, September 4th at Moore Airfield in Ayer and will be sponsored by Kachel Motor Company in Lawrence. As always, we welcome newcomers to the sport as well as our veteran Autocrossers. For those new to Autocross, it is a safe and accessible introduction to motorsports and a fantastic way to improve your driving skills both for motorsports and street driving. It is also a competitive event: the runs are timed, and you compete against similar cars in your class at each event. Participants at our autocross events are a dynamic mix of veterans and novices, enjoying what both a Club social event as well as a friendly competition is. Novices can always count on help from the autocross veterans, and no one takes it so seriously that it interferes with the spirit of camaraderie. We’ve even implemented a new class for novices this year and will provide an instructor during the event for those that want one. To give you a first-hand look at what to expect, we have a series of excellent “Introduction to Autocross” videos on our website, produced by one of our long-time members Richard Viard. They can be seen on the Autocross page of our website at www.porschenet.com. Drivers will get at least nine individually timed runs and hopefully more depending on the number of drivers and other factors. Trophies will be awarded to the top two or three drivers in each class, depending on class size that you can use for bench-race bragging rights. Registration is open on motorsportreg.com. You must register online by midnight, Wednesday, September 1st. Gates will open at 7:00 am. Please do not arrive before that time unless you are part of the setup crew. When you arrive, the check-in crew will ask to see your driver’s license and e-waiver badge. Park in the paddock area and empty your car, put your assigned numbers on your car, and get in the tech line with your helmet in the car. We’ll be doing two drive-thru tech lines to speed up the process. Tech lines will be open from 7:15 to 8:15; Plan to arrive no later than 8:00 to get through Tech before it closes. You should bring a helmet (Snell 2010 or newer), sunscreen, water, and lunch if you did not order it. Loaner helmets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Drivers Meeting will take place near the Control Tent around 8:30 am. There will be a course walk after the driver’s meeting; Following the course walk, proceed immediately to your assigned workstations. We will begin runs at about 9:30 am. We’ll take a short lunch break between the morning and afternoon run sessions. If you ordered lunch when you registered, it will be available for pickup. Soft drinks, snacks, and water will be provided by the Club. Further event details, including a video series describing how autocross works and what to bring to an event, can be found at the autocross section of the NER website at porschenet.com. The cost for the day is $55 for members, $65 for non-members. Lunch can be pre-ordered online when registering. Teenage children of PCA members who are under 18 but have a full license (not a learner’s permit) are able to participate via the PCA Junior Participation program. This requires that a waiver be signed by both parents, and one parent must attend the event. Contact the Autocross Registrar for further details. We look forward to seeing you at this event. Questions: contact AX Chair Chris Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org). For registration information, contact the AX Registrar Jeff Johnson (email@example.com). Directions: The event will be at Moore Airfield on Route 2A, which is separate from the main (former) Army base. The Google maps address is 91 Fitchburg Rd. Ayer MA. From Rte128 or I-495: Take Route 2 West. Take Exit 38B (Route 111 North) for 2 miles. At the rotary, take Route 2A West toward Ayer. Stay on 2A as it turns right in downtown Ayer. Follow Route 2A, bearing left at the fork by Tiny’s Restaurant. Continue past the Shop & Save market on your left - the entrance gate will be on your left just after the railroad tracks with a sign reading “State Police Driver Training.” Enter through the main gate, look for the “Autocross” sign, and bear left up the hill to get to the airfield. Everyone should have signed the e-waivers prior to arriving. At the top of the hill, there will be someone to check you in. Please be prepared to show your driver’s license and PCA Membership card if asked.