Video by Richard Viard. Narrated by Chris Ryan. PCA Northeast Region 2022 AUTOCROSS SEASON The 2022 Autocross Schedule is finalized – here are the dates: 2022 NER AUTOCROSS DATES Saturday 5/7 (Autocross School Event) Sunday 5/22 Sunday 6/19 Saturday 7/16 Sunday 9/4 Saturday 10/15 2022 NCR AUTOCROSS DATES Saturday 4/23 Sunday 6/5 Saturday 7/30 Sunday 8/14 Sat/Sun 8/27 & 8/28 (ZONE 1 Event) Sunday 9/24 Register for all events (except Zone 1) at www.motorsportreg.com For NER dates, registration typically opens one month before the event date. What Is Autocross? Autocross is a sport of navigating your car through a defined course of pylons faster than your competition. Cars are assigned to different classes depending on model, the runs are timed, and you compete with others in your class. Autocross courses are set up using soft orange traffic pylons. Events are run at speeds usually between 40-65 MPH, usually in second gear. Unlike some other venues, we are extremely fortunate to have access to one of the premier autocross venues in the Northeast. Where many clubs are consigned to parking lots, we are privileged to be able to design courses that regularly exceed 1.25 miles in length with runs lasting well over a minute. You'd be amazed at how much excitement can be packed into 60 seconds. Our Autocross events are all held at Moore Airfield at the former Devens Army Base in Ayer, MA. Every weekend from April to November, the Devens folks rent the place out to one of eight local car clubs for their events. Although drivers compete for season points, the “competition” is extremely friendly, and everyone helps each other learn whether you’re a veteran or a newcomer. It is also a very social event and a great way to become more involved with the Porsche Club. If you like spirited driving and are new to the sport, we encourage you to try it out this season. For our first event on May 7th, we will be holding an Autocross School. This popular event is open to members new to Autocross and is set up to provide some basic instruction as well as a chance to take a few practice runs on an actual autocross course. We will have a series of car control exercises set up where veteran autocrossers will ride with you to teach you the basics. In the afternoon, we will have a full course set up, and you’ll be able to take runs with your instructor (or without if you are comfortable) and really experience the thrill Autocross has to offer. Watch for more details on this event including how to register on the NER website, our facebook page, and in email blasts. Registration and event details will be posted on this website, Club email blasts, and on www.motorsportreg.com as the dates get closer. In the meantime, you can learn a lot about how the events work, what to expect, what to bring, how to prep your car, etc. by checking out the 3-part Video Series right here on our Autocross page. Questions? Contact: NER Autocross Chair Chris Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or NER Autocross Registrar Jeff Johnson at email@example.com Autocross is not only a "performance driving event", but a great way to learn how to drive your car at its limit. You not only learn how to handle your car at speeds that you drive daily, but you also: Gain confidence in your driving ability. Learn the limits of your car's brakes Learn correct seating, hand, and feet positions Learn the limits of your car's tire adhesion Autocross is a great way to exercise your driving skills in a safe environment. For anyone that would like assistance, there will be instructors available to work with you. Each autocross has a different and unique course design and will undoubtedly provide you with a fun driving experience. Finally, Autocross is a social gathering of new and old friends and LOTS OF FUN!!! All PCA members and Porsche owners are welcome to attend the autocrosses. Members are permitted to drive vehicles other than Porsches, if they wish. Again this year 16- and 17-year-old children of region members can participate in autocross events. To be eligible permission forms, which can be found on the PCA website, must be obtained and signed by the entrant's parents. There are a number of items its wise to bring with you to each event. If you dont have a set of vinyl numbers, a roll of painters tape or some white shoe polish is your best bet. You may want to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a lawn chair and something to eat. If you'd rather buy food at the event, you can chip in some money and place orders for submarine sandwiches. If its sunny, bring an umbrella for shade. We always have a good stock of water and soda on hand for free, so while its fine to bring a cooler stocked with Pelegrino, if you are less particular, we've got you covered. We strongly encourage those new to autocross to look through our Autocross School page information (and to sign up for the school!). You will learn more driving skills in a day with our instructors than you ever though possible. See you at the course!