PCA Northeast Region offers a great Autocross Program:
· Our events take place at one of the best venues for Autocross on the East Coast
· Our program provides a low cost opportunity to learn and develop car control skills useful in Autocross, DE, and everyday driving
· Working the course also provides a valuable learning opportunity for all drivers
· Our events offer friendly competition, along with an opportunity to meet fellow autocrossers; we are part of a larger local community of eight car clubs running autocross events at Devens; many drivers participate in multiple clubs’ events
· NER members wishing to try autocross are eligible for a free autocross registration; contact the autocross registrar for details
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 a mile in length with runs lasting about a minute, plus or minus, depending on your speed. 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 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 as well as the local Autocross Community.
If you like spirited driving and are new to the sport, we encourage you to try it out this season. For our first event we run anAutocross School.This popular event is open to anyone 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.Registration and event details will be posted on this website, in Club email blasts, our facebook page, and onwww.motorsportreg.comas 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.
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!!!
As a Porsche Club, our car classifications are mostly based around PCA’s autocross rules. However, we welcome anyone interested in Autocross to attend our events – you do not have to be a PCA member, or even a Porsche owner. We have a non-Porsche class which is PAXed, and a Novice class, PCA members receive a discounted rate. Children who are under 18 but licensed drivers can also 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 and given to the Autocross Chair day of the event.
There are a number of items its wise to bring with you to each event. If you don’t have a set of vinyl numbers, a roll of painter’s tape or some white shoe polish is your best bet, just be sure that the tape color contrasts with your car color. 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 order submarine sandwiches for $8 when you register. 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 ourAutocross Schoolpage information (and to sign up for the school!). You will learn more driving skills in a day with our instructors than you ever thought possible.