NER Car Control Clinic (formerly AX School)

NER Car Control Clinic (formerly AX School)


8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Ft. Devens - Moore Airfield
91 Fitchburg Road, Ayer, MA

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Car Control Clinic sponsored by Conway Autoworks

Ever wonder what it feels like to push your Porsche to make it do what it was made to do? Without risking life, limb, your car, or a ticket on the street? Fortunately, NER offers a couple of venues that allow you to do just this – specifically, Autocross and Driver’s Education (DE) events. And if you are one of those people who think these things are not for you because you’re “not a good enough driver” or something like that – you’re in luck! Come and get some basic training from the Autocross Team at our annual Car Control Clinic (formerly known as Autocross School) being held on Sunday May 6th.

The NER Autocross Team will be holding this ever-popular event at Moore Airfield, Devens, MA (same place we hold the regular Autocross events). We’ll have plenty of instructors on hand to provide you with one-on-one instruction in your own car. The day will start off with some “classroom” training to talk about the basics of car dynamics as they apply to normal and performance driving. This will be followed by several driving exercises at moderate speeds to help teach you basic car control skills like braking, turning, and throttle-steer, that are not only useful in all the club’s motorsport activities, but can come in handy in everyday driving as well. After a break for lunch (provided by us) we’ll set up an actual timed autocross course so you can try out your new driving skills – with the help of an instructor for a run or two, and – if you feel comfortable – on your own after that!

Our instructors are all “regulars” at our Autocross events and many do a lot of DE events as well. You’ll find that it’s a friendly group of men and women who enjoy having fun with their cars, working on driving skills, and hanging out with each other. Of course we hope that after this event, we’ll see you at Devens or the track on a regular basis too!

Registration Details:

Price: $60 (includes a free registration to one NER Autocross Event in 2018)

Eligibility: This event is for PCA members who are novices only! If you have participated in more than three autocross events and/or three DE events during the past year, you are not considered a novice to be eligible to register.

Registration will open in early April at  Watch NER newsblasts and on-line Nor’Easter for updates.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this event.  Please do not show up at the gate unless you have registered, or you will be turned away.  The autocross school will have a 45 person limit, which will fill up fast, so please register early.

Day of the Event:  Gates open at 7am. Please be on site no later than 7:30 AM. Dress appropriately – it could still be cold on a May morning – and the event is held rain or shine.

For event and eligibility questions contact NER Autocross Chair Chris Ryan at [email protected] . For registration/payment issues contact  NER Autocross Registrar Jeff Johnson at [email protected] .

Directions to Fort Devens:  The event will be at Moore Airfield on Route 2A which is separate from the main 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. At the top of the hill there will be someone to check you in, have you sign the PCA waiver sheet, and greet you with instructions. Please be prepared to show your driver’s license and PCA Membership card.

Registration questions: Jeff Johnson
General questions: Chris Ryan

Here are some great photos from the event from Richard Viard