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2021 Driver Education Ground School (intro to track events)

2021 Driver Education Ground School (intro to track events)


9:30 am - 1:00 pm


Palmer Motorsports Park
58 West Ware Road, Palmer, MA, 01069

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The 2021 DE Ground School will be held at Palmer Motorsports Park in Palmer/Ware Massachusetts.

Are you a new member of the Porsche Club? Or, perhaps, a long term member getting back into Porsche-related activities?  Are you interested in expanding your Porsche experience into more exotic realms? Would you like to drive your Porsche ‘spiritedly’ without the risk of running afoul of the polizei?

If you’ve ever dreamed of driving your Porsche at speed, feeling exhilarated by its performance and learning to take full advantage of its capabilities, we invite you to get a head start on our 2021 track season by attending NER’s Driver Education Ground School on April 24th at Palmer Motorsports Park. This is NER’s annual classroom-based introduction to our Driver Education program and again is being supported by Cody McLean of HMS Motorsport at HMS’s facility in Danvers MA. HMS personnel will be presenting the safety & equipment portion of the class. Additional information about HMS and directions to their facility can be found at

PCA’s Driver Education program is the most popular activity offered by PCA and the events are for all PCA Club members who are licensed drivers and 18 or older. NER’s Driver Education events are especially well-known to be among the best organized, safest and the most enjoyable and rewarding DE events in this part of the country.

The Ground School will give you a great overview of NER’s on-track Driver Education program. While not geared to grooming you to become the next Formula 1 champion, we will discuss the fundamentals of high performance track driving and how many of these techniques can be applied to improve your everyday, on-street driving. You’ll hear how to prepare for an event, how and where our events are held, what to expect when you get to an event and, most of all, you’ll learn how much fun DE’ing can be. You’ll also get a copy of the presentation containing lots of useful information.

Advanced registration for this highly-popular event is strongly suggested (and will save you money). Registration prior to the event is $30 per person and walk-in registrations the day of the event are $40 per person. Registrants can reserve up to four tickets for the ground school so they can bring family and/or friends. Check-in and a continental breakfast, generously provided by NER member and Panera Bread franchise owner David Peterman, will begin at 9:30 AM. Our presentation will run from approximately 10 AM to Noon. At the end of the program, HMS will provide a pizza lunch. You’ll also have ample time to ask questions and see the practical and fun stuff that HMS has to offer, including helmets, gloves, harnesses and other safety equipment. In addition to the presentation and food we also plan to offer the opportunity for parade laps courtesy of Palmer Motorsports Park management. Participating in parade laps is NOT a requirement for attending the ground school but it will give you some idea why some of us are addicted to track driving!

“What’s a Parade Lap?” you may ask. In parade laps, participants are allowed to drive several laps on track at reduced speeds following a pace car. This will give you a sense of what it feels like to actually drive the track yourself. You can have passengers in your vehicle and all occupants must wear seat belts. No helmets are required for parade laps.

Remember, attending this Ground School in no way obligates you to sign up for a DE event. However, we hope you agree that the only way to truly experience and appreciate what you and your Porsche are capable of doing is to drive it on track. Questions? –  email Stan Corbett or call me (please, NLT 9PM) at 774-275-1621.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in improving their driving and learning about our 2021 Driver Education program.

While everyone is welcome to attend NER’s 2021 Ground School, drivers participating in NER’s on-track Driver Education events must hold current memberships in PCA or other recognized car club (such as BMW CCA), have a valid driver’s license and be at least 18 years old.

Registration is open at this link: Club Registration. If you are a first-time visitor to Club Registration you will need to create a profile.  This will save you time later as registrations for our DE events are also made through this site.  After creating a profile search “By Category” for this event selecting “Northeast Region PCA” as the club.

The 2021 DE Ground School Presentation is AVAILABLE HERE<—Click there 😉