Ft. Devens – Moore Airfield 91 Fitchburg Road - Ayer Events
Cancellation information: All activities at Moore Airfield are cancelled until further notice. Although we do not know when “further notice” is, it’s a safe bet it will extend through April and possibly beyond. BMW and NCR have already cancelled their April autocross events. The fact that this event is a training school requiring instructors and students to ride together in their cars makes it impossible to hold until social distancing is not a prudent or required practice. Your safety is our primary concern and we need to comply with all rules and regulations. Thanks for your patience. All registration fees will be fully refunded.
Of note is that our nearby charity, Loaves and Fishes, is also facing new challenges trying to make sure those in need have access to food. They have had to move from an in-store shopping model to a pickup model. As we will not be collecting fees, a portion of which often goes to support Loaves and Fishes, we ask that you consider a direct donation to their cause, if you can. Their website: https://loavesfishespantry.org/donate-now/
We agreed that in the event the facility is made available to us on May 3rd, we would possibly try to set up a test & tune event as an alternative date for experienced drivers (mandatory no riders in cars) arranged in a way to maintain the necessary social distancing.
Registration Opens: March 30, 2020 Registration Closes: April 26, 2020
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 Autocross School.
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” fundamentals to cover the basics of autocross. This will be followed by several driving exercises with a driving instructor to help teach you basic car control skills like threshold 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 set up a regular timed autocross course and begin with small group course walk with your personal driving instructors. Then it’s time to pull to the start line and try out your new driving skills and compete with for the fastest times in your class! At the end of the session you can hop into the passenger seat of an instructor’s car for an eye-popping ride at their pace.
Our instructors are selected from our local Porsche, BMW, and SCCA autocross clubs 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!
Price: $60 (includes a free registration to one regular season NER Autocross Event)
Eligibility: This event is for autocross 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.
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 60 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.