2019 is behind us, skiing is today, and 2020’s Autocross season is just around the corner.
as of April/May 2020, we do not know what dates we will be able to run. Motor racing is still prohibited outright, and even if Pocono or MetLife can open, I have been told there will be significant restrictions. I dont know yet if those restrictions will make it impossible to run events. Please watch this page and Porscheforus for information.
This year we have an exciting schedule of events, run cooperatively with multiple other clubs, some events at MetLife, but most now at Pocono. Possibly as many as four events at Pocono – sharing the fun and the work with Riesentoter PCA, Central PA PCA and the SCCA. Pocono has become our go-to venue, with excellent feedback from attendees for the track, its speed and length. The picture below says a great deal.
Now back to the regularly scheduled overview…..
Great news! Flemington Porsche is again sponsoring the NNJR Autocross program for 2020, helping us grow our program both in terms of its scope, but also bringing new activities and features to our events. We will announce more details as they unfold, so check in regularly. In the meantime, if you have the opportunity, please welcome Flemington Porsche and let them know how much we all appreciate their participation.
Autocross can be many things to different people – but it’s always one of the least costly, least time-consuming, easiest-on-you-car ways to learn your car and how to drive it as God and Dr. Porsche intended … and have a blast doing so!
Technically, Autocross is a “Solo” event where drivers compete against the clock, in various classes (similar to golf handicaps). Our venue is a “street” course defined by cones in a HUGE parking lot – giving you lots of runoff and few obstacles. It’s one of the best places to learn the limits of your car, how and when to brake, and what happens as you approach and cross the limit. Unlike other activities, all of this occurs in a relatively open, safe and controlled environment. If you think “racing in a parking lot” is too tame for you — watch the video (below). If you think it’s too tough on your car — think again – stock Porsches run great and the wear and tear is surprisingly low – this is what they are built for! Instructors are available, there’s a welcoming crowd, and often an informal social activity to follow – what’s not to like? Come on out and enjoy the fun!
For summary information on the 2020 program and changes, please see the link toward the top of this page.
Yes, spectators are permitted but they must stay in designated spectator areas to assure their safety.
Yes, pre-registration is available and encouraged on nnjr-pca.motorsportreg.com, up to two days before an event. Payment is also collected through Motorsportreg. Day-of registration may be sold out and will always incur a surcharge (typically $10). Why? We need to plan and we must commit months ahead. Remember this is a not-for-propfit club; your club.
Yes, Non-Porsches are warmly welcome. There are many non-Porsches at each event. But arrive early, because non-Porsche registration will be cut off when total registration reaches a predetermined number (depending on venue).
In the grand scheme of things Autocross is an amazing bargain!
Prices vary by event (test ‘n tune, Autocross, school, etc.)
We are listening to you, and working to give you more runs in a day, this means fewer people and marginally higher prices. Typical pricing is as follows, but may be more for more costly events (tracks, schools, etc.)
PCA Members: $70
There are many novices at every event, usually 30% of the Porsche drivers. Everyone, novices and veterans alike, is there to have fun and help one another. Like tennis and golf, you will get better at Autocrossing the more you do it. Reading about it in PORSCHEFORUS will NOT improve your driving.
As to “will i slow the event down?” great question. If you don’t do a little prep, and pay close attention, yes you might. That’s why you should read the info on this site, learn how a day runs, get there early, and pay close attention. If something’s not clear, ask a veteran. The better we all work, the better the vent for everybody.
There are books on Autocrossing that are worthwhile (a great one is Solo Racing by Henry Watts), but are no substitute for getting started. Read more about our events on this web site, including your proper car class. We have a novice category in each car class. We can’t guarantee that you won’t embarrass yourself, but it won’t be because of your performance in your car!
The best thing to read first are the “AX basics” tab on this site, and the resources under “AX documents”.
For a LOT more info see the sub-page “typical day”. You don’t need much – just a car ( stock is fine), well checked out (see the tech form), food, water, helmet (loaners are available), and convenience items. Cars need little preparation for FUN! or stock classes – make sure tires are factory +2lb to start and ask around.
Bring food, water, a chair, tape for numbers, and maybe some extra clothes. Sunscreen/umbrella/hats are often truly important.
Also read about the basic rules of autocross, and familiarize yourself with work assignments. If you don’t know what is expected of you you WILL slow things down, crate timing errors, or even create a safety condition – so please read up! A worker manual is being written and will be (it may be there when you read this) on this site, under “Autocross/documents”.