NEQ 2013 WDS # 2 Caroga Lake (Feb 16th)
Registration closed February 22, 2013 11:59 PM on February 22, 2013 11:59 PM EST Registration ends February 22, 2013 11:59 PM on February 22, 2013 11:59 PM EST Registration opens February 4, 2013 12:00 PM on February 4, 2013 12:00 PM EST Registration runs from February 4, 2013 12:00 PM to February 22, 2013 11:59 PM
Audi Club NA - Northeast Chapter
Caroga Lake NY CONFIRMED! IT IS CAROGA
NEQ Winter Driving School #2 2013
The response for our winter driving schools has been overwhelming. WDS 1 scheduled for February 9th sold to capacity in less than 10 minutes and the waitlist quickly grew to over 30 people. Those waitlisted for WDS 1 were offered a spot in our second event scheduled for the 16th and the response was adequate to fill our second event. Therefore we are unable to accept any more student registrations for our winter driving schools this season. Registration is open for instructors for this event on the 16th.
Our apologies to those hoping to do both schools this year, but we feel this way we can accommodate the maximum number of individuals at this year’s winter schools.
The good news is we are already looking at options for next year. These options may include a lottery approach for our lake based events and we are investigating land based venue farther north which can accommodate more participants and perhaps eliminate some of the uncertainty around the weather and ice conditions.
Watch our web site for further developments for the 2014 season.
Lodging: The best bet for lodging is in the Johnstown Gloversville area. These towns are located about 30 miles south of Wells on Rt. 30A (N. Comrie Avenue). There are several accommodations in the Johnstown – Gloversville area; Holiday Inn 308 N Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY - (518) 762-4686, Microtel 136 Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY - (518) 762-5425, Super 8 Motel, 301 N Comrie Avenue, Johnstown, NY - (518) 736-1800. Google “Gloversville NY lodging” for more. This area is close proximity to both Algonquin Lake and Caroga Lake our most likely alternate location.
Venue: This event will be held on Algonquin Lake, Wells NY with areas for car control exercises including a skid pad area, and slalom area as well as a 1.0 – 1.5 mile road course on the ice. Facilities will be very basic. Plan to spend the day outside. The only place to get warm other than lunch will be your car. Toilet facilities will be whatever nature provides.
Registration and lunch will be at Alpine Inn located just south of the village of Wells on Rt 30. Registration opens at 8:15 AM at the Inn.
8:15 AM Registration and Drivers Meeting at The Alpine Inn.
9;00 to 12:00 Exercises (we will break up into groups for the skid pad, slalom and possibly mini- road course working on Scandinavian Flick turns and power slides)
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
1:30 to 4:30 Run groups on the full track
What to bring: You will be outside all day so dress accordingly. Layers and wind blocking outer ware is recommended. Foot ware is a tough choice shoes or boots need to be warm but also you need to be able to feel and manipulate peddles. If your boots are too bulky you will get tangled in the pedals and perhaps create a situation that ends up in a snow bank. Consider two pair of boots one warm pair of pack boots and one pair of smaller insulated boots for driving.
Helmets are not required for this event.
Your Car: Unlike track events you will be able to leave thinks in the trunk of your car. Come with a full tank for gas since it is likely that your car will be running most of the day especially if it is very cold. Be sure your fluids are topped off and your lights and wipers are in good working order. We are on a frozen lake so fluid leaks are not great for the environment. If you have any chronic garage floor staining leaks or drips this may be a good time to take care of those. You may want to drop your tires down a couple of pounds to increase traction. Of course snow tires are highly recommended but if you don’t have them you will go out and buy a set after this event even if you have all wheel drive. Snow tends to build up on wheels causing imbalance so an old snow brush or wheel brush to clear out the wheels is a good idea.
Finally: This venue promises to be a great opportunity to improve your car control skills at relatively low speeds and drive on a frozen road course. This is our third year of this type of winter event and we are looking forward to another great time on the ice. Our partners at AMEC work hard to provide us with a great venue. Visit their web site www.icerace.com to see what they do and if you see them during the day thank them for their help in putting this event together.
Back seat passengers can ride with the participants but no "back seat drivers" are allowed! Passengers pay $15.00 for the opportunity to ride for the day. Invite your spouse, teenager or a friend!
You will: Be amazed at what you can do with a car on the ice. Learn about car control dynamics and low friction handling techniques; Have more fun that you thought you ever could in a moving car!
Stay tuned for more information. The last email will be sent Thursday evening with any last minute changes.