About this event
2021 PCA NER Autocross SPECIAL EVENT
Sponsored by Conway Autoworks
Moore Airfield, Fort Devens, Ayer, MA
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Registration Closes Sunday, August 8, 2021 at midnight.
This event will not be run as a normal autocross competition. We plan to set up two courses – one timed and one untimed. The untimed course will be used as an exercise allowing novices to get a good feel for some of the basic autocross elements and veterans to fine tune their technique through repetitive runs. The timed course will allow everyone to gauge their own improvement throughout the day or against their favorite autocross buddy – regardless of class.
Instructors will be available to work with the novices. The event will provide an opportunity for people new to autocross to learn some driving skills and also to meet and socialize with our Autocross Community and have some fun.
Please note for those who have registered for the five regular competitive season events, this event is NOT included as part of the season registration, so you will also need to register.
Free lunch will be provided by the Club to all participants.
We no longer accept payment at the gate. All payments must be made online.
Autocross COVID-19 Protocols: in concert with the lifting of many of the COVID guidelines by Massachusetts, Devens has relaxed our restrictions as well. Masks are no longer mandatory for those who are fully vaccinated, however, those who are not vaccinated or simply wish to continue wearing one are encouraged to do so.
What is Autocross?
Autocross is a sport of navigating your car through a defined course of pylons faster than your competition. Events are run at speeds usually between 40-65 MPH, usually in second gear. Unlike some other venues, we are extremely fortunate to have access to one of the premier autocross venues in the Northeast. Where many clubs are consigned to parking lots, we are privileged to be able to design courses that regularly exceed 1.25 miles in length with runs lasting well over a minute. You'd be amazed at how much excitement can be packed into 60 seconds.
Autocross is not only a "performance driving event", but a safe way to learn how to drive your car at its limit. You not only learn how to handle your car at speeds that you drive daily, but you also:
- Gain confidence in your driving ability
- Learn the limits of your car's tire adhesion
- Learn the limits of your car's brakes
- Learn correct seating, hand, and feet positions
Autocross is a great way to exercise your driving skills in a safe environment. For anyone that would like assistance, there will be instructors available to work with you at every event. Each autocross has a different and unique course design and will undoubtedly provide you with a fun driving experience. Autocross courses are set up using soft orange traffic pylons which will not damage your car. Finally, Autocross is a social gathering of new and old friends and LOTS OF FUN!!!
Who is eligible?
PCA Members: All current PCA members are eligible to attend our autocrosses driving any make of car.
Non-PCA Member driving a Porsche: If you are not a member, you can register and this gives you the chance to try out our club event.
This event will be open only to PCA members and Porsche drivers, unlike our standard competitive events that also allow non-members.
PCA Member (any car make): $55
Non-PCA Member: $65
"Taste of Autocross": $20 charitable donation to allow riding with experienced drivers
- Drivers between 16.5 and 18 years of age may participate with a valid driver's license (not a permit) and parental consent and one parent attending event. (see below for forms).
- Helmet with a Snell 2010 or later sticker. EA, K, M and SA rated helmets are allowed.
- Your car must be able to pass a technical inspection at Moore Airfield before the event drivers' meeting, which includes tires with visible tread, secure lug nuts and operable seat belts (factory installed belts are a minimum). No other special equipment is required.
- Roll bars or factory rollover devices, such as the roll hoops in Boxsters, are required for all open cars using R compound tires and swing axle automobiles (e.g. 356).
- Cars will be tested with a sound meter and noise should never exceed 10 db over the ambient noise level as measured at two designated off-track locations.
Again this year 16- and 17-year-old children of region members can participate in autocross events. To be eligible, permission forms, which can be found on the PCA website, must be obtained and signed by both of the entrant's parents.
Waivers must now be signed online on the SpeedWaiver.com website prior to arriving at the event. Wiaver confirmation will be sent to your smartphone via text message which must be displayed upon arrival at the gate. You should receive a SpeedWaiver email after submitting this registration; the waiver forms may also be found at: https://pcaner.speedwaiver.com. Note that while you will see a box on the registration form that says "Skip the line, sign the waiver on your mobil phone" with a "No" option, if you select "No" and do not sign the waivers online you will not be admitted to the site.
Please determine your class before continuing. Class descriptions and full event rules can be found on the NER website.
If you attended an NER autocross in 2019 or 2020 you probably already have a number with us. Please enter that number, or a desired number into the form box. If the requested number is taken, we will assign you an available number. Our members' numbers database is extensive. As a result, most single and low double digit numbers are taken and cannot be used. If you are buying number plaques, please email the registrar to see if the numbers are available.
Keep in mind that the number you enter into the Motorsportreg.com database may not be available. Also note that the Motorsportreg.com database is not linked to the NER autocross event files and assigns numbers randomly based on those that have not previously been assigned by that site. The site will also not allow a registrant to request a ‘B’ suffix as a duel driver. The Registrar will check to see if the number you previously ran with in the current or prior season, or a number you have requested if this is your first event for the season, is available within the autocross event file and assign that number if available. The registrar may try to contact you before the event if there is adequate time to do so. If there is not, your number may be revised without notice but will be on the class and work assignment sticker posted on your windshield upon arrival at the event.
Day of Event:
Gates open at 7:30 AM for check-in. Please arrive no later than 8:30 AM, when the entry gate will be closed, to give yourself time to register, and unload your car. Park between the yellow arrows in the paddock area. Technical inspection will be done to cars lined in the center of the paddock starting at approximately 8:00 AM and ends at 9:00 AM; stay with your car until it has been inspected. The drivers meeting begins at approximately 9.00 AM followed by a course walk. We expect to see the first car off by 9:45 AM. . Also, you will be expected to stay the full day, so don't plan to leave early. The event will conclude between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM depending on the number of participants and runs taken. You are expected to stay the full day, and work both morning and afternoon sessions.
Dogs in attendance: Devens rules require that dogs at Moore Airfield must be kept on a leash at all times and any droppings collected and properly disposed in the on-site dumpster.