About this event

Rocky Mountain Region PCA 2022 Car Control Clinic

We sadly have made the decision to cancel the Car Control Clinic.  Registration has been extremely light.  With only 11 days until the classroom portion and 2 weeks to the driving portion registration count is less than half of what would be necessary to break-even financially on this event.  I know that this is disappointing for those who had registered and hope that you will consider one of the many other RMR PCA events this summer. - Doug

Do you...

  • Think you’re a safe driver? 
  • Know what to do when some idiot does something stupid in front of you?

Can you…

  • Fully and effectively use your ABS brakes?
  • React properly to control a slide or spin (ex. winter driving)?

Perhaps not to the degree you could or should!

This event is for those of you who love driving your Porsche, who don’t want to attend an autocross or DE, yet realize that you could benefit from expanding your car control and accident-avoidance skills!  No prior experience or safety gear is needed.  You only need a valid driver’s license and a car to drive.  A Porsche is not required – though certainly more fun!  In a super-safe and controlled environment, we will give you the opportunity to experience and learn skills in

  • Emergency Braking
  • Turning while Braking (hard)
  • Emergency Lane Changes
  • Feeling and gaining confidence in the sensation of weight transfer during rapid car movement
  • Recognizing and handling sliding – understeer, the front wheels won’t turn the car
  • Recognizing and handling spinning – oversteer, the rear wheels step out or come around

The event will consist of a little bit of online classroom training (via Zoom) and a lot of driving exercise time using your own car on the vast open space (1200 x 400’) of the Colorado Air and Space Port aircraft tie-down lot (previously known as Front Range Airport).  We are also offering the opportunity to attend the Zoom classroom session without the driving exercises.

Safety is paramount and we have designed the exercises to support this goal.  Speeds will be very moderate, no more than about 40MPH, and soft orange traffic cones will be used to mark the boundaries of each exercise.  There will be minimal wear & tear on your car – some additional tire wear is all you should expect.  Club instructors will guide you through each learning exercise, which you will be able to repeat over-and-over, to gain new skills and confidence behind the wheel.

At the completion of this course, you will find yourself driving with greater confidence and awareness.

  • Properly adjusting your mirrors and seat for improved visibility and control
  • Using “high eyes” to alert you to hazards far ahead, giving you time to react and avoid
  • Understand the concept of having an escape route, and ability to get there
  • Ability to use your car’s controls (steering, brakes, throttle) to maintain control in an emergency

As a bonus, we’ll explode an airbag, letting you experience the violence and observe the aftermath.  You’ll never let a passenger put their feet up on the dash or invert your hands on the steering wheel again!

Water bottles will be provided, but you must bring your own lunch as there is no place close to buy a lunch.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Bring a hat & sunscreen and appropriate outerwear for the days weather.  This event will be held rain or shine.  No helmets or other safety gear is required.

A Porsche is not required.  Only SUV’s with a Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen or BMW badges are permitted and no pickups.  Convertibles are just fine and you can run them with the top down.  Contact the event chair if you have questions about the suitability of your car.  This event can support two drivers sharing a single car, but not more than 2.  Please indicate your co-driver's name on the second registration so that we can schedule your participation accordingly.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Bartlett at doug@dbartletts.net or 970.214.2729.

Event requirements

Rocky Mountain Region PCA 2022 Car Control Clinic -- Details

Location:                     Online via Zoom & the Colorado Air & Space Port
Zoom Classroom:       Wednesday July 6, 2022   7:00 PM – 8:30 PM  (Required!  An alternate viewing will be available to those who absolutely cannot attend.)
Driving Exercises:      Saturday July 9, 2022   9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:                            $50 for the full course – Zoom class & driving exercises
                                     $5 for the Zoom class only
Event Chair:               Doug Bartlett  --  doug@dbartletts.net

Advanced registration is required by Monday July 4th.  We can't accept walk-up registrations on the day of the event.

Zoom Classroom Schedule (Wednesday July 6)

7:00PM         Zoom URL will be provided in your confirmation messages

Driving Exercises Tentative Schedule (Saturday July 9, 2022)

8:30AM           Gates open – course setup (volunteers are welcome!)
9:30AM           Arrive and on-site check-in
10:00AM         Mandatory Drivers’ Meeting
10:15AM         Drive to your assigned first exercise staging area
10:30AM         Driving Exercise #1
11:30AM         Driving Exercise #2
12:30PM         Break for lunch (bring your own lunch!)
1:15PM           Airbag explosion demonstration
1:30PM           Driving Exercise #3
2:30PM           Wrap-up meeting / discussion
3:00PM           Course tear-down (volunteers encouraged!

All attendees are expected to either attend the Zoom classroom session on Wednesday evening July 6th, or if this is not possible, view the recording of that session.  Please inform the event chair if you are unable to attend the live Zoom session and need to watch a replay.

DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS or other electronic directional aids to CASP, as these will all take you to the terminal on the wrong side of the runways!

  • Take I-70 west from Denver
  • Take the Manilla Road exit, Exit # 299
  • Turn left (north) on Manilla Road and continue to the stop sign at Highway 36 (Colfax)
  • Continue North on Manila Road across Highway 36 and over the railroad tracks.
  • Make an immediate right hand turn in front of the Front Range airport sign and go through the gate.
  • Follow the road east and then north to the CASP site.

Note that there is no place close to the CASP lot where you can go for lunch.  So plan to bring your own lunch and non-alcoholic drinks if you want anything other than water.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Bartlett at doug@dbartletts.net or 970.214.2729.

Colorado Air and Space Port

Watkins, CO


Car Control Clinic organized by

PCA - Rocky Mountain Region

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