About this event
BACK FOR ANOTHER FULL WEEKEND FOR 2022!!!!
Come out and join us for an educational WEEKEND of fun driving on Summit Point's Shenandoah Circuit - The Shenandoah Circuit is a 2.2-mile (3.5 km) road course that first opened in 2005. It is a no holds barred technical challenge that will take years for drivers to master. The track contains a dimensional replica of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife’s famous banked Karussell turn complete with 20 degrees of banking.
The corners contain both positive and negative camber as well as increasing and decreasing radius turns with vertical drops. If you are truly up for a challenge to your car handling abilities, the Shenandoah Circuit is truly one of the most technical tracks in the country.
Registration Costs are as follows:
$380 for Saturday and Sunday
$235 for Saturday ONLY
NO SUNDAY ONLY OPTION THIS YEAR WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE REGISTRAR.
Parade Laps - Held during lunch each SATURDAY ONLY, all vehicles welcome, no helmets needed, paced laps between pace vehicles -- $20.00 CASH ONLY on event day
For those of you who have not attended an MBCA | GWS track day before, we run our events with an emphasis on three key concepts: fun, learning, and safety. This is not a competition, and no one will ever ask, encourage, or pressure you to drive any faster than you feel comfortable driving. Leave your data-loggers at home, this is not the time to try and set a new track record. You can record your exploits on a camera if you'd like, and check your lap times after the event is over.
Skidpad is open ALL DAY both days on a first come, first served basis – all are encouraged to take advantage of the skidpad throughout the day
You do not have to be a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America to participate in this event , and you can drive any car as long as it can pass the required pre-event technical inspection (independent shop or dealer). If you wish to become a Mercedes-Benz Club of America member, you can do so here: http://www.mbca.org/join-today
Open top vehicle rules vary from track to track. In the past, the rules for the Shenandoah Circuit at Summit Point have been more lenient than some, due to the lower potential maximum speeds. This could very well change as Summit Point makes changes to the facility and policies. Please email the event coordinator (me) if you plan to bring an open-top vehicle. And regardless of the official answer, seriously consider putting a proper roll-bar/cage in your convertible if you want to track it. You (and your instructor) will feel much more comfortable when they know they are properly protected in the rare event of an accident. Open cars must run with tops up or in place or have arm restraints for driver and passenger.
INSTRUCTION FOR 2022: For 2020 and 2021 we found ourselves able to hold an event with a 'hybrid' instruction style (some in-car, some lead-follow). At this time (revised January 8, 2022), we plan to utilize the same model. As always, we are beholden to the State and Local government orders, as well as the Rules of Summit Point Motorsports Park. If this model changes, we will communicate as soon as possible. Rest assured, no one will be placed in a vehicle if they are not comfortable with having someone in their vehicle. More details as to the COVID plan will be finalized closer to the event; however, we are currently planning on duplicating last year's instruction model.
Green - Novices:
You've never done this before, or maybe you only have a few track days under your belt? Sign up for the novice group. You'll have an instructor for every session, learn a lot, and have a ton of fun. We always have a great crew of highly experienced instructors for our events, and most of them have very good personal hygiene habits. If you are not sure if you're a novice or intermediate driver, sign up here. We're obviously all a little competitive if we're doing this in the first place, but I guarantee you'll have more fun and learn more if you don't push it and sign up in the group where you're more comfortable. And, if you're driving really well and clearly belong in a more advanced group, your instructor can quickly move you.
Blue - Intermediate (Instructed) Group:
You've done a few track days, (or maybe many, on other tracks, but you've never driven this one). We'll set you up with an instructor, introduce you to the track, evaluate your skills and experience. And, as with all the groups, if you're driving really well and clearly belong in a more advanced group, your instructor can quickly move you. Remember the three keys mentioned earlier. We want you to have fun, learn a lot, and first and foremost, BE SAFE.
Yellow - Intermediate (Solo) Group:
You've done more than a few track days, and have been previously signed off as a solo driver. Verification of your experience will be required. You will begin the first session of the day without an instructor (although one can be provided upon request, if available). As with all run groups, remember the three keys mentioned earlier. We want you to have fun, learn a lot, and first and foremost, BE SAFE.
Black (Advanced Solo 1) and Instructors:
Black and Red groups will be a mix of both instructors and advanced solo drivers. Both groups will be open passing, with the difference between Red and Black being the speed of the vehicles -- Red Group being the faster of the two. We are always happy to welcome qualified instructors to work with us, and there is no charge or deposit required. If you have instructed with GWS-MBCA in the past, or are currently an approved instructor with FATT, TrackDaze, NASA, SCCA, PCA, BMWCCA, etc., we would welcome you to join our event. If you haven't worked with us before, please contact the registrar with a a quick two-sentence resume before you register, and we'll take it from there. NON INSTRUCTORS WISHING TO DRIVE IN THIS GROUP, PLEASE EMAIL THE REGISTRAR.
Red (Advanced Solo 2) and Instructors:
Black and Red groups will be a mix of both instructors and advanced solo drivers. Both groups will be open passing, with the difference between Red and Black being the speed of the vehicles -- Red Group being the faster of the twoWe are always happy to welcome qualified instructors to work with us, and there is no charge or deposit required. If you have instructed with GWS-MBCA in the past, or are currently an approved instructor with FATT, TrackDaze, NASA, SCCA, PCA, BMWCCA, etc., we would welcome you to join our event. If you haven't worked with us before, please contact the registrar with a a quick two-sentence resume before you register, and we'll take it from there. NON INSTRUCTORS WISHING TO DRIVE IN THIS GROUP, PLEASE EMAIL THE REGISTRAR.
CAMPING: Camping is ALLOWED at this event. Camping is free of charge (there is a charge for electric through the Track), and is available beginning 6pm Friday night. There are shower facilities at this Track for use of any persons (camping or not).
HOTEL: If you wish to spend the night the night before the event we have been able to secure a discount for the group.
$96.00/night+tax (free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, trailer parking, secure parking)
The Hotel has informed us that they will likely sell out, so call early and mention you are with Mercedes Benz and Summit Point
Registration Costs are as follows:
$380 for Saturday and Sunday
$235 for Saturday ONLY
If you wish to become a Mercedes-Benz Club of America member, you can do so here: http://www.mbca.org/join-today
Be sure to get the student package, pre-event Technical Inspection Forms and other information -- it is available on the next screen and on the confirmation screen.
MBCA|GWS Tech Sheet for this event is found here: MBCA TECH SHEET SHEN 2022.pdf
--------------- Please note all vehicles must provide EQUAL RESTRAINTS for both seats -----------
OPEN TOP VEHICLE OWNERS:
- Roll bars are mandatory for all convertibles. Removable Hard Tops are not for rollover protection.
- Functional factory or “pop-up” roll bars are acceptable such as all Mercedes-Benz 1990- present, Porsche Boxster, or BMW Z3 with owners manual that confirms that they are “ROLLOVER PROTECTION” not “Style” bars. Honda S2000, Dodge Viper, Chevrolet Corvette, and Mazda MX5 convertibles and some other convertibles, not listed, are required to have an aftermarket ROLL Bar.
- ALL CONVERTIBLES MUST DRIVE WITH THEIR TOPS ‘UP’ OR IN PLACE (or with arm restraints for all occupants if top is 'down')
Please note: it is very unlikely that your standard automobile insurance policy will cover damage to your vehicle while you are participating in ANY event on a racetrack (even if it will likely make you a better driver and a lower insurance risk in the long run). You can get a policy to specifically cover you for this event from Lockton Motorposrts: https://locktonmotorsports.com/events.
You must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license.
Your car must also pass a pre-event technical inspection by a dealer or independent auto service shop. The form is available here: MBCA TECH SHEET SHEN 2022.pdf . The pre-event inspection should be done no more than 30 days prior to the event.
All Participants must wear long sleeve shirts and long pans (no shorts), as well as closed toe shoes when on track.
Helmets are required, and must have a Snell SA 2015 (or later) certification. If you do not own an acceptable helmet, you could buy one from OG Racing in Sterling, Virginia. Due to COVID-19 we are suspending our Loaner Helmet policy. (current as of January 8, 2022).
Motorcycle (M) Rated Helmets ARE NOT PERMITTED. SA2015 AND SA2020 HELMETS ARE ACCEPTABLE, all hemlets must be SA rated. SA2010 Helmets are NOT accepted.
Event Schedule here: MBCA 2022 schedule.pdf
Please review the Event Packet prior to arrival at the track the Weekend of September 24 and 25, 2021 - event packet here: 2022 MBCA GWS Track Event Packet.pdf