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NCC Sept 2018 Summit Point, Shenandoah HPDE

NCC Sept 2018 Summit Point, Shenandoah HPDE

BMW CCA - National Capital Chapter - Driving Schools

Friday, Sep 7 — Sunday, Sep 9, 2018
Summit Point Raceway - Shenandoah, Summit Point, WV

Registration closed August 27, 2018 11:59 PM on August 27, 2018 11:59 PM EDT Registration ends August 27, 2018 11:59 PM on August 27, 2018 11:59 PM EDT Registration opens December 7, 2017 12:00 AM on December 7, 2017 12:00 AM EST Registration runs from December 7, 2017 12:00 AM to August 27, 2018 11:59 PM

National Capital Chapter HPDE, Sept 7-9, 2018 on the Shenandoah Circuit at Summit Point!!

The cost will remain $450 for both Saturday and Sunday!

New Friday Registration Options!

In addition to Instructor Academy candidates and Instructors, Friday of the HPDE weekend is now open to approved solo and advanced level drivers! You must have permission to register for Friday.

We also have a limited number of spaces for students wishing to pay for additional skidpad time.  $50 for a 50 minute block of time (morning only - see details on registration screen)

Finally, we have introduced a program for first time students called Track Day Experience.  $100 for two 20-minute sessions on track with an instructor, classroom and skidpad.


SNELL 2005 rated helmets are no longer authorized for use as of 2016. As of 2017, Snell 2010 and later helmets are required.

NEW STUDENTS - Get a $25 discount for each day you drive in 2018. Be certain to include your membership number upon registration.

CURRENT STUDENTS - Bring a friend, get $25 towards your next school; you must notify the registrar. Be certain to include your membership number upon registration.

NON-BMW CCA National Capital Chapter (NCC) Registrants - In 2018 and moving forward, at time of NCC HPDE registration, you are not required to be a BMW CCA club member. Anyone, non-members and members alike, can register for NCC HPDE programs. However, the policy of the BMW CCA is that all HPDE participants be registered BMW CCA members. So, if you are not already a BMW CCA member at time of registration, the NCC will register you as a BMW CCA NCC member at no cost to the registrant for 1 year. As a BMW CCA NCC member you will receive the monthly edition of the BMW CCA National magazine the Roundel, the quarterly NCC news letter the Der Bayerische and all other associated club benefits. 

Vehicle Requirements

  • Convertibles, SAVs, SUVs, trucks, vans, motorcycles, and cars with retractable hardtops are NOT permitted!
  • All T-tops, targa-tops, race cars, other vehicles with removable tops will run with their tops / roof panels installed
  • All T-tops, targa-tops, race cars, other vehicles with removable tops must be equipped with factory rollover protection (i.e., built-in structural integrity, or be fitted with an approved SCCA / NASA aftermarket roll bar or roll cage)
  • Drivers of T-top or targa-top vehicles must provide the manufacturer’s certification of his vehicle’s rollover protection during the registration process.  (We do not have this information for all makes and models that present themselves to our events).
  • Factory installed, or aftermarket roll bars and roll cages must provide 2” inch of clearance above the driver’s head with helmet on (The Height Test may be re-checked at the track. If you do NOT pass this test you will forfeit your registration fee and not be able to run in the event)
  • 2016 or newer vehicles equipped with active driver assisted technology (i.e., lane keeping, collision avoidance or auto braking) must have the capability to be completely deactivated. (These active driver assisted systems will be turned off for all HPDE sessions)
  • The Chief Instructor has the final determination on the safety of all vehicles prior to admittance on track! If you are uncertain, please contact us prior to registration to confirm.

VEHICLE INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS - Cars must be inspected BEFORE EVERY HPDE and within 4 weeks of every HPDE by a qualified service facility.  A properly completed tech inspection form (supplied) must be presented at the track.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your car is safe and road-worthy.  If you are bringing a race car, or car not currently inspected for road use, you must present proper race car safety and certification material (i.e., annual race inspection).

Technical Inspection and Medical Form.pdf

Please visit our Tech Sponsor TIER Car Care !

New for 2018; Summit Point Motorsports Park has a maximum allowable decibel of 103 for HPDE and non race programs. At the very least, your HPDE registered vehicle must be quiet enough to allow appropriate in car, on-track, communication between instructor and student and must also not interfere with communication between other instructors/students on track. If you're not certain if your car is acceptable, test the decibels or contact us.


Program Information

The A Plus program is being developed for the advanced student who has substantial experience and has demonstrated high level advanced skills.  This student is looking for something more than the typical advanced student run group experience. A Plus is being established to give advanced students a way to enhance their weekend with more track time, and to allow an individually tailored coaching experience.  A Plus is a three-day event. The cost is the same as our IA students who attend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  


Prior to registration eligibility, an A Plus driver shall have:

  • Participated in two or more NCC BMW CCA High Performance Driver Schools (at least 4 days) during the prior two seasons as an A group student.
  • Been recommended for the A Plus program by one NCC BMW CCA Instructor within a twelve-month period.
  • Scored on student evaluations commensurate with instructor academy candidate in student attitude, track awareness, and driving skills.
  • New A+ students will receive two sign offs by NCC Instructors on Friday morning prior to running solo for the rest of the weekend.
  • New A+ students will be vetted and approved by the Chief Instructor.

Note that a prerequisite to participate in the Friday Sessions, the A Plus student must register to attend both HPDE event days.

National BMW CCA rules and insurance requirements specify that student participants have at least one classroom session, and one session with an instructor in the car; we will fulfill these requirements on Friday.  After those requirements are met, A Plus drivers can choose to have an instructor or to drive solo the remainder of the weekend.  An NCC instructor may elect to ride with the driver at any time during the weekend.


One of the features of A Plus is access to more track time. A Plus drivers may drive on Friday in any of the Open Track sessions.  On Saturday and Sunday, they will drive in all A group run sessions.  A Plus drivers will be permitted to drive solo in each of the A run group sessions, but will also have access to NCC Instructors.  A Plus driver’s cars will have unique identification to avoid confusion with A Group cars.

Classroom, skidpad and exercises: The A Plus students will attend all A run group classroom sessions, skidpad sessions and participate in A run group exercises on Saturday and Sunday.  We encourage the drivers to submit topics for discussion, ask for information on specific interests, or suggest a workshop or on-track exercises. We may invite Guest Instructors who have expertise in a specific area as the drivers express an interest. These classes/workshops will be scheduled for times when A Plus drivers are not on track.  

Age Requirement

  • All participants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license

Clothing Requirements

  • Long pants are required while driving on the track for all NCC HPDEs.
  • Short sleeve T-shirts are permitted, however, sleeveless shirts or tank tops are not permitted. 
  • No open-toed shoes, sandals or flip flops are permitted while driving on the track.

Look for details on the next registration screen.

The National Capital Chapter (NCC) operates three - four High Performance Driving Events (HPDE) each year at Summit Point Raceway. The methods of instruction and the target audience for these schools share a common goal of giving you the opportunity to develop and improve your skills as a driver and to strengthen your knowledge of your car's abilities so that you will be prepared for any situation you may encounter on the highway. The event is three days but Fridays are for instructors, Instructor Academy candidates and as of 2018, advance level and solo drivers! only. All other students may register for Saturday-only, Saturday and Sunday or Sunday-only with permission from the chief instructor. 

Our HPDEs are not racing schools unless specifically noted. Our focus is on skills, not speed, and our overriding concern is with your safety and that of your car.  We select our school instructors very carefully, not simply for their technical knowledge and accomplishments as drivers, but also for their abilities to impart that knowledge to their students in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

Your BMW is an amazingly capable car. At a National Capital Chapter HPDE, you will be able to realize your car's capabilities, learn the limits of those capabilities under controlled conditions and practice the skills needed to control your car safely within those limits. 

High Performance Driving Events

The primary goal of these schools is to develop and hone your car-control skills. It is not to drive fast, although speed will come with improving skills.  We seek to produce not necessarily the fastest, but the most proficient drivers possible.

Each HPDE consists of driving sessions on the track and at the skidpad, as well as classroom sessions. During your on-track sessions, you will be driving the full track at progressively higher speeds throughout the school. An in-car instructor will work with you to help you improve your driving mechanics. Braking, cornering  and accelerating techniques are refined continuously during your on-track sessions.

Skidpad sessions will allow you to begin to master the skill of controlling your car at the limits of adhesion. You will learn how to control understeer (when your front tires lose adhesion) and oversteer (when your rear tires lose adhesion.) The skills learned here will not only be invaluable on the track, they may well save your car - and your life - on the highway.

Classroom sessions present the underlying mechanics of your car's behavior and how your inputs as a driver affect it. We present basic driving theory, the physics of car behavior (i.e., the "why it works" of driving) and discussions of the techniques of advanced car control.

No single drivers' school will ever convey all there is to learn about driving. In this sense, our HPDEs are part of a continuous learning environment, one that requires several years of attendance at dozens of schools before proficiency is attained. Even at that, there is always something more to learn, something additional on which to work.  Acquiring driving skills is a process that is never completed.

About Our Instructors

Our instructors come from two basic driving backgrounds: accomplished HPDE students that have graduated from our Instructor Academy and “guest instructors” from other BMW CCA
chapters and recognized high performance driving schools.  Regardless of their backgrounds, our instructors conform to a uniformly high standard of competence, professionalism and enthusiasm for teaching.

Instructor candidates selected from our student roster have a documented record of achievement which includes a minimum of 35 days of track time, demonstrated skidpad proficiency, and 10 hours of classroom training. We also ensure Instructor candidates from other BMW Chapters and schools have comparable skills and experience.  We conduct a one-day instructor checkout that includes a presentation by our Chief Instructor on our HPDE program, a skid pad evaluation, and two on-track sessions to evaluate the guest instructor’s driving mechanics and in-car instruction. Finally, all of our instructor candidates must display impeccable attitude and driving etiquette.

Our current instructors' driving experience ranges from five years to twenty-five years. Our "average" instructor has been driving on the track for 11.5 years and has been instructing for 6 years.  We draw our instructors from twelve BMW CCA chapters, the SCCA, PCA, and other marque clubs. We select our instructors very carefully to ensure that every student receives the best possible instruction from the safest, most professional and most knowledgeable people we can find. We are very proud of our instructor corps and we trust that you will share that pride.


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