Mon, Oct 12 - Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Spring is a Long Time Coming

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

About this event

The fall chill is already in the air and before you know it, we will be shoveling snow out of the driveway and off the roof.  Before all that happens, you  need to get out on the track for one final DE event and that event just happens to be on the 15 th & 16 th of October at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and it is appropriately named ‘Spring is a Long Time Coming’.   Besides all the great driving, have you ever seen the fall foliage from the track?  The views are spectacular and they give you another good reason to keep your eyes up while driving…. you already know the other reason – right?


Besides the driving and everything associated with just being at the track, you have the opportunity to join your fellow drivers and friends at the Loudon Country Club to partake of hot off the smoker fresh Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder pulled and chopped, Smoked Chicken breast shredded in BBQ Sauce and Smoked Kielbasa Chunks so moist and flavorful with a variety of your favorite sauces. Also enjoy Baked Beans, Red Skin Potato Salad, Cole Slaw and Cornbread, too.   Look at that picture for what will be in the smoker and soon thereafter on your plate.


Registration for the Green, Yellow and Blue run groups will not open until June 1st, 2015.

The sound limit at NHMS is 99 db.


NHMS is our home track, and it is the site of many televised races, including Nextel Cup. What is not usually shown on TV is their 1.6 mile road course with 12 turns and some exciting elevation changes making for a good learning environment for Novices and a challenging and technical drive for our advanced drivers.

Event requirements

1 Participants must be at least 18 years of age, must have a valid driver’s license, and be a PCA member or affiliate. A current driver’s license and PCA membership card must be shown at registration.
2 Also see PCA DE Regulations under Club Racing.
3 Drivers must have completed registration and be through the tech line PRIOR to the driver’s and instructor’s meetings (by approximately 8:15 am).
4 Participants must wear rubber soled, natural uppers shoes, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt (natural, not synthetic fibers), or wear an approved fire resistant driving suit. Red or yellow clothing may not be worn at flagging stations.
5 A Snell 2010 or newer helmet is required. Limited loaners may be available.
6 Pets are not allowed at Lime Rock, and strongly discouraged (must be leashed at all times) at NHMS.
7 Non-participants are not permitted in either student or instructor cars. Non-participants under the age of 18 are allowed only in spectator areas. Instructors riding in student cars and students riding in instructor cars for instructional purposes are permitted. No student may ride with another student.

A Pre-tech form completely filled out and signed by an approved PCA tech inspector in advance of the event is required of all participants. Use of the NCR form is strongly encouraged. The Tech form must be completed within two weeks prior to the event by an authorized PCA tech inspector.

A list of NCR inspectors and a copy of the Tech form can be found on the NCR website  The tech inspection is a free service to PCA members unless otherwise noted.

9 Fire extinguishers are mandatory for all run groups and must be securely fastened, metal to metal (minimum 2.5 pound, with two strap metal bracket recommended) within reach of the driver. This requirement is waived for first time participants for one event only.
10 Street tires must have a minimum tread depth of 2/32 completely around at least 2 grooves (excluding wear bars). R-rated tires and slicks must have visible tread indicators around the full circumference.
11 R-rated track tires are not allowed in green & yellow run groups unless OEM fit or the car is also driven in an advanced run group. Chief Instructor approval required.
12 All open top cars (including targas) must run with tops installed or up, unless arm restraints are used by each occupant. All sunroofs must be closed or entirely removed while on track (arm restraints required if sunroof is removed).
13 At NCR events all open cars must have a roll bar installed, with the following exceptions: Targas, 914s, Boxsters and 996/997 cabriolets are acceptable as delivered from the factory & must run with the top up or have a hardtop installed.
14 Lime Rock Park will enforce rules which require all open cars to have a roll bar that is fixed and visible at all times (not pop up) plus allows the driver to pass the “broomstick rule” (top of helmet under a line drawn from the top of the windshield to the top of the bar).
15 Most tracks will be enforcing sound limits at their tracks. You will be expelled from the event after your second offense during any given day. Lime Rock’s limit is 89 decibels and NHIS’s is 99 decibels (both are the same as 2001). Unmodified (stock street) cars should have no problems meeting the limits. (Due to differences in acoustics at each track the net sound level is essentially equivalent between NHMS and LRP.
16 Driver’s side windows must be fully down (rain or shine), passenger side optional (fully up or down). Window nets are not allowed.
17 Students should expect that their instructor will drive their car for several laps at each event.
18 Passengers (students in an instructor’s car or instructors in a student’s car) must have available, and wear, an equivalent restraint system (belts/harnesses and seats) to what is being worn by the driver.
19 All participants must obey all passing rules set forth in the driver’s meeting.
20 There is a mandatory Black Flag pit stop for all spins or 2 (or more) wheels-off. Two Black Flags for these or other driving infractions in a day are grounds for expulsion from the event. Flagging assignments must still be fulfilled.
21 No illegal drugs are allowed and no alcoholic beverages may be consumed by anyone (participant or guest) during the event.
22 NCR runs DE events in the rain and cold weather. No refunds for an event cancelled after cars have been on the track, or for participants who do not come to the track when an event is not started. Partial refunds may be available to those who come to the track when an event is not started/cancelled.

Updated February 11, 2015

Entries (140)

Henry Michie
Margo Otey
Brian Arenstam
Matthew Romanowski
Tim Kachel
Christina Tischler
Dennis Schindler
Ray Moorman

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH
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HPDE organized by

PCA - North Country - Drivers Education

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