Sat, Apr 20, 2024

TSCC Novice School 2024

Suffolk Executive Airport

About this event

Tidewater Sports Car Club Welcomes You to The Premier Motorsports Club of South East Virginia Since 1953.

2024 Novice School - April 20th at Suffolk Executive Airport


$65 - Annual Members - Open Now!

$75 - Weekend Members - Opens 4/12/2024

$0 - Coaches - Open Now!

Don't have a membership yet? Register Here!


This Autocross Novice School is geared towards novices to get some one-on-one coaching and a lot of seat-time to get their driving skills up to speed. If you have less than 10 events under your belt, this is for you!

During the morning, all students will take runs on an autocross course with key elements strung together un-timed, to work on technique and focus on driving. Afternoon runs will be timed to gauge progress, with a more advanced course being prepared over lunch.

The event is currently limited to 24 students with additional entries added to a wait list. In the event of cancellations or additional coaches being available, people in the waiting list will be notified. We are committed to provide the best novice coaching we can and will limit each coach to 2 students. Pending coach availability, up to 24 students may be accepted... this is limited to give everybody as many runs as possible.

Coaches: Coaches are club members who have a number of autocross seasons under their belt, understand concepts of car control and autocross driving, and have a passion for helping the next generation of drivers get up to speed! Coaches will get to join us for lunch, have a driving session at the end of the day, and receive $10 off their entry to Points Event #2 the following day. All coaches will be approved by the VP of Operations.

Novice School Entry includes a lunch provded by TSCC.

7:30                 Gates Open
7:30 - 8:00       Registration + pairing up students with coaches
7:45 - 8:15       Tech
8:30                 Drivers Meeting / Class/ Group instruction
9:20                 Break up into groups - Group 1 to Grid
9:30                 First Car Off

9:30 - 10:30     Course Driving Group 1
10:30 - 11:30   Course Driving Group 2

11:30 - 12:30   Working Lunch (Provided by TSCC) with open discussion about driving techniques, things learned, etc.

12:30 - 1:30     Course Driving Group 1
1:30 - 2:30       Course Driving Group 2
2:30 - 3:30       Course Driving Both Groups (Coaches working Course)
3:30 - 4:15       Coach Ride Alongs

4:15                 End of Day Meeting

Event requirements

Car Preparation/Tech Inspection 

Cars must be fully prepared before proceeding to tech.

  • Check all lug nuts (wheel bolts) are present and torqued according to manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Inspect your tires: ensure no cords are showing, do not use tire shine.
    • DOT treaded street tires must have at least 2/32” remaining tread depth. This check will be done in accordance with the Virginia state inspection procedure. (updated 9/5/2023)
  • Check your brakes for pedal pressure and proper brake fluid levels.
  • Clean windshield/windows.
  • Check throttle return spring.
  • Check wheel bearings.
  • Ensure your car is not leaking excessive amounts of fluid.
  • Ensure your battery is secured (Bungee Cords are not an authorized method of securing the battery).
  • Numbers:  Number (at least 8” tall) and class letters (at least 4” tall) must be displayed on both sides of the car.  If you are unsure of your classing, please let us know before proceeding to Tech and we can help you.
  • Interior:  Clean out all unnecessary items from inside your car (i.e. floor mats, loose speakers, items hanging on rear view mirror, wrappers, tools, etc). Plan on bringing a couple grocery bags with you for this purpose.
  • Trunk:  Remove spare tire, tools, jack, loose/unsecured items.
  • Helmets: Helmets must meet one of the following standards. TSCC has free loaner helmets available:
    SNELL: EA 2016, SA2020, SA2015, SA2010, SAH2010, M2020D, M2020R, M2015, M2010, K2020, K2015, K2010;
    SFI standards 31.1/2020, 31.1/2015, 31.1/2010, 41.1/2020, 41.1/2015, 41.1/2010; ECE 22.05* or R22.05*;
    FIA standards 8860-2018, 8860-2018-ABP, 8859-2015, 8860-2010.
  • Sound Limits:  TSCC will be enforcing sound limits  as measured per SCCA rules, and will be enforced per Appendix I of the 2024 SCCA National Solo Rules.

Insurance Waiver

All competitors will be required to sign an insurance waiver ONLINE and before entering the facility.  Minors will need to have a minor waiver signed by both parents in order to compete or to ride along.  The minimum age for riding along is 12 years.  You will be required to digitally sign the waiver through a secure mobile application which includes a digital photo of you and your personal signature through your mobile device.  If you haven't done so already, please go to up to 14 days prior to the event and sign the event waiver.  

Suffolk Executive Airport

Suffolk, VA
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Tidewater Sports Car Club

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