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2015 Autocross Program
Written by Grant Lenahan   

2015 Autocross Program

Come on out! Have a blast! Learn how to control your car!

Here we are in 2015, and we have a new Autocross program being planned. We also have a new AX chair (me) so bear with me as I learn the ropes. Many thanks to Chris, Tom, Drew and all who are helping along the way.

One caveat up front – our early-season schedule is still both thin and uncertain, due to the lack of driving venues, and the popularity of the Meadowlands. We are still negotiating for dates early in the season (April, May, June) – watch carefully. Oh, if you know of a good parking lot venue – big, well paved, and available for rent, please contact me at autocross@nnjr-pca.com.

Barring a gift from the meadowlands, our season opener is our annual Car Control Clinic, on Sunday May 3rd. This is a great event, and always over-subscribed. Because we match you 1:1 with instructors, space is strictly limited, so sign up, with payment, EARLY. The form is available on-line [Car Control Clinic] and in P4US. At the CCC you will get a chance, under controlled conditions and an instructor’s eye, to take your car to its limit, or close to it, and in some cases past it – relatively safely. Not only is it truly great learning for any fan of performance cars, but it’s sooooo much fun. Ask anyone who’s been there. If you get the bug, follow it up with practice at an Autocross or 5 – you need to drill those skills, and of course, have some more fun!

We hope to try several new things this year, and re-try several old but good ideas. We will try to arrange an informal social activity after many Autocross events. Information will be event-by-event on the web site, let me know if you’d like to participate (e.g.: gather at a local pub, or generous host’s home, near the venue).

We’ll also be working to find a way to give many of you, and us, who like to practice car control and other skills more chance for “fun runs” and other less-structured runs, hopefully with a good cadre of volunteer instructors/coaches. This likely means that some subset of us stays after an autocross or two and continues to use the facility. Important note – this requires that a critical mass stays late and is willing to not only drive but also work and clean up. Again, let me know what you think of this idea whether you would stay, and whether you might volunteer.

Autocross is, hands-down, the cheapest, safest, least time-consuming way for you to learn basic performance driving, push your car, and push your skills. It’s fun, informal and the crowd is welcoming. And if you have family members or friends, who are – horrors – Porsche-less, bring them in (more or less) whatever they have – its all good. Need a helmet? We have loaners.  Need coaching? We have instructors. Have a need for speed? We have the cure. Come on out and join us. If you have questions – reach out to any of the team.

If you would like to be on an autocross email list to receive reminders, event information, cancellations (snow in August?), and maybe even a short poll or three on what you really want, please send your email address to autocross@nnjr-pca.com.

Here’s looking forward to a great year, and let’s take it easy on those poor cones.

Grant

 
Autocross 2015
Written by Grant Lenahan   

Autocross is, hands-down, the cheapest, safest, least time-consuming way for you to learn basic performance driving, push your car, and push your skills.  It’s fun, informal and the crowd is welcoming.  And if you have family members or friends, who are – horrors – Porsche-less, bring them in (more or less) whatever they have – its all good.  Need a helmet? We have loaners.  Need coaching? We have instructors.  Have a need for speed? We have the cure.  Come on out and join us.  If you have questions – reach out to any of the team.

If you would like to be on an autocross email list to receive reminders, event information, cancellations (snow in August?), and maybe even a short poll or three on what you really want, please send your email address to autocross@nnjr-pca.com.

Here’s looking forward to a great year, and let’s take it easy on those poor cones.

Grant

 
Life after Springsteen
Written by Tom Iervolino   

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I was not at the Bruce Springsteen concert but I was at the aftermath. We held our last Autocross event on September 23 at the MetLife Stadium, the morning after the Springsteen concert. OMG!!!! You have never seen so much garbage, beer cans, broken wine bottles, plastic, paper, bags, food, abandoned cars, metal and plastic traffic barriers in your life. This was the lot we were going to hold an AutoX? In just a few hours? Oh yeah, we found one sleeping drunk as well.

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One Car at a Time
Written by Michael Fischer   

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Autocross is a one car at a time competitive event in which each driver negotiates his/her car through a course laid out with traffic cones. It is an exciting car handling and control competition held either in a large parking lot such as one of the newly paved MetLife Stadium lots or a road course such as the one at Englishtown’s Raceway Park.
The course is electronically timed and is a race against the clock for the fastest time. Cars are penalized by two seconds for each cone knocked out of the box. Cars are grouped by class, depending on the type of car, to keep the classes competitive among themselves. Awards are given to the three fastest cars in each class and to the fastest overall time.

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The History of Autocross
Written by Tom Iervolino   

 

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Hi gang. By the time you read this we will have completed most of our events for the year with 1 or 2 left. While I was contemplating about what to write for this article, I starting thinking about where and when did Autocross start and I wonder if Autocross is the same around the world? Well, a little bit of research led to more and then some more,……………. You get the picture. So here is a very condensed version of what I was able to find out thus far.
Well, why not start with a definition of Autocross from Wikipedia – the source of many truths and non-truths.
“Autocross”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Mini Cooper participating in an autocross event. The HS stands for H Stock.
Autocross is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. An autocross is a timed competition where drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either sealed or unsealed surfaces (sealed or unsealed? Hmm something to consider for NNJR?). Autocross differs from road racing or oval racing in that generally there is only one car on the track racing against the clock rather than other cars. As an entry level motorsport it provides a stepping stone for drivers looking to move into other more competitive and possibly expensive forms of motorsport including rally and circuit racing (….. and DE and/or both DE and AutoX).

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