CVRPCA Autocross Information
PCA Members: $40
PCA Members: $60
PCA members may come and drive any car; Porsche or Other. PCA members may also invite up to two friends or family members who are not members to drive at an event they attend. Any non-member may drive if they are driving a Porsche. Non-members who drive an Other car need to be invited by a member who is at the event. Allowing non-members to drive an Other car is to let them discover the fun and learning that autocross offers. It is also to encourage them to purchase a Porsche and join the club.
Any Porsche is allowed to be driven at an autocross. This includes Cayennes and Panameras. Other makes of cars may also be driven in the Other class; excluding vans, jeeps, SUVs, and race cars. Allowance of a car to be used in the Other class is at the discretion on the event organizers.
Drivers under 18 years old are welcomed at events as long as they are at least 16 years old and have a valid drivers license. Any driver under 18 must have a completed minor waiver (signed by both parents) and be accompanied by their parent.
Observers are welcomed at events as long as they follow the event safety rules and sign the event waiver. Any observer under 18 years of age must have a “Minor as an Observer” waiver filled out by a parent or guardian and must be accompanied by an adult.
CVR autocross driving instructors will be at all events and willing to help drivers. Instructors will ride as a passenger while you drive the course in your car, this is the only time multiple people are allowed in the car. The instructor will help you stay calm and navigate the course correctly. Instructors can also help more advanced drivers get down the best line and shave down your time.
Novice drivers are encouraged to come and try autocross. This is why novice drivers have their own run group. In the Novice class drivers will be able to learn the general rules and technique of autocross, and then they will be able to advance into a normal class and fine tune their driving. It is strongly suggested that novice drivers walk the course with more experienced drivers or instructors. It is also suggested that novice drivers take along an instructor help keep them on course and give tips on their driving.
Q: What do you have to do to get ready for an autocross?
A: Autocross is fun since there is not much of work to participate. You should just check over your vehicle to make sure it is in proper order and check tire pressures. If you are just starting autocross, stock tire pressures are good. Other than that, get a good night sleep!
Q: What do you need to bring to an autocross?
A: You will need your car and it is nice to have a tire pressure gauge. You also have to remember that you will be outdoors for the day. This means you need to dress to the weather. If it might rain, bring a rain coat; if it will be sunny, bring sun glasses and sun block. Your also outdoors in the middle of a parking lot, so items like a folding chair can be nice. Bringing a small tarp can also be useful to store the loose objects out of your car during the event. Our events are never too far away from food, so you can bring or buy lunch. Water, however, is a smart thing to bring.
Q: What do you wear for an autocross?
A: The only item that is set in the rules is closed shoes. Thin soled sneakers or driving shoes are recommended. The rest of your clothing should depend in the weather.
Q: What do you do when you get to the autocross lot?
A: When you arrive there are a few things you should do first. These are to register at the control booth (usually next to the course) and sign the waiver, then empty your can of any loose objects and remove the driver floor mat. Once this is done place your cars number on both sides (numbers are given at registration). Now the car is ready for tech inspection (usually on the edge of the course). Once this is all done, walk the course. Walk as many times as you can before the event (usually 3-4 times). Next there will be a drivers meeting and the start of the runs!
Q: What is checked during tech inspection?
A: There are a few main areas of the car that are checked. The wheels are wiggled to check that they are tight enough (wheel bearings and lug nuts). The cabin of the car is also inspected to make sure all loose objects have been removed (including door pockets and glove box). The car battery is also checked for being secure (not held by bungee cords) and the engine is given a visual inspection. This is followed by a brake test. Tech inspection is to give a final look over of the car to see if there are any large safety problems. It is up to the driver to conduct the cars regular maintenance and care to prevent any issues.
Q: What do you do after an event?
A: When all the runs are done for the day, the course must be picked up. If all the drivers get a few cones it is fast and easy. Once this quick pick-up is complete, trophies will be awarded, so don’t leave early!