Autocross : A Performance Driving Event
Autocross is the sport of trying to navigate your car through a defined course of pylons usually on a large parking lot, faster than your competition. Autocross courses are set up using soft orange traffic pylon cones (which will not damage your car) and events are run at speeds usually between 40-65 MPH, usually just using 2nd and 3rd gear. The Autocross Program is designed to teach each participant advanced car control technique, so that the participants can improve their driving abilities, better understand the handling and dynamics of their vehicle in a real world environment, and become better, safer drivers.
Exhilaratingly Fun and Competitive Events
You not only learn how to handle your car at speeds that you drive daily, but you also:
- Gain confidence in your driving ability
- Learn the limits of your car’s brakes
- Learn correct seating, hand, and feet positions
- Learn the limits of your car’s tire adhesion
Autocrosses are exhilaratingly fun and competitive events. Most Autocrosses are held in the large parking lots, however some are held at airports or even on race tracks. All levels of experience are welcome! Instructors will be provided for those that are new to the sport. Most importantly, autocross is a social gathering of friends with a common interest and is simply a ton of fun!
How do you get ready? Don’t worry about any advanced driving skills being needed! We’ll have an instructor help you get comfortable with your car and how you’ll be using it. You’ll be amazed how much you’ll learn and how much more comfortable you’ll become with your Porsche in just one or two autocrosses!
Want more information on Autocross? Check the PCA website at www.pca.org/autocross-defined.
High Performance Cars in a Controlled Environment
Driver Education (DE) is your chance to progress beyond autocross which requires you to exit the track after each lap. Unlike autocross, you remain on the course for the entire session. Also, cars are sent out on the course in groups, not individually. This means that in addition to finding the fastest/safest line around the course, you must also deal with traffic. Inevitably, cars will bunch up, and passing is a required and expected part of a practice session.
DE let’s you experience continuous lapping, limited passing in a highly structured fashion, and experience faster speeds than would be found in an autocross format, without having to worry about your lap times, as DE’s are not timed.
A Fun and Challenging Test of Your Driving Skills
DE’s (as they are known) can be run in a large parking lot (like an autocross) or on a real race track. Tracks are designed or chosen to provide a fun and challenging test of your driving skills, and prepare you for higher speeds. Instructors are always available to assist new student drivers, or those wishing to improve their driving skills. DE’s are the stepping stone between Autocross and Club Racing.
DE is a Safe, Structured, and Fun Learning Environment
The goal of the PCA’s Driver’s Education Program is to provide a safe and structured learning environment where participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of their vehicle dynamics and driving safety. Participants will experience first-hand the capabilities of high performance automobiles in a controlled environment and acquire skills that will enhance safer vehicle operation in all driving situations. Like any new sport, your instructor will guide you into this exciting world of high performance driving. These events are safest way to learn the engineering dynamics that went into the development of this famous racing marque.
PCA DE events are not racing. No times or placings are recorded, and no awards or prizes are received by the participants of PCA Driver’s Education events; just a lot of fun and camaraderie. Any conduct considered by the Porsche Club of America to be either unsafe or inconsistent with the spirit or purpose of the Driver’s Education Program will not be permitted. This approach keeps the event safe for all participants.
Safety equipment requirements are more stringent than for Autocross. Your car must meet the requirements set in the Zone rules and must pass a technical inspection. Having your car checked out prior to the event at an authorized inspection station is strongly recommended. This is critical as your safety and the safety of those around you are paramount to PCA.
More Information on Driver Education
Want more information on DE? Check the PCA website at www.pca.org/driver-education.
Get To Know Your Car And The Surrounding Countryside
Looking for a pleasant yet adventurous way for you and your Porsche to get away on a weekend? Try a rally. It’s a great way to get to know both your car and the surrounding countryside.
A rally is an exercise in following directions. The object of the rally competition is to follow a prescribed course and to arrive at each checkpoint when you are due, neither early nor late. You are given a set of instructions that describe the route you should follow and the average speeds you should try to maintain over each section of the course. One must understand the rules and definitions so as to understand the instructions, which, if followed to the letter, should bring the participant to the designated destination at the proper time.
Most Rallies Use Interesting Roads That Are Off The Beaten Path
Cars travel independently, competing against each other. Checkpoints are located along the route at unspecified locations to time your arrival. If you maintain the assigned speeds and routes perfectly, you would reach each checkpoint exactly on time. One point is assigned for each .01 minute you are early or late at a checkpoint. The goal is to keep your score as low as possible. Most rallies use interesting roads that are off the beaten path. Rally masters attempt to create courses that are scenic and fun to drive, as well as stimulating to the mind.
Rallying requires teamwork. Every car must have two occupants, called the driver and the navigator. In most teams, the navigator reads the instructions to the driver and helps to look for signs and landmarks. Some experienced teams have equipment that allows the driver to read the instructions while the navigator calculates time, distance, and average speeds. To keep it fun and fair there are different levels of competitive classes, from novice to very advanced.
Rallies are a fun and competitive — but safe — way to enjoy your Porsche on the open road.
Want more information on Rallies? Check the PCA website at www.pca.org/rally.
Drive New Roads…in Your Porsche
Several hours, all day, and sometimes longer, driving tours are non-competitive driving events, usually with a theme such as visiting wineries, a museum or a distant restaurant for lunch; but sometimes purely for the joy of driving your Porsche. Driving Tours are an opportunity to bring your spouse, family or friends, meet new friends, see new parts of area where you live and drive new roads, all in what makes this Club what it is – your Porsche!
Enjoy the Open Road with Friends
Scenic and twisty roads are often the goal, and unlike a Rally, this is really just a site seeing tour. No maps or potentially confusing directions to follow, just a clear and simple goal of enjoying the open road. Driving Tours also include specially organized trips to big events, such as the annual Porsche Parade, PCA Escape, or the Porsche-Only Swap Meet in Hershey, PA.
Join us…and drive on some truly fantastic roads with Porsche friends old and new!