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Central Maryland MINI Motorists Message Board HAIRPIN CORNER › NCC Autocross School in Bowie, MD 3.5.11

NCC Autocross School in Bowie, MD 3.5.11

Phillip Y.
user 9722793
Bowie, MD
Post #: 35

NCC Autocross School - 03/5/2011

On Saturday, March 5th, 2011, the NCC Autocross program will be conducting its first autocross school for 2011. This school is designed for novices. NCC members and non-members are invited to attend.

Autocross is a safe, low-speed motorsport where competitors drive against the clock to turn in the best times as they navigate a driving course defined by orange parking cones in a large, open lot. The Autocross School is the best way for new and budding autocross participants to learn more about autocross and improve their driving performance through a combination of classroom education and in-car instruction by some of the best instructors in the Washington DC area. Come join us at the Bowie Baysox Stadium for a fun and educational day filled with safe but adrenaline raising motorsport.

Classroom sessions will include a variety of topics to help novice participants better understand what goes on in a day of autocross, and what they will likely be seeing and hearing around them as they participate in the motorsport. Instruction on how to prepare both the car and driver for autocross, how to register, tech inspect, work a course, and safety topics will get you up to speed with the day-of operations for participating in autocross. Then, drivers will learn how to make the most of their runs by examining techniques like walking the course to determine good run lines, throttle modulation (your gas pedal is not an on-off switch!), and when to brake. Classroom discussions will also cover basic handling conditions such as 'oversteer' and 'understeer' you may have heard of, and how to correct them, and try to prevent these issues to give you your best runs.

When not in classroom sessions, it's time to put all of your newfound knowledge to work. Get ready to buckle up and drive, as you will get run after run to put your training and skills to the test with a series of handling and stopping challenges as you gear up to run a full autocross course. With one of our excellent instructors at your side, you will continue to receive guidance to improve your performance and lower your lap times. As you learn how to pick your turn-in points, choose your braking zones and work the throttle wisely, you will notice a consistent improvement in how your car handles confidently and smartly through the sea of cones.

There is no better way to get started in autocross than with the NCC Autocross School. Whether you've done a few events in the past, or if you've never been out to a course before, you'll find the program educational and the skills you learn useful not just on the autocross course, but for all of the driving you do. Our staff is ready to answer any questions you will have and will ensure you get personalized attention and instruction to overcome any concerns or issues. We are ready to introduce you to the fast and fun world of autocross, are you ready to join? Register now as space in our Autocross Schools are limited to the first 20 participants to ensure small class groups and personalized instruction.

The Essentials ...


Please register using Motorsport Reg here: http://www.motorsport...­

Registration will open Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:00AM EST.

Attendance at the school is via online registration ONLY. No Exceptions! Prepayment of admission is required.

Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Date:Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Bowie Baysox Stadium
4101 Crain Highway
Bowie, MD, 20716

Cost: $60.00

Class Curriculum

08:00 AM – Students Arrive

08:15 AM- Welcome to Autocross
· Student check-in
· All students must sign insurance waiver.
· What should I expect from today?
· How will this make me a better driver?

08:30 AM - Tech Inspection Overview
· What is tech inspection?
· How do you perform a tech inspection?
· Students tech inspect another classmates vehicle.

09:00 AM - Working The Course Overview
· What is working the course?
· Why is working the course important?
· What are the different worker positions?
· What are cone penalties and how are the assessed?
· What should I do in case of an on course emergency?

09:15 AM - First Concepts Classroom Session

10:00 AM – Morning Driving Exercises
· Three 40 minute driving sessions with personal instruction on three different short courses

12:00 PM - Lunch Time
· Lunch provided for all attendees.

12:30 PM - Advanced Classroom Session

01:15 PM - Guided Coursewalk
· How do I walk a course?
· Why is walking the course necessary?
· How do you remember all of this?

01:45 PM – Afternoon Driving Exercises
· Driving sessions with personal instruction on the full course. Target of 5 runs each.

04:00 PM – Course Completion/Lot Cleanup
· Students to assist with packing up all autocross equipment.
Ellicott City, MD
Post #: 414
Would love to join.

I will try my best to attend this one. :)
user 10044670
Pasadena, MD
Post #: 117
I'm signed up. laughing

As of 9:30am on 2/16, there are only 4 spots remaining.
Carl B.
user 11229071
Rockville, MD
Post #: 17
I am going as well. will see you there.
user 10044670
Pasadena, MD
Post #: 120
See you there Carl! Looks like there's one other MINI attending.
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