We are getting close to the time of the year when we get a chance to drive our Porsches as they were meant to be driven. By that I mean more than a quick on-ramp excursion or a brisk trip down your favorite twisty road.
On April 21, NOR will kick off its 2013 Autocross series with what in the past has been referred to as a "school," but which should more precisely be called a Car Control Clinic. It will be held in the large paring lots at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. The pavement is free and clear of any hard objects. The only obstacles are strategically placed rubber pylons which are occasionally punted by student drivers going around a learning curve at relatively low speeds.
Several experienced autocross pilots will be available to act as in-car instructors (in yours & theirs) to guide you through a series of car control exercises which demonstrate both the components of an autocross and the high limits designed into your Porsche to handle such situations. Such components will include a friction circle, emergency lane changes, and slalom maneuvers. You might be pleasantly surprised at the high G-force numbers you can generate going round and round or right-left-right.
The first part of the day will be spent concentrating on these individual exercises. After a lunch break the elements will be combined which results in the making of an autocross course. We will set up the timing equipment and give you several passes through the course. Our instructors will continue to ride with you if that is your desire. At the end of the day there will be applause all around for a job well done.
As an incentive to participate the cost today is Zero, Nada, or $0. Once we get you hooked on autocrossing we will hit you up for cash at future Lakeland events. And even then it is a measly $25 for an entire day of fun.
The 2013 NOR Autocrosss schedule at Lakeland:
- April 21 - Car Control Clinic
- May 19
- June 16
- July 21
- August 25
- September 22
The Voices From the Trunk will contain details in the issues preceding each event.
Please come join us. It will be a full day of on-ramp fun and so much more.
* Les is a long-time member of the Northern Ohio Region, PCA