Autocross is a motorsports event that emphasizes car control and performance handling.
A “clean-car contest” and car show, where your car is judged by its condition, appearance, and cleanliness. Cars are judged on the condition of their exterior, interior, engine compartment and storage compartment.
The Do-It-Yourself program allows National Capital Chapter members to work on their own cars under the guidance of experienced members and technicians provided by the DIY sponsor.
Looking for a fun day trip to get you out of town, socialize with fellow BMW owners and enjoy your “Ultimate Driving Machine”, an NCC Tour maybe just what you’re looking for! Tours are social group drives to local points of interest around Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia via the scenic route.
Tours typically consist of a half day to a full day of driving and run once or twice a month Spring through the Fall. Wineries, Museums, Restaurants, Creameries, Orchards, Scenic Overlooks are example destinations. We try to spread the tours out to hit all regions of the Chapter. Its at most an hours’ drive to the start location from Baltimore, DC or Northern Virginia, but often its less for one or the other.
High-Performance Driving Schools (HPDE)
The primary goal of these HPDEs are to develop and hone your car-control skills. It is not to drive fast, although speed will come with improving skills. We seek to produce not necessarily the fastest, but the most proficient drivers possible.
Please note that iRacing is not video game racing like Gran Turismo. This is simulation racing similar to what professional race drivers use to enhance their skills. An iRacing subscription, steering wheel, and pedals will be required.
M Club Day
The day is divided into morning skill and afternoon competition sessions. Morning exercises include instruction on the wet skid pad, braking & handling, accident avoidance and autocross courses. Afternoon competitions include the wet oval rat race (DSC OFF!), the wet and dry skid pad rat race and timed autocross. After lunch classroom instruction helps us get back to basics. Did we mention the Performance Center supplies the cars, gas, tires and lunch for the day?
NCC is the most active and diverse chapter in CCA, so we always have a bunch of social activities throughout the year. Some examples include Cars & Coffee, golf outings, VIR car corral for IMSA weekend, chili cookoffs, and our Thursday night meets.
Tire Rack Street Survival
It’s a car control clinic for teens. Car crashes (don’t call them “accidents” – most car crashes are entirely avoidable) are one of the leading causes of death for teens in the U.S. Street Survival’s goal is to teach teen drivers the car control skills, and more importantly, the situational awareness and judgement to keep them safe. One of my favorite Street Survival quotes is “it’s about more than driving; it’s about living”.