Driver Education

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High Performance Driver Education
The mission and purpose of the Porsche Club of America’s Driver Education Program is to provide a safe, structured and controlled teaching and learning environment. The PCA DE Program is designed so that participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and driving safety. Participants will experience first-hand the capabilities of high performance automobiles in a controlled, closed-course environment and acquire skills that will enhance safer vehicle operation in all driving situations.

Announcing Niagara PCA 2020 HPDE Events.

Returning for 2020 – Intro to High Performance Driving**
This is a one day opportunity to experience a Driver Education event for yourself.  It is an introduction to HPDE held on the second day of the May and September Events. You will attend the drivers’ meeting, participate in the Intro to High Performance Driving specific classroom sessions, be driven around the track by a NRPCA Instructor for one session and be allowed to drive your own car with an instructor in a unique run group specific only to the Intro to HPD drivers. You will have an opportunity to drive your car at speed for two sessions; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Space is limited.

Here is a video done by First Settlers Region that gives you an excellent overview of HPDE. Learning Curves: High Performance Drivers Education

May 25-26 (Mon-Tues – traditional HPDE format) -Cancelled
June 10-11 (Wed-Thu – Advanced format) -Cancelled
July 29-30(Wed-Thu – advanced format)
Sept 28-29 (Mon-Tue – HPDE format)

HPDE Instructor Seminar  – March 28th, 2020 – Cancelled
Peter Krause will be our guest presenter, seminar focus will be “Instructing in the 21st Century”.   Seminar starts at 8:00 AM. Continental breakfast upon arrival.  Lunch is included and we should wrap up around 3:30 PM. We will be meeting at Burgundy Basin in Rochester, NY.
The cost is FREE of charge to any instructor or instructor candidate.

Registration at ClubReg.net 


Instructor Development Program Kick-Off Seminar – April 25th, 2020 – Cancelled
This day-long seminar is to welcome the IDP Class of 2020 and lays the foundation for what’s in store for the year-long program.

Mike Bohan Memorial HPDE at Watkins Glen – May 25 & 26, 2020 -Cancelled

Students  $525
Garage space $60
“Intro to HPDE” – One Day Taste of the Track – $150
Intro to HPDE will be day 2 of this event.

Watkins Glen – Advanced DE – June 10 & 11, 2020 – Cancelled

Event fee $629
Garage space $60
Advanced intermediate soloed drivers and above only.

What is an Advanced DE?

Watkins Glen – Advanced DE – July 29 & 30, 2020

Event fee $629
Garage space $60
Advanced intermediate soloed drivers and above only.

What is an Advanced DE?

OctoberFast HPDE at Watkins Glen – September 28 & 29, 2020

Students $525
Garage space $60
“Intro to HPDE” – One Day Taste of the Track – $150
Intro to HPDE will be day 2 of this event.

Registration for ALL Events via ClubRegistration.net commences midnight January 1st, 2020.
Use the link below to access all of our events.

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Niagara on the Road – Virginia International Raceway – October 23rd -25th, 2020
Check the 
calendar event for more details as they become available. 

Niagara on the Road program provides a unique opportunity to drive on a variety of tracks in the US and Canada with the camaraderie of your fellow Niagara HPDE drivers. Niagara kicked off our inaugural “On The Road” program in 2012 by herding 20+ track enthusiast and caravanning them all down to Virginia International Raceway to attend a two day open track event with David Murry Track Days. Subsequent years included Allegheny Region PCA at Mid Ohio, Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada with the Patroon Region BMW club and the Ottawa Region BMW Club, Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Mid-Ohio club and last year visiting the site for the Annual Petit LeMans event at Road Atlanta

Recall notice sent by MOMO to SCCA
Effective Immediately! Manufacturing defects have been found in certain model MOMO harnesses which render them unsafe, and they are being recalled. These harnesses bear the MOMO “Corse” or “MOMO” name (or “ACR” in certain Dodge Vipers only), and have labels on the lap strap referring to one or more of the following certification numbers: “FIA B-143.T/98”, “FIA C-154.T/98”, “FIA D-153.T/98”, “FIA D-142.T/98”, “SFI” or “SFI 16.1”, with all of them marked as “FIA” or “SFI” certified. According to SCCA, use of these harnesses should “CEASE IMMEDIATELY”. Contact Darick Schmitt of MOMO Automotive at 800-749-MOMO (6666).
Note to all NRPCA HPDE Drivers: Those drivers whose cars are equipped with these model harnesses WILL NOT pass safety inspection.

Tire Rack Street Survival

In addition to our High Performance Driver Education program, the Niagara Region PCA is also concerned with the safety of teen drivers. This article from US Insurance Agents discusses and makes suggestions regarding Common Risks Faced by Teen Drivers. Teen crashes and teen-driving fatalities are entirely too common. Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driver Safety Program is a course that we know helps significantly reduce these tragic accidents. Niagara provides instructors and volunteers for the Genesee Valley Chapter BMW CCA Street Survival program. Please visit http://www.streetsurvival.orgto learn more about the Tire Rack Street Survival® program.

Currently there are no classes scheduled in our area.

Event details and more information are at StreetSurvival.org