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2014 NICOFest Carlisle: Official Registration Information!

Postby EZcheese15 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:03 pm

Welcome to the 2014 NICOfest autocross/drift registration thread for the Carlisle Performance and Style Show! May 10-11 (Sat-Sun) at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

If you're interested in auto-crossing your own car on a wickedly fun autocross course, or displaying your drifting skills without any fear of getting arrested, this is the place to sign up. We also encourage you to RSVP on Facebook and/or Google+. The official NICOclub event pages are here:

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Also make sure you share the event with your friends and invite them as well!

We're talking unlimited runs over two days, drift, auto-cross or both. Any make car is welcome. No track experience necessary, open to all licensed drivers 18 or older. There are no special modifications required for most cars, no special skills required from you. Please note that only registered drivers and NICOclub Event Staff will be allowed to enter the paddock.

This year, the paddock will once again be located on top of the hill.

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For those of you who are new to this event, Cars at Carlisle is nationally recognized for their excellent car shows. Eight years ago, we brought NICOFEST to the Carlisle Performance & Style show, and the nice folks at Carlisle allowed us unlimited use of their track for NICOclub members. Needless to say, it was a huge success. But rather than us being the only ones having all of the fun on the track, you are cordially invited to join us with your own car to test your skills and have fun. We're now on our 8th year, and this year will be the biggest yet. The plan is to once again alternate between drifting and autocross throughout the two days. This translates to literally hours of track time for both autocrossing and drifting.

The link below is the picture thread of last year’s event. This should give you a taste of what it’s about.

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SIGNING UP

Registration has changed slightly for 2014. For both NICOclub members and non-NICOclub members, please visit the registration link below. The cost is $25 if registered before April 1st. On April 1st, at 12:00AM EDT, the price will increase to $35. Online registration will be cut off at midnight on May 6th. After that, you will need to register at the event and the cost will be $45. When you click on the Paypal button below, you will be prompted to sign into Paypal to pay either $25 or $35 (depending on when you register) to HDS Holdings, Inc. (the holding company for NICOclub). Please register separately for each driver. If the name on your Paypal account is different than yours, please indicate so in by clicking "Add special instructions to the seller" when registering. Only names registered through Paypal (or indicated as different in the special instructions) will be considered registered. No exceptions. If you do not have a Paypal account, major credit cards are accepted via the Paypal website as well. To verify your registration, click the button below. Please note your registration does not update live and may take up to a day after you submit payment for it to reflect on the registration list.


The registration link will require your real first/last name, not NICOclub username.

The Paypal link for the $25/$35 fee will be for track registration/paddock access only. It is completely separate from the Carlisle Performance and Style general registration. As in the past, there are no obligations, no extra fees, no hidden charges, no junk mail, no spam. You do not need to own a Nissan or Infiniti to participate. We welcome any make/model car to join the fun. Guests are welcome, but will still need to purchase a ticket for Performance and Style general registration. Only guests who have registered for the track will be allowed paddock access. Each person who wishes to enter the paddock must be registered for the track. If you choose not to drive on the track, that is up to you, but only registered drivers will be allowed paddock access.

Please use this thread for any questions or comments. It will be closely monitored by NICOclub staff, and we’ll answer you as quickly as possible.

"Walk-in" registrations (at the event) will also be permitted for $45. This will be good for the duration of the event, with all the same privileges.

UPDATE: We have decided to honor the $35 registration price at the event. Online registration is now closed but you can register at the track for the same $35 price.

Remember, registering for the NICOfest auto-cross and drift does not exclude you from enjoying the many other activities that the Carlisle Performance and Style show offers. It’s a huge show full of features and activities over two days.

Here are the general rules/requirements to participate in the NICOfest Carlisle Drift/Autro-cross event:

General Event Rules

- Participants must be 18 or older licensed drivers

- Event is open to all registered drivers with any make car that pass our technical inspection. No special equipment is required for most vehicles.

- No SUV’s or trucks will be permitted to participate unless approved by the Eventmaster.

- Convertibles will be allowed provided they have at minimum the original factory rollover safety equipment.

- No motorcycles will be permitted on track

- The tech requirements for your car appear later in this thread.

- This is an "at risk" event. That is, the only insurance covering you and your vehicle during this event is your own. Carlisle Events and NICOclub are not responsible for any damages, injuries, thefts.

- Driving on the track is restricted to those who have registered, paid, plus signed the waivers. Participants must still pay admission to the Carlisle Performance and Style show.

- Un-registered participants (walk ins) are also welcome to run on the track, but will be subject to a $45 fee to participate. That is over and above the admission to the Carlisle Performance and Style show.

-There will be no rental helmets available, so participants MUST supply their own SA2005 (or newer) Snell rated helmets (no cracks). Motorcycle helmets are also acceptable, but they must have a Snell rating of M2005 or newer. We will also accept helmets with a BSI safety rating of 6658 Type A. As of January 1st, 2012, SA2000 and M2000 helmets have become expired and will not be allowed. Note, helmets with just an SAE/DOT rating are not acceptable. Please make sure you check your helmet to make sure they not only have a Snell or BSI sticker but that has a current one. If there is no valid Snell or BSI sticker, that helmet cannot be used. No exceptions. Bicycle helmets are also not acceptable. It is okay to share helmets, but please be forewarned, no one will be permitted on that track without wearing an approved helmet. Please advise during tech/registration if he or she is sharing helmets. If people are sharing helmets, the helmet only needs to be tech'ed once.

- Long pants mandatory while driving on track (jeans are fine, but no shorts, please).

- No flip/flops or sandals. Closed shoes only (sneakers are fine).

- Windbreaker/plastic jackets (which melt in fires), are not permitted for on track driving.

- Cars only need to be tech'ed once for the duration of the event.

- There is no minimum or maximum number of runs. Run as often as you'd like.

- There will be no separate running classes.

- Only cars that have passed tech with registered participants that have signed the waivers will be permitted on course.

- There can be more than one driver per car, but each driver must be registered. Cars with more than one driver only need to be tech’d once.

- Runs can only be made while track is staffed and operating green. No un-authorized private sessions allowed unless specifically approved by the Eventmaster.

- Each car will be assigned a number, please make sure it is displayed on driver side rear window.

- Driver’s window must be open while on track. Sunroofs must be closed

- We only allow passengers to ride with instructors or staff. If you’re not staffer or instructor, expect to be denied. This is per insurance regulations, so please don't badger the staff about it.

- Passengers must have signed waivers and wear an approved helmet.

- One vehicle will be on the track at one time for autocross. Multiple cars on the track for drifting will be at the sole discretion of the Eventmaster.

- Cars will need to be completely emptied of loose articles (including radar detectors, maps, tools, floor mats, etc.) before going on the track.

- There will be a fenced in paddock area, but Carlisle Events and NICOclub assume no responsibility for any lost or stolen property.

- Auto-cross runs will be timed and tracked by car number. If you are sharing a car, not the primary driver, and want to be timed separately, please speak to the starter each time you stage.

- In-car video equipment is permitted but must be securely mounted and must not obstruct drivers view. Eventmaster, NICOclub staff, or starter reserve right the right to refuse a setup.

- No alcoholic beverages in the paddock or on track.

- Smoking is not permitted in the pit/track area.

- No pets.

- No bedding of brakes or testing of vehicles in the paddock area.

- Only park in designated areas.

- Please remove all used tires, parts, liquids, garbage before leaving.

- The facility will not have gas,oil, or air, so you’ll need to check your cars prior to arrival.

- Bad behavior will result in immediate dismissal from event or facilities without warning. Please follow starter/corner worker flag instructions.

- All Participants are asked to volunteer to help operate the event, like corner working, registration, or tech. The cars can only run if the corners are staffed.

- And most importantly, HAVE FUN.

CAR "TECH" REQUIREMENTS

Here is what will be required to pass the technical inspection. Essentially if your car can pass a state inspection, it should pass tech. Please be sure to check your over carefully before coming. It would be a shame not to be able to run because of something small.

Engine compartment: no leaks, fluids okay, belts tight, throttle free, no tape on hoses.

Brakes: fluid clean, full

Brake lights/signals: operational

Battery: mounted securely

Tires: Autocross: no cuts, no cord showing, no dry rot. R-compounds or slicks are permitted
Drift: no specific requirements

Wheels: no missing lugnuts. Torque will be checked during tech.

Interior: all loose items removed, floor mats removed

Restraints – factory seat belts are acceptable.

Fire Extinguisher – optional, but if present must be securely mounted

Trunk : emptied, and secured

Helmet: SA2005/M2005 ratings or newer or BSI 6658 Type A rating. No cracks. DOT/SAE (only) rated helmets are not acceptable

Gas cap : present and secured.

VOLUNTEERS

We’ll need volunteers to make it happen. We’ll need everyone to volunteer some time. Here are the areas where we are asking for volunteer help:

Tech inspector: working a simple checklist, don’t need to be a mechanic.

Registration: checking in attendees, signing waivers, assigning car numbers, issuing wristbands.

Corner workers: for safety, picking up cones, reporting knocked over cones, watching for debris, spin outs, fluids, etc.

OTHER DETAILS

Registration is located at the NICOfest tent at the top of the hill next to the paddock, behind the spectator viewing platform. If parking in the paddock, please pull into the tech inspection tent and check in with registration. Registered drivers or NICOclub Staff members are permitted to park inside the paddock. To receive a paddock parking sticker, please check in with registration at the tech tent. Once you, your car, and your helmet pass tech, you will be assigned a number for your car. The number is to be taped to the inside of the driver side rear window (passenger side for any RHD cars). If you are driving, you will receive a wristband and tech sticker. Once you receive your registration wristband, you are eligible to drive on the track. Please wear the wrist band for the duration of the event (All weekend). Every vehicle that enters the paddock must have a paddock parking sticker. If driving, remove all loose items from your car and proceed to the track entry line at your leisure.

If your car already has a number, we will let you use it, but please let us know that number when you have your car inspected, so we don't give it out to someone else.

You only need to register once for the duration of the event.

The Carlisle main gates will open at 0900 both days. The official address is as follows:

Carlisle Fairgrounds
1000 Bryn Mawr Road
Carlisle PA 17013-1588

Carlisle is just west of Harrisburg, PA. Convenient to the PA turnpike and I-81.

The track is located on the north side of the property, and can be seen from the PA turnpike. Once you come through the gate into the fairgrounds, and pass the buildings, you will continue straight and go up the hill towards the paddock at the back of the fairgrounds.

The track itself an out-and-back asphalt course with a grass infield. There are some on and off camber turns that make this course much more interesting than a normal parking lot auto-cross setup. It is a second gear course. You should find it easy to navigate, but challenging to get through fast. There will also be a lot of spectators which adds to the excitement. Both the track and paddock are fenced in.

You will enter the track via the paddock. After you have completed your autocross or drifting run, you will exit the track at the bottom of the spectator hill, on the opposite side of the track from where you entered. You then can make your way back up the hill and return back into the paddock to stage for your next run.

We will publish the auto-cross/drift schedules as soon as they get finalized. The drifting will be featured by the show so expect plenty of spectators.

To register for the Performance and Style show itself, please refer to Carlisle's Registration page here: http://store.carlisleevents.com/SearchR ... asp?Cat=22 and make sure to choose "NICO" as your club affiliation. This will get you credentials to get into the show. Once you are inside, if you are registered for the track event, simply come on down to the paddock and check in. There is also plenty of parking if you choose not to run on the track.

Some other tips.

You are on your own for overnight accommodations. Most of the NICOclub staff will be staying at the Park Inn in Mechanicsburg, PA, but you are under no obligation to stay there. There are many places to stay in the Carlisle area in all price ranges. Camping is available but limited to registered show field participants. There is a limit of 4 people per camp site. To reserve a camp site, check the camping box when registering, or call 717-243-7855 to add it to your registration if you are already registered. Security and local police will be on-site overnight, so please behave yourself.

If you are after maximum runs, we recommend getting registered and tech'd early on Saturday morning so you can get on track immediately. Tech lines can get long on Saturday morning. The lines to get on track traditionally have been smallest early on Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon until closing. The drift/auto-cross schedule runs tight, so if you’re planning to run, you might want to give yourself time to get prepped before the session begins.

That's it for now, please stay tuned in case of any changes or announcements.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask here. We hope you will join us at the Carlisle Performance and Style show for some extra special fun with your car.

Any questions can be addressed here. Joel (Bubba1, the Eventmaster) or any other staff member will do our best to answer your questions as quickly as possible.

Thank you,

Torry
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Postby NSRsheets » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:50 pm

Can't wait. Can we do something about thr grass area were you get in line so we don't have to drive thru a mud puddle again.

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Postby EZcheese15 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:54 pm

NSRsheets wrote:Can't wait. Can we do something about thr grass area were you get in line so we don't have to drive thru a mud puddle again.
We'll see what we can do. Hopefully it will just not rain and it won't be an issue.

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Postby the converted » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:42 am

Of course I'll be there! Put me in for tech as always.

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Postby WVdrift24 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:16 am

Yes have a question or two, this will be te first vent I have attended and was not sure where it is located will tere be directions posted or already posted that I have overlooked , and I Didnt see a time posted for when the gates open up also wondering about bringing extra tires and petrol ? Thanks Andy

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Postby EZcheese15 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:46 am

WVdrift24 wrote:Yes have a question or two, this will be te first vent I have attended and was not sure where it is located will tere be directions posted or already posted that I have overlooked , and I Didnt see a time posted for when the gates open up also wondering about bringing extra tires and petrol ? Thanks Andy
Address for the venue:
Carlisle Fairgrounds
1000 Bryn Mawr Rd
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 243-7855

Gates open at 9am on Saturday, May 10th. More information can be found here: http://carsatcarlisle.com/carlisle-even ... fault.aspx

You must register for the show first, then register for NICOFest separately as an additional charge. General show registration is here: http://store.carlisleevents.com/SearchR ... asp?Cat=22
Cost is $50 to register for the P&S Show and then additional $25 as mentioned in this thread for the NICOFest portion of the event.
Carlisle Fairgrounds is also offering a 10% discount (making it $45) if registered before April 7th.

As for extra tires and petrol, you are free to bring as much as you'd like! Fuel is not available at the fairgrounds, so if you need race fuel you must bring it. If you just need pump gas, there are many gas stations nearby, or you can bring your own.

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Postby WVdrift24 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:10 am

Ok thanks be my first time kinda pumped car wait to meet and greet some fellow nicco comrades

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Postby EZcheese15 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:54 am

WVdrift24 wrote:Ok thanks be my first time kinda pumped car wait to meet and greet some fellow nicco comrades
Great! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Postby nismofly » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:56 pm

No reserved block of rooms this year at the park inn? Just get whatever?

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Postby EZcheese15 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:15 pm

nismofly wrote:No reserved block of rooms this year at the park inn? Just get whatever?
There is, but Brian isn't going this year so Darryl is handling the room block. He just got the info today from the hotel so he's trying to get it organized. I'm sure he'll post up in the next few days about it.

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Postby RennGent » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:36 am

Good morning,

I have a modified 2003 Dodge Durango and would like to get permission to run it on the autocross course before signing up for this event. I completed over 20 runs with my truck on the Hotchkis autocross course last year at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals 2013, and ran the fastest time for any truck or SUV that weekend (though it was done on Sunday so I didn't get into the official listing). My autocross related modification list is as follows: lowered 1", Hellwig rear anti-roll bar, urethane bushings on front anti-roll bar, Nitto NT420S tyres, Bilstein HD shocks with less than 2 years on them, and slotted rotors with Hawk performance SUV brake pads. I also have the required helmet with a Snell M2010 rating ready to go and my truck meets all of the other posted tech requirements.

I have a writeup with a video at the end of my track time that weekend. The video certainly isn't of one of my best runs but it is the only video I have from the event. You can also see pictures of my silver 2003 Durango on Hotchkis' Flickr page.

I'd very much like to participate in the autocross and hope you are willing to accommodate my SUV. Thank you.

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Postby EZcheese15 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:55 am

RennGent wrote:Good morning,

I have a modified 2003 Dodge Durango and would like to get permission to run it on the autocross course before signing up for this event. I completed over 20 runs with my truck on the Hotchkis autocross course last year at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals 2013, and ran the fastest time for any truck or SUV that weekend (though it was done on Sunday so I didn't get into the official listing). My autocross related modification list is as follows: lowered 1", Hellwig rear anti-roll bar, urethane bushings on front anti-roll bar, Nitto NT420S tyres, Bilstein HD shocks with less than 2 years on them, and slotted rotors with Hawk performance SUV brake pads. I also have the required helmet with a Snell M2010 rating ready to go and my truck meets all of the other posted tech requirements.

I have a writeup with a video at the end of my track time that weekend. The video certainly isn't of one of my best runs but it is the only video I have from the event. You can also see pictures of my silver 2003 Durango on Hotchkis' Flickr page.

I'd very much like to participate in the autocross and hope you are willing to accommodate my SUV. Thank you.
Hi there! Normally, we do not allow SUVs or Trucks to run on the course, but we definitely appreciate the advanced permission request! Since your truck is lowered and does have some suspension modifications, I don't see any problem with allowing you to participate.

Feel free to sign up! If someone at tech inspection says anything, just let them know you requested permission beforehand and it was ok. Just tell them it was approved by me (Torry) if they have any questions. Of course, you'll still need to pass tech, but the fact that you are in a truck will be overlooked.

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Postby Bubba1 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:03 am

I just watched your lap video. Impressive how little that Durango leans in turns. :dblthumb:

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Postby WVdrift24 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:47 am

I have been lookin on how to register to drift my question is which form do fill out the judged or nonjudged I think is what I coming up with sorry just having trouble figuring out what I need to do any help won't hurt thanks

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Postby EZcheese15 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:57 am

WVdrift24 wrote:I have been lookin on how to register to drift my question is which form do fill out the judged or nonjudged I think is what I coming up with sorry just having trouble figuring out what I need to do any help won't hurt thanks
Either one will get you in the fairgrounds. Judged is for if you are going for a trophy in the car show. I'm guessing (since you are going to be drifting), you don't have a show car, in which case non-judged is what you would want.

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Postby flohtingPoint » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:39 pm

Is susq region hosting the autocross again this year? It looks like I can maybe show up for one day of it on my schedule. Would have to find a place to put the car while in paddock/grid as I cannot drive over dirt/grass. I'll be on A6's and not going to get crud all over them.

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Postby EZcheese15 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:44 pm

flohtingPoint wrote:Is susq region hosting the autocross again this year? It looks like I can maybe show up for one day of it on my schedule. Would have to find a place to put the car while in paddock/grid as I cannot drive over dirt/grass. I'll be on A6's and not going to get crud all over them.
They've never hosted the autoX. They helped us one year with a timing light, but other than that it's always been hosted by us.

The layout changed last year and there is no longer any grass to worry about unless you go off course. However, the entire paddock is gravel, so there is no way to get on the track unless you are willing to drive over gravel. Take a look at the map in the first post for the current configuration.

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Postby flohtingPoint » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:53 pm

If there isn't pavement I can put the car on between runs, then I will have to skip it. 1500 dollar tires (even the ones I have marked for testing only and have 100 runs on them), aren't going on gravel. Thanks though =)

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Postby EZcheese15 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:03 pm

flohtingPoint wrote:If there isn't pavement I can put the car on between runs, then I will have to skip it. 1500 dollar tires (even the ones I have marked for testing only and have 100 runs on them), aren't going on gravel. Thanks though =)
You can park on any of the asphalt paths at the fairgrounds, but to drive through the paddock, you'll be driving on gravel.

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Postby frapjap » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:59 am

flohtingPoint wrote:If there isn't pavement I can put the car on between runs, then I will have to skip it. 1500 dollar tires (even the ones I have marked for testing only and have 100 runs on them), aren't going on gravel. Thanks though =)
Run stock tires that came with the car when you picked it up at the dealership?

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Postby flohtingPoint » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:38 am

frapjap wrote:
flohtingPoint wrote:If there isn't pavement I can put the car on between runs, then I will have to skip it. 1500 dollar tires (even the ones I have marked for testing only and have 100 runs on them), aren't going on gravel. Thanks though =)
Run stock tires that came with the car when you picked it up at the dealership?
LOL, those dont exist anymore dude... The car lives with competition tires on it, it only exists for autocross. I dont start the car unless it's getting work done, traveling to a competition or doing actual competition runs. I dont do cruises or drive the car around.

It's not a huge deal, skipping this isn't an issue, I'd rather not be a hassle =)

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Postby RennGent » Thu May 08, 2014 6:15 pm

EZcheese15 wrote:Hi there! Normally, we do not allow SUVs or Trucks to run on the course, but we definitely appreciate the advanced permission request! Since your truck is lowered and does have some suspension modifications, I don't see any problem with allowing you to participate.

Feel free to sign up! If someone at tech inspection says anything, just let them know you requested permission beforehand and it was ok. Just tell them it was approved by me (Torry) if they have any questions. Of course, you'll still need to pass tech, but the fact that you are in a truck will be overlooked.
Bubba1 wrote:I just watched your lap video. Impressive how little that Durango leans in turns. :dblthumb:
Thank you very much! I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday and participating in the Autocross!

*** EDIT: Doh! I have a feeling I never registered and will need to be a walk in. :blush: I could have sworn I did but I can't find documentation or an email or a line on my credit card statement. :gotme I'll be sure to bring cash.


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