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'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. For a small one-time $10 flat fee, (not included with your Performance and Style admission,) you can join us in the private fenced-in NICOclub paddock near the track, test your skills with your car, or get an extra close view of the action. Non driving guests are welcome but they will be subject to the same fee.
For veterans of this event, you will notice one major change this year. Our paddock location is now at the top of the hill behind the spectator viewing area. The map below shows the new layout of the paddock area and flow of traffic.
For those of you who are new to this event, Cars at Carlisle is nationally recognized for their excellent car shows. Seven 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 7th 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 a recap of last year’s event. This should give you a taste of what it’s about.
http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/nicofe ... -2012.html
Registration will be the same as last year. For both NICOclub members and non-NICOclub members, please visit the registration link below. You will be prompted to Paypal $10 to NICOclub with "Carlisle Registration" as the subject line. Please register separately for each guest. 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 Paypal link for the $10 fee will be for track registration only. It is completely separate from the 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 be subject to the same one-time $10 fee.
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" registration without signing up here will also be permitted, but they will be subject a one-time $25 fee. Good for the duration of the event, with all the same privileges.
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 one-time $25 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 cotton pants/cotton shirts 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.
- 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 dismissal from event or facilities. 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, glove box empty, 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.
We’ll need volunteers to make it happen.Volunteers are naturally welcome to drive. But with the track open for so many hours, 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.
Starter: In charge of safety, launches drivers. Coordinates with corner workers.
You will go through registration prior to tech. Registration is located at the NICOfest tent at the top of the hill next to the paddock, behind the spectator viewing platform. Please park outside of the paddock to check in with registration. Once you receive your registration wristband, you are then free to enter the paddock with or without your vehicle. Please wear the wrist band for the duration of the event (All weekend). Every person that enters the paddock must have a registration wristband. Once inside the paddock, you will need to have your car teched before you will be allowed on track. Remove all loose items from your car and proceed to the tech inspection tent, located inside the paddock. A tech inspector will go over your car and helmet and approve you to be on the track.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.
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:
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.
NICOclub Events Coordinator