Category Archives: Autocross – Driver Education – Track

September Autocross puts drivers on fast track

HCP Autocross chair Matt Rutten reports the setup team built a fast course in the McCarty Avenue parking lot this past Sunday, in Albany.  The course challenged the 22 drivers (among them 4 first timers) to maximize speed in fast … Continue reading

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Fun-filled June Autocross

Fifteen drivers took advantage of our second Autocross of the year.  This time around, the event was held at the McCarty Avenue parking area, on the south side of Albany.  Neither heat or humidity would stop drivers from having fun … Continue reading

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How Many of these DE-tails Do You Know?

Well, February was the third warmest on record and March came in like a lamb.  We can only hope the good weather continues. It’s time to get our cars back on the road- and for many of us, back on … Continue reading

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Thinking About Trying Your Car on the Track? Read this…

With DE season and the Club’s first track days rapidly approaching, here’s a look at how the Club’s mentor program makes it easy for drivers to get involved with performance driving on a race track.  This piece is largely based … Continue reading

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2017 Autocross Schedule Announced

Autocross chair Matt Rutten has announced 2017’s autocross schedule.  Events are planned for May 7, June 18, September 10 and October 8.  All dates are Sundays.  Currently plans call for all events to be held at the McCarty Ave. parking … Continue reading

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October AC at SPAC

Performing arts of a different sort could be found at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as twenty-one drivers descended on the SPAC parking lot to test their driving skills at HCP’s last autocross of the season.  It was the Club’s … Continue reading

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A Volunteer’s Look Back at June’s Clash at the Glen

Here’s a look at June’s Zone 1 Clash at the Glen from a volunteer’s perspective provided by Club member Laird Conover.  Laird’s photos and video capture the excitement of the race and the rewards of volunteering.  Volunteers are always needed; contact … Continue reading

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AC Returns to McCarty Ave.

It’s been a busy time for autocross.  A week after the Zone 1 competition in Ayers, MA,  activity shifted to the McCarty Ave. lot for the third event in this year’s HCP autocross series.  Thanks to autocross chair Matt Rutten … Continue reading

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Great Day for HCP Team at Zone 1 Autocross

Could it have been the new team t-shirts?  Most likely, it was the skill of the drivers that lead the HCP  autocross team to finish an impressive fourth out of eleven teams in the recent Zone 1 competition held the … Continue reading

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John Pellerin Reflects on “A Day at the Races”

The next Club DE event is fast approaching.  As Lime Rock beckons, Club member John Pellerin offers his thoughts on the DE experience…   I’ve been a member of the Hudson Champlain Region PCA club since 2011 and did my … Continue reading

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Threat of Rain Doesn’t Deter Autocross Drivers

  Despite heavy overcast and a significant threat of rain, 21 drivers came out to the McCarty Avenue parking lot for the second Hudson-Champlain auto-cross of 2016. Car models included 356, 944, 993, 996, 997, Caymans, Boxsters, and others (yes, we welcome … Continue reading

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A Look Back at Cups and Saucers at the Glen

To get the adrenaline flowing for HCP’s next DE event to be held at Lime Rock Park in August, here’s a look back at some of the cars and drivers that made their way to Watkins Glen in May for … Continue reading

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Fine Day for April 17th Autocross

A beautiful April day provided a great beginning to this season’s HCP autocross series.  Take a drive around the course with Audrey Engelsberg in her 2012 Cayman R and check out the slide show for a look at some of … Continue reading

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April Event at Lime Rock Kicks Off DE Season

It was rainy.  It was sunny.  It was a lotta fun.  That’s the way chief track instructor Andy Dorman described HCP’s first track event of the season, held at Lime Rock Park on April 1st and 2nd.  Twenty-six experienced drivers, … Continue reading

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Zone 1 48 Hours of Watkins Glen

For all track enthusiasts in our club, here’s a link to a flyer describing describing the 2016 version of the Zone One 48 Hours of Watkins Glen. This event was first held in 1975 and has been run each year since. … Continue reading

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Club Member John Shafer Wins National Club Racing Championship

At seventy-seven years of age, John Shafer is  the Porsche Club of America’s 2015 National Class C Club Racing champion.  It’s John’s second championship in as many years…     In this article John tells of the road that took … Continue reading

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Inside Track Racing

Inside Track Racing by John H. Shafer – HCP Track Mentor   Chris Klapper was right.  You drove autocross and it was a hoot; still, you got thinking maybe you hadn’t fully explored your car’s limits- or your own.  So you … Continue reading

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Sept. – Oct. Autocross Recap

When autocross chair Chris Klapper arrived at the McCarty Ave. parking lot on a late summer morning he expected to set cones for the autocross course he had laid out in his mind.  He didn’t expect thirty cars parked in … Continue reading

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Chris Klapper Talks Autocross

Chris Klapper would choose DE over autocross any day.  He’s always loved to go fast and the track provides plenty of opportunity for speed.  Even so, there’s a place in Chris’ heart for autocross as anyone who has ever heard … Continue reading

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May Brings Flowers and First Autocross

Two hundred and twelve orange cones.  Three-tenths of a mile of asphalt.  Twenty-six drivers and four instructors.  It was HCP’s first autocross event of the season- one that drew an  unusually large number of drivers to the McCarty Ave. parking … Continue reading

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