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NER/NCR 2021 Driver Education Ground School

Driver's Ed

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Event Information

Hosted by Northeast Region PCA
Registrar / 774-275-1621
Location Palmer Motorsports Park
Event Dates 04/24/21 - 04/24/21
Registration Dates 03/12/21 12:01 AM (opens)
(central time zone)

04/16/21 12:00 PM (closes)
(central time zone)
Description Are you a new member of the Porsche Club? Or, perhaps, a long term member getting back into Porsche-related activities? Are you interested in expanding your Porsche experience into more exotic realms? Would you like to drive your Porsche ‘spiritedly’ without the risk of running afoul of the polizei?

If you’ve ever dreamed of driving your Porsche at speed, feeling exhilarated by its performance and learning to take full advantage of its capabilities, we invite you to get a head start on our 2021 track season by attending the NER/NCR Driver Education Ground School on Saturday, April 24th at Palmer Motorsports Park. This is NER/NCR’s annual classroom-based introduction to our Driver Education program and again is being supported by Cody McLean of HMS Motorsport at HMS’s facility in Danvers MA. Additional information about HMS and directions to their facility can be found at

PCA’s Driver Education program is the most popular activity offered by PCA and the events are for all PCA Club members who are licensed drivers and 18 or older. NER/NCR’s Driver Education events are especially well-known to be among the best organized, safest and the most enjoyable and rewarding DE events in this part of the country.

The Ground School will give you a great overview of NER/NCR’s on-track Driver Education program. While not geared to grooming you to become the next Formula 1 champion, we will discuss the fundamentals of high performance track driving and how many of these techniques can be applied to improve your everyday, on-street driving. You’ll hear how to prepare for an event, how and where our events are held, what to expect when you get to an event and, most of all, you’ll learn how much fun DE’ing can be. You’ll also get a copy of the presentation containing lots of useful information.

Advanced registration for this highly-popular event is strongly suggested (and will save you money). Registration prior to the event is $30 per person and walk-in registrations the day of the event are $40 per person. Check-in and a continental breakfast, generously provided by NER member and Panera Bread franchise owner David Peterman, will begin at 9:30 AM. Our presentation will run from approximately 10 AM to Noon. At the end of the program, HMS will provide a pizza lunch. You’ll also have ample time to ask questions and see the practical and fun stuff that HMS has to offer, including helmets, gloves, harnesses and other safety equipment. In addition to the presentation and food we also plan to offer the opportunity for parade laps courtesy of Palmer Motorsports Park management. Participating in parade laps is NOT a requirement for attending the ground school but it will give you some idea why some of us are addicted to track driving!

“What’s a Parade Lap?” you may ask. In parade laps, participants are allowed to drive several laps on track at reduced speeds following a pace car. This will give you an sense of what it feels like to actually drive the track yourself. You can have passengers in your vehicle and all occupants must wear seat belts. No helmets are required for parade laps. 

And remember, attending this Ground School in no way obligates you to sign up for a DE event. However, we hope you agree that the only way to truly experience and appreciate what you and your Porsche are capable of doing is to drive it on track. Questions? - email me at or call me (please, NLT 9PM) at 774-275-1621.

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in improving their driving and learning about our 2021 Driver Education program.

While everyone is welcome to attend NER/NCR’s 2021 Ground School, drivers participating in NER/NCR’s on-track Driver Education events must hold current membership in PCA or another recognized car club (such as BMWCCA), have a valid driver’s license and be at least 18 years old.

Cost: $30 per person pre-registered or $40 walk-in registrations
Refund Policy No refund for cancellations less than two weeks before the event. 
Indemnity Policy When to register:

In most cases registration for all NER DE events opens on March 1st. 

As a general word of warning, be aware that both NER and NCR accept entries on a first-come, first-served basis (based on the date paid).  This year there will be greater demand for most events; we fully expect that some will sell out early.  Although you cannot register before registration opening day, we strongly suggest you register as early as possible after March 1st (for NER events) to avoid disappointment.  This is particularly important for the Green & Yellow student groups as the number admitted to any event is dependent upon the number of instructors signing up.  It's also very important for all drivers wishing to attend the Mont-Tremblant event in July as only 30 cars are allowed on the track at any time (a maximum of 150 cars for the event).  Student drivers, the earlier you sign up and pay the more likely you are to be confirmed for the event. 

Other important information about registration:

Though NER and NCR are entirely separate and distinct regions, we’ve done our best to coordinate our policies and procedures to make the DE season as seamless as possible.  Even so, please familiarize yourself with the host region's policies and protocols by reading the host region’s policies as found on their individual web sites.  Do not assume the rules you are accustomed to with your home region will be the same as those of other regions.  Your standard operating procedure should be to check the DE pages of any region's event you are attending far enough in advance to allow compliance with their policies (which may change from year to year). 

A few NER registration caveats:

Registration closes approximately 2 weeks prior to an event:

Signing up for an event without paying is not a full registration.  Until your payment is received, either by check or electronically, you are NOT registered and a space will NOT be held for you in the event. 

If you pay after the 2-week cut-off or at the event with permission of the registrar, you may be subject to a $25 / day event surcharge. 

All registrations will normally be for the entire event.  A driver wishing to register for fewer days than the entire event may pay a higher rate per day. 

Instructors are urged to register early to allow us to admit as many student drivers as possible. 

All of the above surcharges are at the discretion of the Track Chair, Registrar and/or Chief Instructor and will be determined by the individual circumstances of each event. 

Event Fees

Entry Type Fee Description
Ground School Registration $30.00
NER/NCR Track Committee $0.00

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