I would not wait any longer for a confirmation e-mail. Contact the DE Registrar to confirm your registration and find out what your car number should be. Everything might be fine, but it is always worth checking to be sure.
Yes, this is still true.
The reasoning behind this- yes, we do actually think about such matters 🙂 – is that for somebody that has not yet decided if the DE Programme is right for them, this saves the cost of purchasing and installing the Fire Extinguisher for what may only be one weekend. However, since most people are ‘hooked’ after the first day, you are likely only postponing the inevitable cost.
No such allowance is made for Safety Helmets or DE Safety inspections though.
Just announced today:
PCA National has just extended the 2005 helmet replacement for DE until January 2017, due to availability issues of the new SA2015 helmets.
Yeay… one more season with my 2005 and its sweat infused lining! Hmmmm…
You will see a few non-Porsche cars at DE events, but these are mostly in the Red (Instructor) Run Group. If for some reason an Instructor cannot bring their Porsche to a DE event, we allow alternate vehicles, since we really need the Instructor participation to make the events work. In very special instances it has been allowed in other solo groups, but this is only on a temporary basis and for exceptional reasons.
There is solid reasoning behind this rule. First and foremost, we are a Porsche Club and invariably we can fill all our DE events with Porsche vehicles. Other regions may have to allow other marques into their events to make up the numbers and ensure financial viability. Second, our Instructors know Porsches best and while the skills we teach are mostly applicable to any vehicle, there are nuances in driving a Porsche that are exclusive to the marque. We can also be confident that a properly maintained Porsche can withstand the demands of Track use without concern. That’s what they are built for. That can’t be said of all so called performance cars.
Yes, you can designate another person as your Affiliate Member, although usually this is a family member. If you friend is OK being your 9th Cousin sixteen times removed, I guess that is close enough!
No you cannot bring any car to DE. IDS yes (which your “Cousin” would have to take first) but not DE. For DE it must be a Porsche, especially in the Instructed groups.
Hi Mile, It is not just a matter of Instructor availability, but the fact that we can only allow a fixed maximum number of vehicles in each run group. If the Run Group for the person you swap with is already at its maximum then their registration will not be accepted. Obviously the Registrar will be able to advise you regarding this.
You need to check with the DE Registrar if the person you ‘swap’ with is in a different Run Group. We have limits on the number of cars in each run group and often waiting lists for the instructed groups.
I’m very glad that everybody had a good time and it sounds like we now have a few more addicted Trackies. We were concerned that due to some challenges we faced this past weekend that people attending for the first time, might go away with a negative viewpoint., so I’m pleased to hear otherwise. I agree with ‘Jesteves’ that the Driver Development Track allows you to really concentrate on improving your skill level – regardless of what that level is – and is a great facility for both teaching and learning.
Provided you use our UCR DE Inspection Form (downloadable from our website) and your shop is a facility licensed in whatever Province/State you reside in, there should be no problem. Ultimately, the responsibility for bringing a safe, reliable vehicle to the DE event is yours and yours alone. If anybody at the track questions this, refer them to me.
Our UCR DE Registrar will normally re-use the same assigned car number each time you register for an event. If you did not participate for a while (e.g. a couple of years or more) then your number might be re-assigned. If you go to DE events in other Regions, you may still be able to use your number if it is not already taken, but usually if it is, the local Registrar will add a 1 before or after so you can easily tape the extra digit alongside your usual number.
Registration opens at 7am and closes around 8am.
You will receive an event schedule in your registration package.
The Tech-Line opens at 7:15am and closes at 8:15am.
There is a mandatory Drivers Meeting at 8:25am.
White Run Group is on track at 9am.
Since this is your first event, you will be in the Green run group which is on track about 25 mins after the White run group.
Lunch is at 12:30pm and the event finishes at 5pm.
There is usually a social or sometimes a dinner after the event shuts down.
Your last run of the day is at about 3:30pm so you will be free to leave after about 4. You will have work duty sometime during the weekend, so you need to check your Registration Envelope to see when that is scheduled. It can be one period either Saturday or Sunday AM or PM. You do not lose any runs during your work session.