Autocross Information

The Rocky Mountain Chapter BMW Car Club of America holds several autocross events a year, including a school. The autocrosses, autocross schools, and the Car Control Clinic are open to all BMW CCA members over the age of 16 with a valid driver’s license. A learner’s permit is NOT a valid driver’s license.

To become a BMW CCA member, go to the BMW CCA National Website to sign up.

Please note the helmet rule change effective January 1, 2017 in the “Helmets” section below.

Event Schedule
The event schedule is the same for all autocross events:
7:00am: Gates open, check-in open
8:45am: All-hands drivers meeting
9:00am: First car off, morning heat 1
12:00pm: Break for Lunch
12:45pm: First car off, afternoon heat 1
3:00pm: Awards
Times are subject to change based on event flow.

Registration
Autocross events are open to all BMW CCA members. Beginners, convertibles and roadsters are welcome. BMW and Porsche SAVs (X5, X3, X6, Cayenne, Macan, etc.) may participate, but must be on street tires. Other trucks, SUVs, and high center of gravity vehicles are not permitted.
Event registration will open four weeks prior to the event or immediately after the preceding event, whichever is later. Registration will close at precisely 6:00 PM the Wednesday prior to the event, or earlier if the event cap of 85 participants is reached. If the event cap is reached, subsequent registrants will be placed on the wait-list. Wait-listed participants will be notified via email no later than Friday afternoon before the event if they are accepted. If you have questions, send them to axinfo@rmcbmwcca.org and a member of the autocross committee will reply.

Go to MotorsportReg.com.to register for the event. You must create an account on this site in order to register. Payments will not be processed until the Friday prior to the event. Registrants whose payments are declined or whose BMW CCA memberships cannot be validated will be barred from attending the event.

No walk-up registrations are allowed.

Autocross Series
By participating in an event, you are eligible to earn a trophy depending on your placement in your class. In addition, the points that you score in each event count toward the season championship. You will get both runs in the morning as well as the afternoon. The morning runs will allow you to get familiar with the course and to practice performance driving and autocross skills. After lunch, we will have the competition runs for event trophies.
For more information on season points and championship rules, go to the autocross website

Autocross School and Car Control Clinic

The autocross program will be running an autocross school the day before our first event. The goal of the school is to teach students the fundamentals of performance driving. The school is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session will be for those attending the Car Control Clinic and the Beginner Autocross School. This will start with a 30-minute classroom session to go over the fundamentals of autocross as well as rules and safety guidelines. After the classroom session is complete, you will be divided into several groups to take runs on several features that we will have set up. These features will consist of several slaloms, a skid pad, figure 8, and a triangle. After all the students have gone through all the features, we’ll break for lunch.

The afternoon session will consist of an Intermediate Autocross School and Advanced Autocross school. All sessions do include lunch being served at 11:30-12:00. We offer bundles if you wish to attend the school all day; one can sign up for both the beginner and intermediate sessions. The intermediate session is also open to Car Control Clinic folks as well.

Helmets
As of January 1, 2017, helmets must be Snell 2010 or newer. Snell 2005 and older helmets are no longer allowed.Both full-faced or open-faced Motorcycle (M) or Special Application (SA) helmets are permitted. However, convertible or “flip-up” style motorcycle helmets are not. SFI 31.1 and FIA 8860 certified helmets are also acceptable. The club also has a few loaners available for daily rental for $10/day. If you plan to buy a helmet, we recommend that you read Bell’s helmet sizing guide.

Insurance
Although autocrossing is a safe sport, it is a timed event. Many insurance policies exclude coverage for timed events. We recommend that you check with your insurance carrier to get more information.If you want insurance coverage for autocross and your insurance carrier won’t cover you, you can purchase an insurance policy through Lockton Affinity.

Autocross Preparation and Rules

  1. Class your car using the tool on the autocross website.
  2. Reserve a car number using the tool on the autocross website. Your numbers and class letters must be compliant with the car numbering rules.
  3. Register for the event on MotorsportReg.com
  4. Bring water! Even if it is not hot out, you will dehydrate quickly.
  5. Bring lunch or cash to purchase lunch at select events when a food vendor will be present. Food vendor presence will be noted on the MotorsportReg page.
  6. When you arrive, check in at the registration desk and get your grid assignment. Check-in is done either at the tent or at the autocross trailer.
  7. Move your vehicle to your grid spot and install your numbers.
  8. Remove all loose items from inside your vehicle and trunk. The driver side floor mat needs to be removed (even if attached to carpet). All other floormats can remain in the car.
  9. Open your hood and trunk to indicate to the tech inspection team that your vehicle is ready to be inspected. If your car passed tech, the inspectors will close the hood and trunk and place a sticker on your windshield. Otherwise, a note will be left on your windshield to follow-up with the Chief of Tech.
  10.  Participants are responsible for their own belongings. If you bring valuables, please have someone watch them while you work or run. RMC BMW CCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  11.  Every registered driver will have a work assignment during the heat in which they are not driving.
  12.  Spectators are welcome but cannot venture onto the course.
  13.  Members are responsible for the spectators that they bring to the event. Any issues with spectators not following the rules will result in action against the hosting member. Members, please inform your guests of the rules that we all must follow at an event.
  14.  No racing, fast driving, or showing off in the paddock or grid. Violators will be asked to leave the event without a refund.
  15.  No speeding on the roads leading to and from the venue. We take this rule very seriously, as violations could result in the club losing the use of the venue. Violators risk being banned from all BMW events.