Auto Racing and Driving in New England: Car Clubs, Driving Clubs and Lime Rock Park
With few exceptions, owners of high-performance street cars dream of “seeing what she’ll do” on the track. Marque clubs such as the BMW Car Club of America and the Porsche Club of America provide many services for owners of these makes, including technical advice, discounts, insider info, organized road trips and other fun gatherings.
With regard to the actual driving aspect, most of these kinds of car clubs also have protocols and procedures in place for its members to get on track. As you might imagine, Lime Rock is an extremely popular venue with these clubs.
Once you join a marque club that has track days for its members, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to sign up for one of its sanctioned club-days at Lime Rock Park. Most clubs charge $150 to $400 for those days.
In addition to the marque clubs, there are a variety of “drivers” organizations such as EMRA and SCDA (info below) whose very raison d’etre is to get its members on track in their street cars. As a member, you’ll know which day or days your club has rented Lime Rock, and like a marque club, you will pay something between $150 to $400 for those days.
Among both marque and drivers clubs, many even offer track cars for rental during their events.
In either case – marque or drivers club – first-timers get instruction and “rookie orientation,” so you don’t have to fear being thrown into the deep end of the pool! You will be taught the rules and learn the fundamental techniques necessary to lap a race track safely.
(Note: If you have a vintage race car and have a desire to get it on the track, the best place to begin is by contacting the VSCCA – Vintage Sports Car Association – web address below.)
One more thing: Track days are not racing, as there are strict rules about where and when you can pass other cars.
The bottom line is this: There are many marque and driving clubs (most have regional chapters) that book track days at Lime Rock Park. If your desire is to drive your own car on the track -- or you just have to get your Scion FR-S up to speed -- then these kinds of clubs are the place to start. Here are a few of the more prominent ones:
Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC)
BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA)
Connecticut Autocross and Rally Team (C.A.R.T.)
Ferrari Club of America (Empire Region)
Performance Drivers Association (PDA)
Sports Car Driving Association (SCDA)
Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA)