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A U T O C R O S S

The Habits of
Highly Effective Autocrossers:
Interview - Jeff Noyes
By Jack Raymond | Photos by AJ Aviles and Jaclyn Heck

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owned a Cobb-tuned Subaru Legacy GT wagon, but I joined and made the
trek down to VIR with my buddy who had the sedan-equivalent of my car.
The day came, and it was chilly. I vaguely remember a conversation in the
early morning darkness about tire pressures that left me worried that if I
made a wrong choice, I wouldn't make it home to VA on what was left of
them. But eventually I got out there and began to experience what "highperformance driving" could feel like. I was a total noob - didn't know when
to turn in, or how much; did not even begin to comprehend what a traction
circle was, or how it related to my ability maintain control of the car (but that
didn't stop the instructor from referring to it), and had absolutely no idea
how far below the limits of the
car I was driving, even though
it felt like I was going to go
flying off track any second.
A ride at the end of the day
with an instructor in his Lotus
Exige left me so puckered I
could have used a laxative.
The end of every straight had
me thinking this was going to
be the end of life as a functioning person who didn't get fed
through a straw. I left at the
(Top) Jeff's favorite shot - NCC Points Event #1 at FedEx Field, April 2017. (Above) Jeff's end of the day... mixed about
the risk-vs-reward aspect of
new M2 at Summit Point in July of 2019.

ver the last year, dB has featured a series of articles entitled
"The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers". The series featured tips
and techniques for competitive motorsports driving gleaned from
years of experience. dB now continues that series by interviewing successful autocrossers from the National Capital Chapter of BMW CCA.
We're pleased to have the opportunity to interview Jeff Noyes, the 2018
and 2019 season champion in NCC's S1 (Showroom Stock Group 1)
autocross class. I've spent several seasons watching Jeff tear across the
course; I'm impressed. Jeff consistently serves NCC by setting up and
testing the course and by coaching at autocross and Street Survival.

dB: Tell our readership how
and when you got started in
motorsports?
Jeff: I'm a little bummed that I
didn't learn about autocross
until I was in my forties, but
better late than never. In 2006,
a friend of a friend invited me to
an Audi track day at VIR. I was
apprehensive about risking my
ride on track, and confused
about why I had to join the Audi
Club North America when I

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Intro page
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
THE STEERING COLUMN
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING EVENTS
January 2020 DIY at Bimmer Works
NCC's 2020 Annual Meeting and Banquet
Matt Curry's Craftsman Auto Care Sponsor Spotlight
Why My Family and I Will Always Drive BMWs
Life with the 2020 G29 Z4 M40i
A BMW Performance Center Delivery Story
Window Tint Can Protect Your Health
The Difference Between Wants and Needs
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Interview-Jeff Noyes
NEW MEMBERS LIST
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