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and not leaving until after the trailer was fully packed up. I just really
enjoyed spending time with a bunch of folks that were passionate about the
sport and were willing to share their knowledge. I have to catch myself
from saying they were a bunch of "great guys", because our committee and
club has never been just guys. There are times when whole families show
up with a tent and chairs. I love that. I didn't actually join the committee
for the first three years even though I never missed an event - I just liked
helping out. There isn't one member on the NCC Autocross committee
who doesn't want to help you get faster and have more fun doing it.
Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?
dB: What tips could you share with drivers who are new to autocross?
Jeff: First of all, you (Jack) recently wrote a great series for NCC's der
Bayerische on the best practices for autocrossing. My advice to novices
to find them, read them, and revisit them as you develop your skills
over time. (* See the link below.) Do the same with Ross Bentley's book
on autocross. No one is fast at autocross from the beginning - each
aspect of it can be examined carefully and worked on individually if you
really want to improve. It's also fine if you just want to come out and have
fun, casually competing with other novices without being too serious
about it. Having said that, just work on one thing at a time and the pieces
will come together faster than you might think. And unless you really like
wrenching as a hobby all by itself, don't be obsessed with modifying the
car too much (except for getting better tires) for at least a season. You'll
be amazed at how many seconds you can knock off your time by improving your line, braking and accelerating in the right places, and looking
further ahead. And those "mods" are free. Focus on smoothing out your
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inputs. Ask for an instructor at the events and really listen to what they
recommend, as well as asking to ride along with some of the committee
members. You've got to know where the limit is to be able to drive just
under it. We build the courses to be safe for you to practice finding the
limits, so be safe, but don't be afraid to push it a little. Understeer and
oversteer are part of the learning process and part of the fun.
dB: What next-step tips would you share with intermediate autocrossers?
Jeff: Autocross is all about using 100% of the car's traction for the
maximum amount of time possible through the course on the fastest line.
I think the best way to find that 100% limit is by bracketing your runs. In
other words, to the best of your abilities try driving the course at different
levels of aggression. Try driving at 95% of what you think is the limit, and
if the car isn't breaking loose, push harder on the next run. Keep pushing
until the car is a little too loose (asking for more than 100% of the car's
capability), then back off a click. Somewhere in the middle, you'll find the
run that is just right. Pay attention to your line and always, always look as
far ahead as possible. Many things fall right into place when your eyes
look there first.
dB: And how about tips for advanced autocrossers who are seeking to
squeeze out those last few tenths of a second?
Jeff: The Evolution Performance Driving School helped me tremendously,
as did the level II SCCA schools. I've always been more "into" the driving
than the wrenching, so to me a professional car setup is money well spent.
RRT's work and setup on my E36 was always spot-on. I let them set it up,
drove it for a long time without making any changes, then made very small

* NCC Autocross Presents: The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers
(Below) Jeff in his white E90 during the NCC AX school at Bowie Baysox Stadium in July of 2013 with his daughter, Hannah.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
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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
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A BMW Performance Center Delivery Story
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The Difference Between Wants and Needs
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Interview-Jeff Noyes
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