So What Is Autocross?

Porsche owners take a lot of pride in their cars. After all, Porsche is one of the world’s iconic automobile brands, renowned for innovative design, advanced engineering, reliability and world championship performance. We care for them, we admire them, show them, cruise and commute in them. But above all, Porsche’s are designed for spirited driving!

PCA has long supported performance driving events. They provide a safer, more controlled environment for members to explore the limits of acceleration, cornering and braking. Club Racing, Drivers Education and Autocross events are on the calendar at PCA Regions across North America.

Everglades Region is fortunate to have a premier autocross facility right in our backyard. For 18 years, Buckingham Airfield in Ft Myers has been home to the Gulfcoast Autocrossers (GCAC). We have the opportunity to collaborate with GCAC and neighboring PCA Regions. Our goal is to provide Everglades members with expanded autocross opportunities in the future.

An autocross is an all-forward–motion, skill driving event in which a car is timed over a course laid out on a paved area and is marked by short, soft road pylons (cones) and in some cases, white lime or chalk. An autocross is often competitive, but is always educational and social. No passing is allowed and the cars are spread out on the track so as to maintain a safe distance between them. Continuous laps are specifically prohibited unless it is a closed course where a practice and timed lap are run together.

The competitive aspect involves negotiating a pre-designed course averaging about one to two minutes in duration. Cars are usually divided into classes according to performance capabilities. The elapsed time for each car is timed and recorded.

A two second penalty is assessed for each pylon tipped over or knocked out of place and the penalty is added to the elapsed time. The corrected times are compared with others in the cars class and are used to determine event placing and in some Regions / Zones, season long championships points.

The educational aspect involves learning the characteristics of the car, it’s strengths, and limits and how it will respond to the driver input in a variety of conditions.

The social aspect includes getting to know the other drivers from within the Everglades and from other Regions in PCA Zone 12.

Everglades Region Events & Opportunities

Watch this space and your email inbox for information on our upcoming autocross events. 

Everglades Region AX results and time sheets can be viewed below.


More event photos can be viewed under the Autocross Gallery tab.

Beyond Everglades Region

As mentioned, Gulfcoast Autocrossers host regular events at Buckingham in Lehigh Acres. You do not need to be a GCAC member to participate. Here is their 2022 schedule as it stands.

  • April 2 – 3
  • April 30 – May 1
  • Balance of 2022 has not been published

These are typically two day events with Saturday focused on novice training, practice, testing and tuning. Sunday is for competition. If you are not familiar with autocross, we recommend visiting one of the GCAC weekend events. Their Saturday morning novice school costs $25 and is a great way to hone your driving skills with an experienced instructor at your side.

A number of your fellow Everglades members are regular participants and will be more than happy to share their experience with you. For more information on GCAC, visit their website at .

Suncoast PCA Region ( ) and Gold Coast PCA Region ( ) are both active in autocross and offer an opportunity to get involved within PCA Zone 12. At this writing, their 2016 autocross schedules have not been published. We’ll update you when we have them or keep an eye on their websites.

Getting Involved

There are not many requirements to participate in autocross. As a Porsche owner, you already have a car with outstanding performance capabilities. No special modifications or upgrades are necessary to get started in the Stock classes. A technical inspection is required prior to the event with a focus on vehicle safety. You will need an approved safety helmet meeting Snell SA2005 or SA2010 standards. Often these are available to borrow from the hosting organization. Pre-registration is needed for some events and all drivers must possess a valid state drivers license. To observe or drive in an autocross, you will be asked to sign an insurance waiver.

Motorsports, including autocross, are potentially hazardous activities. The ultimate responsibility for the safe conduct of a motorsport event lies with the hosting organization and the participants.

Autocross Rule Book

Throughout 2014, we ran our events under PCA National Autocross Rules.
Effective January 2015, we switched to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Solo Rules. This change better enables participation by non-Porsche drivers in Everglades Region events. To view the SCCA Solo rules, go to their website at and look under Programs – Autocross – Rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is autocross dangerous or will it hurt my car?
A: While there are inherent dangers to any type of motorsport, autocross is considered one of the safest. The traffic cones are soft rubber and will not damage your car.

Q: Do I need to get my car tech inspected prior to the event or do anything special?
A: Most host organizations have an onsite tech inspection the day of the event. This inspection is not as comprehensive as one for a driver education event. Autocross basics include cleaning everything out of the car, tire condition, tire inflation, lug nut torque, inspect for fluid leaks, firm brake pedal and no excessive steering play. Newer, low mileage cars that are properly maintained should not require any extra work. Generally, older cars will receive a more thorough review and should be in good, safe roadworthy condition.

Q: What about increased wear and tear on my Porsche?
A: At a typical autocross, you will have an opportunity for five to eight runs on course. Since each run lasts one to three minutes, your car will be “on track” less than 10 minutes a day. Tires and brakes do get a workout in autocross. Wear is also influenced by the tire and brake compounds you are running (street vs. competition).

Q: Is autocross mainly a “guys” event?
A: Absolutely not. Women frequently participate in autocross and are often among the fastest drivers on course. What a great opportunity for your wife to hone her car control skills and take that experience back on the crowded streets of SW Florida!

Q: Our kids love riding in the Porsche. Can they ride along at the autocross?
A: No. The PCA insurance coverage that we purchase for autocross does not permit minors under the age of 16 in the cars at track events. For 16 and above, they are required to sign the event waiver and wear a helmet. If they are a licensed driver, they can register to drive the autocross.

Q: I have heard that drivers must “work” during an autocross event. Is this true?

A: Yes. Autocross requires course workers to monitor the cars on track and re-set plastic pylons that get knocked astray. All participants alternate as drivers and course workers during the event.

What’s Next ?

As Everglades Region Driving Events Chair, I’m committed to expanding the autocross opportunities and experience for all Region members. Watch this space and the Everglades website for continued information on the sport and upcoming events. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to phone or email me.

Tom Kring 239-691-0652



Everglades Region PCA Autocross – March 27, 2022 at Buckingham Airfield

Click on this link to view full results……….Buckingham Airfield ax Results

Everglades Region PCA Autocross – May 22, 2021 at Sebring / Multi-Region Event

Click on this link to view full results ………. Sebring Multi ax May 22

Click on this link to view Everglades Region AX points standings ……….. PCA Everglades Autocross points after event 3


Everglades Region PCA Autocross – April 18, 2021 at Buckingham Airfield, Lehigh Acres

Click on this link to view full results ……….. PCA Everglades April 18th


Everglades Autocross – January 23, 2021 at Venice Festival Grounds

Click on this link to view full results ………. EGR Venice AX Results Jan21


Everglades / Goldcoast Autocross – September 12, 2020 at Sebring

Raw Times:

  1. Lander L 23.576
  2. Tom K 23.998
  3. Russ K 24.337
  4. Dan S 24.910
  5. Steve K 25.087
  6. Alin B 25.441
  7. Andrew W 25.466
  8. Vivek P 25.663
  9. Nick M 25.685
  10. Tod B 25.787
  11. Jonathan K 25.950
  12. Guy B 26.032
  13. Jerry N 26.317
  14. Mike P 26.434
  15. Jonathan R 27.081
  16. Bradley 27.141
  17. James J 27.301
  18. Carolynn D 27.705
  19. Chris O 27.712
  20. Karen S 27.954
  21. Chuck L 28.063
  22. Yannick M 28.344
  23. Julie K 28.753
  24. Juan C 28.865
  25. James S 28.997
  26. Adelle P 30.013
  27. Sonny T 31.392
  28. Barry T DNF/OC

Everglades Region PCA Autocross – October 13th, 2019 at Buckingham Airfield, Lehigh Acres

Raw Times

1. Darrin Disimo     57.748
2. Terrence Singh     58.035
3. Joe Wright     59.100
4. Trevor Jones     59.757
5. Teddie Alexandrova    59.803

6. Rad Delgado     60.117     
7. Tom Kring     60.131
8. Steve Kidd     60.488
9. Mike Lawson     60.783

10.Greg Hahn     60.820
11. David Wells     61.131
12. Mike Drake     61.244
13. Kyle Stulak     61.572
14. Eric Cardenas     61.820
15. Lander Lambrada     62.322 

16. Howard Mintz     62.468
17. Giovanni Alvarez     62.518

18. Ken Marion     62.624
19. Adrian Carvajal     62.801
20. Tonda Lawson     62.842
21. Ed Young     62.865
22. Russ Karnap     63.946
23. Amauri Fuentes     65.596

24. Ian Guzman     66.478
25. Nestor Sanchez     66.575
26. Damian Cohen     67.093
27. Bill Keese     67.204
28. Ron Assee     68.534

29. Wade Huston     69.175
30. Jaret Rapp     69.682
31. Aimee Morfa     70.984
32. Christopher Lopez     71.348

33. Jef Adenine     71.728

34. Fred Mundie     72.186
35. Rene Hernandez     72.199

36. Frank Vermaak     DSQ

37. James Jones     74.074
38. Joe Grouch     74.545
39. James Stammer     74.886

40. Michael Patton     75.163

41. Richard Longmore     75.528

42. Julie Klahr     75.711
43. Robert Rosenbaum     78.813

44. Andres Rodriguez     80.098

45. Patricia Wagner     85.833

46. Wayne Bauman     89.282

47. Peter Franck     90.544
48. Thomas Stoll     91.659
49. John Dent     95.570
50. George Wagner     100.616

PAX Times

  1. Darrin Disimo     46.718

  2. Joe Wright     48.521

  3. Mike Lawson     48.687

  4. Trevor Jones     49.060

  5. Teddie Alexandrova     49.516

  6. Steve Kidd     49.660

  7. Tom Kring     49.788

  8. David Wells     49.821

  9. Kyle Stulak     49.934

10. Mike Drake     50.281
11. Tonda Lawson     50.336
12. Ken Marion     50.624
13. Terrence Singh     50.780

14. Howard Mintz     51.036
15. Eric Cardenas     51.1215
16. Rad Delgado     51.279
17. Ed Young     51.360
18. Greg Hahn     51.879
19. Adrian Carvajal     51.936

20. Russ Karnap     52.499
21. Ron Assee     53.456
22. Ian Guzman     54.179
23. Amauri Fuentes     54.247

24. Jaret Rapp     54.352
25. Lander Lambrada     54.531

26. Giovanni Alvarez     54.703

27. Nestor Sanchez     54.857

28. Bill Keese     55.174
29. Christopher Lopez     56.222

30. Wade Huston     56.792
31. Jef Adenine     58.458
32. Aimee Morfa     58.703
33. Damian Cohen     58.706

34. Richard Longmore     58.911

35. Fred Mundie     59.481

36. Rene Hernandez     59.708

37. James Jones     59.999
38. Frank Vermaak     DSQ

39. James Stammer     60.732

40. Joe Grouch     61.201

41. Michael Patton     61.408

42. Julie Klahr     61.855
43. Robert Rosenbaum     64.705

44. Andres Rodriguez     66.000

45. Patricia Wagner     70.726

46. Wayne Bauman     73.300

47. Thomas Stoll     74.243

48. Peter Franck     74.608

49. John Dent     78.749
50. George Wagner     82.907