Mark your calendar for Loring 2012! Cumberland Motor Club will return to the massive runways of Loring on Aug 11, 2012 and August 12, 2012.
Cumberland Motor Club is an autocross club which has been running safe autocross events in Maine for the last 54 years. CMC follows SCCA classing rules and has very similar course design and event running procedures. We run safe, fun events, and our flagship event is run at the former Loring Airforce Base Strategic Air Command Runways. If this place were a country, it wouldn't be the smallest one. The paved area here dwarfs the nationals site. It has a 3 mile long, 300 ft wide, mostly glassy smooth runway surface which we generally ignore in favor of the enormous pads at the ends. This venue offer elevation changes (a B-52 width section of pavement runs uphill to a huge concrete nuclear disarmament pad), and a banked oval/D shaped B-52 turn around pad which are sometimes used as part of the course designs.
Based on the reactions to the 2011 event, you will not want to miss the year's event. Courses typically run on asphalt, usually with some parts run on concrete. Course designs are typically like SCCA Nationals, except longer, and perhaps a little faster in the fastest sections ;) In 2011, each competitor got roughly twenty minutes of run time each, with a total start to finish distance of about 1.3 miles, and a start to finish to start transit of 3 miles. Our target for 2012 is substantially greater attendance and for every competitor to get around 8 runs per day and around 90 second per run by running a littler later Saturday, and starting a little earlier Sunday. Like last year, folks are coming from Maine, Massachusetts , Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Brunswick. If you are headed to Nationals the following month, this will be great practice. If not, this will be less than 1/3rd the distance, less than 1/3rd the time commitment, more than 3 times the seat time, a better venue, and still some tough competition!