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UPDATE 8/1/2023:  Owing to the FuelFest event becoming a bit of a monster, we have changed dates to Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15.  



2023 USA7s HPDE at NJMP Lightning - October 14/15, 2023





NJMP Drivers Club has generously invited USA7s back to NJMP in Millville, NJ to run the Lightning Circuit.  This will be the 13th running of the USA7s' participation in the NJMP Drivers Club HPDE.


Dates: Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15, 2023


Please take the time to read all of the following information prior to registering.






As in prior years, the NJMP Drivers Club is fully responsible for operating the day. Provided we have more than 10 cars sign up, they have generously allocated HPDE sessions to participants that will be Se7en only. This is desirable as you do not have to be out on track with big heavy cars around you, and your momentum will not be impeded by some big heavy car slowing you down through corners.


The NJMP Drivers Club rules and regulations apply for registration, technical inspection, driver qualifications and all aspects of safety in compliance with New Jersey laws. They will offer the registration site and collect all fees for this event.  As an incorporated not-for-profit club, USA7s does not make any money out of this event.


Please keep in mind that NJMP Drivers Club Member Days are not a racing event but rather a Driver Education Day. You will learn to handle and control your vehicle at high speeds as well as explore the capabilities as a driver and those of your vehicle. At no time will you be pushed or encouraged to go any faster than is comfortable for you. All participants are organized into run groups based on experience, skill, and type of vehicle.


Even if you do not wish to drive then there are reasons to join us. 

  • Spouses are welcome to join in the fun!
  • It is a great social event to meet your fellow owners and share in the joy of our cars.  If you are thinking of buying or building a Se7en then we recommend you join us.  You can talk to a number of experienced owners and see a large range of cars in one spot to facilitate your building or buying experience or just get ideas for your car. 
  • Photographers have a ready made opportunity for pursuing automative photography and arrangements may be available to join the official NJMP photographer as he takes photos around the track.  







The event schedule is as follows:


Friday, October 13, 2023

Afternoon: Arrival at NJMP.   Both days are being held on the Lightning circuit. While the calendar currently shows it free, the Lightning circuit may be being utilized on the Friday afternoon and evening and so the pits may not be accessible until close of track operations around 5pm or so.   If you arrive before 5pm then head to the either the Finish Line Pub/Clubhouse or alternatively to the on-NJMP property garages at 367 Corsair Drive on the Thunderbolt access road (NJMP Gatehouse can provide directions).


5.30-6:00pm Welcome Pool Party at the Clubhouse/Finish Line Pub. Casual wear is appropriate.


Saturday, October 14, 2023 (Schedule subject to change)

7:30am Breakfast at the Clubhouse. Option to get grab and go box to bring back to pits

7:30am Registration and Tech inspection at the Lightning pits area.

8:30am Mandatory Drivers Briefing in the classroom in the pits

9:00am Track is live

1:00pm 1 hour lunch break. Lunch is served at Clubhouse. Option for a grab and go box.

5:00pm Track is closed

6:30pm Dinner – Clubhouse/Finish Line Pub. Lighthearted awards session. Casual wear is appropriate.


Sunday, October 15, 2023

7:30am Breakfast at the Clubhouse. Option to get grab and go box to bring back to pits

7:30am Registration and Tech inspection

8:30am Mandatory Drivers Briefing in the classroom in the pits

9:00am Track is live

1:00pm 1-hour lunch break. Lunch is served at Clubhouse. Option for a grab and go box.

5:00pm Track is closed

Dinner - We expect most will be heading home afterwards but for those still around I am sure something informal can be sorted out.


The sessions times are subject to finalization and a schedule for that day will be handed out each daily driver briefing.




Online registration for drivers and their guests is via MotorsportReg.


Step 1 is to register as a user.


Step 2 is to register and pay for the event using the links provided below. NJMP’s cancellation policy is outlined on the registration page. Late registration will incur a late fee. Drivers Club member' have a different HPDE cost to non-members reflecting their club subscriptions paid.  Please make sure your Motorsportreg.com profile says you have a 7/seven of some description.


Non-driving visitors are required to be registered by NJMP. If you are a driver bringing a guest, then there is space on the registration site to do this.   The fee for non-driving visitors covers all refreshments during the day plus breakfast and lunch.  


If you are attending as a non-driver then we recommend you register on the day when you turn up as the registration site is not designed for guest only attendance.


The following links should be used to sign up for each day individually.  If they do not then by all means sign up as a Non-Member Guest with Member in attendance, in the Yellow Group, identify your car as a seven, and we will will work to move your registration into the right group later.  If the page asks for the member you are a guest of then put "Gaval" and the email "sevensarefun@gmail.com"


Saturday Registration Link - October 14, 2023

Drivers Club Member Day Saturday 10/14/2023 (motorsportreg.com)



Sunday Registration Link - October 15, 2023

Drivers Club Open Track Day Sunday 10/15/2023 (motorsportreg.com)





Event Requirements

Safety: All safety requirements that are mandatory for all participants are specified in New Jersey Law – Chapter 62 here:



Please read the section on HPDE as it will specify all safety and tech requirements you are subject to.


Driver’s License: All drivers must have a valid Driver’s License and be at least 18 years of age to participate. You will be asked to present your Driver’s License at NJMP.


Attire: NJ State Law requires all participants on the track wear long pants and closed toe shoes. No one in shorts will be permitted to enter the racetrack or pit lane. Driver overalls are perfectly acceptable but are not mandatory to those without them.



Technical Inspection/Rules & Regulations

You will be required to complete a tech inspection prior to the event. 


Please read the HPDE section of New Jersey Law Chapter 62 seen here.  



Some essential criteria for being able to participate in an HPDE at NJMP:

  • Helmet required: A Snell M or SA rated full face helmet dated 2015 or newer is required for all drivers and passengers on the track. Open face helmets are not permitted in Se7ens.  Rental helmets are available with prior arrangement through the NJMP General Store.
  • Arm restraints: NJMP requires these as mandatory safety equipment in open cars
  • Open top cars: Must have approved rollover protection. No pop up roll-bars or detachable hard tops. Chapter 62 makes no mention of requiring a cage or an FIA/SFI labelled roll bar.
  • Broomstick rule is applicable for roll over protection. Broomstick is from top of roll bar to front chassis tube (at nosecone) as the windscreen is not viewed as structural.
  • Belts: Only 5 or 6 point belts are acceptable. Belt age or expiry date must be on a label on the belts. No label – no driving. SFI belts must be 2 years or newer. FIA belts must be within 5 years or newer. No 4-point belts allowed. No DOT 3-point belts are accepted in open cars like ours.
  • Numbers: Painters tape or vinyl sticker numbers on both sides of your seven are acceptable. Please don’t pick “7” as everyone does that and you will be asked to change it.
  • Tires: Please anticipate tire wear and do not turn up with marginal tire tread. Consider that the track may be damp in which case slick tires are unsafe. If you are close to wearing out a set of tires, then consider ordering and bringing a new spare set. TK Autosports can mount these on your wheels at the Thunderbolt pits for a small fee.  The Lightning circuit "bowl section" is particularly abrasive to the left side of tires.


You will have to go through a tech line on the day and complete a tech form.  These forms will be available from NJMP on the day of the event.


Other Matters

Getting to NJMP: The GPS address of NJMP is 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, NJ 08332. If you are coming to Millville on Rt 55 South, then it is strongly recommended that you exit off Rt 55 at Exit 24 as this route option avoids trailers having to make a sharp right turn in downtown Millville. While the signposts on Rt 55 say you should use Exit 27 to access NJMP, we do not recommend this option because of the difficulty you will have making the turn.


Participants, including Drivers Club Members and their guests, are responsible for any damage to NJMP property including on track and off track. This includes damage to the Armco and tire wall barriers or for the white powder to soak up oil and coolant spills on track.


A layout map of the NJMP property is provided below:





Fuel: NJMP houses fuel stations at both the Lightning and Thunderbolt pits. The stations are open from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The fuel station offers 93 & 100 octane (unleaded) and 110 & 112 octane (leaded). The fuel stations are permitted to fill containers in 5-gallon red fuel contains, as per NJ state law. Larger fuel containers of 10 gallons or more (any color) are permitted to be used as long as they are marked appropriately (stickers or writing on the container reading “FUEL”).


General Store: NJMP has a convenient General Store open during Drivers Club days. Located at the back of the Thunderbolt pits, it sells refreshments, ice, driving equipment (helmets, boots, driving suits, gloves, etc.), oils, some tools, safety gear and other related items. It also does rental helmets should they be required.


Spares: Consider what may or is likely to break on your cars and consider bringing some select spares of known frequent failure items that will keep you mobile during the weekend. Prior events have shown a need for bearings, throttle and clutch cables, TPS, brake pads/fluid, duct tape, silicone tape, Hylomar (for making fuel seals). Millville does have a Napa Parts outlet and Advance Auto but beyond this, specialist parts suppliers do not exist.


Pit Set Up Location: We normally set up at the back of the Lightning pits where paving meets grass.  Overnight garage rental is available plus there is some storage space at Garage 367 of Exotic Car Garages on the Thunderbolt pits access road, in prior years we have had as many as 12 sevens in there plus a selection of other automotive money pits.


Seating: We strongly encourage you to bring a folding chair or other seating as there is no seating in the pits provided by NJMP.   A hat or some sun shading is a recommended option as the Lightning pit paddock is open to the elements.


Accommodation: There are a lot of preferred options available.


  • In Millville, there is a Fairfield Inn and Holiday Inn Express.  Conventional check in/out hours.


  • In Vineland, about 10 miles away, there is a Hampton Inn or Wingate by Wyndham.  Conventional check in/out hours.


  • Camping is available at NJMP by permit along with power hook ups for RVs with a fee. Showers and bathrooms are at the Officers Club at the back of the Thunderbolt pits.  Those with RVs also have the option of parking outside my garage and hooking up to my power.  
  • Camping and Electric – New Jersey Motorports Park (njmp.com)



Mechanics: TK Autosport has been our trusty mechanic of last resort when our cars have broken/melted/fallen apart. TJ Kenny and his team are a fantastic resource during Drivers Club event days, usually saving the day when it has all gone wrong. They are not free.  Their rates are very reasonable given their experience. While they do frequently save the day, they are not miracle workers, so you are encouraged to take your preparation seriously. If you need help preparing your car in advance of the event, then TK Autosports can be reached at (888) 978-5506. They are located at Millville Airport, adjoining the NJMP site. They also have a tire shop located in the Thunderbolt pits.

TK Autosports - Home



Other attractions in the Millville area:  There are other things to do around this part of southern NJ.  The NJMP website has some suggested options:

Around NJMP – New Jersey Motorports Park


Contact: NJMP can be reached at (856) 327-8000. After hours, the main switchboard will not be answered. In this event, you should call the Main Gate security office on (856) 327-7255.



Driving Format

As we are participating in an NJMP Drivers Club event, we follow their practices for on-track behavior. We will have a series of exclusive Se7ens-only sessions.  To accommodate the range of driving experience participating we follow intermediate HPDE group rules.


Passing will be by invitation only. That is, a passing car will need to receive a point-by from the car being passed. No point-by, then no passing. It is courteous for drivers to monitor their rear vision mirrors and let cars past promptly. Passing zones are defined at the straights. You will be briefed on these at the Drivers Briefing or please ask and we can walk you through the track map.


Passing in the turns is not acceptable. No passing in braking zones. Given sevens have such remarkable cornering and braking skills it is not expected that passing cars will be held up for any length of time if drivers of slower cars monitor mirrors and point-by promptly. These rules are intended for your safety and if followed should prevent car-to-car contact.


In the past we have had no traffic issues or people being unreasonably held up on track. I put that down to good drivers participating and our remarkable little cars.  Being considerate of other drivers on track goes a long way - check your mirrors regularly and anticipate faster cars.  Be aware of your surroundings.  


If you are new to driving on track, then we encourage you to participate in the “Green Run” group. This is progressive paced laps and includes classroom sessions to help you understand the best techniques for driving on a circuit. It introduces the concepts progressively in a way to maintain the safety of you and your car plus facilitates your learning of core driving skills.


A number of NJMP Drivers Club members who will be participating in the event have done substantial time on this track since it was first built in 10+ years ago and we can coach you on specific lines and driving approaches to get the best from your car on this circuit.









For those that have never participated in this event then two videos of the event by Glen S, a USA7s member, Lotus Enthusiast and all-round good guy, will help you appreciate it.








This is above all a social event. We do it to enjoy our sevens’ unique handling and performance capabilities in a facility that allows safety compared with doing the same on road (which would be illegal too). There will be no racing or timing of events. We want the atmosphere to be relaxed and social, above all, enjoying our cars as they were designed to be used, in a mutually respectful and safe manner.


We look forward to meeting you at the 2023 event!


Questions: Should you have event related questions, then you can post them via USA7s (either PM or on this event thread) or by email to sevensarefun AT gmail DOT com.



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NJMP site and track maps.pdf Lightning.pdf

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A Guide to Driving the Lightning Circuit



The Lightning Circuit is a fast momentum circuit.  Just reviewing the track map does not really show the elevation changes present in the layout.







It is a very quick track. Ideally suited to momentum driving and our types of cars.


Braking zone into turn one is initially downhill before a sharp up hill to the corner.





It is a blind corner where you cannot see the apex until the last minute. The car is light at the crest making it essential you know your line. I aim at the advertising sign down at turn 2 as that is the first thing I see as I crest. Notice the sand next to the curbing....lots of people miss this one and go wide...and...try to save it and end up kissing rubber on the right. Smart ones keep it on the track or bail left once they realize they have run out of talent.






Then you get into the turns 2, 3, and 4 esses - great fun as agility is essential.





Then we get to Turn 5, a bit of a tricky one. Blind crest, apex at the top of the crest with the track dropping away sharply immediately after and sharp right. Turn in is at the beginning of the left hand side curbing. Ignore the orange cone - its in the wrong spot.






If you get it right then the car sweeps around on to the back "straight". Challenging fun corner.


If you get it wrong then you visit the Seven Sandpit. Many illustrious USA7 folks have visited this patch of sand and done some "gardening"    This is what they saw just before - love the skid marks!   This was a safe exit - fence is a huge distance away so it is safe to run off straight off to the grass here to avoid spinning in a blind corner.





Turn 7 is a simple 90 degree left. Downhill entry. So simple yet so many spin here because they overcook it going in. Lots of favorable camber built in plus the "magic" curbs - grooved to give extra grip.  Slightly early turn in works best here - ignore the cone placement.   I will own up to the tire mark going inside the curbing...






Then we get to the bowl. A brilliantly fun corner






You come in fast to this corner and take it fast the whole way around. For me around 100mph (give or take 5mph).  The 15 degree banking helps as you can scrub speed off by going up the banking then build it again by dropping down for the exit.



Ideal entry is left 1/3rd of the track before turning in.






but if you get it wrong then you will unload the rear and spin....skidmarks of a seven in a previous year tell the tale.





Initially the banking is not that steep






But then it builds up to the 15 degrees max. Throttle hard down and hang on for a fast ride out on to the main straight.






The story behind the bowl banking as told by Don Fauerbach - track founder - was the original plans showed a 5 degree banking. Carroll Shelby was a consultant to the project and when he looked at it his words were "Not enough f-ing pucker factor. Increase it to 15 degrees." Next day the bulldozer started grading to the new angle.




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I am in. Assuming it’s still ok to run in another group with my daily driver ? I don’t want to complicate things with that. If not I will just come to say hello. 

This day is my revised production start day for the 420. Maybe it’s good luck. Fingers crossed. 

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My wife has that weekend pencilled in for a trip to the smoky mountains, which is about half way there so if I can sort out timing and logistics it may work out.

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2 hours ago, CBuff said:

I am in. Assuming it’s still ok to run in another group with my daily driver ?


Yes its fine - just follow the registration instructions and select green or white group based on your experience by then.  We can talk June 4 at NJMP when we are both there.

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1 minute ago, sf4018 said:

My wife has that weekend pencilled in for a trip to the smoky mountains, which is about half way there so if I can sort out timing and logistics it may work out.


I knew it was always going to be a long haul for you but as a dedicated track rat knew you would appreciate the invite!

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2 hours ago, Vovchandr said:


Aww. It would have been cool to have a 620 there. 

Thanks!  From the look of the picture in the OP there were at least two 620's at that event.  I really wish the date was different, it's only about a 4.5 hour drive from here.

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1 hour ago, Saudio said:

Thanks!  From the look of the picture in the OP there were at least two 620's at that event.  I really wish the date was different, it's only about a 4.5 hour drive from here.


If you're talking about the angled overhead shot, I don't believe there are any in that year. I think its from around 2017? or even older.


It's 4.5 hours for me too, a highlight of the year every year I make it. 

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13 hours ago, Vovchandr said:


If you're talking about the angled overhead shot, I don't believe there are any in that year. I think its from around 2017? or even older.


It's 4.5 hours for me too, a highlight of the year every year I make it. 

Hmmm.  The two cars on the outside positions of the front row have the extra nosecone vent.  I thought that was only on 620's?  

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The silver one is Croc’ CSR and the Orange one is my cosworth SV.  With 309NA  and paddle shifter it will easily match your little 620R. 😜. We did have a 620R at one of the events. Came in from Chicago. 

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7 minutes ago, JohnCh said:

The CSR (silver car) and Race nose cones also have the vent. A 620 nosecone adds a scoop for the intercooler.



Of course, what was I thinking?  

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6 minutes ago, yellowss7 said:

The silver one is Croc’ CSR and the Orange one is my cosworth SV.  With 309NA  and paddle shifter it will easily match your little 620R. 😜. We did have a 620R at one of the events. Came in from Chicago. 

:-).  I don't doubt that, the weak point with my car at this point is undoubtedly my clumsy left handed shifting.  I miss the 2-3 shift regularly as I must let the spring move the shifter further to the right before I push it into 3rd or it hangs in neutral.  Mine is an "S" just for the record.  I'll try to come next year, but I travel a lot and I never know when I'll be gone.  

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