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http://www.drivingdynamics.com/

Ne1 plan to join? I plan to attend the April 26 & 27 seminar.

Day 1: An intensive performance driving school. Lots of "seat time," and plenty of instructors for one-on-one training. The techniques covered include:

Eye Technique
Braking
Cornering
Advanced vehicle dynamics
Accident avoidance
Skid control training, including seat time in the Driving DYNAMICS "Controlled Slide Car."
Day 2: An all-day track event on one of the famous Pocono road courses. You will have lots of track time, and instructors will be there to help you get around the track more quickly and smoothly than you ever thought you could.

At the end of the program, you will have felt the thrill of driving your car the way it was designed to be driven. You will know its capabilities, and how to maximize those capabilities both on the track and on the street.

You will also have a grin from ear to ear!

This School Qualifies as 1 of 2 Schools Required for your Regional SCCA License.

Its about 700 bucks and is by the Pocono's. My friend said that they have a nice track up there. Ne1 have any experience with this course or school?

-crontab -l

p.s. sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

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Thanks for the info on the other school. Do they teach you the basics or do they throw on the track? I didn't see anything about its seminar and IMP seems a bit more hardcore if a helmet is required... The DD seems to be more novice oriented for peeps like me. I may wanna do both of them, since the IMP on is in August and the DD is in April. Thanks.

-crontab -l

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crontab, you may be right, the IMP may not have skidpad classes etc., just track time w/ instructors probably. I'm going to the BMW driver's school and safety school, which should be better for novices like me. I'd love to go to Pocono or especially Watkins Glen sometime.

Originally posted by crontab:
Thanks for the info on the other school. Do they teach you the basics or do they throw on the track? I didn't see anything about its seminar and IMP seems a bit more hardcore if a helmet is required... The DD seems to be more novice oriented for peeps like me. I may wanna do both of them, since the IMP on is in August and the DD is in April. Thanks.

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Thanks for showing me this site....I am really intersted!!!!

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I joined BMW Car Club of America before I even had a BMW, just for the chance to join their driver's schools. If you're a member, it's easy to get a spot, but for non-members, usually it's full before you can sign up. For $35/year, you can go to driving schools ($125/day for members), they don't care if you have a BMW or not. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to drive on a track. Audi has the Quattro club also, it's similar. http://www.boston-bmwcca.org/events/index.html#2000 Driving Events


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Thanks for showing me this site....I am really intersted!!!!

 

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You also get to do skid pad tests and stuff, not sure cause I haven't been to one yet.
I'm sure they'd love to see an IS300 on the track.


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BMWCCA has their "Car Control Clinics" for skidpad, slalom, and such. Their track schools are separate and don't normally include the car control lessons. The one Audi Quattro Club track event I've been to combined both track and car control instruction (for beginners). The Audi schools tend to be a bit cheaper, but the BMWCCA schools tend to have more experienced instructors. Note that, because of their popularity, some BMWCCA schools discriminate against non-BMWs (the Golden Gate Chapter in the SF Bay Area gives preference to BMWs, though other makes are allowed). Most schools, however, have an open-door policy (as long as you pay the nominal annual membership fee).
 

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Young, is that clinic the same as the "Safety School"? I'm attending one soon, it's required before attending New Hampshire Speedway driver's schools, but I'd take it anyway. Don't know what it involves though.

Originally posted by Young:
BMWCCA has their "Car Control Clinics" for skidpad, slalom, and such. Their track schools are separate and don't normally include the car control lessons. The one Audi Quattro Club track event I've been to combined both track and car control instruction (for beginners). The Audi schools tend to be a bit cheaper, but the BMWCCA schools tend to have more experienced instructors. Note that, because of their popularity, some BMWCCA schools discriminate against non-BMWs (the Golden Gate Chapter in the SF Bay Area gives preference to BMWs, though other makes are allowed). Most schools, however, have an open-door policy (as long as you pay the nominal annual membership fee).

 

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I assume the "Safety School" you have out East is the equivalent the "Car Control Clinic" we have here on the left coast. The BMWCCA "Car Control Clinic" is a prerequisite for the BMWCCA track schools in this area. The clinic is conducted in a large parking lot and normally consists of skidpad, slalom, braking, and emergency lane-change exercises.
 

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sounds very nice but out of my budget.

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sounds very nice but out of my budget.

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Cool! Sounds like fun, thanks Young! I go on April 24.

Originally posted by Young:
I assume the "Safety School" you have out East is the equivalent the "Car Control Clinic" we have here on the left coast. The BMWCCA "Car Control Clinic" is a prerequisite for the BMWCCA track schools in this area. The clinic is conducted in a large parking lot and normally consists of skidpad, slalom, braking, and emergency lane-change exercises.
 

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I never knew bmwcca allowed non-bmw drivers into their group. But as young stated if some do discriminate because I don't drive a bmw, I'd rather not bother with them.

I looked that the site of the BMWCCS NJ Chapter, the autoX's seem appealing and is close by, but the saftey school is only for a day and somewhat further...

nutinbut, do you plan to join?

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Originally posted by crontab:
I never knew bmwcca allowed non-bmw drivers into their group. But as young stated if some do discriminate because I don't drive a bmw, I'd rather not bother with them.
Very few "discriminate." And, though I may have used it myself, "discrimination" is too harsh a word. The reality is that in the SF Bay Area there are too many folks who want to participate in these events (the track can accommodate just so many cars), so preference is given to BMW CARS first (not BMW OWNERS...even if you own ten BMWs, if you want to bring a NSX to the event you are grouped with the non-BMW crowd). Note that all makes are permitted...it's just that non-BMWs are put at the end of the wait list. Moreover, the folks in the wait list are first-in-line for the NEXT school.

At any rate, BMW schools are probably the best club-based schools in the country. They are among the first track schools ever organized, and their instructors tend to have a great deal of experience, both as racers as well as instructors.
 

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Here in New England, it doesn't seem to matter what car you have, but if you're not a member, you won't likely get in, cause the classes fill up in the first 2 days of signup. Non-members can't join til the 3rd day, and it seems to be full by then. When I talked to them before I had my BMW, they seemed happy to have me bring the Integra.
 
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