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01-16-2016, 04:32 PM
Guess what I got for that recent, 'significant' birthday?!!?!
Can't wait until April!!!!
Anyone else done one of these schools?

01-16-2016, 04:38 PM
I've done two high performance schools at Mid-Ohio. Absolute f-ing ball. You'll love it.

01-16-2016, 09:16 PM
Got the Skip Barber race school for my 10th wedding anniversary. Great time and learned a tremendous amount.
BMW school done in Spartanburg?

Bob Adams
01-16-2016, 09:22 PM
I'm sure that's great, I also recommend this if you ever can. Stick and rudder time doing acrobatics in a T6 was the most fun I ever had with my clothes on!


The Bigfella
01-16-2016, 09:54 PM
Yes Bob, lots and lots of fun. Mine was in a lightened A-37 jet.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Dragonflyunder.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Dragonflyunder.jpg.html)

But, with four wheels on the ground, I've done four or five track days with my old BMW M5. Years ago... around 1980 plus or minus a year or so, I was put through a Defensive Driving course by my company... which self-insured its vehicles. That course was run by racecar drivers. Really good value.

This one is me mucking around a bit at Mount Panorama

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/acar2.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/acar2.jpg.html)

On pole position, of course

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/acar1.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/acar1.jpg.html)

01-16-2016, 10:16 PM
I did the Bertil Roos course @ Nazareth. Was awesome.


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john welsford
01-16-2016, 11:56 PM
There is a two day course that uses 2 litre open wheel wings and slicks single seaters not too far from here, its about US$300 including a night in a decent hotel with the instructors and students. More a fun thing than a safety course, I used to drive things like that. Do I dare go and get in one again? Hmmmm--

John Welsford

01-17-2016, 03:23 AM
Doing Bob Bondourant's school was on my bucket list

Dan McCosh
01-17-2016, 02:24 PM
Did Bondourant and Skip Barber. The former in modified Mustangs; the latter mainly in open-wheel cars. Dunno how they would compare to BMW's school, however. I think Bondourant tends to focus a bit more on car control; Barber on racing strategy. I've found that track time with smaller, low-horsepower cars (think Miata) is more fun than high-horsepower machinery. The entertainment comes when driving at or near the tire limits, not making top speeds. But that's just me. Truly high performance cars go off the track at higher speeds, which isn't all that much fun. Getting a ride in a high performance car (say 400 hp. or more) with Jackie Stewart or Dan Gurney driving, on the other hand, is fun.

01-18-2016, 05:23 PM
Got the Skip Barber race school for my 10th wedding anniversary. Great time and learned a tremendous amount.
BMW school done in Spartanburg?
Thermal, CA