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Old 08-29-2002, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default bay area driving/racing schools

well, ive been thinking about my first mod a lot, and what i should do w/ the $500 cash in my wallet, and i was thinking maybe i should take a day of auto-x classes. i read a lot on here about auto-x, and i know what does what, but i bet once i get out on the track the first time, i wont know what the hell to do. also, i think this is considered a good first mod, right? i'll be driving WAY safer and having more fun, knowing what im doing and what my car can do. anyway, have you guys heard anything good about any of the places the bay has to offer? anyone wanna join? i see some go for $300-$450/day.
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Old 08-29-2002, 06:24 PM   #2
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id like to know too. Although, are there any in the norcal area?
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Old 08-29-2002, 06:24 PM   #3
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id like to know too. Although, are there any in the norcal area?
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Old 08-29-2002, 06:28 PM   #4
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Old 08-29-2002, 06:28 PM   #5
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oh ya

i seriously need some 'schooling' in improving my driving skills (or lack there of...)

please...

does sac. have any classes going.. cuz joe said the one for bay area chapter is already done for the year...
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Old 08-29-2002, 06:31 PM   #6
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thanks for the links! I was considering Skip Barber, but that costed a little too much for me.
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Old 08-29-2002, 06:34 PM   #7
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Sometimes the revolution autox school comes around. That's something I've heard about a lot and I'd like to take myself. The local clubs (SFR, SAC, NASA) also usually run their own schools as well. I believe most have already held their autox schools for the year so the best thing to do is to keep your eyes peeled next year and when an announcement is made SIGN UP EARLY! These things usually fill up fast.

The San Francisco Region's website keeps a pretty good calendar of events for the autox community around here.

http://www.sfrscca.org/solo2/cgi-bin/schedaction.cgi

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Old 08-29-2002, 06:36 PM   #8
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the one on dec 30th at leguna seca looks tempting. maybe i can organize a "group buy" for this
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Old 08-29-2002, 08:05 PM   #9
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Thumbs up Thunderhill High Performance Driving School

I highly recommend this one:

http://www.thunderhill.com/school.html

I went in July. Cost is $195 for five 20 minute sessions on the track with an SCCA instructor riding shotgun, teaching you the lines, braking points and so on. It includes lunch, t-shirt and sort of a graduation party afterwards.

Willows is not exactly Bay Area but close enough. Thunderhill is a great track, too. I had a ball, learned a lot about how to corner my WRX at the limit. If the instructor thinks you have some aptitude, they will let drive you drive a lot quicker than the recommended "7/10's". It's a lot of fun lapping those Audi TT's, Z and 3-series BMW's, etc.

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Old 08-29-2002, 08:16 PM   #10
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Here are some places that I really like:

www.nasaproracing.com (I have been a proud member for more than 9 years.)

www.drivetrainusa.com (Highly useful training for street or track use. Mention my name (Kit Kwan) for a small discount)

www.docwong.com/Autos/index.htm (This is useful also, and it's FREE!)

An ounce of driving skill is worth more than $1,000 in mods. So if you put you entire body weight into the equation, then the value of your driving skills would worth a lot. For me at 165 lbs, my driving skills at $1k an ounce = 165 lbs x 16 oz/lb x $1k/oz = $2,640,000. It feels really good to be rich.
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Old 08-29-2002, 08:36 PM   #11
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Default Re: Thunderhill High Performance Driving School

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Originally posted by steveo1
I highly recommend this one:

http://www.thunderhill.com/school.html

I went in July. Cost is $195 for five 20 minute sessions on the track with an SCCA instructor riding shotgun, teaching you the lines, braking points and so on. It includes lunch, t-shirt and sort of a graduation party afterwards.

Willows is not exactly Bay Area but close enough. Thunderhill is a great track, too. I had a ball, learned a lot about how to corner my WRX at the limit. If the instructor thinks you have some aptitude, they will let drive you drive a lot quicker than the recommended "7/10's". It's a lot of fun lapping those Audi TT's, Z and 3-series BMW's, etc.
I 2nd that!

http://www.buttonwillowraceway.com/ also offers a simlar class, and both are Ruffly the same distance away from the south bay area.
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