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Old 01-16-2013, 03:19 AM   #1
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Default Benefits of living in Texas! (COTA HPDE)

I guess this is the right place for this?

Anyway, went with The Drivers Edge out to COTA last weekend. SO INCREDIBLE! The track flow is amazing, just so many fantastic sections!

Also lots of Subies representing! Twas majical, accept that time I over-boosted going 125 down the back straight, lol.

Here is some fottage presented in GoPro Noob Tall Screen! Also I replaced the wind noise with Copywriten music so who knows how long it will last .

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Old 01-16-2013, 03:19 AM   #2
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Oh also anyone else who made it out post pics/vids!
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Nice! I've been wanting to do a driver's edge track day. Looks like an awesome track. I hope they have more hpde's there.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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They really are fantastic, good value too, 2 days for ~$300. You should come to MSR with us some time.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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I definitely plan to to do some track days this year! My Dunlop Direzza Z2 tires should be here in about a week! Finally no more crappy stock tires!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:36 AM   #6
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Nice! Yeah excited for the Z2s as well, will be interesting to see how they do. If going to a track day I recommend some serious business pads, and fluid. Also get an oil change with the Motul 8100 X-cess 5W40.

I was seeing Oil temps of 280 F which is way to high. So may want to sit it out in the Summer.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:47 AM   #7
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The past tense of copyright is not copywitten.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:58 AM   #8
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^^ lol nice catch, don't know what I was thinking. Though I think it sounds better than copyrighted. Maybe if you were to wright a copy of something? Lol
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:55 PM   #9
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If you were writing copy, it would work that way...
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Only $300 for 2 days at COTA?! Holy shiznit!

I was there back in December for a Cadillac V-Series Driving Lab, got to do a half dozen laps in a CTS-V coupe and wagon. Even based on that brief sample of the track I agree with you - the track is awesome. My brother and his wife are moving down to San Antonio later this year, assuming COTA continues to do club HPDEs I'll probably have to make my way down there to do an event with him at some point.

I had to mute your audio. I would rather listen to the GoPro's horrible wind noise than random music.
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Only $300 for 2 days at COTA?! Holy shiznit!

I was there back in December for a Cadillac V-Series Driving Lab, got to do a half dozen laps in a CTS-V coupe and wagon. Even based on that brief sample of the track I agree with you - the track is awesome. My brother and his wife are moving down to San Antonio later this year, assuming COTA continues to do club HPDEs I'll probably have to make my way down there to do an event with him at some point.

I had to mute your audio. I would rather listen to the GoPro's horrible wind noise than random music.
Totally, though to be clear the $300/2days is The Drivers Edge's normal rate. This event happened to be $375 per day. Still worth it imo, since you get 4 20+ min sessions at COTA.

Always love more subies at events hope to see you out there sometime!
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Awesome! You should have GoPro'd it but oh well.

For some reason I was thinking it MUCH more expensive to get on this track and that they had decided to limit access to only certain groups they considered to be more "elite". Did they back down on that?

I would almost consider taking a road trip down there to run this track at that rate.

For ****s and giggles I looked at The Drivers Edge's 2013 schedule and I don't see COTA on there any time soon.
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Awesome! You should have GoPro'd it but oh well.

For some reason I was thinking it MUCH more expensive to get on this track and that they had decided to limit access to only certain groups they considered to be more "elite". Did they back down on that?

I would almost consider taking a road trip down there to run this track at that rate.

For ****s and giggles I looked at The Drivers Edge's 2013 schedule and I don't see COTA on there any time soon.

GoPro footage in the link on the first post fast forward halfway through for car chase action.

It was pretty expensive, more than twice as much since it was $375 per day instead of for 2 days. Hopefully the price will drop a bit in the future.

They did limit who could sign up, it was basically solo approved drivers only since the track is pretty fast, and there weren't enough instructors to assign one to everyone. Also I think it was a thank you for their regulars. That said it seemed like quite a few ppl got in, and I myself was pretty borderline.
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GoPro footage in the link on the first post fast forward halfway through for car chase action.

It was pretty expensive, more than twice as much since it was $375 per day instead of for 2 days. Hopefully the price will drop a bit in the future.

They did limit who could sign up, it was basically solo approved drivers only since the track is pretty fast, and there weren't enough instructors to assign one to everyone. Also I think it was a thank you for their regulars. That said it seemed like quite a few ppl got in, and I myself was pretty borderline.
Oh, how did the footage end up so tall like that? I figured it was iPhone video recorded vertically.

$375 per day still seems like a good deal for it being COTA, especially when you consider their private track rental cost is $50k per day with a limit of 24 people. They must offer pretty nice rates to racing clubs. I would have guessed the rate to be higher than you paid.
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Here is some fottage presented in GoPro Noob Tall Screen!
Whatever fottage is.
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Whatever fottage is.
LOL - I skimmed it and then clicked the video. I got a little excited when I read "COTA" and saw there was video. I missed the word "GoPro". Now I'm simply curious how you record "tall" video on a GoPro. I've never seen video like this from anything but a cell phone held vertical.
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lol damn it, I blame 2:00 am.

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LOL - Now I'm simply curious how you record "tall" video on a GoPro.
Had it mounted sideways like a n00b, I rotated the footage latter.
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Had it mounted sideways like a n00b, I rotated the footage latter.
Haha, that's funny but unfortunate. I guess you'll have to go back and record it properly.
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Hehe, yup. Gonna be rough.
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Oh, how did the footage end up so tall like that? I figured it was iPhone video recorded vertically.

$375 per day still seems like a good deal for it being COTA, especially when you consider their private track rental cost is $50k per day with a limit of 24 people. They must offer pretty nice rates to racing clubs. I would have guessed the rate to be higher than you paid.
Rumor is $47,000 to rent the track...per day. I don't know of anyone outside of the nationwide orgs that are racing there. No local/amateur clubs can afford it
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Is that the rate that The Driver's Edge would have paid?

The math says they'd need 125 cars @ $375 to just break even on costs. That doesn't seem right unless there were truly that many cars out there.

OP - how many cars would say were out there?
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lol damn it, I blame 2:00 am.
You have quite a few typos in the OP. Maybe you shouldn't post after midnight anymore.
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At that price it's cheaper too go club racing. The SCCA National Super Tour is $650 for the weeeknd at COTA.
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OP - how many cars would say were out there?
Hard to say, I believe we had 4 run groups of about 30 each so 120 sounds right. Wonder if the rental cost includes corner workers though. I think the instructors go for free as well so they don't count.

Also remember it was 375 per day. I think the rental price they paid was for the full weekend.

Plus they sold out in like a day so supply and demand; right? :P

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At that price it's cheaper too go club racing. The SCCA National Super Tour is $650 for the weeeknd at COTA.
Interesting. Didn't know they had an event there, wonder what the track time difference works out to be. I got about 80min in one day with TDE.

Though with TDE you don't need a membership or a racing license.
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