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Old 01-05-2014, 10:29 AM   #1
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Default Local Track Days @ Thompson!

Thompson Speedway will open in June 2014 and offering various track days to members, but other organizations are also renting out the track.

Hooked On Driving is a nice, low key group with the ability to accomodate beginners and experts, regardless of car alike.

http://www.hookedondriving.com

This is their Northeast Schedule:
http://www.hookedondriving.com/hooke...gion/Northeast

with special attention to Friday 9-5-14 and Saturday 9-6-14 @ Thompson Speedway in Northeastern CT

It's 350 dollars per day which is a little more than other car club track days, but they have a lot, and I mean a lot of both track time as well as instructor time: ya pay more, but you get more etc.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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The following organizations will also be @ Thompson during 2014...
http://www.comscc.org/events/
http://www.scda1.com/thompson-speedway/
http://www.nasanortheast.com/
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:42 PM   #3
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Can't wait! I'll be instructing at the SCDA event at Thompson!

@SergioC, what's the process to become an instructor with hookedondriving?
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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I will be at Thompson as well.
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:34 PM   #5
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Can't wait! I'll be instructing at the SCDA event at Thompson!

@SergioC, what's the process to become an instructor with hookedondriving?
Sadly SCDA is not an organization that is harmonious with with my lifestyle. That's a politically correct way of saying I cannot make weekday track days! That makes me sad because SCDA is so grass roots and is cool like ADSI only more complete and at a higher level too.

Personally I am at the level where I really need instruction so I don't know, but I believe you should contact your local hookedondriving representative and ask them. Maybe go to some hookedondriving events, learn their lingo and show them that you can instruct.

The think with HOD is that they are very chill, mellow and noncompetitive. Each car or driver club has its own culture, and from what I have read about HOD they have their own.

From http://www.hookedondriving.com/faq
How do I become a coach?
Get to know us and let us get to know you. Operate at a high B or C level of driving without incident and go to meetings to learn. Be a regular – as we run a business an can’ t afford to graduate everyone into being coaches. But mostly, you must have a passion for what we do, how we operate, and how to communicate all of that. Talk to a group leader about your interest.


However, the problem is just that: so many track days from so many organizations, and almost all of them are weekday.

So I took the plunge and decided to join the club @ Thompson. If anyone is interested I'd be happy to post the schedule, maybe bring guests or have people interested come along to get-togethers or track days and see if it's for you.
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:55 PM   #6
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Time to start saving up for a track day!
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:01 PM   #7
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Can't wait! I'll be instructing at the SCDA event at Thompson!

@SergioC, what's the process to become an instructor with hookedondriving?
Here's the HOD Contact for the Northeast Region:
Hooked on Driving, Northeast Rep.
Fred Edelman, Owner
7777 Indian Hill Road
Manlius, New York 13104
northeast@hookedondriving.com
Phone: (315) 935-5178
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:38 AM   #8
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I was curious, so I emailed for the 3 pdfs describing the membership club at Thompson. While it's still far more affordable than Lime Rock, it isn't a money saving way to go to the track. For an individual, the fees are:

Initiation: $15,000
Annual Dues: $2500
Blacktop Fee (daily track fee when you use it): $165 (27 track days max this year, 30 after that)

You get other things like a seasons pass and free food when you're at the track and discounts and such, but unless you need to be more exclusive than GTF or something, I don't see the benefit. I'd rather pay a $300 daily track fee with a club myself. Ignoring the $15k, if you use the entire 30 days, it's a bit under $250 a day.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:49 AM   #9
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I was curious, so I emailed for the 3 pdfs describing the membership club at Thompson. While it's still far more affordable than Lime Rock, it isn't a money saving way to go to the track. For an individual, the fees are:

Initiation: $15,000
Annual Dues: $2500
Blacktop Fee (daily track fee when you use it): $165 (27 track days max this year, 30 after that)

You get other things like a seasons pass and free food when you're at the track and discounts and such, but unless you need to be more exclusive than GTF or something, I don't see the benefit. I'd rather pay a $300 daily track fee with a club myself. Ignoring the $15k, if you use the entire 30 days, it's a bit under $250 a day.
yep...no idea what the allure is for the club memberships but i am not a baller, I'll make the 40 minute drive every chance i get though!
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:50 AM   #10
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I'm planning for the June event at Thompson with NASA.

https://www.nasaproracing.com/event/1815

I'll probably be going Saturday the 21st for HPDE 1.

Would love to run enough events and get all the seat time I need to move up to HPDE 4. Then I can apply for an NASA license to run Time Trials. It's quite a bit cheaper and its open passing sessions.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:08 AM   #11
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The following organizations will also be @ Thompson during 2014...
http://www.comscc.org/events/
I'll be at these events. However, after reading about NASA TTs, I might try one this year and run it as a test day. Any extra track time on a new track is going to help alot!
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:29 AM   #12
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I was curious, so I emailed for the 3 pdfs describing the membership club at Thompson. While it's still far more affordable than Lime Rock, it isn't a money saving way to go to the track.
In my experience, saving money and running a car at the track is mutually exclusive. There aren't many cheap ways to do it.

But I hear ya as I'm trying to be budget conscious about my trackdays as well. I keep it cheap by instructing for HPDE's and that usually gets me the free track time.

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Old 01-15-2014, 11:32 AM   #13
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From http://www.hookedondriving.com/faq
How do I become a coach?
Get to know us and let us get to know you. Operate at a high B or C level of driving without incident and go to meetings to learn. Be a regular – as we run a business an can’ t afford to graduate everyone into being coaches. But mostly, you must have a passion for what we do, how we operate, and how to communicate all of that. Talk to a group leader about your interest.
I'll have to contact them. To be honest a big reason I instruct is to get the free track time. So being a regular as a student isn't in my budget. I was hoping my credentials would be able to skip that step and be an instructor. Hmmm. :/

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However, the problem is just that: so many track days from so many organizations, and almost all of them are weekday.
Any track I'd want to run at usually has racing on the weekends so it's very uncommon to find HPDE events on a weekend. Would love to hear how the membership works out for you at Thompson.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:31 PM   #14
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Northeast Track Days has 3 events at Thompson this year and its only $200 if you sign up before April 7th.

http://www.northeasttrackdays.com
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