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Old 06-08-2001, 11:36 PM   #1
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Question Looking for recommendations on performance driving class in Bay Area

It's time to tune the nut behind the wheel.

I need some help in choosing an advanced/performance driving class (like Skip Barber) in the Bay Area. What class did you take? How much did it cost? Would you recommend it?

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Old 06-09-2001, 03:17 AM   #2
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http://www.Thunderhill.com/school.html

You can think of it this way: If Skippy School is where the pros get trained, this is where the club amateurs get trained.

And then there's something a bit different:
http://www.californiarallyseries.com/crspro.htm



Also SFR SCCA Solo2 holds autocross classes too I think .. check http://www.sfrscca.org/
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Old 06-09-2001, 11:27 AM   #3
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Old 06-11-2001, 08:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for the helpful replies, fellas. So it seems like there are two major types of performance driving courses: The high-end Skip Barber type that seems to have quite a bit of instruction and the more bring-your-own-vehicle style a la Thunderhill.

Is there anything in between?

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Old 06-11-2001, 09:47 AM   #5
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I recommend one of the high end pro-schools, like my favorite, Bridgestone Racing Academy. You will learn so much more in a pro-school than you typically will in the schools where you drive your own car.

They are very much worth the price.

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Old 06-11-2001, 01:27 PM   #6
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Can you list some contacts like phone # or web page or something?
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Old 06-11-2001, 01:55 PM   #7
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My wife bought me for X-mas a entry to a Russel Racing http://www.russellracing.com/ course (Sears Point). Their "Performance Driving" course ($675) is a full day course using YOUR car (with some instruction using their cars for skid pad, for example). I am planning on attending the August 30th session, so can provide details shortly afterwards if people are interested. Russel also offers a number of other courses, but the Performance course is directed to your car.
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Here's another point of view for you.

Although I've never attended a pro-school, I have no doubt that this would be the way to go for ultimate driving skills. However, I also believe that there are great benefits in driving your own car at its limits in a safe school environment. These skills can be very applicable in emergency situations in the real world.
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Old 06-11-2001, 10:01 PM   #9
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I highly recommend the Nat'l Auto sports Assoc. (NASA) High Perf Driving Events (HPDE)!

NorCal NASA: <A HREF="http://veloce.nasaproracing.com/typ_html_nav.asp?Unique=37012.9459490741&ObjectID= 6121" TARGET=_blank>http://veloce.nasaproracing.com/typ_html_nav.asp?Unique=37012.9459490741&ObjectID= 6121[/ URL]

It's $30 for a 1yr. membership and about $150 to run for a full day. (generally 4 sessions at about 20minutes each) And since you are new you will begin in Group 1 where an instructor will be assigned to you.

You should also join the Mentor Program: [url=http://www.geocities.com/nasamentor/]http://www.geocities.com/nasamentor/</A>

The Mentor Program is geared for people like you and I who are new to the sport and want to learn how to be a better driver. They assign you a "mentor" that you can discuss any questions or concerns you may have, like how to set-up your car and so on. Also, it is relatively cheaper in that you only need a helmet and a safe car. You have to pass a tech inspection first. And there is no pressure to go all out! You go at your own pace!

Both the mentor and the instructors are all experienced race car drivers. I was lucky to get Barry Hartzel, NorCal NASA director as my mentor! I was also lucky to get the best instructor and Mentor Program founder, Dev Clough! Barry drives a Spec Miata race car and Dev drives a Pro 7 race car. You even get to take a ride ion their race car to feel how a real racer drives! (to tell you the truth, I actually got sick from all the g-forces!) Doh!

I highly recommend joining, or at least checking out the mentor program, it's FREE to join and there is a lot of info to be found on the site! Even an article about my first time out!

The only warning I have is that it is very ADDICTING!

Feel free to email me with any questions!

Gary

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Old 06-11-2001, 10:34 PM   #10
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It you want a smaller group that is really great. Try http://www.touringcarclub.com/ I took a weekend course for 180 bucks I think and now I can run time trials with them. Took my course at Lagauna Seca and also got a lot of track time.
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