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Old 05-26-2004, 12:01 PM   #1
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At the Track Newbie track advice needed

Does anyone have any advice for someone looking to hit the track for the first time?

Clubs? Lessons? Costs? Location?

Basically any information, apart from "it's a good idea" would be great.

Thanks.

J

p.s. Information on anywhere outside of central or southern Alberta won't do me much good.
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:53 PM   #2
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Call Track Techniques Inc.

403-226-9387.

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Old 05-26-2004, 02:26 PM   #3
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thanks. I'll give 'em a shout. Any other Calgary advice for a Scoody Newbie?

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Old 05-26-2004, 05:12 PM   #4
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Check out the Calgary Sports Car Club. I'd suggest attending a couple autocrosses first to get a feel for the car, and then attend a high performance driving school. Once you have an idea of the car, you will learn lots at schools.

http://www.bishop.ab.ca/CSCC/
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Old 05-26-2004, 06:49 PM   #5
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isn't that guy that runs track days almost every week an instructor?
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:36 PM   #6
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i just did that high performance school thingy and it was the best thing I could have ever done.

no exaderation.
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:38 PM   #7
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Cool. I'm definitely going to check it out.

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Old 05-31-2004, 11:17 AM   #8
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Yes try first to autocross, speed are less high and it will practice your driving skills for sure and help you fell the car !
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Old 05-31-2004, 02:31 PM   #9
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There is one golden rule that many forget.

"At the end of the day you HAVE TO drive your car home"

Keep the above in mind and you will have alot of fun.
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Old 05-31-2004, 03:58 PM   #10
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I just went to my first track day last week. It was a blast!

Some thoughts:

- your car's responses are very different on the track. I heel and toe every day, every shift. Doing it when you're trying to get maximum braking changes where your foot is. I couldn't get enough force using the position I do on the street.

- even though I've taken some very good racing school's, I was totally un-prepared for how hard my car can corner on street tires. Guys in clapped out '80s Toyota's were pulling away from me till I got a feel for my car.

- bring a helmet. Some guys didn't, then had to scramble before they got on track.

- leave your ego at the door. I thought my car was all that, but some guys know the track and their car very well. For example, a fellow with a TDI golf was schooling me in the fast sweepers.

- start saving your money now. Once you hit the track, you'll find all sorts of things that need to be upgraded. I'm dreaming of a big brake kit right now...
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Old 05-31-2004, 05:54 PM   #11
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hehe.... heheheheh....
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Old 06-01-2004, 01:39 PM   #12
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I'm looking at stoptechs... what you thinking?
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:08 PM   #13
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Quote:
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I'm looking at stoptechs... what you thinking?
TWR brakes are really really nice and there a bc company.
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Old 06-01-2004, 04:59 PM   #14
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Quote:
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I'm looking at stoptechs... what you thinking?
Stoptech would be my first choice. I like the TWR's, but still not as proven as the Stoptech's. I'm watching to see who will come out with brackets for the R180 hubs; in case I need to change my rear end some day...
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