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jkundel 05-30-2006 01:49 AM

Driving Schools?
I read somewhere a guy highly recommended a driving school as one of the best mods you can get for yourself. I was wondering if anyone knew of a good one in the midwest, close to Iowa? thanks

Carrera26 05-30-2006 10:28 AM

It by far is the best thing you can do. Worth more than any mod! Not to mention you can take it with you no matter what you drive...

Evolution Performance Driving School

This is the one I went to, and they have a school coming up on June 18th. I learned a huge amount there, and it was a total blast. Cost $225 a day, but then I was also getting professional instruction from multi-time national champions and getting about 40-50 runs a day. So it's like getting an entire years worth of racing in a single day! Absolutely fantastic.

Unfortunately, you just missed a local school the Des Moines Valley Region put on, with some of our Nationals level people instructing. It was just $40 for the whole day...

Anyway, take a real serious look at going to the Evo school. It made me much, much faster.

WD40 05-30-2006 12:06 PM

Moved to ”Racing, Rally & Autocross”

violatedsohc 05-30-2006 12:24 PM

I can also attest to the greatness of getting time at a racing school. I've been to a good dozen events with a couple different organizations, Trackmasters , which is great, Performance Drivers Association (PDA) , which is another good school. Unfortunately both of these organizations are for the north east, focussing on Watkins Glen International.

I also know that different car clubs like the Porche Owners Club and the BMW owners also rent tracks for driving schools and might let you run with them.

Just be aware, most places require an in-depth inspection of your car before you go since you are going to be on a Race Track. Some places also require you to have your own approved helmet, although loaners might be available.

And last but not least, you only get out of it what you bring to it. I've seen guys show up who think that they are the hottness and don't want to listen to the instructors tell them how to drive their car, so instead they run their brand new BMW into one of the barriers.

Cliffs notes: Driving schools are good. You should do it.

shlbygt 05-30-2006 11:22 PM

The Kansas City BMW club does a nice job. Their next event is at Heartland Park in August. I ran my SVO there as a student a few years ago. Very organized and friendly.

The Great Lakes Region of SVTOA is having an event at Putnam Park in June and an event at Gingerman in July. Both are good tracks for learning with plenty of technical areas and lots of run off room.

The closest track and nearest date is the Iowa BMW Club event at Mid America. Never ran with them so I can't vouch for their curriculum. Mid America is a nice course, but very flat.

The only things needed to start attending events like these are a desire to learn, a helmet, and a maintained car. Some groups even have rental helmets which takes some of the sting out of the first event cost.

A maintained car means tire tread depth above the minimum, decent thickness on the brake pads, fresh brake fluid, properly torqued lug nuts and a securly mounted battery. Nothing special needs to be done. A bone stock, low horsepower car is best to learn with and a SVT Focus fits the bill nicely.

The best part of these events though are the people you will meet.

zetecfreak 05-31-2006 02:37 PM

Anyone know of any close to southern ohio. I realy would like to go to one.

Carrera26 05-31-2006 02:46 PM

June 10 in Columbus Ohio, Evolution is having a school, although it might be too late to register.

DirtyDeeds 06-01-2006 06:34 AM

The Evolution school is going to be in Milwaukee on June 29th...I think I'm going to attend. After reading Carrera26's post on what the school did for him (Before vs. After), I can see that I'm making a lot of, if not all of the same mistakes Carrera26 talked about.

Here's the post I'm talking about...

Carrera26 06-01-2006 11:20 AM

It's taken till the last few races to really put it into practice, but now my rear tires are sliding about 20%-30% of the time. There was a section at our last event where I was oversteering through 2 slalom cones, through a Chicago box, and the entire way around a carousel just enough and ended up with a time just 1 second off of a good driver in a Street Mod Evo 8 MR on R-Comps... and my front Azenis are worn to hell.

Unfortunately that happened on a fun run, when I stopped trying to be anal about the perfect line and went out there to have fun. Just running a few mph faster was enough to get me rotating right and drop a full second on a 30 second course.

You are going to be STUNNED at what you'll learn at Evo, man. I just wish I could afford to go again this year.

WitchCitySVT 06-01-2006 04:45 PM

Anyone know of a good school in the New England area

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