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    10/16/2010 - 10/17/2010 Radial Tire Driving School @ Summit Point

    2010 PRICE DECREASE! Summit Point Main School is now $195/day!

    BBQ Dinner and the generous door prize of 4 TOYO TIRES, both sponsored by Radial Tire

    The National Capital Chapter (NCC) operates two types of driving schools: Drivers' Schools and Car Control Clinics. While the methods of instruction and the target audience for these schools differ, they share a common goal of giving you the opportunity to develop and improve your skills as a driver and to strengthen your knowledge of your car's abilities so that you will be prepared for any situation you may encounter on the highway.

    Our schools are not racing schools. Our focus is on skills, not speed, and our overriding concern is with your safety and that of your car. We select our school instructors very carefully, not simply for their technical knowledge and accomplishments as drivers, but also for their abilities to impart that knowledge to their students in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

    Your BMW is an amazingly capable car. At a National Capital Chapter driving school, you will be able to realize your car's capabilities, learn the limits of those capabilities under controlled conditions and practice the skills needed to control your car safely within those limits.


    Drivers' Schools

    The primary goal of these schools is to develop and hone your car-control skills. It is not to drive fast, although speed will come with improving skills. We seek to produce not necessarily the fastest, but the most proficient drivers possible.

    Each drivers' school consists of driving sessions on the track and at the skidpad, as well as classroom sessions. During your on-track sessions, you will be driving the full track at progressively higher speeds throughout the school. An in-car instructor will work with you to help you improve your driving mechanics. Braking, cornering and accelerating techniques are refined continuously during your on-track sessions.

    Skidpad sessions will allow you to begin to master the skill of controlling your car at the limits of adhesion. You will learn how to control understeer (when your front tires lose adhesion) and oversteer (when your rear tires lose adhesion). The skills learned here will not only be invaluable on the track, they may well save your car - and your life - on the highway.

    Classroom sessions present the underlying mechanics of your car's behavior and how your inputs as a driver affect it. We present basic driving theory, the physics of car behavior (i.e., the "why it works" of driving) and discussions of the techniques of advanced car control.

    No single drivers' school will ever convey all there is to learn about driving. In this sense, our drivers' schools are part of a continuous learning environment, one that requires several years of attendance at dozens of schools before proficiency is attained. Even at that, there is always something more to learn, something additional on which to work. Acquiring driving skills is a process that is never completed.

    About Our Instructors

    Our instructors come from two basic driving backgrounds: accomplished drivers' school students and successful amateur (e.g., SCCA) racers. Regardless of their backgrounds, our instructors conform to a uniformly high standard of competence, professionalism and enthusiasm for teaching.

    Candidates selected from our student roster have a documented record of achievement. Candidates applying from a racing background must have comparable skills and experience. We note that the requirements for a successful racer and those for a successful instructor are not necessarily the same, as the sole ability to drive fast is about the most minor qualification we seek in an instructor. Therefore, as part of the qualification process, we apply a series of student instruction simulations (using our instructors as the "students") to ensure that the candidate understands not only how to drive, but how to teach as well. We also ensure that candidates display impeccable attitude and driving etiquette and are successful in making the transition from "race-mode" to "school-mode."

    Our current instructors' driving experience ranges from five years to twenty-five years. Our "average" instructor has been driving on the track for 11.5 years and has been instructing for 6 years. We draw our instructors from twelve BMW CCA chapters, the SCCA, PCA, and other marque clubs. We select our instructors very carefully to ensure that every student receives the best possible instruction from the safest, most professional and most knowledgeable people we can find. We are very proud of our instructor corps and we trust that you will share that pride.




    This event offers online registration and payment through MotorsportReg.com.

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    When does registration begin for the OCT 15-17 school begin?

    When does registration begin for the OCT 15-17 school begin?

    I couldn't find the registration page on the site if it is up already. Please point me to the link.

    Thanks Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by nat360 View Post
    When does registration begin for the OCT 15-17 school begin?

    I couldn't find the registration page on the site if it is up already. Please point me to the link.

    Thanks Natalie
    Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:00A (Eastern time)

    Go to the 'chapter programs' link, top left and use the menu to go to driving schools.
    Everything needed is on that page.
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    So is this on Summit Point Main or Jefferson circuit? Doug's post indicates $175 per day for the Jefferson school, but the Motorsports.reg link indicates $195 on the Main???

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    Quote Originally Posted by AG View Post
    So is this on Summit Point Main or Jefferson circuit? Doug's post indicates $175 per day for the Jefferson school, but the Motorsports.reg link indicates $195 on the Main???
    Looks like the event was copied over to here before it was edited.

    Main Circuit, $195.00/day.
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    Bbq

    Is the BBQ sat and sunday or just sunday? I am only able to come one day and want to be sure I get the most out of the day. Also, do you have to be present for the door prizes?
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    In the past the bbq was held after track time on Saturday. Not sure on the door prizes, but would think you need be present to win. Drawing was done after dinnertime.
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    The registration deadline has been extended from tomorrow until September 18. This two-day school is our annual event on the popular main Summit Point track. It will include classroom sessions and the always popular skid-pad sessions. The free Saturday night Barbeque dinner sponsored by the Radial Tire Company will have a door prize drawing for a set of four Toyo tires! Don't wait to sign up, or you may be too late. Registration is at www.motorsportreg.com.
    Last edited by 1996 328ti; 09-03-2010 at 09:03 PM. Reason: added direct link to registration
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    Sorry to miss this weekend. I'll be in Peru doing - guess what? See to the left of this message.

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    Is there a sample schedule online? How much track time/skidpad time is typically offered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by profbooty View Post
    Is there a sample schedule online? How much track time/skidpad time is typically offered?
    Profbooty,

    It's been a year since being at a BMW track event, but (from experience) you typically get 4 x 25-30 minute track sessions and 1 x 10 minute skidpad session per day. I'm going to forward this to a DS expert (Woody Hair) for further commentary.
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    I'm no expert, but I think Jonathan's estimates are correct. Expect to have two classroom sessions per day too.
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    Looking forward to my first driving school - registered early, but how and when does one receive confirmation that one has a slot in the school? (Pretentious grammar, I know.)

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    Is it to late to register for this event?
    If not, do you allow unregistered track cars, basically I-Prepared cars?
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