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woodym3
02-09-2009, 10:10 PM
Registration is now open on the Greater Washington Section, Mercedes Club of America's website.
http://www.gws-mbca.org/events/MarqueMadness09.html

Good news! There is an Early Bird registration fee of $375 until March 31. One April 1 the fee goes up to $395 (no fooling), and after May 23 the fee will go to $425. Don't let the event fill up before you get your registration in.

Back by popular demand, the National Capital Chapter, along with the local chapters of the Audi and Mercedes clubs, will be hosting a two day driver school on the full course at Virginia International Raceway near Danville, VA. There will be four run groups for all levels of experience and in-car instructors.

When: Thursday, June 11, 2009 and Friday, June 12, 2009

Extras: Thursday night barbeque and event T-shirts included in registration fee.

Questions to Woody Hair 703-243-5796

1996 328ti
02-09-2009, 10:13 PM
I hope to make this one.
And the weekend. :)

Real M3
02-10-2009, 08:27 AM
Registration is now open on the Greater Washington Section, Mercedes Club of America's website.
http://www.gws-mbca.org/events/MarqueMadness09.html

Good news! There is an Early Bird registration fee of $375 until March 31. One April 1 the fee goes up to $395 (no fooling), and after May 23 the fee will go to $425. Don't let the event fill up before you get your registration in.


When: Thursday, June 11, 2009 and Friday, June 12, 2009

Extras: Thursday night barbeque and event T-shirts included in registration fee.

Questions to Woody Hair 703-243-5796


And as an added perk, BMWs can show the other Marques what they can do at VIR!

1996 328ti
02-10-2009, 09:36 AM
AKA. . .When Vipers attack.

Real M3
02-10-2009, 11:42 AM
AKA. . .When Vipers attack.


Thanks, just when the nightmares have stopped......

Car54
02-10-2009, 09:59 PM
Who's doing a 4 day down there with Mazda?

fpol
02-11-2009, 03:43 PM
Who's doing a 4 day down there with Mazda?
I was thinking about it, but instead if money holds up I'm doing MM then WGI the following Monday and Tuesday, followed by Thunderbolt the following weekend.

Driving from ViR to the Fingerlakes Sunday night after Mazda would be a bit much... Then again - if gas is $4.00 again by June I might be doing MM only and going home to watch the 24hrs.

1996 328ti
03-30-2009, 08:15 PM
Registered.

woodym3
03-31-2009, 08:10 AM
Driving from ViR to the Fingerlakes Sunday night after Mazda would be a bit much...

Sign up to do the One Lap of America and you can do such foolishness every night for a week.

fpol
03-31-2009, 10:23 PM
Sign up to do the One Lap of America and you can do such foolishness every night for a week.

A dwindling budget has already put an end to it :(.

The one lap is cool, but do they allow people to do it solo?

woodym3
04-01-2009, 06:43 AM
A dwindling budget has already put an end to it :(.

The one lap is cool, but do they allow people to do it solo?

Nope, solo is not allowed. I was told the guy that did the One Lap in a Radical a few years ago did all of the transit driving, and his "co-driver" was only along for the ride. But I don't believe that is physically possible.

Prowess Symphony
04-01-2009, 10:21 AM
Ive never been to something like this. What exactly goes on there? I bring my own car and have an instructor ride with me telling me what to do?

woodym3
04-01-2009, 10:51 AM
In a nutshell, you, and maybe 20 other drivers, are circulating a road course (3.27-mile 17-turn at Virginia International Raceway) in your own car. An experienced instructor is in the right seat teaching you the proper "line", braking and shift points, steering and acceleration techniques. A typical day will have four half-hour session on the track. Classroom instruction will also be provided.
Here is some information from our website's FAQ section. Note that no skidpad instruction is planned at this time for the VIR Marque Madness event.
http://www.nccbmwcca.org:80/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=105
Let me know if you have more questions.
Woody

fpol
04-02-2009, 07:41 PM
<snip>
A typical day will have four half-hour session on the track.
<snip>
Woody

Is the 4 x 30 min (specifically the 30 min) confirmed? My hesitancy has been due to the previous 20 min sessions (if i recall correctly) in the previous 3 MMs. As much as I love VIR, I've started to back off going down there due to cost and leave requirments for 4 x 20s.

ChosenGSR
04-02-2009, 07:56 PM
I'm registered for this, I think woody instructed me at the last one 2 years back :)

1996 328ti
04-02-2009, 08:22 PM
Is the 4 x 30 min (specifically the 30 min) confirmed? My hesitancy has been due to the previous 20 min sessions (if i recall correctly) in the previous 3 MMs. As much as I love VIR, I've started to back off going down there due to cost and leave requirments for 4 x 20s.The first year there was a problem with no-show instructors and students had to wait to find an instructor.

Over the years it has improved.
I can't speak for whether there are 20 or 30 minute sessions.
You can easily loose time if someone goes off and there is a full course black while everyone waits to go back.

I'm usually good for 25 minutes. Anything longer and I'm looking for the checker.

woodym3
04-02-2009, 08:58 PM
Is the 4 x 30 min (specifically the 30 min) confirmed? My hesitancy has been due to the previous 20 min sessions (if i recall correctly) in the previous 3 MMs. As much as I love VIR, I've started to back off going down there due to cost and leave requirments for 4 x 20s.
Do not quote me on the length of the sessions. The schedule has not been established yet, and I am not the one that sets the schedule. I was trying to convey a sense of what a typical day was like.

fpol
04-03-2009, 07:16 PM
Steven, i was one of the students left sitting on pit out *every* session on day one without an instructor in MM I - I got one lap in that day! I still went back for MMII and MMIII...nothing anyone could do about the amount of instructors who didn't turn up.

More that I think about it, I may try to make it regardless of session length. I haven't been instructed at VIR in a couple of years so I'm sure that I could use some pointers.

1996 328ti
04-03-2009, 07:24 PM
Steven, i was one of the students left sitting on pit out *every* session on day one without an instructor in MM I - I got one lap in that day! I still went back for MMII and MMIII...nothing anyone could do about the amount of instructors who didn't turn up.I remember that. I even gave first timers their intro lap. MM2 was better. I missed MM3.

I go to schools for the driving and comaraderie.

woodym3
05-13-2009, 09:51 PM
There are still openings for this event. The VIR full course and no rain forecast. What are you waiting for?

Registration:
http://www.gws-mbca.org/events/MarqueMadness09.html

Car54
05-13-2009, 10:15 PM
I'm in! Oh wait...I better ask for those days off.

1996 328ti
05-14-2009, 06:28 AM
I'm in! Oh wait...I better ask for those days off.
Better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission. :)
Seeya there.

ronh21
05-14-2009, 08:16 AM
I'll be there. It'll be my first trip there. Where do people normally stay? At the track? Danville?

1996 328ti
05-14-2009, 08:59 AM
I'll be there. It'll be my first trip there. Where do people normally stay? At the track? Danville?Most people stay in town. Sleep Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express.

I sometimes stay at the track. It's nice to be so close but I need to unplug the fridge. Last time I did that I woke up with a soaking wet floor. :)

woodym3
05-14-2009, 09:10 AM
I'll be there. It'll be my first trip there. Where do people normally stay? At the track? Danville?

From the registration website:
Hotel Information
We have a block of 40 rooms reserved for Marque Madness at the Sleep Inn, Danville for the nights of June 10th and 11th. The block is a mix of kings ($75.00) and doubles ($79.99). The block reservation and special rates are only available until May 27th. Participants must make their own reservations by calling 434-793-6090 – be sure to ask for rooms in the Marque Madness IV block. The Sleep Inn (our headquarters) is just 8 miles from the track and has a rig-accessible parking lot adjacent to the regular parking lot. Please note: The Mazda club has a block of rooms reserved for the nights of 6/12 and 6/13. If you want to spend a third night, be sure to call and make your reservations early.

Other hotel/motel options in Danville include the Best Western Windsor Inn & Suites 434-483-5000; Comfort Inn & Suites 434-793-2000; Courtyard by Marriott 434-791-2661 or 800-321- 2211; Days Inn 434-836-6745; Hampton Inn 434-793-1111; Holiday Inn Express 434-793-4000; and the Stratford Inn & Conference Center 434-793-2500 or 800-326-8455 (pet friendly).

Come on guys and gals - recruit your friends to attend this event!

ronh21
05-14-2009, 10:55 AM
I saw the hotel info, but I never really hear of anyone staying at the track. MM and Mazda both have blocks of rooms in town, not at the track.

I actually have a reservation for one of the "garage suites", but never having been there I wonder if I'll regret that. I can switch it to the lodge. I'm a "convenience is better" kind of guy, and I like the idea of having a place to hang out during down-time between sessions if I want.

1996 328ti
05-14-2009, 12:01 PM
I saw the hotel info, but I never really hear of anyone staying at the track. MM and Mazda both have blocks of rooms in town, not at the track.

I actually have a reservation for one of the "garage suites", but never having been there I wonder if I'll regret that. I can switch it to the lodge. I'm a "convenience is better" kind of guy, and I like the idea of having a place to hang out during down-time between sessions if I want.I had a reservation for the garage and then they put me in the lodge so you may want to check when you get your key.

I've never stayed in the garage suites.
The lodge and garage are both convenient.

woodym3
05-14-2009, 06:15 PM
Ron,
The garage suites could not be more convenient. I've had students go back to their room for a nap between sessions. Just don't open the door to your room while an unmuffled race car goes by. The noise seems to magnify once it gets in the room. The Lodge is also convenient, but not for walking back and forth from the paddock. With the Thursday banquet in the paddock, and the track gas pumps priced at retail this season, these are a good choice. The only downside is when you want to go into town for dinner with friends - about 15 miles each way.
Edit: and price

Car54
05-14-2009, 08:07 PM
Another con: the walls are paper thin...One morning I heard the neighbor, open the microwave door, close the door, then beep the buttons....later I clearly heard him open a can of something...sounded like diet coke.

I stay at the Sleep Inn mostly to save the $30 or so...it's a tank of gas!

1996 328ti
05-15-2009, 06:26 AM
Another con: the walls are paper thin...
The lodge also has thin walls. I sleep better at the Sleep Inn.
Plus in town you can grab a quick bite in the lobby.

ronh21
05-15-2009, 10:17 AM
The lodge also has thin walls. I sleep better at the Sleep Inn.
Plus in town you can grab a quick bite in the lobby.

Well, I'll give it a try this time. The extra $30 isn't a big problem, but if I can hear a neighbor snoring, I'll be very bitter :frown: I'll probably have breakfast/lunch food with me already. If it doesn't work out, next time I'll stay where all the cool kids stay.

Ron.

1996 328ti
05-15-2009, 12:03 PM
Well, I'll give it a try this time.It is nice to roll out bed and already be at the track. :biggrin:

FT
05-20-2009, 12:37 AM
I could not resist the deal of having a 4-day VIR fest, so I signed up :)
I hope to see you there Steven, its been long time ;)

1996 328ti
05-20-2009, 01:07 PM
I could not resist the deal of having a 4-day VIR fest, so I signed up :)
I hope to see you there Steven, its been long time ;)Just Thursday and Friday. Would have loved to stay for all 4. I don't have that kind of money burning a hole in my pocket like you Porsche guys. ;)

FT
05-21-2009, 12:53 AM
Just Thursday and Friday. Would have loved to stay for all 4. I don't have that kind of money burning a hole in my pocket like you Porsche guys. ;)
Yea, yea, use that P-car card on me again. I'll see what new tools and tent you got this time :tongue:

It will be good to see again :)

dbonner
05-23-2009, 09:48 AM
Even though I'm not a Porsche owner either :rolleyes:, I've registered for the 4 day Marque Madness/Mazda Drivers Grand East Circuit events, June 11-14. The Mazda High Performance DE event is the only scheduled weekend Grand East Circuit event in 2009. If you've never done it, it's a great experience. And there is still space available for anyone interested in attending. See the attached link.
http://www.mazdadrivers.com/

I'll be staying at the Lodge this time around. There is merit to staying in town, and it's slightly cheaper per night, but for 4 days, I'd rather be eating a more leisurely breakfast at the track than rushing every morning to drive 15 miles to make tech inspection. Convenience has its cost. :wink:

Hope to see you there at either or both events! Bonbahn

1996 328ti
05-23-2009, 09:57 AM
Sounds tempting. :)
I'll decide in the next few days.

ChosenGSR
05-25-2009, 10:28 AM
Would love to do all 4 days, unfortunately a fast approaching wedding had left my pockets with nothing but wholes in them.

1996 328ti
05-25-2009, 11:03 AM
Would love to do all 4 days, unfortunately a fast approaching wedding had left my pockets with nothing but wholes in them.
You don't have a wedding gift registry with MSReg?
Nevermind, Mazda uses PayPal.

M50_328is
05-27-2009, 03:11 PM
I'm officially staying at the Sleep Inn :)
look for a Madeirra Violett 328is
~Phil

JEDM3
05-27-2009, 03:35 PM
Staying at the Lodge for the MM event. Looking forward to it! First event since Oktoberfest:)
See everybody there.
John

Car54
05-29-2009, 03:35 PM
Anyone looking for a roommate at Sleep Inn?

Non-snorers need not apply! ;)

e30m3sm
06-05-2009, 08:29 PM
If any of you are still on the fence about the VIR GE event on Sat & Sun, Dave Nugent, the registrar for MazdaDrivers is offering a discount for student who are referred by an instructor. I am offering to be that instructor. http://www.mazdadrivers.com/09_vir_june/09_vir_june_grand_main_instreferral.htm

If you use my name, Dave will sweeten the deal. And then you get to heckle me as I will be your classroom instructor.

Four days at VIR and the last 2 on the GRAND EAST! It doesn't get any better than this.

If you haven't tried to tame the "Bitch" and the Spiral that follows it then you are in for a high "pucker factor" treat (a driver who can trail brake then throttle steer his or her way around a decreasing radius turn can single apex the Bitch, and close quickly on the majority of the slower, more conservative drivers who will double apex or rim shot the entrance. This turn allows the momentum cars to play with the high HP cars.) There is a turn just like T5 at Summit main at the bottom of that series of turns. Next comes the technical part of the Partiot (cut-across) course followed by a part of the North Course cross-over. The downhill Rollercoaster is next, with everybody's favorite way to enter the front straight- HOGPEN (just don't lift). The Grand East still features the always popular Climbing Esses, where the back end of you car wants to step out at the top of the hill when many cars are at 100mph. Ahh 4.2 miles of VIR bliss.

It's still not too late to join in on the fun and it's now going to cost you a little less.

Gerry Chan

e30m3sm
06-05-2009, 08:34 PM
Here is a track map of the Grand East Course, the only one for cars and on a weekend.

http://www.mazdadrivers.com/09_trackmaps/vir_mda_grandeastmap.jpg

Gerry Chan

Car54
06-07-2009, 01:33 PM
Anyone need a roommate? I already have a room at the Sleep Inn but can cancel. I don't snore.

M50_328is
06-08-2009, 11:27 PM
Anyone want to caravan? I will be leaving in the Martinsburg / Winchester area around 3pm Weds. I am leaving from work...maybe earlier.
~Phil

FT
06-09-2009, 08:40 AM
I do like caravaning, but I am leaving around 1 pm on Wed.

1996 328ti
06-09-2009, 09:41 AM
Any dinner plans?
I should be arriving between 4 and 5.
Staying at the Sleep Inn.

FT
06-09-2009, 02:00 PM
no plans, let's hook up, haven't seen you in ages. I am at the Sleep Inn as well, should be there around the same time. I'll PM you my cell.

1996 328ti
06-09-2009, 06:27 PM
Anyone know if short sleeves are allowed?

FT
06-09-2009, 08:09 PM
The "Reminders" email they sent say long-sleeved Steven, no luck.

1996 328ti
06-09-2009, 08:15 PM
Thanks. I read through the handout and didn't see anything.
Guess I need to pack a few more things.

ronh21
06-09-2009, 09:14 PM
Anyone want to caravan? I will be leaving in the Martinsburg / Winchester area around 3pm Weds. I am leaving from work...maybe earlier.
~Phil

I'd caravan with you (out of Berryville), but I don't want to leave that late. I was thinking noon-ish, since I'm not working tomorrow. What route do you take? how long should it take?

Ron

FT
06-10-2009, 12:17 AM
A lot of ppl take rt.29 South, I think it is the shortest route and good roads too; however, there are generally a lot of speed traps along that route and too many trafic lights.

I take Rt. 360/15 to Danville, you'll see barely any cops around, and it is an easy 75 mph cruise control drive, not much trafic either.

Car54
06-10-2009, 06:55 AM
A lot of ppl take rt.29 South, I think it is the shortest route and good roads too; however, there are generally a lot of speed traps along that route and too many trafic lights.

I take Rt. 360/15 to Danville, you'll see barely any cops around, and it is an easy 75 mph cruise control drive, not much trafic either.

75mph on 360 is risky...I would keep it to 7 over south of Richmond.

Rt29 only applies to those who are in west FFX county or south/west of FFX county...otherwise it's 95S to SR360.

ronh21
06-10-2009, 07:35 AM
I'm starting a couple miles from Summit Point, so my trip probably starts on 81. Maybe I'll go to Lexington then cut over to 29 at Lynchburg. No matter which way I go, I'll go there glad that RRT fixed up my A/C a couple weeks ago. It's very frosty now :)

woodym3
06-10-2009, 08:22 AM
I'd caravan with you (out of Berryville), but I don't want to leave that late. I was thinking noon-ish, since I'm not working tomorrow. What route do you take? how long should it take?

Ron

Ron,
Since you're so far west, I'd recommend I-81 to the Beuna Vista exit, then 501 south/east to pick up Rt 29 near Lynchburg. 501 east of Glasgow is worth the trip.

woodym3
06-10-2009, 08:29 AM
Anyone know if short sleeves are allowed?

It is VIR, not the clubs, that require long sleeve shirts (and long pants).

M50_328is
06-10-2009, 11:25 AM
I will be around Winchester, on I-81 around 2pm. If anyone wants to meet up call me. I am going 81 > 64 > 29 > 360
many ppl going to the track for dinner?

240-291-1064
~Phillip