It was awesome. I burnt off a lot of rubber...
I made it to Marina (7 miles north of Monterey) from Santa Rosa in a hair under 2 hours, not bad. It was cold and windy the whole day, which was a bummer. It was at the Marina airport, and there were people skydiving all day. Firetrucks came screaming in, lights and sirens going, 4 times during the day. I'm never skydiving with those clowns.
Once the day got under way, we were split into three groups for the three different exercises. The first one we did was braking. First we just braked in a straight line to get a feel for the ABS. Then we had to maneuver around a cone square and brake at the end, which caused a lot of problems for people, including me. I just couldn't keep myself from braking early. Then they added another braking zone, and I started to catch on...
The next thing was the slalom. There were two lines of cones, one a fast slalom and one slower, and we did a few laps going through them, not too difficult once you got the rhythm down.
The last thing was the skidpad. They had cones set up in a sort of oval shape, and the point of the exercise was steering the car using nothing but the throttle. You were supposed to turn the wheel to the point where you could make it through the flatter part of the oval, and then hold it and use just the throttle to adjust your steering angle. I got the hang of this one pretty quick, so I started getting rather aggressive with the throttle towards the end. Had some nice spins.
It was a very cool day. Definately worth the $50. But I need to get my own helmet, the loaner they gave me was way too small. I still have a headache. As for the mix of cars, as always there were several E36 M3s, 4 E39 M5s, several E46s, a few E39s, and two other E34s, both 540iAs I believe. Most of the cars were '99 and newer, I had one of 5 pre-'90 cars there.
Going to Laguna Seca next month, but the way the weather is looking, my first track day may be in the rain. Yeesh.
Joe Ording, seasoned veteran
'89 535i happy to be wanked