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Re: How do I get on the track? (more) (archive)

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Posted by Jim Bassett on January 06, 2000 at 18:01:08:

In Reply to: How do I get on the track? (more) posted by Ben H on January 06, 2000 at 17:01:11:

: I live in the Bay Area and I drive a '95 M3. I've always wanted to take it to a track. I'm a pretty mellow driver on the road cuz I don't want any tickets so I want to take it to a place where I can legally break out the M3's true potential. Laguna seca? Sears point?

: How would I go about doing this?

: I'm a member of BMW CCA and I'm waiting for their safety school so I can begin to do more stuff with them.

: Ben H
: Twin Tiger ///Motorsports

Hi Ben,

Starting out with the CCA is a great way to start.

There are other groups that do a fair job with novices (although, IMO, not as good as the CCA):

SCCA @ Thunderhill:
This was my first experience away from CCA schools - very pleased. Several of my friends now instruct with them (I can as well, but haven't yet). Thunderhill is a very safe track - lots of runn-off room, not many walls. They have a Street School on 2/12, with an Advanced school on the 13th (I'll be there).

I've done a couple of events with them and will be at Laguna on the 15th with them. Pretty good, although I've not experienced their instructors.

Those are the two main local groups that I would recommend for a novice.

There's also a good general driving events calendar at:

And as always, there's an open invitation for anyone interested in rides (NASA & SCCA & other groups I run with usually allow passengers - CCA schools do NOT). Laguna on the 15th, and Thunderhill on 2/13 are my next events.

Hope that helps,
Jim Bassett - self-admitted track junkie :-)
1998 M3/4

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