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      05-12-2012, 11:01 AM   #23
Outlaw 06
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Drives: E46 M3 / F30 328i
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: CCCP (Connecticut Soviet Socialist Republic)

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2013 F30 328i  [0.00]
2004 E46 M3 Coupe  [4.50]
In aviation, there’s a level of professional courtesy that exists between pilots and instructor pilots (flight examiners). An experienced 1,500 hour pilot with multiple aircraft ratings will be treated more deferentially and will be given more leeway during a check ride than an inexperienced, no-time pilot just out of flight school. That’s just the way it is. Additionally, a good pilot can usually sense how competent and capable his copilot is by the time they’re done running up the aircraft, even if they’ve never flown together before.

This is the kind of courtesy that experienced drivers expect from club driving instructors as well, even if they’ve never driven together before. For example, I currently drive with a local club (SCDA) that signed me off solo after my first day driving with them. That really impressed me after driving with BMWCCA where the instructors tend to discourage drivers from finding their own line, trail braking or driving solo until they reach some magic number of track days with the club.

The SCDA is not as rigid as the BMWCCA, they recognize driving talent sooner and the coaching and driving instruction is first-rate to boot. In fact, the Vice President of the club, Elivan Goulart, won the 2011 SCCA National Championship in the Spec Miata category as well as the Northeast Driver of the Year Award last year. This is in addition to his back to back F500 SCCA National Championships in 2001 & 2002, Karting Championships, and a winning ratio of over 50 percent throughout entire racing career.

SCDA is the club I recommend to my friends who are interested in motorsport. It’s a small, tight knit group of drivers who truly trust, respect and mentor each other.

You didn't say where you're from OP, but if you live in the northeast, you should check out the Sports Car Driving Association at .
2013 BMW 328i Sedan, 6MT, M-Sport
2004 BMW M3 Coupe, 6MT