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      07-13-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Performance Driving Schools

I'm wondering if anyone here has any suggestions for what Performance Driving School I should go to. I'm a new driver and want to maximize my driving capabilities because there is much for me to learn. I live in Southern California but would go to Las Vegas because I have been told there are many schools there. Please let me know if you know of any schools because driving is a passion of mine and I'd like to learn.

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      07-13-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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Skip Barber in Monterrey, and Bob Bondurandt in Phoenix are the best near us. I've been to both. BB is better for defensive driving and teen driving courses. Barber is better for real race training.

I just signed up my daughter for the teen driving course in Phoenix. I'll let everyone know how it goes.

On that note, MBZ of Beverly Hills has an advanced teen driving academy that might interest you. It teaches young (or new) drivers how to negotiate the streets of LA with confidence, decorum, and precision, without driving like an a-hole.
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      07-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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go to the official BMW performance driving school. You get to stay at a nice resort during your stay. search into it (:
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Went to BMW Performance Center in South Carolina in March and had the most amazing time! I did the Two-Day Car Control School... awesome!

Drove on a track with a 135, 335, M3, 535, 650i, as well as on their off-road track with an X5. You will learn the capabilities of your car with braking, sliding, emergency turning, etc. I have the same car you do, and loved this experience.

The skid pad is an amazing experience that is worth checking out on YouTube. You will practice coming out of these dangerous understeer and oversteer situations, which will in theory make you a better driver day-to-day.

This is not racing school, even though they cover some basics and you are being timed on the track. If your objective is to learn to race on a track, try something else. If your objective is to learn more about the capabilities and limits of your own car, then you will not regret this experience. I got a 10% discount for being a BMW CCA member. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
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Skip Barber in Monterrey, and Bob Bondurandt in Phoenix are the best near us. I've been to both. BB is better for defensive driving and teen driving courses. Barber is better for real race training.

I just signed up my daughter for the teen driving course in Phoenix. I'll let everyone know how it goes.

On that note, MBZ of Beverly Hills has an advanced teen driving academy that might interest you. It teaches young (or new) drivers how to negotiate the streets of LA with confidence, decorum, and precision, without driving like an a-hole.
Have you actually tried looking into BMW CCA organized events? We just had a teenager car control clinic in June in Irvine, and the Tire Rack Street Survival courses are second to none (and hell of a lot closer than Phoenix). We also have High Performance Driving Schools twice a year at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, with the next one coming up on October 1st.
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Have you actually tried looking into BMW CCA organized events? We just had a teenager car control clinic in June in Irvine, and the Tire Rack Street Survival courses are second to none (and hell of a lot closer than Phoenix). We also have High Performance Driving Schools twice a year at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, with the next one coming up on October 1st.
I would +1 with the BMW CCA events. They are top notch. I think for the bank for its buck factor, they can't be beat.
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BMW CCA and/or NASA, Skippy's too expensive imo and better to learn in your own car.
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Have you actually tried looking into BMW CCA organized events? We just had a teenager car control clinic in June in Irvine, and the Tire Rack Street Survival courses are second to none (and hell of a lot closer than Phoenix). We also have High Performance Driving Schools twice a year at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, with the next one coming up on October 1st.
I live 5 miles from California Speedway...that would be awfully convenient
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I live 5 miles from California Speedway...that would be awfully convenient
Next event at Auto Club Speedway is on Monday October 1st. Registration details are here.
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