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      09-14-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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14.09.2012

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 14, 2012…
The BMW Performance Center is offering a BMW Performance Driving School event at the legendary Lime Rock Park, featuring both the BMW M3 Coupe and all-new M5 Sedan. The BMW M Experience program takes place in October for a limited number of lucky participants.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to instruct participants on a famous track like Lime Rock Park”, said Dan Gubitosa, BMW Performance Center Manager. “Each participant will have the opportunity to drive the 414 horsepower M3 Coupe and 560 horsepower M5 Sedan around the 1.5-mile track, located in the picturesque town in Lakeville, Connecticut.”

Skip Barber, Lime Rock Park’s President added, “Like our track itself, BMW is a company with a rich racing history. BMW also serves as the Official Car of Lime Rock Park, so training with BMW M vehicles at Lime Rock Park is a natural fit.”

The BMW M Driver Training Experience is a one-day program run rain or shine, which begins with basic classroom instruction. Most of the day is then spent driving the M3 and M5 on the track. BMW Performance Driving School programs are conducted year-round at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but this new event provides the chance for driving enthusiasts local to the tri-state area to participate without long-distance travel.

BMW M Driver Training Experience – Information

To register for this event, please call the BMW Performance Center at 888-345-4269.

Program Dates and hours:

Monday 8 October: 8:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 10 October: 8:00-5:00pm
Tuesday 9 October: 8:00-5:00pm
Thursday 11 October: 8:00-5:00pm

Lime Rock main entrance:

60 White Hollow Road
Lakeville, CT 06039

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      09-15-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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what does this cost?
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      09-15-2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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$2500 per person or $2125 for CCA members.
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$2500 for one day??? Are you sure?
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Great track! Lots of fun.
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$2500 for one day??? Are you sure?
Hey it says BMW rich racing history.
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      09-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #8
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$2500 to race on some track in the middle of the sticks? No thanks. I can find legit instructors and race on Big Willow for like $300.
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$2500 to race on some track in the middle of the sticks? No thanks. I can find legit instructors and race on Big Willow for like $300.
Actually Lime Rock is a renown and respected track. Most Tracks are in desolate locations.

$2500.00 for the day? Where did you acquire this info? I thought this was free to BMW customers. Isn't that how it works in Spartanburg?
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2500 for the day. Yikes.
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Got my info from a BMW CCA email, mighta been from the CT chapter but not sure. Here is a link for said email.
http://www.magnetmail.net/actions/em...jobid=11352275
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Actually Lime Rock is a renown and respected track. Most Tracks are in desolate locations.

$2500.00 for the day? Where did you acquire this info? I thought this was free to BMW customers. Isn't that how it works in Spartanburg?
I'm pretty sure its only free in Spartanburg because you just bought a new BMW. It's not free if you just want to go and have a day there.
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I see, they're out of their minds. You can spend that for a weekend attending Skip Barber and receive your certificate. I have a F10 M5 on order so maybe I should take shot and see if they'll make an exception because Spartanburg is 12 hours, and Lime Rock is 1 hour. Hmmmm? Thanks for the info though.
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2500 for the day. Yikes.
I second that...
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2500 for the day. Yikes.
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Considering the 1 day "M School" is only $1,495, I'd rather take a mini-vacation to Spartansburg.

Or even better for $3,595:

Tuition includes two nights lodging and meals for school days, M branded polo, jacket and custom painted M School helmet. All participants must hold a valid driver's license

$2,500 for one day...meh.
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It's a shame. Skip offers an HP driving day that I did last year. It was 1500 for the day and we drove 911, m3, cayman, lotus, Lexus. Very minimal time on track. It was a gift so I didn't mind the $$. Still it was a lot. I understand how BMW and skip are thinking but I don't agree. They take the HP day as a base and let performance center make the rest. I understand cost of bringing the cars up, the fuel, the instructor costs , but at some point you scare away customers. This should be 1k for the day and it would be a fun event for all of us to say we did it. How much can you really charge people to drive a car they may already own? I've done lots of stuff with skip and BMW so I am used to this mentality. Just disappointed that I can't do what could be a fun day with friends. Better than being at work but I don't make 2500 a day!!!!! Next month I drive with group 52 at Watkins Glenn in my e92 m3 and my e36 m3 gtr that I am partnered in. Unlimited track time for 550 bucks!!!!!!!! So no comparison. Then oct 21 I go to Nurburgring for driver training, I believe with exchange this will 4k (without flight), so again no comparison. Interested to see attendance. If it is full then I am out of touch and they priced it right.
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It's a shame. Skip offers an HP driving day that I did last year. It was 1500 for the day and we drove 911, m3, cayman, lotus, Lexus. Very minimal time on track. It was a gift so I didn't mind the $$. Still it was a lot. I understand how BMW and skip are thinking but I don't agree. They take the HP day as a base and let performance center make the rest. I understand cost of bringing the cars up, the fuel, the instructor costs , but at some point you scare away customers. This should be 1k for the day and it would be a fun event for all of us to say we did it. How much can you really charge people to drive a car they may already own? I've done lots of stuff with skip and BMW so I am used to this mentality. Just disappointed that I can't do what could be a fun day with friends. Better than being at work but I don't make 2500 a day!!!!! Next month I drive with group 52 at Watkins Glenn in my e92 m3 and my e36 m3 gtr that I am partnered in. Unlimited track time for 550 bucks!!!!!!!! So no comparison. Then oct 21 I go to Nurburgring for driver training, I believe with exchange this will 4k (without flight), so again no comparison. Interested to see attendance. If it is full then I am out of touch and they priced it right.
I agree with everything you said. You are way more involved than I am, so I take what you said into even more consideration. You're totally right, thats a very big expense for what your getting. You can get a lot more for $2500 than what they are offering. Yet, they are making it like "Select few" sure...count me out.
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Considering the 1 day "M School" is only $1,495, I'd rather take a mini-vacation to Spartansburg.

Or even better for $3,595:

Tuition includes two nights lodging and meals for school days, M branded polo, jacket and custom painted M School helmet. All participants must hold a valid driver's license

$2,500 for one day...meh.
The one day is great. Performance center is very cool and the instructors are top notch. Do the factory tour while there.
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Yeah it's $2500/day. I was going to do it, but for that price I can do a 2 day M school, or put that to a few days at VIR.


For all of you haters of Lime Rock - yeah that's the Skip Barber Driving school - Hardly a rinky dink track - it's where most folks get experience.
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Expensive. But I booked regardless. Timing and location couldn't be more convenient for me. Hopefully my M6 will have landed by then and it will be a "multi-M" day!
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Expensive. But I booked regardless. Timing and location couldn't be more convenient for me. Hopefully my M6 will have landed by then and it will be a "multi-M" day!
Congrats! Be sure to share your experience with us (hopefully in your M6)
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