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      07-23-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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BMW CCA L.A. 1-Day HPDE @ Auto Club Speedway, Friday 09.27.2013

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$299 for A+ drivers*
$315 for CCA Members
$365 for non-CCA Members

Registration goes up to $349 for CCA members, $399 for non-CCA members after August 31st.

If you're a beginner who's never driven your ultimate driving machine to its ultimate purpose, the BMW CCA High Performance Driving Education program is as good as it gets. You get up to 3x 1/2 hour long classroom sessions that goes over the basics of high performance driving, from seating position to chassis dynamics to proper race line on a track. And an in-car instructor with you all day to teach you the fine-art of going fast in about as safe and controlled an environment for a high performance driving event as you will ever likely come across. And a track like Auto Club Speedway is the perfect place to find out what your car can do. Long straights, banked sweepers, chicanes both fast and slow, combination of turns that makes auto-crossing feel like a sunday afternoon drive.

If you have had quite a few events under your belt, but with other organizations, what better way to sharpen your skills with some right seat instruction to fine-tune your already strong fundamentals, and correct what minor flaws in your driving that will allow you to extract that last 1/10th of speed from your driving? We did a couple of informal studies, and have shown that in a high horsepower car, an in-car coach/instructor can make up anywhere between 3-5 seconds on a track like Auto Club Speedway for an intermediate to advanced driver. And that speed stays with you.

If you're an advanced driver, and haven't done BMW CCA events for a little while, our A+ program is a perfect bridge to the "next" step of high performance driving. Our ever evolving A+ curriculum means you go through various exercises intended to increase your awareness on track, expand and reset your learning curve, and allow you to ultimately take that next step as a driver if you choose. It's not a "race" school, but the principles taught in our A+ program will allow you to find that last bit of speed by yourself instead of relying on an in-car coach or instructor to maintain your learning curve.

Now, I'm not going to lie and say, hey, we're the best thing since sliced bread. There ARE plenty of options out there for lapping days. We're not it. If you're looking just to churn a few laps or if you're looking to drive solo, you're paying way too much for that. What you're paying, is a hand picked instructor in your right seat, and that's not something most of the other organizations can offer at the price point we set forth.

Lastly, if you're not a BMW CCA member, but know of a few CCA members, you can still sign-up for the CCA member price, as long as the CCA member pays for it. It's an accounting thing. Each CCA member is allowed to "invite" and pay for up to 7 non members. However, with your "non-CCA" member fee, a 1 year membership is also included.

There are no specific vehicle restrictions, any make and model sedan or coupe are welcome. Convertibles, as long as it meets the National Operations Standards as outlined here (pages 144-147 of the ops manual, pages 13-16 of the Driving Events ops manual). SUVs are accepted as long as it's a BMW X series. No trucks please.

p.s.: * Please note, A+ program REQUIRES prior A+ attendance, or instructor recommendation, with Chief Instructor approval. Your entry will be vetted against prior A+ experience. If you have no prior A+ driving experience, contact the organizer for Chief Instructor review before signing up.
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Thanks for the post Dan! I highly recommend BMW CCA HPDEs to all the members on the forum, whether you have been around a track or not!

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Hey can you coming? I know Fridays are tough...

You should come to Spring Mountain at the end of the year if you can't make this.
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Hey can you coming? I know Fridays are tough...

You should come to Spring Mountain at the end of the year if you can't make this.
Car is kind of 'in-the-shop' getting a MAJOR overhaul. Hopefully it will be done by then. I don't know if Delight told you but I moved back to SB for a short time so I have been lagging on the chapter 'events.' After Octoberfest I will have a bunch of fun activities, haha.

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Love to see what you've done to the car. Spring Mountain is the last weekend of the year (Dec. 28-29). Block your calendar for it.
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Camera regultions

I have never run with BMW SoCal Chapters, just the Golden Gate CCA and some of the cubs in Northern California. The clubs up here allow cameras mounted to suction cups. Is the SoCal chapter enforcing their rule on the info sheet about no cameras on suction cups? Or is that rule out of date now?

I am wondering why they have this rule. The GoPro suction cup, for example, is rated for high speeds for automotive use. I have had it mounted on the outside of my car with speeds in excess of 120mph at Thunderhill and had no problems, not mention during auto crosses where I am really tossing the car around. That suction cup mount just isn't going to let go. Tons of people use them up here, and I have never heard of one coming loose.

The only time I have heard of a camera coming loose on track is when a spec E30 racer had it mounted with an adhesive mount near is radiator on a 105 deg day.
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Rule is out of date. The only rule we have in place regarding cameras is they MUST be securely mounted.
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Good to know, thanks. I find those videos to be helpful afterwards to review what I have doing on track. Someone else's video can also be really useful to review a track



I found a couple of these from LivesNearCostco that have been really useful, with instructor's comments, to familiarize myself with Fontana. I hope I am reviewing the correct track layout since it seems that sometimes the HPDE's there are run only on the infield. I want to try out that roval!

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The configuration "LivesNearCostco" posted is correct. We usually change up the gate or funnel on the transition between the front straight to NASCAR 2 so you may see it a little different than his video.
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