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      01-02-2008, 11:20 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by hkj View Post
But would you take that money and attend a BMWCCA (or similar) HPDE 10 times?

Just an honest question to the experienced track guys on the more expensive program like Skip Barber, BMW M school etc vs the cheaper track alternatives.

-hkj
The BMWCCA track days are a lot of fun and you can learn a lot but IMHO it does not compare to a Skip Barber course.
First of all at Skip Barber (and BMW School) they provide the cars (and the tires)
In a Skip Barber 3 day there will be 16 students and at least 4 instructors. There are only 8 cars on the track at one time and the cars are spaced apart. As you go around the track there are instuctors watching you and evaluating your performance at various locations on the track.
In the car contol clinics you really get to learn how the cars behave at the limit. It is a very controlled environment.

I sometimes work as a pit marshall at BMWCCA track days at Lime Rock, The drivers that have had professional training IMO have an advantage at these events.

Take a Lap of Laguna Seca in a "Skippy" Car
http://www.skipbarber.com/locations/mazda_raceway.aspx

And then Lime Rock:
http://www.skipbarber.com/locations/lime_rock_park.aspx
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