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      12-27-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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2013 Norcal Track Days

This thread is to track (no pun) track days in Norcal.

I'm currently between 3 track day organizers:

http://trackmasters-racing.com/

http://www.ncracing.org/events.php

http://www.hookedondriving.com/hooke...on/Norcal-Reno
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      12-31-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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NCRC is best by far, as we all know
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Great!

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Hopefully you guys sign up for something that is nub friendly so I can join this time

I'll have to pick up some track pads since the ceramics are not for track use. Maybe cool carbon.

Edit: will also have to get the diff installed early to get through the break-in.
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Just signed up for January Laguna Seca.
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anyone sign up for Feb at Laguna ?
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Hopefully you guys sign up for something that is nub friendly so I can join this time

I'll have to pick up some track pads since the ceramics are not for track use. Maybe cool carbon.

Edit: will also have to get the diff installed early to get through the break-in.
Many peeps were first-timers to Laguna on the 23rd, and it was even in the pouring rain! You'll be fine Vonleigh
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anyone sign up for Feb at Laguna ?
I think I will sign up for Feb 18th with you Mike.
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First time in the rain was a lot like riding a bicycle, except when you finally got the hang of it, it's time to go home.
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Im aiming for Feb Laguna Seca and March Thunderhill. I'll post in here once I officially sign up.
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Thill in Feb and March with NCRC have driving school--this covers flags, line, passing, rules, and an regular run session. HOD and track masters are noob friendly too.

I'm sure you could probably have one of the more advanced guys ride along (I'd be happy to, so would others) and help with line, braking technique, etc. You can also ride along with more advanced drivers too--that's a great learning tool as well.

I'd also plug for a car control clinic as well, but BMWCCA doesn't show anything yet for this year in your area (Posche club and BMWCCA Sacto region teamed up last year for one plus AutoX training, great learning experience). Krissi and I went, and even with quite a few track days behind us it was still great learning and practice! I'll see what I can dig up for this year as calendars for car control and AutoX training are posted.

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Many peeps were first-timers to Laguna on the 23rd, and it was even in the pouring rain! You'll be fine Vonleigh

I think I will sign up for Feb 18th with you Mike.
solid. maybe this time i can keep my eyes open if i ride along with you lol
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solid. maybe this time i can keep my eyes open if i ride along with you lol
I still get the chuckles when I'm reminded of what terrible luck you had first session
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I'm sure you could probably have one of the more advanced guys ride along (I'd be happy to, so would others) and help with line, braking technique, etc. You can also ride along with more advanced drivers too--that's a great learning tool as well.
Thanks, definitely looking forward to it.

Looks like it's Feb 18th at laguna, or March 2nd at thill.
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beta, I say if you can swing it, spring extra for an instructor. I've done that for my first two track days, and plan on doing it for the next few, totally worth the money in my book, especially for us noobs...
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beta, I say if you can swing it, spring extra for an instructor. I've done that for my first two track days, and plan on doing it for the next few, totally worth the money in my book, especially for us noobs...
I second that
Instruction is the absolute quickest way to getting better, especially if money is of no concern
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Seems to be paying off pretty well Gernard, seeing that when Lon went out with you for the last session in the rain at Laguna he gave a to your track driving. Not saying you don't have skills--you have to execute in what you're taught! I'm saying that I do think instruction in the early stages prevents bad habits, develops good habits, and sets the stage for rapid improvement that can springboard you to the next level more quickly. And, it's a plus on the safety front. I learned a lot from the Spec Miata guys who were instructors I had for my first couple of sessions out.

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my first instructor drove a spec miata as well, and it really opened my eyes
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Seems to be paying off pretty well Gernard, seeing that when Lon went out with you for the last session in the rain at Laguna he gave a to your track driving. Not saying you don't have skills--you have to execute in what you're taught! I'm saying that I do think instruction in the early stages prevents bad habits, develops good habits, and sets the stage for rapid improvement that can springboard you to the next level more quickly. And, it's a plus on the safety front. I learned a lot from the Spec Miata guys who were instructors I had for my first couple of sessions out.
Thanks Ron and Lon. I'd like to think that it's attributed to a combination of my skill, the instructors, and the awesome car! Both instructors I've had so far have told me that I drive at a higher level than most people with 1 or 2 track days experience, and they said a lot of it has to do with my patience and willing to listen and apply very quickly. They've both definitely taught me good habits and curbed what would have been bad ones very early, so I am thankful for that.

So I've officially signed up for the Feb 18th day at Laguna Seca with an instructor, so see you guys there!
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Thanks Ron and Lon. I'd like to think that it's attributed to a combination of my skill, the instructors, and the awesome car! Both instructors I've had so far have told me that I drive at a higher level than most people with 1 or 2 track days experience, and they said a lot of it has to do with my patience and willing to listen and apply very quickly. They've both definitely taught me good habits and curbed what would have been bad ones very early, so I am thankful for that.

So I've officially signed up for the Feb 18th day at Laguna Seca with an instructor, so see you guys there!
That's a skill too.
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1 thing I learned is that going slow is faster

I hope I can get out there again in Feb.
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Bump with a good link, all track days from a variety of organizers:

http://www.bratten.org/trackdays/
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Anyone going to Seca next Monday 1/21? Thinking since NCRC still has room and I'm gonna be up that way this weekend I might as well try to sneak a track day in there
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