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View Poll Results: SMS Track Day Entry Fee Pricing
Too High (wow!)? 9 64.29%
Just Right (alot of fun for the price)? 5 35.71%
Too Low (an awesome deal!)? 0 0%
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Old 01-08-2011, 02:53 PM   #26
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wish i saw this sooner, great day out for a ride, i will show next time though!!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 04:55 PM   #27
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Welcome NM Tim! It was a great day out for a ride today! The weather was much nicer today than it has been. We had 4 camaros from our group out at the track today and we were joined by a 1969 camaro out there! There was also a cool challenger. Damian came with his brother in his firebird. I gave everyone a scare by doing a couple 360's down the short straightaway but we came out of it ok. I have to give the bravery award to Mike he even went back out there with me after that! Here's some pics from today.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:01 PM   #28
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Totally Awesome!

Today was an awesome day for the track!!

Time just flew by. There weren't too many people (a few Mazdas, a Subi,
a Porsche, a BMW, even a Challenger) there so we had the track to ourselves. Four hours of pure fun!

Diana's new suspension makes her car "stick" to the track. I felt like I was in that BMW M5 again.

I got to ride in that '69 (see the last picture) . I was pleasantly surprised as to how well it handled on the track. Don said he put Hotchkis springs and a sway bar on the front, which explains its ride. Very nice.

I feel much better now by going with Hotchkis and adding the other suspension components to my '69. If it's close to Don's '69, mine will perform nicely!

As we were going around the track, Diana came "screaming" up behind us , Don signaled her to pass on the back straight away. As she did, all we saw out of the rear window was a new 2010 spinning a 360!

Diana performed flawlessly in getting her car back in control

She took another lap to settle down (good for her). After coming in to pit (and to calm down), she actually went out again for another run!

The weather was awesome. Not cold at all. The burritos and coffee were great!

All in all, we had a blast today. You guys missed out on a good one.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:03 PM   #29
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It was indeed a beautiful day to be out at the track, and the conditions on the track were very good -- especially as there was no more than 10 cars in total at any time, so lots of lapping without seeing another car. Great for building rhythm.

Anyway, I got a little more information at the gate. The Membership provides you with a discount on the Open Track (Drivers) events. $30, $20 and $10 off at each level. So if you were to drive 16 events, you would be ahead with the Aluminum membership: $35 joining fee, $120 for 12 months membership and $640 for Drivers events (16x$40) for a total of $795. Compared to 16 x $50 for each event for non-members totals $800. So anything less than 16 times at the track and you're better off financially just paying the day fee of $50.
So, for me, I'm extremely unlikely to become a member, as I would guess are many others who follow my math (I'm an economics professor, so I sure hope I've got the math right.)
It really depends on what the management of the track is seeking. There's a reasonable amount of economic analysis that can be applied to this problem, but an optimal fee structure could be developed that would maximize revenue, maximize attendance, or any other objective.
Or you could just pull some numbers out of your freckle and see how many members and non-members turn up to each event...
I had a great time today, didn't abuse my car, and talked with some real nice folk.

PS, that monster orange Camaro is a truly impressive vehicle!
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:27 PM   #30
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Thanks 2010badss great driving skills and yes the 2nd time out was a lot more fun and I can't say that it wasn't an eventful first track day for me a think I can consider myself officially initiated (or at least partially anyway) I'm glad a went around the hotel one more time this morning before I decided to head home!!! Will definitely try to make the next one!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:01 PM   #31
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Thanks 2010badss great driving skills and yes the 2nd time out was a lot more fun and I can't say that it wasn't an eventful first track day for me a think I can consider myself officially initiated (or at least partially anyway) I'm glad a went around the hotel one more time this morning before I decided to head home!!! Will definitely try to make the next one!!
We're glad you came back around also! And consider yourself definitely initiated!!!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:24 PM   #32
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Awesome awesome awesome! Yes I had to work just getting home now:(. Im glad to see that black and gold 69 made it out. I see that car every monday thru friday rain, sunshine or snow so it is definatly a driver. One day I will make it to one of these awesome track days. Right on mister Curt for turning all of us on to this. Sounds like the (WICKED) orange Lingy tore it up today WORD!!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 08:07 PM   #33
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It was indeed a beautiful day to be out at the track, and the conditions on the track were very good -- especially as there was no more than 10 cars in total at any time, so lots of lapping without seeing another car. Great for building rhythm.

Anyway, I got a little more information at the gate. The Membership provides you with a discount on the Open Track (Drivers) events. $30, $20 and $10 off at each level. So if you were to drive 16 events, you would be ahead with the Aluminum membership: $35 joining fee, $120 for 12 months membership and $640 for Drivers events (16x$40) for a total of $795. Compared to 16 x $50 for each event for non-members totals $800. So anything less than 16 times at the track and you're better off financially just paying the day fee of $50.
So, for me, I'm extremely unlikely to become a member, as I would guess are many others who follow my math (I'm an economics professor, so I sure hope I've got the math right.)
It really depends on what the management of the track is seeking. There's a reasonable amount of economic analysis that can be applied to this problem, but an optimal fee structure could be developed that would maximize revenue, maximize attendance, or any other objective.
Or you could just pull some numbers out of your freckle and see how many members and non-members turn up to each event...
I had a great time today, didn't abuse my car, and talked with some real nice folk.

PS, that monster orange Camaro is a truly impressive vehicle!
I love it!!! Math and a sense of humor and now I'm not sure if I'm confused or just ah heck with it I'll just have a beer. Can't wait to meet you Dr. Phil
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Wow 2010, glad to hear you made it thru your drifting practice ok. Cold weather make my Nittos hard and slick, I can see just how your beast broke loose on a pass.
How do you like your new suspension? Did your other half make it out there?
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Wow 2010, glad to hear you made it thru your drifting practice ok. Cold weather make my Nittos hard and slick, I can see just how your beast broke loose on a pass.
How do you like your new suspension? Did your other half make it out there?
The suspension was AWESOME!!!! And so was the 3.90 gear!!! The car wasn't pushing, no body roll, and 3rd gear had so much power! I couldn't be happier.

As far as the pass, I came over to the left and hit the gas as I went over the hump where the oval joins the straight away and it just put me into a slide. So now I know not to do that again! I discovered that UNINTENTIONAL drifting is NO fun!!!!
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:28 AM   #36
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The suspension was AWESOME!!!! And so was the 3.90 gear!!! The car wasn't pushing, no body roll, and 3rd gear had so much power! I couldn't be happier.

As far as the pass, I came over to the left and hit the gas as I went over the hump where the oval joins the straight away and it just put me into a slide. So now I know not to do that again! I discovered that UNINTENTIONAL drifting is NO fun!!!!
She did it on purpose to make me feel better....I know it. LMAO.

Glad to hear 1.) you are ok and that 2.) the Liggy is good. Those are the ones we learn from. Scary as heck when cold tires and enthousiasm collide.

Looking forward to making it back out soon as well.....I know I wanna "warm up" for CFest events.

Thanks for the pics guys
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