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Old 10-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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DRIVERS ED...FOR THE TRACK THAT IS

I have zero track experience, but it has always been a dream of mine, and now I have the ZL1 to make the dream come true! I'm thinking of going to Arizona this spring and taking a track course/class. They have anything from a four hour half day lesson up to two days of classes. Obviously I'll start with the very beginners class, and I'm not trying to be a pro driver, this is just for fun. I want to see what the ZL1 and I can do against the stop watch. Not interested in quarter mile/straight ahead drag racing, I'm looking for the g's in every turn. The only one I want to compete against is myself. I want to be able to handle as much of the ZL1's capabilities as possible.

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BONDURANT School of High Performance Driving. I'm sure there are lots of really good schools out there, but what really drew me in to this one is that they use only two vehicles. You can drive either the Grand Sport Vett or the SS Camaro. Maybe a Camaro5 members package deal can be put together, getting us a better price package deal and the fun with our brotherhood members.

I've gotten lots of great advice and compliments from fellow members, this would be a great place to put a face to those names. We would all have a great time and some exciting stories with our pictures to post for those unable to attend. Now's a good time to start planning a few vacation days oh say March or April 2013!
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:03 AM   #2
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I am definitely interested in this as well if a package deal can be put together. Count me in.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:14 AM   #3
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I'm sure Bondurant would be ideal, but you could also sign up for an HPDE1 event with NASA AZ (nasaaz.com). The have classroom sessions and instructors ride with you for at least the first day. SCCA also has similar programs. I went through HPDE1 with NASA twice because I was learning some much from the instructor.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:26 AM   #4
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This is something I sure would like to do too...package deal FTW..
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:34 AM   #5
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I see you are in Mass. You could also check out www.scda1.com and go to one of the area tracks and do something similar to described above. Beginners are required to have instructors ride along. These are great learning events but nothing beats a course like Spring Mountain (I never did Boundarant but I assume similar). Another option is Monticello Motorsports. They are aligned with Spring Mountain and they are in NY. These are closer for us.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:52 AM   #6
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There really are a lot of High Performance Driving Schools around, but we really love Bondurant. Not only do they offer both Corvette and Camaro student cars, but their lead karting instructor Andy Lee has graduated from their kart program to a full time spot in their SCCA World Challenge GTS Camaro. The Bondurant team is running a full complement of our Camaro suspension components, and Andy drove the car to a spectacular 2nd place overall in their first season last year.

Perhaps even more impressive is that one of Americas greatest sports car drivers, Johnny O'Connell is now one of their VP of operations. From top to bottom the Bondurant school has been a world class operation for years, and if you can make it out to Phoenix it's an experience absolutely worth the price of admission!

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Old 10-10-2012, 02:17 PM   #7
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:19 PM   #8
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Depending on the date you go, I would try to go.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:20 PM   #9
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:26 PM   #10
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Get more info as far as pricing and dates. I would like to check this out!
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:29 PM   #11
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Bondurant would be a great experience to have. Especially like the idea of getting track time and instruction with Camaros..
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:29 PM   #12
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Google Watkins Glenn they have schools and clubs that offer classes as well.
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