There are a lot of things to consider when running a driving school, not the least of which are the logistics of providing useful driving venues for the various skill levels involved. Something that might bore a racer might terrify someone who has never driven aggressively before in their life. We get them all and we try to provide a learning experience for each of them.
Running the Streets track backwards in the "Graduation" run means going down the long straight past start/finish at high speed and out onto the skidpad to make a fairly wide 90 deg turn where there is plenty of safe run out space if someone makes a mistake. We can't use skid pad for the "track group" during regular class because the "skid pad group" is using it. That means the "track" would have to turn left at the tower and go up the very narrow section toward the chicane. This would mean having the highest speed section, the long, wide down hill, leading into the slowest, narrowest section of the track through a 90 deg corner. A fair number of the cars we see would be capable of reaching 75+ mph leading into this corner so this corner would be something like a high speed thread-the-needle exercise. While you racers might think threshold braking from 75+, then turning onto narrow bit of pavement is great sport, people with limited track experience would probably think otherwise.
Now let's look at the facilities we need for a school and what's available at the various tracks. We need a classroom, a skid pad and a shortish road course. We also need to cover the costs with the registration fees. And we are the Alfa Romeo Owners of SOUTHERN California so running a school at a track that is more than a 3 or 4 hour drive from LA is probably no likely to happen. It would be great if we had somewhere to go other than the Streets but so far we don't. Maybe Buttonwillow will put in a skid pad if enough people write letters to them and suggest it.
Bruce Colby - Street = '69 1750 GTV/TS; Track = '65 SGT/TS, '89 E30, '72 914/6
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