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Driver Education, December 2012

Mike Roberts2012 In Perspective... It was a phone call earlier this year to Doug, the President. “Doug, I think we should try and get a Laguna Seca date for Diablo...we can always refuse it, but if we don’t try we will never have the option”. A few weeks later, I called again..”Doug, we got a Laguna date...”

In October 2011, I had volunteered to lead Diablo Club’s Driver Education program and saw it as an opportunity to reach a new vision. Going to Laguna demanded 50% higher participation compared with Thunderhill and the club taking on a significantly higher financial risk.

At first, it was challenging – DE Programs need a long runway, annual (or longer) planning cycles, which don’t easily fit Board process where half the officers change annually!

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A Lap of Thunderhill

Lap of Thunderhill in a 997S


Driver Education, November 2012

Mike RobertsThe most challenging part of the day is driving home...cruise control is set to ‘barely legal’, the night is dark and the bugs patrolling I-5 are out in force as they fly in to sacrifice themselves in the name of Porsche. The windshield is full of them – seeing out is getting increasingly challenging as my tired eyes are tempted to focus on the insects’ mass suicide right in front of me, rather than the monotonous regularity of the freeway.

Catching up with a couple of cars ahead, which have inevitably slowed because we have caught up with the usual SUV driver doing 50 mph in the fast lane as they struggle to overtake a laboring juggernaut on the right, Lewis Hamilton in a silver minivan dives up the inside of me and pulls in front with feet to spare, then hits the brakes. Thanks Lewis. I congratulate him with all the warmth my xenon full beams can muster. It’s probably petty of me - it was the sort of move that brings stewards’ enquiries...but not on I-5.

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Driver Education, October 2012

Mike RobertsWe are ready for Thunderhill (10/29) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (11/19 ), continuing the format we adopted in 2012, providing relaxed, friendly, fun and safe events for both students and instructors.

It’s great to see many who came to run with us in March returning for both events. Parts of our formula include limiting the overall size of our events to 60 drivers, and our run groups to under 25. It’s like a private track day, only much less expensive! As a Club, we can keep the cost reasonable for all, yet still provide a good lunch and bottled water for everyone through the day.

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Fall Driver Ed Events Coming Up

Diablo has a busy DE schedule for Fall of 2012! Monday, October 29th we'll be at Thunderhill (flyer here, or register online). And on Monday, November 19th we'll have our first day ever at world-famous Laguna Seca (flyer here, or register online)!

Drivers may schedule free tech inspections by making appointments with either Porsche of Fremont (Oct 15th-19th 8AM-2PM, or Oct 20th 9AM-1PM - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kahlers Werkstatt (Oct 17th 5:30PM-8:30PM, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 925-829-2050).

Have questions? Contact Mike Roberts, Diablo's DE Chair via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or read past DE articles.

Driver Ed 101, Oct 13th and Nov 7th

Driver EducationWill you be attending your first DE event in October or November? Then you should plan to attend a DE 101 session where you can find out what to expect. And if you're just curious, come on out and get the inside story!

  • October 13th DE 101 in Pleasanton (Recommended for the Oct 29th Thunderhill event)
    9AM to 1PM at the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Center at 4477 Black Avenue, Pleasanton.
  • November 7th DE 101 in Walnut Creek (recommended for the Nov 19th Laguna Seca event)
    6:30PM to 9PM at the Civic Park Community Center Lounge, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

No sign-up is necessary for these events. See you there!

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