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Driver Education, September 2012

As I write (well, type), we already have more than 20 people signed up for Thunderhill in October and over 30 for Mazda Laguna Seca in November. We are now wait-listing the beginner group at Laguna Seca (although a few places may yet open up, should we have cancellations or an unusually large team of instructors, so if you have not yet registered, go ahead - there still may be a good chance of getting in).

Thunderhill is also filling nicely and overall it looks like we will have a great turnout at both events. Don’t forget, Diablo limits the number of cars at our track events to 60, to keep them fun, friendly, relaxed and safe. So don’t procrastinate if you want to take part. Sign-up via www.motorsportreg.com

Directly following our event at Laguna Seca on 19th November, GGR have their two days (20th & 21st), so you could run three consecutive days with PCA Clubs if you wish...

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Driver Education, August 2012

Mike RobertsFall Track Activities - The Countdown Begins

August already? Less than 10 weeks until our next DE event – an evening presentation and track introduction (DE101) before our autumn track event at Thunderhill on 10/29, only 12 weeks away (look out for final details coming soon)!

We have opened Thunderhill and Laguna Seca (11/19) track events for sign-ups at motorsportreg.com (instructions on creating an account are here). Both events are limited to 60 cars to ensure loads of track space and time.

It pays to start thinking about your car in plenty of time, to monitor its needs in advance. Tires, brake pads and other parts sacrifice themselves for our fun, but wear out over time. They can be expensive and inconvenient if you have to change them at the last minute. Tires are easily visible so most people know when they are getting low, but brake pads and rotors take a bit more inspection.

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Driver Education, July 2012

It’s summer. The F1 season is well under way. It’s fascinating this year and I just watched Vettel break down and Hamilton crash out in Spain...we watched a similarly exciting finish on June 12th after a gripping race when Lewis Hamilton came through to win for McLaren.

We were at Club Auto Sport with a bunch of Diablo members and friends – you have probably seen the pictures on Facebook already, but we saw some interesting and rare cars including a Mosler and an Iso Grifo, of which there were only 413 made - Italian lines with a big old Chevy V8. Very rare!

At the event, we met some new members who are interesting in bringing their Porsches out to the track. We look forward to seeing them at our next Driver Education events.

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Watch Canadian Grand Prix live at Club Auto Sport

Photo by wobble-san (Flickr)The DE Team has reserved Club Auto Sport in San Jose for a viewing of the F1 Canadian Grand Prix, live as it happens, on Sunday, June 10th! Click here for the flyer, and click here to register to attend. Fee of $35 includes admission to the stunning collection of exotic cars, full buffet brunch, and live viewing of the race starting at 11AM. Limit of 50 people for this event, and registration will close on June 7th or as soon as it fills up. You don't have to be a PCA member to attend, but you must register in advance. Other regions welcome! This event is being supported by Porsche of Livermore.

Diablo is now using  MotorsportsReg.com to offer online registration for this and many other events. There are instructions here for those who need to create an account.

Driver Education, May 2012

Today, I saw a Cayman. It seems a million miles away…not just 5,300. I’m in the UK, the country I lived in until just under 14 years ago.  The weather is grey  – nothing new there. And in the small market town where I grew up, on the borders of Wales, little has changed.

But, the cars - they have changed. Picking up my Hertz rental at the airport, the guy at the counter explained that it was a Mitsubishi ASX. Oh really? What’s that? He didn’t know the color, telling me to ‘press the remote and look for the lights to flash’. Not so easy, because when I emerged into the (unmanned) rental car lot, there were three long lines of cars, of many makes and colors yet very similar looking models. It was raining very hard and I was dragging a suitcase across the wet asphalt. Tired, jet lagged, hungry and increasingly desperate, I walked the lines clicking the remote like a lost Star Trek character when his ‘beam me up’ fails.

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Driver Education, April 2012

So, we have this huge, open parking lot at a premier US racetrack, a bunch of cones and some fast cars. Think we can have some fun with that??? At Infineon…Thursday, May 17th, we team up with Hooked On Driving who are running their HPDE event on the track that day…David Ray and his team have graciously offered us the opportunity of a Car Control and Track Experience event in the paddock while their event is in progress. [Editor: Sorry, that event was canceled by Infineon.]

You will be able to (urged to) turn the traction control (PSM) off! Even if you run on track, you may not know what happens when you brake so hard the ABS kicks in, or corner so hard that the back end breaks away, or you try and turn a fast left/right/left. It’s useful to find out. You never know when someone will do the unexpected in front of you on the freeway, or on any other road – and that’s not the time to learn!

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