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      08-05-2010, 07:52 AM   #1
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Watkins Glen anybody?

Thought I'd throw it out there, in case any of the regulars might want to give a world class circuit a try.

I signed up yesterday, at Genesee Valley Chapter's website...

I know a lot of you guys have never done track events, and this is a fun, safe (lots of run out), and incredibly historic track to cut your teeth on. GVChapter has a novice program that makes it pretty cheap to run your first event too...
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Thought I'd throw it out there, in case any of the regulars might want to give a world class circuit a try.

I signed up yesterday, at Genesee Valley Chapter's website...

I know a lot of you guys have never done track events, and this is a fun, safe (lots of run out), and incredibly historic track to cut your teeth on. GVChapter has a novice program that makes it pretty cheap to run your first event too...
How much is this event? I can't find pricing on either site?
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How much is this event? I can't find pricing on either site?

From the registration link on that page:

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BMW CCA Members: $420 (US)
Non-members: $460 Join BMW CCA before registering to get the members pricing: http://bmwcca.org/index.php?pageid=new_member

Novices: $320 members, $360 non-members
The $100 discount is only for BMW CCA members who have never been to a Genesee Valley Chapter driving school. First-timers must run in the Novice (D) Group. This offer is limited to a maximum of 35 novice students at each school.
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Thinking about it?

Christo and I are heading up on Thursday...
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Thinking about it?

Christo and I are heading up on Thursday...
i really wanna do it....you guys driving thursday night?
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i really wanna do it....you guys driving thursday night?
Driving up Thursday afternoon. Want to have time to make Friday morning a gut-wrenching miserable experience getting up, hurl a few times, bottle of Tums, etc. Then go drive as fast as I possibly can. ;-)

Usually head over to Seneca Lodge, where there's cold liquids and the usual redneck memorabilia all about, except the redneck memorabilia is not redneck... it's real racing legend stuff... you could spend a good bit of time looking at it.. and find all kinds of amazing stuff.
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i thought it was just a weekend event?
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Advanced and instructors have the added opportunity to drive on Friday... and allow people to passenger with them.
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so THAT'S why it's cheaper for novices....maybe i'll head out right after work on thurs, sleep in a little on friday and catch you guys mid-morning. gotta see what this whole thing will cost me too
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so THAT'S why it's cheaper for novices....maybe i'll head out right after work on thurs, sleep in a little on friday and catch you guys mid-morning. gotta see what this whole thing will cost me too
There's a cost to drive on Friday.. so the discount that first timers get really is a discount.

Cool, if you can make it. Andy heading up and bunking with you?
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i didn't know andy was interested
didnt know i was either, lol.
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larry, what are you thoughts on Watkins Glen for novices? I hear it's a stupid fast course, but not nearly as technically challenging as NHMS.

Would you recommend HPDE insurance for a novice?
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larry, what are you thoughts on Watkins Glen for novices? I hear it's a stupid fast course, but not nearly as technically challenging as NHMS.

Would you recommend HPDE insurance for a novice?
The Glen is a fast course. I would never advise either for or against insurance.. for obvious reasons. I've seen more people do damage at NHMS than WGI though... The difference is that WGI requires that you pay for your damage immediately.. Armco, kitty litter, etc... I think there's lots of runout at the trickier spot on the Glen than at NHMS.

I would suggest hitting up youtube for lapping videos of WGI.Another thing.. stupid, but true.... I bought a video game for my xbox 360 with WGI on it, before I drove it for real 3 years ago.. It helped.

Oh, make sure you look at the track configuration that you'll be running on. I'll be doing the full loop, but it might be configured for the Nascar setup, which cuts off a decent chunk of the circuit.

Novices should have no issues. There are technical parts, and you have to learn the braking zones, but unless you're doing the exact opposite of what your instructor is telling you to do, you're not going off the back side of a braking zone. Drive within your limits, and you're more than fine there. The passing zones for the novice run groups are huge areas.
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Thanks for the comparison to NHMS. I've done two events at NHMS and take corners 2b, 3 and 12 gently because of the run-offs. HPDE is an amazing amount of seat time, and your write up on the 'Glen sounds like it's a great track. Now to check my calendar and see if my wife wants to take a trip to NY.
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I changed my plan last night for this trip... Was Fri, Sat, Sun @ the Glen... Now I'm doing Fri @ Monticello, and Sat-Sun @ the Glen. CANNOT WAIT!
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whoa way to up the ante!
Mike, did you ever sign up for WGI? Last time we talked, it was a done deal.
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