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    Driver Training Course at PIR!!! (56K Beware)

    Hey All,

    I just finished a driver training day at PIR yesterday and it was a blast!!! The class started with an autocross for warm up and learning the car, and then we had 4 seperate sessions on PIR (~2 mile course). Each session was 18-20 minutes (i believe one session was almost 25 minutes).

    I was expecting a certain level of car comparable to the WRX, but boy was I suprised to see the list of cars.

    (I am in the first and last picture)

    Let me know if you want me to post more pictures. I have lots.

    -CZ
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    Looks like it was a blast

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    A nice bunch of cars showed up.I liked that white STI with the gold wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flat_tire View Post
    Let me know if you want me to post more pictures. I have lots.

    -CZ
    Yes please! Got a link? Those are some nice clean looking pics.

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    I will post more pics when I have a chance. I went out of town for the weekend so I don't have access to the pics right now. Will post more on monday or tuesday.

    Thanks,
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    that looks like a blast. if you dont mind me asking, what did that run you? also, what all qualifications, licenses, etc. do you need to do that?

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    finally...

    I am finally posting more pictures. To answer the last person's questions, it cost $149 and the only qualifications I needed was a valid driver's license and a car that passed a technical inspection. It included the in-class training, an auto-x course (before we went out on PIR) and about 75 minutes of on track time divided in 4 different sessions. All in all, I think it was very well worth the price.

    On to pictures: (any picture of my session was taken by my friend, all others were taken by me).

    Here is my kill list (cars that I passed on the track):
    2001 Audi TT - very nice looking car


    Classic Camaro:



    BMW 335i (there were two - the red was not in my group, but I have no picture of the grey one that I did pass)


    Older (early 90's) Nissan 300ZX
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    and finally this older Nissan 240SX (turbo)

    I did pass this car before he caught on fire


    Now on to what killed me:

    Lotus Exige S

    see picture in first post for action shot

    Porsche Caymen S


    Modified EVO 8

    (there were two silver EVO's, both modified and both fast, so this is a pic of the other EVO not in my session).

    All other cars in my group neither passed me or were passed by me.

    -CZ

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    The guy in the 240 had a rough day.
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    That's not all...

    Quote Originally Posted by josnroh View Post
    The guy in the 240 had a rough day.
    The 240 wasn't even his car. He was driving the Nissan 300ZX, but broke something during the first session. The 240 was his friend's car that he borrowed for the rest of the day and it burned up on session 3. So he only got 1 full session out of 4.

    CZ

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    So, how fast were you goning into the chicane? It's a good place to tickle the ABS...
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    was the event through Pro Drive? I ran with them a couple of years ago at PIR- absolute blast. Great mix of cars and top notch instructors.

    IIRC I was hitting 110ish before the Festival chicane- it was a little while ago sp that might not be accurate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Web Foot STi View Post
    So, how fast were you goning into the chicane? It's a good place to tickle the ABS...
    I only hit ~105 mph on both the front and back straight. I was a little more worried about entering the turn the getting the max speed, so I am sure 110 would have been possible. Also, I did see a few cars lock up the wheels and go straight through the chicane. The best one was after the EVO passed me

    Also, this was through Team Continental, not Pro Drive. I looked at pro drive, but it was just so much more expensive. I am not sure if it would have been a better class to take, but I am certainly satisfied with the team continental class. (www.teamcontinental.com).

    Thanks all for the comments
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    from what your describing sounds like they run a similar school- classroom, "autox" course, instructor for four sessions and as you point out- for about half the dough
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    Lotus is a bad ass car on the track lol.

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