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Old 12-07-2005, 04:53 PM   #1
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Getting started on a track (not strip)

My dad is getting a new Porsche around christmas, so I wanted to give him some kinda runs on a near by track as a present.

First off, what would be a good track to go to? He probably wants something with a lot of twists and turns aswell as a long stretch for top speed. Someone recommended Willow Springs to me. Located in SoCal (Newport area)

How much is it going to cost for a day or so? Is a helmet required? Are there any real tracks where helmet is optional?

Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 12-07-2005, 05:41 PM   #2
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Willow Springs is about 2.5 hours from Newport. It is in Rosamond, CA by Edwards AFB. 5 North to 14 East. Helmets are a must but you can run with standard safety bely restraints. Check out the POC website for Streets of Willow drivers education events, you will have an instructor in your car and show you how to negotiate the turns, and negotiate the other drivers and cars on the track. Cost if you are a member of POC is about $100.00. Membership is highly recommended if you plan on doing more events. I'm sure you both will have a great time. Have fun!

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Old 12-07-2005, 06:06 PM   #3
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Gosh...and I thought you read all my track reports??

For starters, WS Big Track is ok. Plus it's an ego booster for those with high hp cars. But it gets a little boring after a while. The challenge (or not so much for me now) is having the guts to go full throttle at turn 8 at 110mph, negotiating turn 1 at ~90mph, not braking prior to turn 2. That's pretty much it. Oh, and not crashing coming out of turn9, and turn 3. In fact, I think WS Big Track requires braking only at 1, 3, 5, 9.

If your dad wants something more fun, I think BW is the track in So Cal. BW is much more technical than WS Big Track. THill is my other fav track but too far north.

Btw, I compiled a list of all the organizers I have attended. Should be as informative as it gets. Got ??, let me know.

Helmet required. Get a pair of Nomex gloves. These are the things that he should get. No need any car mods for now.

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Old 12-09-2005, 03:42 PM   #4
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