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Old 04-22-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Beginner: Tracks in So.Cal?

Been searching through various threads and was only able to find dates and discount prices (track days), etc.

Search the websites of Buttonwillow and Willow Springs, but got a bit more confused...

I've never been to a track before, and looking to take my car in the next couple months. Anyone know what the prices are and how to go about with this? Buttonwillow listed "Exclusive", "Semi-Exclusive", "Circuits", etc.

Can anyone provide a dumbed-down version that I can understand?
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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BMWCCA and the local chapters host some excellent "Driving Educaiton" events featuring excellent instructors. Start here: http://www.bmwcca.org/chapterfinder Go to your closest chapters and check their schedules for events.
If nothing is available soon, you might try checking one of the more commonly used registration services:
www.motorsportreg.com and plug in your zip code to locate area events and schedules. Both the BMW and Porsche clube run excellent events. Other clubs/for-profit organizations may also provide good instruction and events, but I'm not familiar with the groups in your area.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:28 AM   #3
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You can check out nasaproracing.com for some more info and http://socal.drivenasa.com/ too! See you out there!
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:00 AM   #4
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Been searching through various threads and was only able to find dates and discount prices (track days), etc.

Search the websites of Buttonwillow and Willow Springs, but got a bit more confused...

I've never been to a track before, and looking to take my car in the next couple months. Anyone know what the prices are and how to go about with this? Buttonwillow listed "Exclusive", "Semi-Exclusive", "Circuits", etc.

Can anyone provide a dumbed-down version that I can understand?
Tracks rent out their tracks to clubs, which produce the events that most drivers here attend (since a private rental is super $$$). There are many groups that you can choose from, e.g. BMWCCA, PCA, NASA, TrackDaze. On the east coast, running a weekend HPDE is usually around $450. Tack on HPDE insurance if you want, since you won't get insurance coverage at a track from your normal insurance provider. Then tack on gas, food, hotel (if you want), and wear and tear, and a weekend usually adds up to about $1k.

Motorsportreg usually has a comprehensive listing of events, but you can also look for your local NASA, SCCA, or BMWCCA region and look for their events individually.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:50 PM   #5
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:59 PM   #6
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I just took my 01 330ci for hpde1 at thunder hill. total fees for the day was about 230. plus gas and food. I had a blast and look forward to the next time. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-27-2013, 09:05 PM   #7
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Google them.. they host events...
for ur first time, I highly recommend NASA since they have better instruction!
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:41 PM   #8
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Agree that NASA is good, but both BMWCCA and PCA (Porsche) also have very good instructors and all-around programs. Personally, I would advise against using the "for profit" groups for beginning drivers. These outfits tend to be more oriented toward the guys with high-powered (fast!) cars who just want to get some "seat-time". Beginners will benefit from a more structured and nurturing environment such as offered by NASA, BMWCCA, and PCA.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:39 AM   #9
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As guys have mentioned, check NASA, Speed Ventures, and BMWCCA. NASA and BMWCCA are awesome because they'll provide mentorship. Generic track days may only offer you track time, whereas coaching is HUGE for beginners. Depending on what area of SoCal you're interested in, there are also a number of events at AAA Speedway and Chuckwalla Valley. They will be a bit more South than your Willow Springs and Thunder Hill venues. You can do a single-day BMWCCA autocross with coaching for $60, or a full-on track day will run you about $200 and up to $400 for the full weekend.
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