is a track event?
A Track event is the
closest thing to real racing without the trophy. There are different
types of track events, some are sponsored by car clubs, like Miata Club,
Corvette Club, and of course the Porsche club. "Road Atlanta" also
sponsor their own event, typical track event cost per day is anywhere from
$250 -$350. Which is very cheap considering that you are tracking
your car on a real race track at full speed.
Of course what comes
with real racing is real danger of loosing control and crashing your car.
There will be pictures of wrecked cars on this web site. Please don't
click on the link if you have a special love for cars, it will really
hurt your feelings.
Why are people
so crazy about attending the track event?
After being a passenger
in Hank Cohn's Porsche 993 for 3 sessions (each session is 30 minutes),
I finally understood why people are so excited about tracking their car
on a race track. And I assure you this is not for everyone, it is
very difficult to track you car correctly on a race track. And it
is very very different from driving your car on the street.
I would say there are very few thing left in this world that can give you
the same gratification as you turn a fast lap time in your car, and when
you precisely turn in at the perfect angle at a particular turn.
And most importantly the gratification of passing a rivals on the race
How to get in
on the track event?
Before you start to
track your car I recommend either joining a local car club, like the BMW,
Miata or Porsche club to participate in some club events like Autocross,
and Driver's Ed. Autocross is the least dangeours event and
you can really learn the lines (apex of the turn) and the capability of
your car before you actually put your car on the track. Most people
who have done some Autocross would tell you that the only thing you can
damage by Autocrossing your car is your pride, and after attending several
PCA (Porsche Club of America) Autocross event last year I would have to
agree with that. After you have become comfortable with your car
and have realized the potential and the limitation of your car you are
ready for some Driver's Ed. The Driver's Ed. event is a big step
up from Autocross, because you are actually taking your car on the race
track for the first time, but there will be an instructor in the car to
show you how to take the lines, and the braking points and etc.....
An quick and easy
way to get up to speed for a track event is to attend a driving school
your local race track provides, a typical driving school will cost you
about $2000-$3000, but it is well worth it. The driving school usually
will provide you a car they use to teach you how to drive, so there is
no danger in wrecking your own car.
Enough talk already
HANK is bitching at me about wanting to see some pictures..... I will come
back and type up more of this boring stuff later. But Lets start
with the pictures first. Click on the below link.....
Track event At "Road Atlanta"
Track event At "Road Roebling"
PCA driver's ED Track event at "Road Atlanta"
Road Atlanta track day Track event at "Road Atlanta"
are some links to more pictures taken at the track
(Haven't had the
time to make a web page for them yet)