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PCA Taste of the Track Program
Randyb_981
post Apr 14 2010, 07:02 PM
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PCA's TASTE OF THE TRACK PROGRAM

Have you ever wondered what Drivers Education is really like? Experience the flavor of the PCA Drivers Education with the "Taste of the Track" Program. We have found that there are some members who would like to learn more about Drivers Education, but do not want to be a full driving participant in their own Porsche at this time. As a Non-Driving Participant you will be entitled to attend any classroom sessions, help at a flag station if appropriate, plus you will be a passenger with an approved instructor for one session. This is a good way for spouses, relatives and friends or those not sure of their interest level to experience the activity. PCA membership is not required by PCA, but individual regions may have further restrictions.

Your region-approved instructor will take the time to explain the basics of driving on the track, including track rules, some basic vocabulary and an explanation of "the line" and why we want to drive as smoothly and accurately as possible. Your instructor will drive his/her own vehicle in an appropriate level "run group" session (Novice or Beginner), and will answer your questions as you have them during the session (generally 20-30 minutes). The event chief instructor or registrar will assign your instructor and set up a mutually agreeable session time for both you and your instructor.

This experience is intended to be educational and informative. If you are uncomfortable at any time, your instructor will adjust his/her speed or bring you into the pits at your request. Most instructors truly enjoy taking out Taste of the Track participants, answering questions and hopefully inspiring you to become a full-fledged participant.

You should plan to spend the whole day at the track and sample the entire experience. Regions have a required general driver's meeting in the morning, and often a separate novice driver's meeting later in the day. Some regions that provide event flaggers from within their own driver entrants will have an additional flagging training meeting. As a "Taste of the Track" entrant, you are required to attend all the appropriate meetings, and spend time at a flagging station if approved by the region.

There will be a modest charge for this activity, as each participant must be a paid entrant of the event for insurance purposes. Some regions donate this fee to a charitable organization or special programs. A helmet will be required – you will need to check with the sponsoring region to see if loaners are available. You will generally be required to wear long pants, long sleeves and closed shoes, just as full driving participants; however you should check with the host region for specifics.

Requirements:

· Be at least eighteen years of age

· Sign all appropriate insurance and track waivers

· Complete appropriate entry form including payment of entry fee

· Attend activities as a Novice student, such as a Drivers' Meeting, a Novice classroom, and flagging session, if applicable

· Wear an approved helmet

· Clothing must comply with the Regional rules for Novice driving entrants



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post Apr 14 2010, 07:04 PM
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Please add comments, enhancements, thoughts...then I will convert these threads into links for the front page...thanks...Randy


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post Apr 14 2010, 08:19 PM
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AT A LOST...IS THIS DIFFERENT THEN THE TRACK TOUR? TOUR IS FREE AND TASTE HAS A NOMINAL CHARGE?


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post Apr 14 2010, 10:09 PM
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tatse of the track is in car with instructor, touring laps is in your own car led by instructors
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Bill Browning
post Apr 14 2010, 10:35 PM
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I tried a taste of the track before the fee was required. Ed gave me a ride in his ZO6, the taste was out of this world! His ZO6 knew how to stay on THE line, when to brake, when to turn , and when to make that wonderful music as the accelerator hit the floor music2.gif . Thanks Ed.


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Brandon Thomas
post Apr 15 2010, 11:55 AM
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Taste of Track Program is a great idea if everyone wants to be involved. Start with a list of those instructors who wish to participate @ the next event. Sometimes drivers may want to take a break & focus on personal improvements, etc. Unfortunately everyone wants to ride in Russo's GT3 everytime he goes out. So I vote make a list before the event & give direction to the participant as to what they need to do.

If they do not make the drivers meeting, politely inform them that they must be here by 0900 so we can maintain a strict schedule.

A cost of $10 to $20 would be priced accurately & could be split 50/50 between the Club & the Driver.
-This would also allow us to cover cost of fuel for the driver taking his time to improve spectator involvement.
-Also the club could use the earned money to improve track equipment or donate to charity.


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post Apr 15 2010, 05:36 PM
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Brandon has a great idea, this item needs to be discussed at the next board meeting so that we can work out the details.
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post Apr 15 2010, 08:22 PM
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Thanks Brandon u can think of good stuff .
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post Apr 15 2010, 10:50 PM
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QUOTE (Bill Browning @ Apr 14 2010, 10:35 PM) *
I tried a taste of the track before the fee was required. Ed gave me a ride in his ZO6, the taste was out of this world! His ZO6 knew how to stay on THE line, when to brake, when to turn , and when to make that wonderful music as the accelerator hit the floor music2.gif . Thanks Ed.


It is always good to exchange notes with another experienced driver....


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post Apr 16 2010, 07:17 AM
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brandon is dead on with his suggestions, i was working the gate and i know there was some confusion between the cost of the track tour and the cost of the "taste of the track". i knew the track tour was free, but I heard prices for taste of the track fluctuate between $5 and $20 dollars. i will be there at the next meeting so i will be informed yes3.gif


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post Apr 16 2010, 07:45 AM
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Great ideas everyone.
I agree with Ed, the best thing you can do as a driver is to every now and then take a ride as a passenger with a driver at your, or even better above your, driving expertise level. You always pick up a trick or two.


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post Apr 16 2010, 08:15 AM
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just my 2 centavos, i would rather pay as a newbie for the tour of the track $5 for 5 laps at 60mph sounds real good and at a bargain price. most of drivers are already giving rides to potential new drivers and regulars for free! why start charging for something that has been done for FREE for so long. that may get a little confusing as to who has to pay (i.e my friend = $0 and a stranger = $5-20) don't see the logic behind that. i also think that most would rather drive themselves around the track then at full blip and potentially make them feel that they could never perform at Bossolo's, Russo's, Rene's, Bassamer's level (sorry if i left you out). that could be intimidating to some new drivers with lesser vehicles. think about it!



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post Apr 16 2010, 08:38 AM
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QUOTE (stangmeister9 @ Apr 16 2010, 09:15 AM) *
just my 2 centavos, i would rather pay as a newbie for the tour of the track $5 for 5 laps at 60mph sounds real good and at a bargain price. most of drivers are already giving rides to potential new drivers and regulars for free! why start charging for something that has been done for FREE for so long. that may get a little confusing as to who has to pay (i.e my friend = $0 and a stranger = $5-20) don't see the logic behind that. i also think that most would rather drive themselves around the track then at full blip and potentially make them feel that they could never perform at Bossolo's, Russo's, Rene's, Bassamer's level (sorry if i left you out). that could be intimidating to some new drivers with lesser vehicles. think about it!


Looks like "Change we can believe in" has reached our club. $10 for this $20 for that, $5 VIP entry fee and free for the nobodies (as long as they stay in the wildlife refuge area )
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post Apr 16 2010, 08:46 AM
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Danny we introduced the taste of the track to have some control over the giving of rides so that we can stay within PCA guidelines and to relieve the instructrs so that it frees them up for driving.

I think A nominal fee for touring laps would be appropriate. I say $10 for taste and tour but we will discuss and decide at next board meeting.
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Brandon Thomas
post Apr 16 2010, 11:11 AM
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A $10 Taste of Track Program sounds good. I'd pay that to ride along w/top drivers & gain knowledge. So I vote yea.

You've all been doing this program for some time now & everyone should have something to share about it. Good Luck.

The TTP (Track Touring Program) wasn't a new concept but it was new to most of us. We gained alot of interest promoting this program @ a cost of $10 to our friends & other enthusiast. Afterwards, I realized that this has to remain free because it is benefitting everyone involved. The Drivers had a blast & some will try again next time, while others step up to Drivers Education.

Both of these programs are going to be alot of fun & hope if nothing else, that we at least give it a try.


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