Skid School for M'sters and other Miata Clubs

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Skid School for M'sters and other Miata Clubs

Post  mx5coup on Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:52 pm

Hi Folks:

The M'sters are planning to putting together a Skid
School and was wondering if anyone from the Nutmeg club would be
interested also? The more folks, the cheaper the price.

Please review the link on the M'sters forum:

http://mstersmiata.org/forum2/index.php?topic=287.0

Let me knwo if you have any questions.

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Re: Skid School for M'sters and other Miata Clubs

Post  mx5coup on Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:54 pm

I would also like to invite any and all Renegade Miata members Smile

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Re: Skid School for M'sters and other Miata Clubs

Post  mx5coup on Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:06 pm

Please follow the thread on the M'sters forum for more info:

http://mstersmiata.org/forum2/index.php?topic=287.0

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Re: Skid School for M'sters and other Miata Clubs

Post  Joe on Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:42 am

Could you please post the thread title?? Unless you are already a member of that forum it wont take you directly to that post and I have not been able to find the thread numbered 287...

Thank you...

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Re: Skid School for M'sters and other Miata Clubs

Post  mx5coup on Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:47 pm

Joe:

Sorry about that. Here's the full post per Ken S (kenschuster@mac.com) Please email Ken regarding any specific questions. Thanks!

Last year, I did the one-day Skip Barber Racing School driving program
at Lime Rock Park, CT. It was one of the best things I've done on four
wheels. Using their vehicles, the instructors stressed over and over to
"push it to the maximum," with every maneuver. It took me a little
while to get used to not worrying about "step on the brake HARD!," and
"yes, you'll skid, so what?" We did it over and over until we got it
out of our minds that we were going to ruin something, and everyone in
the class was amazed at how well the cars responded to the correct
inputs. Everyone agreed that it's something you really have to
experience, and no amount of classroom and books gets even close to the
real deal.

A few weeks ago, I tuned-in late to a TV show and I
thought it was the Skip Barber School. Turns out it was right here in
Concord, and it's called Skid School. It looks like they offer a
similar program, except that they don't have the wet skid pad.

I
contacted them, asking if they could tailor a program for M'sters. The
response from them was enthusiastic. Almost all of the instructors and
staff own and/or race Miatas, and they love them as much as we!

The
price is significantly less than the Skip Barber School, and for us
there'd be no travel and overnight expenses either. Here's what they're
proposing. Since this is specifically for us, we can modify their
proposal.

Sean D. Siff
Director of Corporate Sales

Skid School M?Sters Miata Club Driving Experience Curriculum:

EXERCISE 1: The Emergency Braking Test

Driver will stop in 90 feet from 50 mph, activating the anti-lock braking system.
The
correct response to a driving emergency in a vehicle with anti-lock
brakes is to depress the brake pedal as hard and as fast as possible.
This action will activate the ABS system, and bring the vehicle to a
stop in the shortest amount of feet possible. Using the ABS system
takes practice to get used to the abruptness of the procedure.


EXERCISE 2: Slalom Steering Exercise

Drivers will negotiate a series of cones using short linked turns.
These
linked turns, also commonly known as a serpentine or slalom exercise,
provide drivers with the opportunity to become familiar with the way
the car handles when driven beyond the average driver?s comfort level,
but still within the capabilities of the car. The slalom is the most
difficult driving exercise, and it teaches a great deal in these areas:
The effect of speed, timing and steering technique.


EXERCISE 3: The Tailgating Challenge

Drivers will experience how quickly following distance disappears through a simulated tailgating incident.
Tailgating
accounts for 40% of all crashes. Since most drivers follow too closely,
it?s easy to not leave safe following distance in traffic. A good rule
of thumb is to leave a 3 second gap between you and the car in front of
you at any speed. Drivers who get into the three-second habit find that
they have fewer crashes and many fewer close calls, are more relaxed
and less fatigued, get where they are going just as quickly, have a
wider field of vision, and enjoy the confidence and respect of their
passengers and drivers of other vehicles.


EXERCISE 4: Emergency Lane Change

Driver will practice evasive maneuvers at 50-60 mph.
Highway
lane change procedures are the keystone of our driver training
experience. Each driver has the opportunity to spend as long as they
need in our training vehicles until they understand the proper
techniques to avoid potential objects in their driving path. With ABS,
the driver can slam on the brakes hard, and concentrate on steering
around a simulated object in their path. No driver can afford to guess
at what to do when faced with a real incident in their driving path.


EXERCISE 5: Low Speed Reversing, Turning & Parking Procedures

Common
fleet accidents include low speed ?parking lot? incidents which
increase insurance claims and drive up costs for your business or
organization
Simple reversing techniques are practiced through a
reversing slalom, using proper mirror technique, and using garage bay
parking simulations. Also, each driver will be able to practice proper
u-turn, and y-turn technique that focuses on clearing each lane and
moving through lanes of traffic safely. In these low speed procedures
we encourage the use of our customer?s fleet vehicles to increase the
realism of each activity.


EXERCISE 6: The Autocross or High-Speed Cornering Experience

The day will end with an exciting drive through the cones.
Your
group may choose from one of the above activities. Our professional
staff will provide training in either activity with a concentration on
cornering speed, apexing each turn and general car balance technique.
We will provide opportunities for each driver to use our training cars
for a few laps in the autocross or high-speed cornering exercise. After
each driver is comfortable with the exercise and course lay-out, he or
she will be able to use his or her own vehicle in the activity. Any
driver that wishes to use their car will have an instructor in that car
at all times. Also, each vehicle will go through a brief safety
inspection (tires properly inflated, brakes in good working order,
etc.).


EXERCISE 7: Vehicle Demonstrations and Driver Discussions

At
Skid School, we recognize that each vehicle that our customers drive is
unique, thus, we are able to tailor our driving program to any
individual need. Tell us what specific issues your drivers are facing
on the road, and leave it to us to design the perfect demonstration.
Popular demonstrations in the past have included proper seating and
hand position in any vehicle, how to use anti-lock brakes, proper
mirror set up, reversing technique, tire awareness and tire choice and
the dangers of road rage.



The instructors at Skid School
are also Miata enthusiasts. A few instructors have volunteered to have
their fully SCCA race-prepped Miatas on hand for your Miata club to
look at. We are looking forward to working with your group.

The price is $7200 for up to 16 participants.
9am-4pm at Concord Municipal Airport, 44 Regional Drive, Concord NH.
Includes all training vehicles, site insurance, site rental, instructors, light breakfast and catered lunch.

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Re: Skid School for M'sters and other Miata Clubs

Post  Stynger on Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:46 am

FWIW these guys are no slouches. Sandy Stevens has been running driving schools for many years. I think I took his school in the early '90's with Mass Miata. I know Sandy and a couple of his instructors. Doug McCormack was a local auto crosser in a Miata, is now a top Spec Miata racer and the president of the NESCCA.
Kyle Disque is a front runner in Spec Miata. I had these guys at an SCCA racing school. Top notch. cheers

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