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Old 02-22-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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Ok Guys help me out here

This has been in the back of my mind for say........ 40 years or so, BUT family things got in the way (kids, hockey, baseball, university etc)

Now that I finally have an M3 I want someone to show me exactly what the Gdamn thing will do!!

I think I am smart enough to take it to a track

Sooo.....give some advice - where to go - who to talk to - anything!

laugh all you want -= just don't point!!
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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www.trillium-bmwclub.ca

Sign up with that club for a start and enroll in a driving school. One of the best things (and easiest) you can do to learn with your own car.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:40 PM   #3
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^^^ What he said.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:44 PM   #4
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what? ^^^ honestly the best way to learn your car is just hit the open road with it and enjoy it! Sure taking driving classes will help understand certain aspects of driving. But to me if you enjoy it and love it you can master it on your own!

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Old 02-23-2009, 09:23 PM   #5
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www.trillium-bmwclub.ca

Sign up with that club for a start and enroll in a driving school. One of the best things (and easiest) you can do to learn with your own car.
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:23 PM   #6
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what? ^^^ honestly the best way to learn your car is just hit the open road with it and enjoy it! Sure taking driving classes will help understand certain aspects of driving. But to me if you enjoy it and love it you can master it on your own!

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Problem with thinking like that is you may do something/get in the habit of doing something incorrectly, may it be something as simple as feet or hand placement... and its hard to break a habit once you roll with it. Its nice to have an instructor analyzing you beside you as things progress. Take me for example: at my first driving school the instructor loved everything about my driving EXCEPT my feet placement. I kept my left foot on the clutch all the time, and never used the dead pedal... He explained its possible to wear the clutch faster and in addition, you can brace yourself a bit better if your foot is on the dead pedal. See, little things like that add up.
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i'm in the same boat as the OP, i just want to be able to take my car to a track and actually push the car a little without having to worry about other cars, intersections, pedestrians, laws, cops, etc.
don't really want to take my car to the full limit and turn in to a track car sort of thing but want to just be able to push it with no worries.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:13 AM   #8
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Problem with thinking like that is you may do something/get in the habit of doing something incorrectly, may it be something as simple as feet or hand placement... and its hard to break a habit once you roll with it. Its nice to have an instructor analyzing you beside you as things progress. Take me for example: at my first driving school the instructor loved everything about my driving EXCEPT my feet placement. I kept my left foot on the clutch all the time, and never used the dead pedal... He explained its possible to wear the clutch faster and in addition, you can brace yourself a bit better if your foot is on the dead pedal. See, little things like that add up.
I do that...
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:14 PM   #9
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Now that I finally have an M3 I want someone to show me exactly what the Gdamn thing will do!!
I'll do it!!!

Some sort of high performance driving school is the best option.
I've gone to Ian Law's track school and it is very good for beginners. he does in class and on the track lessons. Only bad thing is that instructor skill varies. You can also ask Ian to take you out in your car and spend some one-on-one time. He is good and has very good teaching skill.

Website: http://www.carcontrolschool.com/home.html

Prices are pretty good when compared to some other racing schools and for novice his class is more than enough!
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Old 03-04-2009, 11:27 PM   #10
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With all this great advice no one mentioned getting a helmet
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:40 PM   #11
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get a helmet

but its true.. autox is one of the best ways to learn how to corner and how your car reacts... then when you upgrade to a road course you'll have a great time with what you have learned from autox.. see you at some of the autox meets
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:38 PM   #12
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I'll second the ILR Car Control School suggestion. I know Ian pretty well, and have been to several of his schools. Ian's instructors are great at giving you the basics, and the things you learn at Car Control School will not only make you a better and more capable driver, but could also save your life.

More education is never a bad thing.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:04 PM   #13
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what? ^^^ honestly the best way to learn your car is just hit the open road with it and enjoy it! Sure taking driving classes will help understand certain aspects of driving. But to me if you enjoy it and love it you can master it on your own!

Jay
You're an idiot. I suppose you'll tell him to try to see how fast he can go on the open road as well, right?
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