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Old 02-05-2011, 07:54 AM   #1
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Shannonville Motorsport Park

Hey Guys,

If anyone has been to the track days at Shannonville i'd like to know how it is. I got a huge crack in my dashboard yesterday and it made me realize my E30 isn't going to be around forever and i'd like to get it out to a track at least once for some spirited driving.

I was wondering how the events are organized and if there's any sort of training or inspection before hand. I'm just looking to tool around the track at my own pace, nothing ridiculous.

Their website lists pay per lap as well, is that a better value compared to the track day.

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Old 02-05-2011, 10:07 AM   #2
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They will have some lapping days durring the summer, I just showed up payed the fee and drove for about 10 laps, its at your own risk! NO training, NO lessons, will be going again.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:37 AM   #3
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It also depends if you go with a group that is renting the track for a certain period of time. For example, some of the chinese lapping days have no rules either, sometimes it gets to the point of chaos and recklessness. My very first track day ever was one of those, and it was crazy. I remember one car spun off THREE times in the afternoon, I was surprised that nobody hit each other.

I'd recommend looking into a more respected lapping day, one that may have a few decent drivers on hand that don't mind to sit in the car with you for a few laps to give you pointers. For the extra money you will spend this way, I think it is well worth it.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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^ Very true. I love Shannonville and Cayuga for my limited skill. Rudy is also a great coach
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:46 PM   #5
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It also depends if you go with a group that is renting the track for a certain period of time. For example, some of the chinese lapping days have no rules either, sometimes it gets to the point of chaos and recklessness. My very first track day ever was one of those, and it was crazy. I remember one car spun off THREE times in the afternoon, I was surprised that nobody hit each other.

I'd recommend looking into a more respected lapping day, one that may have a few decent drivers on hand that don't mind to sit in the car with you for a few laps to give you pointers. For the extra money you will spend this way, I think it is well worth it.


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Old 02-06-2011, 11:08 AM   #6
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^^What Rudy said x2^^

In regards to track time, don't look for the best deal, (if so you're looking for trouble) Look for the safest environment. Many car clubs offer fulltime or part time instruction, and/or, at least some qualified instructors on hand to guide you around and then later in the day go nuts on your own.

My two cents is to tell you, don't go to a track day without a qualified instructor the first time to teach you the ins and outs and proper etiquette. After that go nuts if you want. My first 10 times to the track was with a performance driving school with in class, exercises, and in car instruction all of the time. I can't even begin to tell you how much I learned and how safe the environment was. (ok, that was more than two cents sorry).
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:34 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the tips.

Much appreciated.

I'm now a little hesitant to just grab the car and head out to he track. I have a friend who completed a 2 year racing program who has offered to coach me for a 'nominal fee' at first i was skeptical and i like to avoid situations with money exchanging hands between friends. After reading the responses ill take him up on his offer come spring.
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or you could join the Trillium club and attend a driving school.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:12 PM   #9
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+1 on Rudy being an excellent coach. I fell asleep riding shotgun in his car while he was going around shanny and teaching me the proper lines.

But in all seriousness, I'm at Shannonville at least twice a month and I've seen people flip their cars on the run off a hand full of times. So go out with an instructor for your first time and have fun! Those "chinese" days are soo much fun but definately not for newcomers (even though there are alot there) b/c everyone thinks they're Schumacher and try to battle anything they see.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:59 AM   #10
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I once eluded a police box in and held on through the pit manuever in a 92 Ford Aerostar and managed 30 kilometers before the less than performance brakes let me down at the end of hwy 6 heading into Haggersville. The 100kmph crash left the front of the van looking like the rear.
I was 11 years old but I was wearing my seatbelt, and yes, I caught a little beating out of that. IMO I totally deserved it. I was a ward of the City of Hamilton at that time and they were convinced I was trying to kill myself; subsequently leading to my placement in an institution.
Moral of the story; it's probable that without the proper driving instruction you will likely crash your car due to the observed fact that everything seems to happen fast when you yourself are going fast.
As a side note; I'd love to visit a track!
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I once eluded a police box in and held on through the pit manuever in a 92 Ford Aerostar and managed 30 kilometers before the less than performance brakes let me down at the end of hwy 6 heading into Haggersville. The 100kmph crash left the front of the van looking like the rear.
I was 11 years old but I was wearing my seatbelt, and yes, I caught a little beating out of that. IMO I totally deserved it. I was a ward of the City of Hamilton at that time and they were convinced I was trying to kill myself; subsequently leading to my placement in an institution.
Moral of the story; it's probable that without the proper driving instruction you will likely crash your car due to the observed fact that everything seems to happen fast when you yourself are going fast.
As a side note; I'd love to visit a track!
With that imagination, you should write the next Hobbit book.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:15 PM   #12
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one of the most insane stories I've heard
ummm, what?!!!!!!!!
Are you serious dude?
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ummm, what?!!!!!!!!
Are you serious dude?
Something tells me he and Anthony would get along really well together
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Something tells me he and Anthony would get along really well together
Baaahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!
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With that imagination, you should write the next Hobbit book.
haha. trust me i wish it was imagined. i wish i had high-school atheletic feats to brag about but i dont..
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