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Old 07-10-2004, 08:45 AM   #1
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BMW Driver Training Level 1

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I'm going on BMW Driver training level 1 course in August. Just want to know if anyone here been on that course and what's your opinion of it.
Please post your comments and your experience from that course.

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Old 07-10-2004, 09:05 AM   #2
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I really enjoyed it.

Good instruction, good food, nice people.

Cars are fantastic...best 500 'mod' you can buy (mine was a gift )

Should be mandatory for every crap driver in this province! There are a few out there...
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Old 07-10-2004, 09:11 AM   #3
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It was a pretty fun day. Best advice is to go in with a open mind and turned off ego, that way you'll get the most out of it.

I'm doing level 3 in 11 days *giggle*
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Old 07-10-2004, 12:44 PM   #4
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How much are the coarses, last time I checked they were really $$$.
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Old 07-10-2004, 01:33 PM   #5
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I heard that BMWCC driving school is a much better bang for buck?

But then I think BMW driving school offers preventive driving only.
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Old 07-10-2004, 03:11 PM   #6
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Yup, BMW's driver training levels 1 and 2 are more focused on "safety", although on level 2 you do get to run around a small auto-x course in an M3 Level 3 is a 2 day track event.

They are pretty expensive, like everything BMW, but let's not forget that you drive around in THEIR 330s and M3s and you get taught by fun guys who are ex. prof. racing drivers. For me they're worth it.
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Old 07-10-2004, 03:14 PM   #7
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Yup, BMW's driver training levels 1 and 2 are more focused on "safety", although on level 2 you do get to run around a small auto-x course in an M3 Level 3 is a 2 day track event.

They are pretty expensive, like everything BMW, but let's not forget that you drive around in THEIR 330s and M3s and you get taught by fun guys who are ex. prof. racing drivers. For me they're worth it.
So do they focus on driving or are they like any bmw employee and more or less trying to sell you a new bmw??
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I've done the Level one and although I did have fun, the BMWCC Driver Training at Mosport is a much better investment if you're willing to use your own car.

If you scared to track your own car, you shouldn't cause you won't crash and spin out. It's a very controlled event and you're usually in-car with an instructor to help you around.
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Old 07-10-2004, 04:05 PM   #10
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I got this as a gift as well. Maybe after this, I will do level 2 and 3.

I take it that level 1 course objective is on safety driving?

For those who took level 1, what percentage of day is spent on the track and in class? Do you get much driving time or is it all theories in class and than a couple hours in the car?
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Any driver education is a good investment. I take my car to the track and can honestly say that I feel so much more comfortable with it now that I have some good track time with it.
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Old 07-10-2004, 04:30 PM   #12
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I personally went to the bridgestone driving academy at mosport. It was absolutely awesome. The first year that i went we drove camaros and firebirds arounf the small track and it was eye opening. The next year i went we drove Formula 2000's. Now these are the most fun and best handling cars I have ever driven. Fast as hell and handle like a dream. Definitely a good investment.
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BMWCC Driver Training > BMW Driver Training Level 1

The BMWCC (BMW Trillium Chapter) Driver Training at Mosport is MUCH better than the BMW Driver Training Level 1 course.
I would rate it at par with the BMW Level 3 course, except that it's only for one day.

Since the BMW Club runs non-profit, their course is dirt cheap (+/- C $350) compared to the official BMW one.
I agree.....Driver Training is the best Mod one can get.
Most of us only have the skill to drive our high performance cars to 40-50% of their ability.
Upon completing the course this number should rise by at least 20%.
Calculate that as a percentage of your horsepower and you'll understand what I mean.....On 2nd thought...No, you'll have take the course first and THEN you'll understand what I mean.

Hope you have a strong stomach.
On the day I attended the Cayuga session it was raining and I faced the rear end of a new Corvette Z06 in the starting lineup in front of me. My 70 yr young (!) instructor made me chase this thing through the turns with a vengeance.....he was GREAT.
Sounded like he hated Vettes.....kept on screaming at me in my helmet "Stay on his ass ! STAY on his ass ! Keep up the pressure !".
At some points, my front bumper must have been no more than a meter away from the Vette's
It wasn't until the track's straitaway that he dusted me, but I did a great job catching back up to the old geezer (60 yr old driver of the vette) through the turns.
Almost lost it once, but had a BLAST !!!
Be prepared to feel slightly by the end of the day !
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Old 07-10-2004, 06:02 PM   #15
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So do they focus on driving or are they like any bmw employee and more or less trying to sell you a new bmw??
They focus on understanding of theory, proper seating position and understanding of BMWs safety features like DSC and ABS and how the car acts with and without them on a wet skidpad. They also teach you to "watch ahead" and do some accidance avoidance excersises. No, I did not get the impression that they were selling me the car, more like showing what a car (any car, pretty much) can and cannot do.

There were lots of people who didn't actually own bmws taking level 1 with me, by the way.
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