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E-newsletter September 2009

By Michael Provenzano on Sep 28, 2009 at 07:33PM in

E-newsletter for September 2009

PDC September E-Newsletter

Final Track Event in PDC’s Celebration of a ‘Decade of Performance’

This year has been PDC’s tenth year of operations and with five track events completed and only one left for Monday, September 28th it has been a fantastic year of high speed fun!

  Smiles abound at all PDC events - Here Skip Yeng and instructor Tony Riddel get ready to savour another session.

Ride with an Instructor

The ‘Ride with an Instructor’ program is still a huge success. First Time participants ride for some fast laps with their instructor. The experience is often an epiphany for most participants when they find out how fast and smoothly a skilled instructor can pilot a car around the track.

  PDC member and contributing photographer, Goran Srekovic,  enjoys a ride with PDC’s Chief Driving Instructor, Dennis Lee, in Dennis’  awesome R8.

Line up a ride at our next event and you will never regret it.

PDC to Wrap Up its ‘Decade of Performance’ Celebration with a Party

What better way to wrap up a great year than with a great party? Last year PDC held a party at the Point Grey Golf Club and the food was great, the door prizes were great, the people were great and the Master of Ceremonies was…..well, let’s just say he even managed to avoid any embarrassing jokes -  and that was great. What could be better?

This year’s party will be better - it is guaranteed! There will be more door prizes,  including a set of custom wheels. The banquet will be awesome -no rubber chicken for PDC -the caterer has promised to surpass last year’s gourmet treats with even better delicacies. And the MC promises to leave the tasteless jokes in his back pocket for another year.

Mark your calendars. The time and location of PDC’s year-end, decade-ending wrap-up party are

When:   Saturday, November 7th
Where: Point Grey Golf & Country Club

Don’t miss it. We won’t celebrate with another Decade Party until 2019.

Track Tip from a PDC Instructor

Here’s something to think about. How much of your overall driving skill do you use when you’re driving day to day - 50%?,  20%?, 80%? We’ve ALL seen some people that are using the full 100% of their driving skill just getting to work!

So we all have what could be called a ‘reserve fund’ of driving skill that we rely on to get us out of whatever situation comes up on the road. The more of a reserve fund we have, the safer we are out on the street. AND…. the faster we can go on track days!

This reserve fund is really just the set of habits you’ve incorporated into your driving, how far, and how much you’ve pushed those habits. It’s the reason the PDC instructors harped on us so much about seemingly ultra-basic things like holding the wheel properly, sitting correctly, and looking farther ahead.

The Buddhist saying of “A journey of 1000 miles starts with the first step” could be translated for us as “The road to a harmonious balancing between oversteer and understeer in every corner begins with 9&3.” In classic Buddhist irony it’s also a fact that the more we concentrate on the fundamentals of driving, and not on speed - the faster we will go.

Better fundamentals, equals better habits, equals MORE SPEED.

On with the fun,

*Check out some stunt driving videos on my new blog at

  Mark Aisbett heads out on the track in his BMW E36 M3.

Mark has been a professional Stunt Driver since 1987. Check out his book “The Secret Art of Stunt Driving- All the insider tricks of driving at the edge” at

  PDC Vice-President Married!

Congratulations to PDC’s Vice-President, Brian Yeung, and his beautiful bride, Hyemee, on their wedding this summer. The happy couple spent their slightly delayed (so that Brian could participate in PDC’s track event in August) honeymoon in Europe which coincided with the Frankfurt Auto Show.  Sounds like Hyemee allows Brian to indulge in his passion for cars - lucky guy!

Pictures and Articles are Welcomed

Remember that we welcome your pictures from a PDC track day (or any other   motorsport event) to be posted on our website. Please upload them at:” alt=”” align=“baseline” />
Any and all articles you may wish to submit for the year-end issue of The   Challenge are welcomed. E-mail your submissions to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

How Can   You Get Involved with the PDC?

We often get asked by members how they can become more involved in the   Club events. One of the best ways is to assist the Tech Inspection Team with   its morning inspection of cars for the event. Not only will you meet some of   the executives and other volunteers and participants but you will get a   chance to learn about some of the great cars and their owners that take part   in our events.

Contact our Tech Team Chairs/Directors, Rob & Phil Boznik at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you want to assist.

Tech Team members, Chris ‘gangsta rap’ Bakalar, Phil Boznik and Derrick Lee.

Did you Thank a Turn Worker at the Last Event?

Regardless if the weather is wet or dry, hot or cold, turn workers spend   long hours at their corner making sure it is safe for us to drive around the   track. The next time you are driving your cool down lap, remember to give   them a wave, as a small ‘thank you’ for doing their job so we can have fun.

Street Racing is Stupid!

PDC   encourages every member to spread that message. There is only one place for   high speed driving - on the racetrack. So if you know someone who needs a   little education about high performance driving, encourage them to join PDC.  It will definitely be the biggest favour you can do for them. At the least,  it will teach them all about high performance driving. And it could save a   life.

Support our Sponsors

It is through the generosity of our sponsors that we are able to make PDC   the very best club we can. The sponsors provide a wide variety of products   and services. Visit their websites from or by clicking their logo on the right side of this newsletter for full   details. Please consider them first when you are in the market for their   products and services.

PDC Supports BC   Rehab

Many victims of serious motor vehicle accidents benefit from the services   offered by BC Rehab, an independent, non-governmental, non-profit society.  That is why PDC is a proud supporter of BC Rehab  From each participation fee paid for a PDC track event, $5.00 is donated to   BC Rehab. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but over the years, PDC has collected   close to $10,000 for BC Rehab. So remember that when you are enjoying your   day at the track, you are also helping a organization that is helping British   Columbians.


We want your feedback.
  Is there something that you would like to see in this Newsletter? Or some   sort of event that you would like PDC to take part in? If so, please let us   know. Send your suggestions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  Michael Provenzano
  Performance Drivers Club

  Take it to the track!

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