Posts from March 2011
E-newsletter for March 2011
All the signs that another track is just around the corner are starting to show. Christmas, Hanukkah and Festivus (for those of us attending the Church of Jerry Seinfeld) have been celebrated. We have experienced two new year celebrations (Gregorian-Western and Chinese) and have one left (Persian) to go. The weather is getting warmer and we are washing and readying our rides for another year.
I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. But now it is time to get serious. That is, serious about having some great fun at the track!
This is it PDCers - our first event of the season!
Beautiful spring weather, two hours of track time for each run group, race trained instructors from Driving Unlimited complimented by our own fine instructors and a delicious catered lunch. How can anyone resist that?
Following the long cold winter, our April event has traditionally sold out very quickly. So don’t be left out because you were too slow to register and have to wait until our next event to fulfill your ‘need for speed’, register for the event now and put a smile on your face - guaranteed!
Registration details are available on the website .
Reminder: If this is your first PDC event this year, remember that you need to have an annual safety inspection carried out on your car and bring your completed Vehicle Inspection Form
signed by and bearing the stamp of the inspection facility to confirm that your vehicle meets the requirements to go on the track.
Yes, even a Spyker Aileron needs a Vehicle Inspection….......is this it?
I look forward to seeing you there.
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 1,000 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 blog at prostuntdrivers.com
One of PDC’s former Co-Event Directors, Kai Wang, and his lovely wife Hayley, recently became proud parents of a beautiful baby girl. Congratulations and our best wishes to them both. Our intrepid PDC staff photographer managed to capture this photo of Kai celebrating the upcoming event…..
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: http://performancedriversclub.org/index.php/gallery/
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.
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.
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 supports BC Rehab [bcrehab.com].
From each participation fee paid by a member 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 thousands of dollars 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.
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.
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