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Old Sat, Apr-22-2017, 08:16:47 PM   #41
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Default Re: If you could only give one piece of advice to a beginner on the track...

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Totally agree. Better them have to make some corrections while they are relatively slow rather than later on when they've built up enough speed to more dangerous.

When I started out years ago in my E60 M5, my instructor reached down and turned off my DSC for me my very first session. I really didn't know what he was doing? I've known no difference every since.
I don't think there's a wrong answer here. My opinion is that with cars so capable and fast, a novice can get in trouble much more quickly than an instructor can intervene. I depend on the DSC to correct stupid and dangerous mistakes that would otherwise end poorly. Especially for a first (or 2nd) day novice in a 450HP+ car, which is becoming common. I don't mind DSC in sport or track mode, but not off. Then, when the light comes on, the question gets asked....why did that happen? What did DSC just correct? What would have happened without DSC?

Agree that in full nanny/street/idiot mode, DSC can be overly annoying.
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With the BMW cca? I'm no pro but I will be there and will help you out how I can.

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Awesome!! I will see you there! As we get closer I will send you a pm. I look forward to meeting you!

Again, thank you everyone. I have taken every piece of advice to heart and I am super thankful! You guys rock!!!
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Technical things about driving, mods, and safety aside, since you're probably not gonna do this for a living, just keep in mind you're there to have fun, enjoy life, and make friends. Just put yourself out there and talk to everyone. The people in tracking community are genuinely welcoming and kind to each other, no matter what shape size color you are. It's like we just speak the same unique language that naturally ties us together, and that's the only thing that matters. A lot of my best friends now are my track buddies.
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Technical things about driving, mods, and safety aside, since you're probably not gonna do this for a living, just keep in mind you're there to have fun, enjoy life, and make friends. Just put yourself out there and talk to everyone. The people in tracking community are genuinely welcoming and kind to each other, no matter what shape size color you are. It's like we just speak the same unique language that naturally ties us together, and that's the only thing that matters. A lot of my best friends now are my track buddies.


This is absolutely true! Well said.


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Technical things about driving, mods, and safety aside, since you're probably not gonna do this for a living, just keep in mind you're there to have fun, enjoy life, and make friends. Just put yourself out there and talk to everyone. The people in tracking community are genuinely welcoming and kind to each other, no matter what shape size color you are. It's like we just speak the same unique language that naturally ties us together, and that's the only thing that matters. A lot of my best friends now are my track buddies.
agree with this, you won't win a trophy but you will have some fun. For me, this is how I relieve stress in my life. Seat time is your best investment beyond your helmet, brake fluid, and pads when getting started.
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Yes, yes, yes... I am so thrilled to have found such a great community of people who love driving beautiful cars really fast... I can't wait to get out on the track. And, I super appreciate all the advice I have received. Every last word that was contributed to the beginning of my exciting journey is MORE than appreciated and loved. THANK YOU!!!

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When I started out years ago in my E60 M5, my instructor reached down and turned off my DSC for me my very first session. I really didn't know what he was doing?
While I get what this person was going for, if an instructor adjusted (or attempted to adjust) anything in my car (other than his/her seating position or microphone volume etc) without discussing it first, I'd ask for a new instructor.

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Technical things about driving, mods, and safety aside, since you're probably not gonna do this for a living, just keep in mind you're there to have fun, enjoy life, and make friends. Just put yourself out there and talk to everyone. The people in tracking community are genuinely welcoming and kind to each other, no matter what shape size color you are. It's like we just speak the same unique language that naturally ties us together, and that's the only thing that matters. A lot of my best friends now are my track buddies.
So right Will. Had no idea when starting how many people I would meet solely through this. I now feel like I can go to almost any event alone and be pretty certain that I will have friends at the track.
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Mary,

Great job going to your first event. Also lots of great input form the forum members! As an instructor/coach I would prefer to work with women because they A. Listen, B. Don't have an ego, C. Smell nice.

Save your money on mods and get some seat time, find a good patient instructor to work with you, relax, breath and get on track.

Most of all be safe and have fun. Don't be afraid to ask questions and remember the right seat driver is not there to judge but to help you learn. Any sim time helps as well to learn the track prior to going.

Send a report when done.
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I would prefer to work with women because they Smell nice.


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