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3/8-3/9 Track Event- Thunderhill Raceway, Willows, CA

Hey all,

Each year, I try to attend several track events. I usually go out with NASA due to it's organization and cost. Initial cost is $40 for the annual membership plus a cost of $159-179 for a 1 day event consisting of (4-7) 20 min sessions. In addition, there's free instruction both in-car and in a classroom setting.

Well, NASA just introduced a new program called Hyperdrive. It is designed to give someone the taste of driving on a road course without a $200 commitment. In fact, it only costs $49. It comes with everything as normal except there is only 1 20 minute session with an instructor.

I've enjoyed these HPDE programs with NASA for the last few years. If you live in Northern California, I highly recommend you give it a try. I'll be out there with on March 8th. I hope to see you too!

"HYPERDRIVES:
NASA Hyperdrive is a way for a non-members to experience HPDE 1 (with an instructor), without having to commit to an entire event. Hyperdrives are one 20-minutes session, on track, at speed, with an instructor riding in the passenger seat. Convertibles need roll bars. All drivers must be 18 years. Helmets and seatbelts are required. Passengers other than the instructor are not permitted. Passing is permitted only on straight sections of the track and with permission or direction of the instructor."

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http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/index.html

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https://www.nasaproracing.com/nasa_e.../?event_id=667

PS. In case you're wondering, the SLK is allowed on the track with the top up. No additional roll bars are needed.
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In case you're wondering, the SLK is allowed on the track with the top up. No additional roll bars are needed.
Yes, I've been wondering about that. Unfortunately, being well over 6ft tall, I don't fit in the SLK with the roof up and wearing a helmet.
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Are the stock SLK roll bars not adequate to meet the roll bar requirement?

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Convertibles need roll bars.
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Are the stock SLK roll bars not adequate to meet the roll bar requirement?
It depends on the track and the organizer of the event. Willow Springs in so cal allows the SLK to run with the roof down.

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I think you may have missed my "PS" comment. The factory roll bars are adequate with NASA. I have driven with the top up at both Thunderhill and Infineon (Sears Point). In fact, I've even driven top down once at Thunderhill and no one said anything. Before even attempting to enter the event, I had several conversations with the organizers to ensure I could drive the SLK without modification. It was approved well in advance... something that can not be said of the Corvette converts.

BTW, it has been my experience that top up works best at it provided a little more rear downforce. By contrast, top down seems to work best at an Autocross where speeds are relatively low.
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Yes, I've been wondering about that. Unfortunately, being well over 6ft tall, I don't fit in the SLK with the roof up and wearing a helmet.
Sounds like you're made for Autocross. SCCA SFR chapter has plenty of events in your area. Here's the info you need
http://www.sfrscca.org/content/view/7538/177/
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Hey guys OPEN TRACK RACING is having an event also.

This event is scheduled for March 12, 2008 big track at Willow Springs.

The price for the event will be $155.

This event will be run in the same fashion as all previous events.

They will have three run groups, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each run group will get (5) 30 minute run sessions totaling 2 1/2 hours of track time.

For all newbies or people who want to attend, They will have classroom instruction followed by on-track instruction. As always, all paid participants will get an all you can eat BBQ lunch and an OPEN TRACK RACING shirt.


Please remember that all OTR events are open to all that want to attend, so please tell a friend!

Please help out by registering early! You can get all the information at www.opentrackracing.com .

please post here if your interested.
and YES IM GOING!!!
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BTW, it has been my experience that top up works best at it provided a little more rear downforce. By contrast, top down seems to work best at an Autocross where speeds are relatively low.
With the 32, the performance is better with the top up, but it's comfortable with the top down. I sit strait up on the track and my helmet does wedge against the head liner.

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Ghost,

That's a lot of track time for $155. If I lived in Socal, I'd definitely give it a go.
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Ghost,

That's a lot of track time for $155. If I lived in Socal, I'd definitely give it a go.
Yea it really is! I love to race my car and i have yet been able to stay the whole day.

Im looking to try to do it this time
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