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Looking for a good driving school for my 21 year old as a gift

Discussion in 'Tracking & Driver Education' started by CoreyNJ, May 4, 2021.

  1. CoreyNJ

    CoreyNJ Formula Junior
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    Apr 17, 2006
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    He wants to learn to drive manual transmission better. He took lessons from a local driving school but really isn't comfortable. He can drive his friend's Honda when needed, but stalls my GT3 about 1 out of every 5 times he takes off from 1st. So a racing school that only uses open wheel cars would not be the best for him since he wants to apply that knowledge to his street driving.

    He also wants to learn to drive properly/fast on the track, so a multi-day racing course is ok that I can attend with him.

    We are located in NJ, so something drivable is great (i.e. CT, NY, PA, NJ) but not critical. Obviously if Covid wasn't an issue, I would entertain places outside the US and turn it into a full family vacation, but I don't think Canada, UK or Germany is an option fo this year.

    Thanks,
    Cheers,
    Corey
     
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  3. griffith500

    griffith500 Rookie
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    I can highly recommend the NJ chapter of PCA for either a Car Control Clinic or our Driver's Education program. Below is a link that provides more information and I can assure you, it's a very robust and professional program. I am involved for 15+ years and happy to speak to you in person, just ping me.

    https://nnjr-pca.com/driver-ed
     
  4. CoreyNJ

    CoreyNJ Formula Junior
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    Do you use your own car or does the drivers-ed supply them? I was hoping his 1st track event was in a car other than my own.

    Thank,
    Cheers,
    Corey


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  5. griffith500

    griffith500 Rookie
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    Most clubs have you use your own car.

    I would make sure he masters clutch and shifting on the street in a relaxed setting. Then take it to the track - the GT3 is a fabulous machine and the instructor in the car will keep him safe in the beginners group.
     
  6. Jaguar36

    Jaguar36 Formula Junior

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    I think the only way to really learn how to drive stick is to drive it daily for awhile. Buy him a beater E46 BMW to use for a year.
     
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  8. spirot

    spirot F1 World Champ
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    I'd recommend Atlanta Motorsports Park we have some young driver education items, but may not be exactly what you are looking for.

    From my own perspective, he needs seat time and practices... not even sure if you can rent a stick anymore. Learning to race with a three-pedal car .. is far harder if you don't do it well on the street. You need a solid clutch / gas muscle memory before you go on the track. if you apply racing techniques to the street... I would predict high clutch wear - and lots of "incidents"
     
  9. innerloop

    innerloop Karting

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    I agree. There is so much else going on for a beginner on track that throwing in learning a manual could be overwhelming. Plus, I am a big advocate for heel/toe downshifts even in a street car. Not so much to smooth out gear engagement, but to minimize upsetting the rear end when you let out the clutch. I don't like the rear end moving around just before turn-in.

    HSE moment: if you have to modify the pedals of a car to allow heel/toe, always modify the throttle, never the brake. Having an improperly modified throttle pedal fail is a nuisance, having the brake pedal fail is much more serious.
     

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