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  • Will you go to Spring Mountain for C8

    Wondering how many plan to go and learn how to handle a midengine car.
    45
    Definitely plan to go
    71.11%
    32
    Not going to drive that hard so no
    0%
    0
    Already know how to drive a midengine but might go
    8.89%
    4
    No I’m not going
    8.89%
    4
    Would like to go but not sure I’ll get to
    11.11%
    5
    There is a madness to my method!

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  • #2
    Not planning to buy right away but definitely plan to go when I do.
    There is a madness to my method!

    2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
    2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
    79 coupe Silver/oyster
    All one owner
    Museum lifetime members

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    • #3
      Where can you have so much fun burning up someone elses Michelins for so little $??? I always learn something new when I go there. I will NOT miss the opportunity..... Besides that, we always enjoy visiting Las Vegas before and after the program.
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      • #4
        It’s something I really want to do, when I finally get to purchase one. Looks like a blast.

        Regards. Brian

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        • #5
          101% chance I will be going. Never driven a mid engine car before and so I have a lot to learn. My C7 Z06 experience at Spring Mountain was truly outstanding, in terms of facilities, instructors, comraderie, improving my track driving, improving my street driving, and much more.

          Even if GM does not contribute $0.01 to the school (which I totally doubt), not a doubt that I am going. As usual, I will not go immediately after getting my car, but around six weeks to two months after that; I want to have the C8’s daily driving, including its controls especially the DCT, throttle, braking, and related factors be completely instinctive for me, so when I arrive at SM, I will be able to be receptive to learning mid engine track education and competency.

          I watched a couple of folks arrive at SM within a couple of weeks of getting their C7’s; both had their challenges not because of their lack of track expertise, but because they had no “muscle memory,” not acquired full ease/comfort with cars so new to them.

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          • #6
            You make a excellent point about being comfortable with the car first, then learning various degrees of driving styles after. Thank You for bringing this up.

            Regards Brian

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            • #7
              Heck yeah! I did a level2 last fall to look at the ZR1s there because there is not a dealer w/in 300+ mi that’ll put one in a showroom, and I could see just about every color at spring mtn-well except black-which was the one I wanted to look at-and it’s fun. And it helps skills.

              Maybe can get some seat time in the z51 ME in a level one or two class while waiting for the hot rod version to sell.

              I burn up over 1000$ of tires and brake pad/rotor and fuel and oil change and alignment and track rental for a day at the track in my car so the cost at SM isn’t that bad considering the instruction too.

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              • #8
                This is why everyone should take a nice lesson, or refresher course. This seems to happen all the time. More Dollars than Sense.


                Regards Brian

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                • #9
                  Had an absolute blast there after I bought the new C7 Z06. Planning to go after I get the 2nd year higher horse variant. Nice to learn what the outer limits of these stupid fast cars are. While I have driven mid engines, I have not owned one and can certainly benefit from some track time in a mid engine. And Vegas is fun! We stayed out there for a week last time.

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                  • #10
                    Interesting results so far. Didn’t expect quite that high a percentage of yes votes but that’s great.
                    There is a madness to my method!

                    2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
                    2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
                    79 coupe Silver/oyster
                    All one owner
                    Museum lifetime members

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                    • #11
                      Went twice last year had a blast for sure.

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                      • #12
                        Went there when I got my ‘06. What a blast! That training saved my bacon big time on the Autobahn in the rain once. Paid for itself.

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                        • #13
                          Anyone that poo poo's the opportunity that Spring Mountain affords, has no clue what they will learn, hands down the best money I have ever spent in a hobby related venture. I've now been several times, taken my Son and my Wife on separate occasions. My Wife actually decided she wanted to go after taking a couple laps around the Milford proving grounds with Jim Mero on his favorite sections in a C6 ZR1. That showed her what I had always told her, that she had no idea how really fast and good the car was, putting her in the seat with Mero and explaining to her he was one of GM's best gave her a comfort level she would have never had with me and frankly for good reason. I digress, Spring Mountain will be one of the first stops after our Mid Engine arrives. As all of you know Spring Mountain takes you for a ride in the car as one of the introductory parts of the class, then tells you that was a 60% ride, after several trips, several years I finally convinced them it was OK for JJ to take me for a 90% plus ride. I vividly remember thinking in turn one "Oh my God I should have called my wife and said goodbye". I fondly tell that after all the trips out there I actually thought I owned turn five and nobody could be faster there than me, I found out on that ride with JJ that not only did I not own it, I wasn't even renting it!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brian Kissel View Post
                            This is why everyone should take a nice lesson or refresher course. This seems to happen all the time. More Dollars than Sense.


                            Regards Brian
                            Cold tires & all-wheel drive huh. I think that will buff right out and the insurance company will trust his story that someone side-swiped him. I guess Just because you have money doesn't mean you have brains. I feel sorry for the car, that was an incredible machine. The new ME will have many protective tractions control safety features like the car in this video he probably turned them off to show off.

                            I have owned many mid engines & rear engine cars and not one of them felt exactly the same when pushed to the limit. My goal is to stay under that limit for a while till I get a feel of the car.
                            Last edited by Fasttoys; 03-27-2019, 09:23 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rsinor View Post
                              Anyone that poo poo's the opportunity that Spring Mountain affords, has no clue what they will learn, hands down the best money I have ever spent in a hobby related venture. I've now been several times, taken my Son and my Wife on separate occasions. My Wife actually decided she wanted to go after taking a couple laps around the Milford proving grounds with Jim Mero on his favorite sections in a C6 ZR1. That showed her what I had always told her, that she had no idea how really fast and good the car was, putting her in the seat with Mero and explaining to her he was one of GM's best gave her a comfort level she would have never had with me and frankly for good reason. I digress, Spring Mountain will be one of the first stops after our Mid Engine arrives. As all of you know Spring Mountain takes you for a ride in the car as one of the introductory parts of the class, then tells you that was a 60% ride, after several trips, several years I finally convinced them it was OK for JJ to take me for a 90% plus ride. I vividly remember thinking in turn one "Oh my God I should have called my wife and said goodbye". I fondly tell that after all the trips out there I actually thought I owned turn five and nobody could be faster there than me, I found out on that ride with JJ that not only did I not own it, I wasn't even renting it!!!!
                              What a special opportunity to ride with Jim Mero.
                              There is a madness to my method!

                              2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
                              2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
                              79 coupe Silver/oyster
                              All one owner
                              Museum lifetime members

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