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  • Question: when best to attend Ron Fellows C8 Driving School?

    Does anyone think it best to attend the C8 driving school after the instructors have had a 2-day break (well-rested; more cheerful instructors?)...rather than choose 2 days which fall on the heels of a prior 2-day school? Or similarly, should one avoid a weekend course since instructors may be "distracted" and less likely to put in extra time, when (for example) they're focused on getting to a Saturday night event? Any other advice on scheduling, if there's any difference?

    I suspect none of this makes any difference, and as usual I'm over-thinking things, but I'll ask since I'm a "Ron Fellows newbie" and looking to maximize my experience. Many thanks in advance for any helpful replies.

    I know the time of year can be a factor and that's why they offer a lower price and extra overnight stay during the hotter months when fewer attend, but that's not my question.

  • #2
    They are professionals. I think you are picking at gnats. They are positive, energetic, enthusiastic, friendly and a pleasure to interact with. I have been there many times and every time they have been upbeat.
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    • #3
      We were at the end of the week. A Friday and Saturday and it was very well done and everybody was positive and energetic. Our main classroom instructor was JJ and he made it very entertaining.

      So no worries about when to attend in my experience.

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      • #4
        Those guys were fantastic and Professional. I cannot imagine them NOT Being that way.

        Pick a day and go have fun
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        • #5
          When best to attend Ron Fellows C8 Driving School?
          Assuming it's my first driving school, I might ask myself these questions:

          When will I be ready to get the most from a driving school?
          After the instruction, I may be (too) eager to practice my new lessons.
          Is my car broken in?
          Am I thoroughly familiar with the driving aspects of the C8?

          I think the student should be attentive to his own readiness.

          Just me thinking out loud.
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          • #6
            The staff at Spring Mtg. are good all the time. I was there in August and the ambient temp was 112 degrees. The staff were very good and taught me a lot. I noticed they had the AC going in the Corvettes as we left the classroom. Having said all that next time I will go late October or early April just because of heat. My simple advice is just don't miss out. Charlie, an old man aka cutnout

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            • #7
              Any day ending in "Y"
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ralston View Post

                Assuming it's my first driving school, I might ask myself these questions:

                When will I be ready to get the most from a driving school?
                After the instruction, I may be (too) eager to practice my new lessons.
                Is my car broken in?
                Am I thoroughly familiar with the driving aspects of the C8?

                I think the student should be attentive to his own readiness.

                Just me thinking out loud.
                Agree to some extent, but the one thing you will come out of the class with is an appreciation for your own abilities, not just the car's. And you will be much more familiar with the characteristics of the C8 than you'll ever get by yourself. If you come out of the class thinking you're going to drive on the street the way you did on the track, you probably weren't listening. There were a couple of people in the class I was in earlier this month who didn't even own C8s. They did just fine.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                  Agree to some extent, but the one thing you will come out of the class with is an appreciation for your own abilities, not just the car's. And you will be much more familiar with the characteristics of the C8 than you'll ever get by yourself. If you come out of the class thinking you're going to drive on the street the way you did on the track, you probably weren't listening. There were a couple of people in the class I was in earlier this month who didn't even own C8s. They did just fine.

                  Just curious, did the non owners mention how they got there, as in a media exemption, dealer training or something?

                  When I went to sign up it was a hard and fast rule that you needed your C8 VIN to do so. "C8 Owners School" and at the time mine was being delivered but I lacked a VIN yet.

                  Or was that only for the discounted rate?

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                  • #10
                    The instructors are outstanding. I’m sure it’s like any other career, where it may become monotonous at times, but trust me, your safety is paramount to anything else which may occur in the classroom and on the track. You will learn, you will amaze yourself, and you will walk away with hitherto unknown knowledge about your driving skills and driving limitations. Personally speaking, I attended with open ears and a closed mouth, and learned tons.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MrBluster View Post
                      Any day ending in "Y"
                      Those are the same days I'm going!
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                      • #12
                        I agree with Ralston’s comments, but again don’t over think it. I took the class after 3 months of ownership and about 3500 miles of driving myC8. There is something to be said for having some amount of time behind the wheel of a C8 before you go so that you are at least comfortable and familiar with it. I’m glad I didn’t t go any later based on what I learned, but to be honest my timeframe was chosen more about not wanting to go to NV in the heat of the summer than anything else.
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                        • #13
                          I've got over 7,500 miles on my 2020 C8 so far...and plan to go in January 2022: January 10 and 11 look to be the likely dates; should any other MECF members be going then, LMK. I booked time off for Nevada back in April of this year but had to cancel due to COVID travel restrictions for our two countries and flights. I'm now over my one year anniversary but GM has extended my subsidized course deadline until the end of January, which I'm told they've done for a lot of Canadians. I'd asked the extension go into the Spring of 2022 since I'll park the car soon when the snow hits, until March (likely) and wanted to have the course under my belt just before the start of the 2022 driving season. However I'll be happy with whatever dates I get at this point.

                          I've had 2 driving courses in the past here in Canada with different vehicles and had the most fun EVER driving a vehicle (ie. my 2005 BMW M3) around a track over a long w/e with the help of an instructor, so I'm chomping at the bit, knowing driving a C8 at Ron Fellows will be WAAAAY more fun!

                          And I expect January will be a "warm-up" for the Ron Fellows course I'm hoping GM will again subsidize for Z06 owners. Here's to COVID being a thing of the past when that rolls around!

                          My thanks to all for the responses.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Denizen View Post


                            Just curious, did the non owners mention how they got there, as in a media exemption, dealer training or something?

                            When I went to sign up it was a hard and fast rule that you needed your C8 VIN to do so. "C8 Owners School" and at the time mine was being delivered but I lacked a VIN yet.

                            Or was that only for the discounted rate?
                            The VIN is necessary for GM to subsidize the class. RF will happily take your money if you want to pay full price, and they did. One was there as a gift from his daughter, the other considering the purchase of a C8 but really wanted to drive one in anger first, and was willing to pay for the privilege.

                            IIRC, the gentleman whose daughter paid for the class was 84 years old, and had the fastest time in his group for the autocross. Maybe the fastest time overall.
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                            • #15
                              I went in August too. It was hot, but I didn’t care. The AC works great. They also had a discounted price ($800) and an extra night in the condo for July and August. They said they work 7 days a week, so no way to know whether it’s your instructors “Monday” or “Friday”, their days off vary. Kind of like the airline business, a Saturday and Sunday “weekend” really has no meaning.

                              I had my car for 8 months before attending the class. You certainly don’t have to wait nearly that long, but I found it beneficial that I was comfortable with the car. Not only actually driving, but also the electronics…..selecting driver modes, PTM modes, PDR settings, etc. Again, not required, but I found it helpful to not be searching around or not really knowing how to make changes. The instructors are always there to help and will check to see that you are set up the way they want, but nice to know what you are doing.

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