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    Thanks Kurt nice report!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Thanks Kurt nice report!
    Thanks Chip. Here's answers to your questionnaire.

    What was the worst driving habit that you corrected there?

    *I'd have to say, hands down, hand position.

    How much of what you learned can / could be translated to your off track use of your C-7?

    *I think just about everything can apply to street/road driving, especially knowing the ability of the car and how it responds.

    What is the most significant thing you learned there?

    *For me, I think the tremendous stopping power and control doing it. We don't tend to go out and stomp on the brakes that much to test it. The other thing was how to drive correctly on a track as I haven't done that.

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    Just finished my first day at spring mountain. I'm exhausted and more than impressed. Didn't know I still had it and tomorrow should be equally satisfying. A must do for anyone who owns a C7 or other sports car. Thank you, thank you. The instructors are, as my C7, just awesome.
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    Making my first foray into YouTube... unintentionally selected the longest video I had from my road trip :-) (amazingly, this took six hours to upload!!!!) This is a day three open lapping session, with several laps including an instructor ride along. Wish I would have watched my videos while I was there... as I notice that I was early on some of my turn in points. I THOUGHT I was hitting them pretty well, but with looking ahead to the next apex, I didn't notice how early I was. This caused me to get many a turn exit 'push'.
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    Thanks for posting Al. This gives everyone a very good perspective on what to expect in the 3rd day of the course. Well done.
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    Had a great two days at Spring Mountain, and I have little to add to the earlier posts except about the automatics. I was one out of 20+ students who requested an automatic (having never driven a stick), and a lot of the instruction was based on shifting and heel toe configuration.

    While I appreciate the technique, I will never use it, so would have rather spent the time learning more about paddle shift points etc. Even the track lead follow sessions were tailored to the manual shift so while the instructor was calling out gear changes for the manual trannys, I had to interpret them into the different shift range for the Auto.

    I would highly recommend that you request an auto if that is what you plan to drive, and I hope the Spring Mountain crew tailors their instruction to the growing group who will never need to heel toe tap the accelerator during a downshift with the advance in technology.

    I was disappointed that the one thing that I really had a question about on the automatic transmission was never taught, namely the Launch Control on the auto. I haven't been able to figure that out on my C7 Auto yet. They demonstrated the Launch Control on a C6 Z06 with a manual tranny but never on a C7 and they barely talked about automatics unless I asked about them.

    With that said, it still was an amazing experience and one of which I hope every C7 owner takes full advantage.
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    Good points mcginna. I hope you shared these with your instructors at Ron Fellows (if you did not have a chance, suggest you complete the feedback form you got with your graduation certificate and pass on your suggestions). I have forwarded this thread url from our forum to the crew at Ron Fellows and expect that they are following the posts here as well.
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    Mcginna,
    That's a good point. I too, would expect more attention paid to driving an auto with paddle shifter. Learning heal & toe technique is completely unnecessary with an auto. I think maybe we should let them know how we feel, and tell them our decision to attend would depend on more attention to automatics.
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    Is it worth doing the 3 day course. Very conflicted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gmanb737 View Post
    Is it worth doing the 3 day course. Very conflicted.


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    If the cost of the third day is no issue for you then definitely take the third day.

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    Thx what more do you do in the 3rd day.?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gmanb737 View Post
    Thx what more do you do in the 3rd day.?


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    It's a day to practice everything you learned with most of the day spent on the track. If you book a school, tell them Jeremy Welborn recommend the 3 day. Thanks!

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    For those going to Spring Mountain at some point in the future, please mention my name (Jeremy Welborn) when you sign up. They have a referral special going and I would like to go back for Level 1, Day 3 and then straight into the Level 2, 2 day class sometime in the next year. I highly recommend the school and would appreciate anyone dropping my name as someone who recommended that you go. It truly is an incredible experience! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmanb737 View Post
    Is it worth doing the 3 day course. Very conflicted.


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    With the Chevrolet discount that third day ends up costing $1100. The day is primarily open lapping, so lots of miles and speed ( now that you're used to it) and abuse of brakes and tires on the cars. Guess that's what you're paying for. Some of the folks in our group that only took 2 days, were satisfied with that. But for me, I would have even liked several days MORE on top of the three. (But not at 1100 a day.)

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    Definitely worth the price for 3 days! It is easy to look at the price and say it costs $1100 for the 3rd day, like Al suggested. But I prefer to look at it as a $1745 discount over the normal price of the 3 day event. Without the GM discount $3895, with the GM discount $2150. The third day you will spend more time on the track refining what you were taught during the first two days. Just my opinion!
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