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Bondurant Racing closed?

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  1. Texas Forever

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    Well that sucks
     
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    Always sad to see racing schools close. They are feeders for people to get into the sport, racers to teach and mechanics to wrench. With Skip Barber closing and now Bondurant I'm wondering why it has been harder for them to turn a profit? My guess is insurance, but that is just a guess. Perhaps fewer people are going to racing schools, I dont know. At least GT4 is growing a lot and so are the Prototype fields.
     
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    Apparently, track rents blow a big hole in the bank account. But, my guess is the number of people interested in racing is going down.
     
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    Racing has to be dwindling. Has to be?!?! I have almost no interest and it was all I cared about from age 15-35 (47 now). I hate the current NASCAR. I use to love F1 but not these days. I raced regionally for several years - some vintage, some NASA racing and 2 SCCA events, but just lost interest. I was not terrible either. My buddies were extremely successful and I got to tag along for some great stuff. I watched all the time and now... nope.

    Kind of sad. But things change. I bought Bondurants book when I turned 15 in preparation for my drivers test, LOL. Probably have the book in my attic. Taught me how to hold the shifter and be smooth. Wanted to attend the school but never made it past Texas :)


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  6. 95spiderman

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    I think the proliferation of hpde put big dent in racing schools. many people went to skippy or boundarant as bucket list and hpde is easier and way cheaper.
     
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    Old thread, I realize. I wonder if the problem is that kids just aren’t into cars like they used to be. Seem to be just as happy to take an Uber than drive - maybe because driving (for most) interrupts valuable iPhone time.
     
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    stig as in top gear stig?
     
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    Stig O'Harold O'Hara was a founding member of The Rutles. He also had a popular solo career. Called "the quiet one", he was the thinnest of all the Rutles. In 1970, after The Rutles breakup, O'Hara started work at Air India as an Air Hostess.

    Stig O'Hara was born on 25 February 1943 in Liverpool, England.

    In 1968 Stig released his first solo album, Wonder Ball Music. In 1970, after the Rutles' breakup, O'Hara accepted a job offer from Air India to be an Air Hostess. He also appeared in 1978 in a mockumentary, "The Beatles: All You Need Is Love" Where he played an interviewer. The parody of Stig in The Beatles was George Harrison.

    Stig O'Hara's stint with Air India took him around the world, but over time he took fewer and fewer flights. O'Hara grew a partnership with other airline professionals that led to the formation of a new group they called Travelways Buslines. They soon found out there was already a bus company called Travelways in Canada, so they abandoned the effort after only two chartered trips. In 2001, Stig made the decision to work overtime on flights, and has done so since, winning him the Nobel Peas Prize for Air Hostesses 7 years in a row.

    During a layover between flights in 2000, Stig befriended the founder of renowned square dancing troupe Circle of Hay. Over beers in the Concourse bar, they discussed the idea of doing a new show using Rutles music but lost touch after Stig began to work overtime. With the blessings of Dirk and Barry, who were easily reached, work began on recombining classic Rutle tracks in ways that could support the Cirque du Soleil show Lunch.
     
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    LOL


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  12. 95spiderman

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    huh? so monty python bought them?
     
  13. davem

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    Think Hpde hurt the biz a good bit. Did Skippy 3 day school, some more classes. Even with discounts it's not cheap.
    That said, do wonder about kids and the love affair with car culture. When in HS in the late 70's all my friends were into muscle cars. Driving too fast ahem...
    Now kids want a luxury car, Mercedes, Audi etc...
     
  14. xotik

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    Bondurant was always on my bucket list. Hope it continues on as it always had.
     
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    I know the people who bought it and they are going to make a serious run at it.
     
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    I hope they go back to Chevy/Corvette.

    I live nearby and have been several times. Always a great time. They let me take the Challenge Stradale out on their track and I have video of Bob driving my car with me in the passenger seat. Then one of their instructors took me out and showed me what the car could really do. I was literally laughing the whole way around the track. Great times and great memories.

    But...I stopped going when they stopped having a sports car to drive. I have zero interest in tracking a 4500lb MOPAR muscle car.
     
  17. Jakuzzi

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    Still open!
     
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    woah woah woah... they have/had vipers.
     

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