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Discussion in 'New York Tri-State' started by noahlh, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. noahlh

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    Ok, so I mentioned this before casually, and Emil said it'd be too expensive, but I've been doing some research and am coming to a slightly different conclusion.

    This is what I'm envisioning:

    We pick a nice fall day, sometime in October/early November.

    We get a big 'ol group of f-chatters & friends, from NY, NJ, PA, and maybe even New England (30? 50? 60? cars).

    We rent out a road coarse for that day (as opposed to a big oval track with big walls to crash into).

    We get Classic Coach to provide track technical support.

    We hire some instructors to provide instruction to those of us without formal racing training (i.e. me) or those of us who just have no skillz (i.e. you)

    We spend the day driving like the madmen we are in a (somewhat) safe, (slightly more) controlled environment, get some track time under our belts, get some new racing skills, and have an ABSOLUTE FRIGGIN' BLAST.

    This is what I'm thinking. I seriously think it would be outrageously fun, and I'd love to see all of our cars going head-to-head on the track. Yes, I realize that there are formal events put on by FCA, etc. that offer this kind of experience, but as Emil pointed out a lot of the "weekend racers" who do that sort of thing take it WAAAAAAAY too seriously, get way too competitive, and take some of the fun out of it. I'm thinking we do this as a group of friends/fchatters/friends of fchatters thing, and make sure we remember that we're doing it for fun and on our terms.

    Tell me if this sounds A) amazingly fun and awesome or B) idiotic, and more importantly, regardless of what you answered, whether or not you'd be interested in an event like this.

    --Noah
     
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  3. markcF355

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    Go to Limerock Part this Fri and Sat (July 30 & 31) to see just that.
     
  4. JC360

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    noah, how much $$ do you think this event will cost per person?

    mark, you have a beautiful 355! where u at?
     
  5. Black355

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    Noah,

    Contact Jim at Classic. He's their event planner and coordinator guy (among other things). We'll need insurance and instructors for the new guys.

    Emil
     
  6. Hubert888

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    sounds like fun
     
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  8. markcF355

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    Jon I'm in Paramus NJ. About 15 min. west of NYC.
     
  9. udalmia

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    youre real close to me mark, im in fort lee
     
  10. JC360

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    thats chill... where youve hiding? just get your car?
    you should join us on our wild adventures.
     
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  12. 993 guy

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    Hey Mark, I'm right next door in Ridgewood. Haven't seen you out and about in these parts. That is a beautiful 355 you have there...wanna sell it to a neighbor? ;-)

    Are you joining us on Sat?
     
  13. markcF355

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    Had the car about 2 years now. 1 year while living in Maywood, 1 year in Paramus. Having friends over Saturday. Going up to LRP on Friday for the day. Anybody going up then?
     
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    Sorry to hear that you can't make it on Sat. As for LRP, I won't be able to make it, especially with Sagaponack being the next day. Hope that we can catch up soon and definitely try to join us on a run in the near future.

    Btw, is that TDF Blue with a Saddle interior? Looks stunning...

    Eric
     
  15. mullin

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    Noahlh, Sounds like my kind of fun. I like the relaxed environment idea.
    As an instructor for the Metro PCA, I would be glad to lend a hand with the novice drivers. Is this Ferrari only or could I unleash my 930 P car?
    Regards, Tom
     
  16. Black355

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    Tom,

    Glad to see you on F-chat. Do you have an F-car?

    In my opinion, if F-chat were to do a track day, I'd say we open it to any make -- making it invitation only on an owner-by-owner basis. Lots of great owners out there that I feel could use a RELAXED DE event. None of this overly competetive nonsense that permeates other club events.

    (Besides, it's probably not cost effective to do an F-car only event -- and we'd want to see Utkarsh, Rob, etc.)

    I hate drivers meetings that begin with "This is not a race" and then you get throngs of over-eager "newbies" and uncontrollable "pros" on the track with chief instructors that look the other way... How many incidents has Metro had this year?

    That's my $0.02

    Emil
     
  17. Acura Nsx Pilot

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    Noah didnt know you wanted to do this but last week i was up at watkins glen with the CC race team in attendance also. It was kids day and you could take your car onto the track for a few hot laps then after you take kids from this camp similiar to make a wish foundation and you take em for rides around the track. It was a great day and the track is 3.5 miles long.

    http://www.nsxprime.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=36517
     
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    Count me in. I'd be interested in a casual, fun and less formal arrangement like you describe. As a virgin track guy and relatively recent owner, I'd be like the guy at the blackjack table who everyone yells at for ruining their hand.
    Also how does insurance work with these situations?
     
  20. KennyH

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    I'm in- as is my neighbor w/ his new Porsche most likely...
     
  21. mullin

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    Yea we bend a little metal now and then but because I also club race I'm probably a little desensitized. A low volume low stress day on the track would be a good reality check. I do own an F car, a1972 246 GTS, but I have not put her on the track
     
  22. udalmia

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    i would DEFINETELY be in for this
     
  23. ChuckStyl5

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    I am in for sure on this one. I've wanted to track my car for the longest time. Keep us updated so I can request off from work asap.

    brad we could get some sick footage from an event like this. actually hearing hte cars and no wind noise.
     
  26. W00dEar

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    Want to do that.
    now realisticly how much per head are we talking about?
     
  27. noahlh

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    Ahh excellent. Glad to hear there's some interest!

    I don't have even a good ballpark on costs yet, but as a general rule I think I'd be aiming for no more than $500 / car for the day. This will obviously vary depending on a huge number of factors (# of cars being the big one, which track we choose being another big one.) Obviously less is better, and that'll be the goal.

    Mark & Chuck: Thanks for the heads up, but as Emil reiterated very well, I think the goal is to avoid a general FCA/FoA event, as the majority of the crowd at those is not quite what we're looking for.

    Emil: Very well said. Definitely this should and will be an invite-only event, and should and will include non-f-cars (how else are we going to teach Keith how to drive?)

    The planning shall begin now...

    nlh
     

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