Skip Barber Racing School Chapter 11

Discussion in 'Tracking & Driver Education' started by the_stig, May 22, 2017.

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  1. JWeiss

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  2. vvassallo

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    Several Skip Barber cars sold at Mecum in Monterey. I saw 2 Miatas, $8500 and $8000 and a Porsche 911 for in the 20's. Looked like good prices, but the Miatas were strictly track cars and the Porsche may have been ridden hard and put away wet.
     
  3. docdozer

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    I worked for Skip for a summer around 1981 or 82. It was an interesting job. At that time the cars were in pretty good shape and well maintained, but the support vehicles were fairly beat. The trucks and trailers were used pretty hard. Sad to see a good legacy come to and end like this
     
  4. ProCoach

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    Skip sold the school in 1999.

    George Barber, the Birmingham dairy magnate and motorcycle enthusiast, built Barber Motorsports Park in 2001-2002.

    No connection.
     
  5. ProCoach

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    Those were the good old days. Pretty much up to 2006-2007, when Michael Culver bought out the rest of his partners and longtime folks started leaving.

    The real hey-day was the Eighties and Nineties, IMO. Best instructors, mechanics and curriculum...
     
  6. Rory J

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    At Laguna Seca this past weekend, I saw a 911 with Skip Barber livery and a banner across the windshield saying it was part of a liquidation sale.
     
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  8. Texas Forever

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    I betcha it doesn't start.
     
  9. Rory J

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    Ha! It was actually driving along an access road at the track when I saw it, but it looked scruffy.
     
  10. Andrew D.

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    Consider Bridgestone Racing School at Mosport Ontario (now called Canadian Tire motorsport track). They have a separate school track. I took their training. You would then be comfortable on the big track at Mosport which is a fairly high speed track with many elevation changes-not forgiving. By the way a great track for your Ferrari.
     
  11. the_stig

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    Agreed. When I went in 1986 my instructors were Harry Reynolds, Paul Brand and <drum roll please> John Paul Jr.
    One of my classmates was Twister who had already been through Jim Russell and, I think, Bertil Roos and went on to work for Skip at LRP. He had some trouble with over-revs and listening skills as I recall.
     
  12. buddyg

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    I went to Skip in 1999 in Sebring. Wonderful experience went on to do the Formula Dodge race series including a weekend at Laguna Seca. (Best race ever!)

    So sad to see.
     
  13. henryr

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    i just bought a trailer from the skippy liquidation..... they are giving away the formula cars
     
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  15. Texas Forever

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    Did the trailer have wheels? :)
     
  16. henryr

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    for the price i paid it should have been on blocks......
     
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  17. It's Ross

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    Please define "giving away".
    I looked at the list and called. I was told the formula cars were $11k-25k. Judging by the list only 7 are complete & running cars which would seem to say a lot about the condition of the fleet. Must have been already picked over.
    I remember one of the instructors telling me they had engines stacked like cord wood, this was in '09. Still 50 left.
    Who needs a Neon engine?
     
  18. henryr

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    they accepted my 60 cents on the dollar offer...........

    todd lamb came in and bought all the miatas ( i am told)

    heard others have been buying formula cars in th $5k range

    tons of parts, tires, junk, etc here.
     
  19. Texas Forever

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    FIFY
     

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