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For my bdy in Sept, my partner gave me a gift cert for the Richard Petty Driving Experience. You pick a track (closest was Richmond International Speedway), and they suit you up and plop your ass in a 600 HP NASCAR race car.

I did the "rookie" experience, cause I've only been on a track once before. (Yes, I'm a poseur.) Your instructor takes off in a car in front of you, and leads you around the track for 8 laps. You're supposed to keep up with him -- hanging about 3 car lengths back.

If you're doing well, he picks up speed each lap. The Richmond track is pretty small (3/4 mile -- Richmond "International" Speedway??? Give me a break!), so about the fastest you can go is 109, which is what I did. Some people did less.

It's not cheap -- $379. And for that, you're literally on the track less than 5 minutes!

Surprisingly, it was really simple. They really have made it simple, so anyone can do it. The points where you accelerate/decelerate are marked on the track. The instructor only picks up speed if you're doing well. Once you reach 4th, you don't ever have to shift again. There's no passing allowed -- in fact, they pretty much make sure that the 1 or 2 other people on the track are nowhere near you during your run. The track is banked, so I never felt any sense I could lose control. (109? I know most people here have done more than that in their Elise!)

The staff were all really nice, and seemed intent on making sure everyone had a good time -- maybe just a bit too much so, but all in all, they did a really good job.

Would I recommend it? With someone else's money, yes! But I think BSR's F.A.T.T. is more for your $$$, and I know there are other courses similar to Richard Petty's that offer more, too (including passing).

Still, it was quite an experience, and I did have fun doing it. Besides, I got to drive the Elise 2 hours each way, so THAT was fun!
 

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pinmeister!

I see you got your Elise.

109? Hmmm. Sounds like a drive to work.

Richard Petty Experience? Did you have to wear a fake moustache and big sunglasses?;)
 

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Beanie! Welcome to elisetalk! What are you doing on this side of the tracks? Ed dropped by a few weeks back to rag on someone for a few posts, then he disappeared before I could connect with him.

Yep, got my Elise 2 or 3 months ago. Still have the Spyder, too. Love my Spyder! (And compared to the Elise, it's a luxury car!)

You getting an Elise?

Oh, and yeah, that Richard Petty look is pretty scary! :crazyeyes
 

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I'm thinking it over. AuburnSpyder is about to take the plunge, I think. I'm about at the limit of what I can do to my Spyder and stay NA, at least with the 1ZZ. Turboed 1ZZs seem to have this nasty habit of going kaboom. I could get LittleRocket to do a 2ZZ swap when the fun really starts to wear thin, but that Ardent Red Elise is pretty sexy looking. I might not have to ask my doctor about viagra. j/k. Choosing between 2ZZ Spyder and Elise needs to be mulled over some more. If only $50K would drop from the sky and land on me. I can afford it, but would be pretty selfish of me.

Ed's not a moderator anymore (recent change). There are a bunch of new moderators. This guy named Matt started a new site, www.socalspyders.com and quite a few people use that board, too. I have Super Duper Moderator powers!!! The thing about that site, though, is nobody needs moderating. It is very civil, like mr2roc.org. The hatefest is pretty much over at Spyderchat, too (post-election and post-moderator change). You should stop by and hobnob with your old "pals" and post a picture of your new toy.
 

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I used to work at DriveTech Racing School for a couple of summers. That school (at least, back when I was there) put rev limiters in the car (NASCAR SouthWest Tour cars), but it was at much more substantial limits that 90% of the drivers couldn't achieve. There's following the instructor also... but only to learn the track for the first 2 laps. Then you guys are turned-loose and after 2 - 3 laps, you were given the move-over flag so that the guy behind you had a chance to take lead. You drove as quickly as you wanted to go (within reason.) For grins, I highly recommend DriveTech... and they offer AAA discounts too.

I can understand why the Richard Petty Driving Experience would have you follow an instructor... especially on a short track with steep banking. Counter-steer and your aiming a 600 hp NASCAR racecar into the outside wall. Countersteering is a bad idea for a rookie on any banked track.

Bob
 
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