End of Season HPDE @ NHMS Oct 29-30 2016
Registration closed October 22, 2016 11:59 PM on October 22, 2016 11:59 PM EDT Registration ends October 22, 2016 11:59 PM on October 22, 2016 11:59 PM EDT Registration opens August 24, 2016 12:00 AM on August 24, 2016 12:00 AM EDT Registration runs from August 24, 2016 12:00 AM to October 22, 2016 11:59 PM
Don't miss the last chance to develop your driving skills before the season is over and snow flies. The White Mountain and Boston Chapters of the BMWCCA are teaming up again for a fantastic season-ending High Performance Driving School at New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29.
These High Performance Driving Schools are suitable for all skills levels from Novice to Expert. We welcome all makes of cars at our schools -- you don't have to drive a BMW to enjoy our events. This school is an excellent way for you to improve your driving skills and have fun too!
Student registrations are being limited at this event to provide more track time for everyone and balance instructor work loads. To this end, the event will be subject to a fast moving early registration discount.
The school combines classroom and on-track instruction in a closely supervised and controlled environment. Students put this knowledge to use on the technically challenging 1.7 mile road course at NHMS. Students are divided into "run groups" according to their prior experience and evaluations from previous schools. In between the track sessions, students get classroom instruction in a lively environment appropriate for their skill level. There may also be opportunities to gain experience by riding as passengers with their instructors.
The event runs rain or shine.
Interested in attending? Please continue through to the next page for more information about the event and requirements.
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What is a High Performance Driving School?
The purpose of a driving school is quite simple: to improve your driving skills. We will emphasize the relationship of driver and machine, making them function in unison and giving you, as a student, the opportunity to learn your limitations and expand your capabilities, thus creating safe driving skills and habits in a controlled situation.
We conduct the school on a racetrack under the close supervision of experienced and trained instructors. You will learn how to handle and control your vehicle at speeds not normally attained on public roads. This will help to prepare you for emergencies in normal driving. It will also allow you to explore your capabilities as a driver and those of your vehicle. At no time will you be pushed or encouraged to go any faster than is comfortable for you. All participants will be organized into run groups in accordance with experience, skill, and type of vehicle.
What you learn on the track depends on your driving skill. Beginners are taught driving style (smoothness, consistency, the ability to read the track), more experienced participants continue to work on consistency, while developing new skills such as trail braking, and threshold braking. Every time you are on the track, you will have an experienced instructor in the passenger seat.
For the most experienced drivers, you can be “signed off” and drive solo when you have proven to your instructor and the Chief Instructor that you understand the basics of high speed driving, you can consistently drive the correct line, and you show proper etiquette on track. Maturity, good judgment, skill and significant experience will lead to being signed off for solo driving. Even if you are a solo student, you are still highly encouraged to learn new skills from your instructor. In fact, National BMW Club rules require an instructor be in-car for at least part of the event for all students.
Your day is divided between driving on the track, classroom sessions, or free time. Yes, this is a school, and there is mandatory classroom time. All participants are required to attend classroom sessions throughout the day to learn vehicle dynamics and driving techniques. Failure to attend will result in loss of driving privileges.
In the classroom, you learn high speed driving theory. You learn everything from 'why low-profile tires are better', to what is the difference between an early and late apex. Car physics, such as what is really happening when I brake or why my car understeers or oversteers is also discussed. Each classroom normally has a question and answer session.
What is a Driving School NOT?
Though you are on a racetrack, with 20-30 other drivers of similar driving skills, it is not a race. Passing in corners is not allowed, and you are not expected to shift at redline, or go screaming through each corner with the tires squealing. Safety of the event is of the utmost importance. Driver conduct will be diligently monitored throughout the day by the staff, instructors, and corner workers. Infractions of the rules will not be tolerated, and will likely result in dismissal from the school.
For Experienced Students, this is a two day event. The registration fee for this weekend is $525. Early registration discounts and late registration fees may apply.
For Novice Students who have never previously attending a driving school, you are welcome to attend this event on Saturday Only at the special rate of $225.
For ISG Drivers, we have a dedicated ISG run group on Sunday with a special curriculum for $325. ISG Drivers may also add on Saturday to their Sunday registration for an additional $260. Early registration discounts and late registration fees may apply.
Early Bird Registrations end September 5th. LATE registration begins September 30th and Registration closes October 22nd.
Student registrations are being limited at this event to provide more track time for everyone and will be subject to a fast moving early registration discount.
First Time Student Price Incentive
As an added encouragement to attend our already exciting and rewarding Driving Schools, we will offer a discounted price to First Time students signing up for Saturday only. In order to participate in the discount program the student must have zero track experience and of course be 18 years old. (Note - Track experience does not include autocross, carting, driving simulators or video games). The driver will be placed in our novice run group and will be assigned a mentor to help acclimate them to the event.
All drivers with no previous Driving School experience are strongly advised to attend an Advanced Driving Skills School run by the Boston or White Mountain Chapters prior to this event as the schedule allows. ADSS school dates are listed in the calendar on the Boston and/or the White Mountain websites. These are all held in the rear parking lot at NHMS. Please note that the ADSS is designed to help you better understand your vehicle before coming to the track. There is an additional charge for attending the ADSS.
Not a BMW Club Member yet? Non-BMWCCA members are welcome as guests of the club for this event but at a $75 higher fee to join us for the weekend. Consider joining the BMWCCA for $48 per year and enjoy discounted event registration, Roundel magazine and other perks - more information about joining the club is available here: BMW Car Club of America
Due to the limited number of student slots available at this joint Boston and White Mountain Chapter driving event, we expect to receive more registrations than we can admit and a waitlist will apply. Applications will be admitted from the waitlist on a first come, first serve basis.
For questions regarding registration or Driving Schools in general, please email the registrar using the "Contact Host" button on the right side of this page.
Please continue through to the next page for more information about the event and requirements.
NOTE: If you're interested in purchasing HPDE insurance for this event, please contact Lockton about bundling this event with other events you may be attending this year, or contact one of the other HPDE insurance providers, such as OnTrack Insurance