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Palmer Motorsports Park Inaugural HPDS


BMW CCA - Boston Chapter

Friday, May 29 — Sunday, May 31, 2015
Palmer Motorsports Park, Ware, MA

Registration closed May 25, 2015 11:59 PM on May 25, 2015 11:59 PM EDT Registration ends May 25, 2015 11:59 PM on May 25, 2015 11:59 PM EDT Registration opens February 5, 2015 12:00 AM on February 5, 2015 12:00 AM EST Registration runs from February 5, 2015 12:00 AM to May 25, 2015 11:59 PM

The Boston Chapter is very excited to host our first High Performance Driving School at Palmer Motorsports Park's Whiskey Hill Raceway!

This weekend event is open to students of all levels. Friday is available to students participating in the Boston Chapter's ISG program and to a limited number of students who have previous experience of at least 20 days driving at High Performance Driving Schools, driving at or above the upper intermediate level, with a history of positive evaluations from past instructors. Please contact the registrar if you have any questions about your eligibility for Friday.

What is a 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 to learn vehicle dynamics and driving techniques. Failure to attend will result in loss of driving privileges.

These sessions will continue throughout the day to help you understand the fine art of high speed driving. 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.

Registration Fees

This is a three day event. You may register Saturday and Sunday as a pair, or for all three days provided you have sufficient experience. Saturday and Sunday are not available as standalone days. You must provide information on your experience at the time of registration.

The student registration fees for this event are as follows:

BMW CCA Member - Saturday and Sunday BMW CCA Member - All 3 Days Non-Member- Saturday and Sunday
$475 $750 $700

Wait-List Rules

Due to the limited number of student slots available for Boston Chapter driving events, it is common for us to receive more registrations than we can admit, hence a Wait-List will be created. Applications will be admitted from the Wait-List on a first come, first serve basis. 


You don’t need to own a BMW to be part of the club and participate in our Driving Events! We offer a huge variety of events to our community all across the country, making club membership a rewarding and worthwhile experience. Annual membership costs $48 and includes a subscription to the fantatic BMW CCA magazine, Roundel.

If you are not a member you can apply at the link below and then return to this page and enter your new membership number. The BMW CCA website will provide your membership number immediately with your enrollment.


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.

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Palmer Motorsports Park
Location Ware, MA
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