Sat, May 5, 2018

Advanced Driving School

Lot 9 - Canadian Tire Centre

About this event

Participants can elect to participate through one of two streams.

The first stream, The School Stream, is aimed those who are either new to performance driving, or are just getting started. The second stream, the Tune Stream, is aimed at those who want some time to fine tune their inputs, their cars, or simply shake things down. Each stream is described in more detail below:

School Stream

Your day will start with some classroom orientation to the basics like seating position, vehicle dynamics, line selection, and much more. You'll also get a basic primer on how autocross events work and how to approach them. From there, you'll move to in-car exercises including emergency lane-change, slalom, and a peanut-style skid pad that will give you the opportunity to put that theory to use. From there, you'll like it all together for some runs through an autocross course, giving the opportunity to react further apply your learning.

We'll supply lunch and give you the opportunity to meet and network with some of the area's most active, friendly, and quick drivers. Yes, part of the agenda is to get you hooked.

Prerequisites: None

Cost (Members / Non-Members): $70+HST / $90+HST

Number of Spots Available: 30

Location: Classroom Session is at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 101 Kanata Ave, Kanata & In-Car is at Lot 9 at Canadian Tire Centre


07:30 – 09:30: Classroom Session at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 101 Kanata Ave, Kanata
09:30 – 10:00: Transition (driving to Lot 9, empty cars, divide into groups, and meet instructors)
10:00 - 12:30: In-car Exercises
12:30 – 12:45: Debrief 
12:45 – 13:45: Pizza Lunch (included)
13:45 – 15:45: Mini Autocross with Instructors
15:45 – 16:00: Debrief
16:00 – 18:00: Optional – More Time on Course (any student doing this is expected to stay with the group and help with pack-up)
18:00 – 18:30: Pack-Up (mandatory for those who did the Optional Running)

Tune Stream

A day for those who know the ropes to log tons of seat time while helping to run the school. Anyone registering for this stream is expected to be a volunteer at the school and to stay to the end of the day to packup.

Prerequisites: At least 6 MCO Autocross Evens

Cost (Members / Non-Members): Free / $10+HST

Number of Spots Available: 40

Location: Lot 9 at Canadian Tire Centre


07:00 – 07:30: Element Set-Up
07:45 – 09:30: Test & Tune on Elements
09:45 – 10:00: Get Ready for Students
10:00 – 12:30: School Work Assignments (Cone Replacement, Timing, etc)
12:30 – 12:45: Reconfigure to mini AX Course
12:45 – 13:45: Pizza Lunch (included)
13:45 – 15:45: School Work Assignments (Cone Replacement, Timing, etc)
16:00 – 18:00: Self-Marshalled Runs
18:00 – 18:30: Pack-Up

Event requirements


  • Driver's License (minimum G2 for Ontario drivers, minimum Class 5 for Quebec drivers)
  • Vehicle in sound working condition
  • Completed Vehicle Self-Tech Declaration Form (hand this in at the classroom session)


Everyone needs a helmet and it needs to be appropriately certified. If you don't have one, loaners are available at the event. Snell 2000 helmets are no longer accepted. Valid Helmets are those listed here.


Do I need a sports car for this?
Most definitely not! Our school is open to all types of vehicles from family station wagons, to common compacts, to high powered exotics. The only exceptions are vehicles with roll-over risks such as SUVs, trucks, and mini-vans, which we do not accept. For the same reason, Smart Cars are not permitted. If you drive a Ford Fiesta for Fiat Abarth, please contact the organizer.

Who will be instructing?
Our volunteer instructors are MCO veterans with proven track records as competitors and as instructors. They typically have championships under their belts, years of experience as instructors, and experience in a wide range of cars.

Does this happen rain or dry?
While driving is usually more fun under sunny skies, rain does happen, so we run - wet or dry. Take some comfort in the fact that students will tend to be warm and dry in their cars all day, unlike the volunteers making the school happen.

Lot 9 - Canadian Tire Centre

Ottawa, Ontario


HPDE organized by

Motorsport Club of Ottawa

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