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GVC Fall Ultimate Driving School

GVC Fall Ultimate Driving School

BMW CCA - Genesee Valley Chapter

Friday, Oct 2 — Sunday, Oct 4, 2020
Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY

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GVC Ultimate Driving School #107
Watkins Glen International

GVC’s Ultimate Driving School #107 is the last of three GVC HPDE events at the Glen in 2020.  Our driving schools offer intensive in-car and classroom instruction on the theory and practice of high-performance driving to drivers at all skill levels.

  • There will be separate run groups for Novice (Group 4), Intermediate (Group 3), Advanced (Group 2) students and GroupS drivers each limited to 30-35 drivers.  Drivers in these groups are each assigned a highly-trained and experienced instructor familiar with the performance characteristics of the student's car.  This personalized one-on-one instructional format is arguably the most important feature of our HPDE program.  Assignments to run groups 2 through 4 are based primarily on a student's experience and prior evaluations (if any, including SLIP* ratings), and secondarily on vehicle performance.  Group S registration is limited to drivers who have previously passed the group checkout process. For more detail about group S see below.   
  • GVC is now offering Advanced Data Coaching to a limited number of Group S and Advanced drivers who are interested in taking the next leap in driving skills development. A highly-qualified Data Coach will work with you to utilize data from your vehicle to reveal opportunities for improving your driving technique. In addition to personal 1-on-1 coaching, we provide an AiM Solo 2 data logger to use for the weekend at no extra charge. We are confident that you will see track performance gains that will rival modifications to your car costing thousands of dollars by improving the most important component in your car - you!  Fee is $250 for a two-day (Sat./Sun.) program.  No money due at registration; we collect the fee (cash or check only) at the event.  Only six AiM units available, so don't wait to sign up! 

Weekend School Format:  

WGI opens at 6 AM, and there is a mandatory Driver's Meeting for all at 7:30 AM each day. On-track sessions run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday, with an hour break for lunch at noon each day.  The days are busy, but there is enough free time for students to maintain their cars and socialize with fellow driving enthusiasts at the event.

Friday:  Open-track for instructors, Group S drivers, pre-approved Advanced drivers*.

Saturday and Sunday:  Students in each run group work with their assigned instructors in regularly scheduled ~25 min. sessions.

  • Group 4:  Novice (SLIP* L0 – L1).  Drivers with <4 previous driving schools
  • Group 3:  Intermediate (SLIP L2 – L3)
  • Group 2:  Advanced (SLIP L3 – L4)
  • Group 1:  Group S (SLIP L4 and up)
  • Group 0:  Instructors (Expert; SLIP L5 and up)

                            *SLIP (Skill Level Instruction Program) is a standardized system for evaluating and tracking a student's HP driving skills.Information about SLIP is available by downloading this document: SLIP Criteria 2016.pdf

Track Schedule

Examples of daily schedules may be downloaded using the following links.  This year's schedules may differ.  Final schedules will be sent out to all attendees the week prior to the school..

HPDE Schedule Saturday Sunday.pdf

On Saturday and Sunday, we do our best to offer the following.  However, the number and length of track sessions each day may be affected by breakdowns, adverse track conditions, or other situations.

  • Group S: Four 25 min. sessions, plus one 50 min. session with instructors on Saturday;  Five 25 min. sessions Sunday
  • Groups 2, 3 and 4:  Four 25 min. sessions per day 
  • Instructors:  One 25 min. session, plus 50 min. end-of-day combined session with Group S Saturday;  Three 25 min. sessions Sunday.

Group Exercises

  • Organized group driving exercises are done during the first 10 min. of one (or more) student sessions each day.
  • The exercises, such as close-quarters side-by-side lapping, pair-wise "leap-frog" passing, and trail-braking with "late" passing into corners, are intended to improve passing skills, traffic management, and situational flexibility.


  • Groups 2 – 4 attend three 30-45 minute-long classroom sessions each day, led by a senior instructor
  • Group 1 (GS) drivers meet for debriefing sessions in classroom at least twice each day. These meetings are facilitated by the Group S coaches, and may include special presentations by experts on topics such advanced driving techniques, data acquisition and analysis for skill improvement, vehicle aerodynamics, and other topics of interest at the group's request.
  • Groups 1 and 2 Advanced Data Coaching participants meet with ADC Coaches for data review sessions after each track session.  Available for $250 for Saturday and Sunday.

Bonus Features (complimentary unless otherwise noted)

  • GVC Driver’s Resource Center:  The center of school operations. Helpful advice and assistance for all participants and guests
  • After-hours Party: 4:30 - 7:00 PM Friday, 5:00 -7:00 Saturday at the track.  Open to all participants and guests
  • Banquet:  Dinner ($15 per person) with cash bar in the Jack Daniels Club (aka the "Glen Club") overlooking the Esses (turns 2-3), Saturday evening (limited to 150 guests)
  • Mechanical and technical services for your car provided on-site by "The Little Speed Shop"  (discounted parts and labor for participants)
  • Event shirts for all drivers and instructors
  • Tire, performance parts auctions, Beer and other goodies courtesy of our generous sponsors
  • Friendly and helpful staff to make this experience your “Ultimate Driving School”

*Group S

Group S is open only to upper-level experienced drivers who have previously been checked out and approved for the Group.  Admission to Group S requires a checkout by the Group S coaches. Once admitted to Group S, GS drivers in good standing may freely register for GS at future GVC HPDE’s without checkout.  

Drivers wishing to check-out for Group S MUST register as an "Advanced" driver using the "Group S checkout" option.  This is a three-day registration option limited to 5-6 drivers.  GS checkout drivers are initially assigned by default to Group 2 (Advanced) to ensure they will have an instructor assigned to them for the weekend should they not pass GS checkout.  Checkouts are typically done by the GS coaching staff on Friday morning.  If checkout is successful, the driver becomes a member of Group S and is reassigned to Group 1 to run with GS for the remainder of Friday and the weekend. Once approved for GS, drivers are automatically pre-approved to register for Group S at future GVC events without the need for further evaluation.  Drivers who do not pass checkout remain in Group 2 for Saturday and Sunday, but may stay to drive the rest of Friday with the approval of the Chief Instructor.

Group S drivers are offered the following registration options:

Two-day school:  Saturday and Sunday only

Friday add-on option: For those looking for a 3-day weekend. Requires Sat-Sun registration option above.

Two-day school: Friday and Saturday

One-day school: Friday only

Advanced Data Coaching Saturday and Sunday only

Please visit the GVC website for complete details about our HP driving schoolsincluding the Group S application procedure:

Registration and Fees:  

  • Members: GVC chapter members are afforded highest priority for slots at our events, followed by BMW CCA members from other chapters.
  • Non-Members:  Non-members are charged an additional $100 above member fees, and are last to be accepted from a waiting list.  GVC will apply $58 of the non-member fee pay for a one-year new (or renewed) membership in BMW CCA.  Join the club today to avoid the $100 non-member surcharge!   http://bmwcca.org/index.php?pageid=new_member
  • Registration after the deadline is only possible by special arrangement, and only if there are still slots available (call or email the Registrar: registrar@gvc-bmwcca.org).  
  • Fees (BMW CCA members;  Non-members add $100)
    • Intermediate (Group 3), and Novice (G4): $630 (two-day school)
    • Advanced (Group 2):  $630 (Sat./Sun).  Friday open track add-on option for pre-approved* G2 drivers only: add $250
    • Group S checkout applicants: $925 (Friday-Sunday).  Drivers assigned by default to Group 2 (Advanced), but attend Friday as a tentative member of Group S pending a checkout ride.  Drivers failing checkout remain in Group 2 (Advanced) for remainder of school, and are refunded/credited $200 for Friday.  BMW CCA members ONLY.
    • Group S (Solo), members ONLY 
      • Group S weekend:  $675 (Sat.-Sun., 5 track sessions)
        • Friday open track add-on option:  $250.  
      • Group S Friday open-track and Saturday only:  $725.
      • Group S Friday open-track ONLY:  $395
    • Instructors (includes shared garage access for the weekend): 
      • Friday - Sunday:  $125.  Includes Friday Orientation Day, minimum 3 sessions each day Sat and Sun.  
      • Fri - Sun., sharing a vehicle:  $60
      • Sat - Sun only (no open track): $60
    • Banquet:  Cash bar.  $15 per person (limit 2)
"Bring a Friend" Offer

Any registered driver or instructor who brings a "first-timer" (i.e. new to GVC) student participant will receive free dinners for themselves and their friend at the Saturday Glen Club banquet. 

First-timers will be asked to identify their "sponsor" by name during event registration to take advantage of this offer.  Note that the sponsor must have previously registered for the school before the first-timer registers and selects this option.


GVC Loyalty Reward
Sign up for all three GVC weekend HPDE's with the Saturday "Banquet "option, and get a full refund of the banquet fees for all 3 events.


  • Fees may be refunded or credited toward a future GVC Driving School only if cancelation occurs before the registration deadline.
  • No refund or credit after the registration deadline unless we can fill your run group slot with another driver.


The host hotel is the historic Seneca Lodge (http://www.senecalodge.com/) located at the upper entrance to beautiful Watkins Glen State Park off NY 329.  The Lodge is famous for its food and racing heritage.  The bar is notable for its collection of over 60 years of racing memorabliia, as well as an extensive selection of fine beverages.  Another favorite place to stay very close to the track is the Falls Motel in nearby Montour Falls.  http://www.thefallsmotel.com.  These lodgings fill quickly, so make reservations early

Many other accommodations are available in Watkins Glen, from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to the luxurious Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.  

Camping at the track:  Not available.  

Off-site camping:  Available at nearby Watkins Glen State Park and other private campgrounds.

For more information, please consult our website: http://gvc-bmwcca.org/Info_About_Watkins_Glen