Summer Heat HPDE @ NHMS Monday August 21 2017
BMW CCA - White Mountain Chapter
Registration closed August 7, 2017 11:59 PM on August 7, 2017 11:59 PM EDT Registration ends August 7, 2017 11:59 PM on August 7, 2017 11:59 PM EDT Registration opens March 1, 2017 12:00 AM on March 1, 2017 12:00 AM EST Registration runs from March 1, 2017 12:00 AM to August 7, 2017 11:59 PM
Our Summer Heat High Performance Driving School returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Monday August 21st.
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 early registration discount for a short time only.
The school combines classroom and on-track instruction in a closely supervised and controlled environment. 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 or have other registration questions? Please continue through to the next page for more information about the event and requirements.
What is a High Performance Driving School?
The purpose of a driving school is quite simple: to improve your driving skills. 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 in a controlled environment. At no time will you be pushed or encouraged to go any faster than is comfortable. 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, the registration fee for the day is $275. An early bird registration discount of $50 is available until June 1st; a late fee of $70 is incurred for registrations less than one month from the event.
For Novice Students who have never previously attending a driving school, you are welcome to attend this event at the special flat rate of $225 (early bird discounts do not apply to novices, but late fees do apply!).
EARLY BIRD registration ends June 1st. LATE registration begins July 21st. Registration closes August 8th.
Student registrations are being limited at this event to provide more track time for everyone.
First Time Student Discount
As an added encouragement to attend our already exciting and rewarding Driving Schools, we will offer a discounted price to First Time students. 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 as the schedule allows. ADSS school dates are listed in the calendar on the White Mountain or the Boston Chapter 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 $50 higher fee. 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 driving event, we expect to receive more registrations than we can admit. Applications will be admitted from a 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