Take it to the Track

2 Mar

There was a recent article on Speedhuntersreporting on a local group of Honda owners in Japan who often do “fun runs” on their area roads.

To start, yes, we all know street racing is insanely stupid. Those of us who have done it, and lived to tell about it, know its dumb. Those who have lost loved ones know its dumb. Anyone who drives knows its dumb. Yet people still engage on it everyday, in every corner of the globe. It’s an unfortunate, but intrinsic component of car culture. It has been this way since the first teenager got a car.

With that said, the concept of track days is more popular than ever. The groups that organize such events are well staffed, and take safety very seriously. So why haven’t we ever seen a truly converted effort by groups such as SCCA, NASA, and others to work with their regional DMV’s, high school Drivers Ed programs, and area Auto-X and Road Race groups to promote safe racing? If such programs exist, and I am sure they do somewhere, they certainly are not well publicized. Which is truly a shame. This would be a great chance for these groups to raise their own membership ranks, educate the public, foster more enthusiasm for this awesome hobby/sport, and help their local communities.

Does anyone know of any such direct, in place programs in the US?

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3 Responses to “Take it to the Track”

  1. jasonseneyJason March 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    I agree, the information is really lacking about track events. Due to the high costs, you have to get together with a large group to get a better rate – which makes it a little harder to get on the track unless you know about those groups.

    It wouldn’t be a terrible idea to have a website that lists all the tracks (with a map), the car clubs in the area, and a calendar of events. I generally don’t like to think technology can instantly help every industry or interest, but this could be a good opportunity to help younger drivers get access to track time instead of racing on the street.

    • Michael Lee March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM #

      The BMW CCA has these teen safety driving courses. Usually set up like an auto-x teaching maneuvers and fun driving while increasing awareness and safety. Check your local BMW CCA.

      • Z1 Performance March 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM #

        Thanks Mike – I know Jaguar has done similar stuff, and Mercedes did one at some point up at Lime Rock. They just don’t publicize it enough in my opinion. Could be a great educational and marketing tool and it all sorta gets lost in the shuffle

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