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I am likely going to be not too far from Birmingham alabama soon and I was thinking that maybe we could get a group discount rate on the Porsche driving school at Barber. If I can arrange this, how many of you out there would attend? I'm thinking sometime late summer to early fall timeframe. Please respond !
 

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i aint got nothing planned ....keep the updates coming
 

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I am planning to do the High Performance school next spring but might be able to move it up. Keep posting updates and I'll see if it works for me.
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I am likely going to be not too far from Birmingham alabama soon and I was thinking that maybe we could get a group discount rate on the Porsche driving school at Barber. If I can arrange this, how many of you out there would attend? I'm thinking sometime late summer to early fall timeframe. Please respond !
Sounds like a plan. Keep me posted. Have a 911 S on the way but if it is not here yet will take my Cayman S. Been wanting to do this and it is so close to Atlanta.
 

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Are you thinking the 1 or 2 day event? I would be interested in the two day program


I am likely going to be not too far from Birmingham alabama soon and I was thinking that maybe we could get a group discount rate on the Porsche driving school at Barber. If I can arrange this, how many of you out there would attend? I'm thinking sometime late summer to early fall timeframe. Please respond !
 

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I've been considering a driving school, so I'd probably be interested. The timing and location works well. I'll keep watching for updates.
 

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Sounds like a plan. Keep me posted. Have a 911 S on the way but if it is not here yet will take my Cayman S. Been wanting to do this and it is so close to Atlanta.
They provide the cars. Actually, I don't think they allow you to use your own car.
 

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Are you thinking the 1 or 2 day event? I would be interested in the two day program
Just as an FYI, the one-day course is $1,795 and the 2-day is $2,995 (considerably more than the BMW courses at the Performance Center). Not sure what the bookings are like at Porsche but those at BMW filled up quickly when I went a number of years ago. I actually planned about 6 months in advance order to get convenient dates.
 

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Hopefully Ken will be able to get a group discount which would make them a little more attractive. According to the Porsche websit they still have openings during the late summer and early fall. The latet July and early August class are full but everything else looks open. Lets see what kind of discount can be had.

Just as an FYI, the one-day course is $1,795 and the 2-day is $2,995 (considerably more than the BMW courses at the Performance Center). Not sure what the bookings are like at Porsche but those at BMW filled up quickly when I went a number of years ago. I actually planned about 6 months in advance order to get convenient dates.
 

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Though it could still be warm in October you don't have to worry about the heat while driving, they have you drive with the windows up and AC on. I just spoke with somebody that came from there a few weeks ago and it was warm and Hurley Haywood was his instructor. Haywood's comment about driving with the AC on is that they want you comfortable and focused. They also require that you hydrate after every stint in the car. No one goes back out until they have hydrated. The speed at which they run requires all drivers be as fit as they possibly can be......not like some of our DE here in Texas where we are running in 100 degree heat and windows down. Don't let the heat scare you off......at least that is what the person who just attended told me.

+1 on this. Even as late as mid-October, afternoons when I was at BMW in SC would get pretty toasty!
 

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My brother went to the May 2010 school and sent me this report:

"Hello Fred,
You asked for a few words on my trip to Birmingham Alabama for the Porsche
driving school.
For our 30th wedding aniversary Susan arranged that I go to both the
'Performance' and 'Masters' classes of the Porsche driving school in
Birmingham. I went this past May.
The school is located at the Barber raceway. There had been a Rolex Grand
Am/ Grand Prix race there just the weekend before so it was exciting to be
learning on the same track. All current production Porsches were there for
us to drive. We drove the basic 911's on the skip pad, Caymens and Boxsters
on the auto cross. On the main track we drove 911's in automatics with
paddle shifters and standard six speeds, the 911 S and Turbo' were only in
automatic. We went offroading one afternoon with the Cayennes up some
really steep hills and through a small lake.(they are waterproof)
Each day we started driving at 8am. There were about 20 people in the class
with 8-10 instructors. All instructors were either current Rolex series
competitors or retired drivers that had at a minimum of ten years teaching
experience at other driving schools. Our individual groups were five people
and we moved between four driving courses. Our first course was learning to
do figure '8's' on a water soaked, specially treated skid pad. It was
interesting how lifting off the acelerator just before turning transferred
enough weight to the front of the car to enable completion of a turn when
without doing so, you would spin out. Eventually we added braking to do the
same and increased effect. We would then go to the autocross track and be
shown how braking while turning allowed higher speeds through the turns than
just braking before the turn. I had never run auto cross before, so this was
exciting! Everything happens very quickly! We also drove the 500hp Panamera on this course. It accelerates as fast as the 911's and handles extremely well for a 4,000lb vehicle. Another session we used 911's and caymans to
practice the skid pad techiques on a larger and dry course. Lastly we
learned how to 'heel/toe' break and 'blip' the gas.(I need a lot more
practice on this). All the above was in one half of the day. The other
half was driving on the 2.5 mile track. It has 15 turns and over 100' of
elevation changes six places along the way, all of which were in the middle
of turns. The highest speeds attained in the straights were around 120mph.
I had a great time and talked to several people who had been there before
and had come back to hone their skills. I'd recommend it to everyone. "

He strongly recommends that I take the skid pad training before I drive in Idaho snow storms again.
 

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Also may be interested pending more details.
 

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Interested. It's on my list to do, plus Barber is a really beautiful setting. And the museum is quite nice, too.
 

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My brother went to the May 2010 school and sent me this report:

"Hello Fred,
You asked for a few words on my trip to Birmingham Alabama for the Porsche
driving school.
For our 30th wedding aniversary Susan arranged that I go to both the
'Performance' and 'Masters' classes of the Porsche driving school in
Birmingham. I went this past May.
The school is located at the Barber raceway. There had been a Rolex Grand
Am/ Grand Prix race there just the weekend before so it was exciting to be
learning on the same track. All current production Porsches were there for
us to drive. We drove the basic 911's on the skip pad, Caymens and Boxsters
on the auto cross. On the main track we drove 911's in automatics with
paddle shifters and standard six speeds, the 911 S and Turbo' were only in
automatic. We went offroading one afternoon with the Cayennes up some
really steep hills and through a small lake.(they are waterproof)
Each day we started driving at 8am. There were about 20 people in the class
with 8-10 instructors. All instructors were either current Rolex series
competitors or retired drivers that had at a minimum of ten years teaching
experience at other driving schools. Our individual groups were five people
and we moved between four driving courses. Our first course was learning to
do figure '8's' on a water soaked, specially treated skid pad. It was
interesting how lifting off the acelerator just before turning transferred
enough weight to the front of the car to enable completion of a turn when
without doing so, you would spin out. Eventually we added braking to do the
same and increased effect. We would then go to the autocross track and be
shown how braking while turning allowed higher speeds through the turns than
just braking before the turn. I had never run auto cross before, so this was
exciting! Everything happens very quickly! We also drove the 500hp Panamera on this course. It accelerates as fast as the 911's and handles extremely well for a 4,000lb vehicle. Another session we used 911's and caymans to
practice the skid pad techiques on a larger and dry course. Lastly we
learned how to 'heel/toe' break and 'blip' the gas.(I need a lot more
practice on this). All the above was in one half of the day. The other
half was driving on the 2.5 mile track. It has 15 turns and over 100' of
elevation changes six places along the way, all of which were in the middle
of turns. The highest speeds attained in the straights were around 120mph.
I had a great time and talked to several people who had been there before
and had come back to hone their skills. I'd recommend it to everyone. "

He strongly recommends that I take the skid pad training before I drive in Idaho snow storms again.
I attended this Driving School last August at Barber for the 1 day program and it was a great experience. The heat was not a problem because as was stated by others, they keep you well hydrated during your sessions.
The Barber track itself is worth the trip and has to be one of the most beautiful properties around. Everything was very much, first class and for me it was extremely helpful at explaining the physics of why things happen they way they do. It was exactly what I was hoping for, an opportunity to explain the science and how to apply it to maximize your skills. Clearly the 1 day course was just the opener to this education but a GREAT opener!:cheers:
If Ken pulls together a 2 or 3 day program at the right price, I'd love to go back for my diploma! :dance:
By the way, they do not permit your personal vehicle on the course. But with their lineup, you won't be too disappointed.
 

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I would love to attend, went to the indy/gt races there this spring and it was beautiful. It was great to watch, but it would be even better to drive. I would also appreciate any instruction. Thanks for putting it together
 
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