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Postby mike.rodriguez » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:06 pm

Sorry if I've missed the answers to these questions. I've looked over the website and couldn't find the info I need.

1) Is there a make up session for the driver's school? If all goes to plan, I want to run my GTi at the Magnum Opus stage rally on April 21.

2) Do I have to become a member of the OCSC to race at WH?

3) Is winter over??? I want to race cars.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby ChrisBenfant » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:07 am

mike,

1) classroom session i believe so yes, track session no
2) yes, you have to become a member of the parent club to race.
Also, the club orientations are only scheduled so often, possibly once a month i think. its in your best interest to not wait till last minute, as to where your orientation is scheduled right after race weekend 1.

3) is winter over? Ill let another poster hand out their sarcasm to that one.

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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby mike.rodriguez » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:03 pm

ChrisBenfant wrote:mike,

1) classroom session i believe so yes, track session no
2) yes, you have to become a member of the parent club to race.
Also, the club orientations are only scheduled so often, possibly once a month i think. its in your best interest to not wait till last minute, as to where your orientation is scheduled right after race weekend 1.

3) is winter over? Ill let another poster hand out their sarcasm to that one.

Chris

1) Yeah, sorry...forgot to be specific. I meant the classroom session.
2) OK, that's what I thought. Too bad I don't live closer to use the rifle and handgun range more often.
3) My question was pure sarcasm... ;)
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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby ChrisBenfant » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:40 pm

Mike, I believe the make up day is all info crammed into a short period of time.
I cannot recommend enough how informative the classroom session is.
Directors Joel and John, and their many years of expeirence is not something to miss out on, the WHRRI school is thhe most affordable class I've heard of, and to miss out on the class room session, is going to hinder your learning curve, trust me. Ask how many students return for a second year. Its for a reason. Their is so much information on what to expect, what to do/not to do, its rally hard to take it all in, their will still be that level of anxiety come race weekend 1.

During my class session, 2 other WHRRI vets were on hand to discuss preperation and the like, those were Vaughn Scott and Kristian Smith, I can almost promise they will not be on hand for a make up class session. Plus you'll miss the invite from Kristian to stop by his paddock for him moms famous cookies.

To sum it up.... I would never consider taking the classroom session for granted.

I am still a rookie entering my 3rd season for 2012, my experience is obviosly limited but if you have any questions or want to BS about things, feel free to call me 248-917-1458
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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby David B » Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:39 am

3) Did it ever really begin?
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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby mike.rodriguez » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:33 pm

The calendar says it's winter. I hope it never really visits. My new F150 likes the fact that it's not getting that rusty in his first winter season.
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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby Joel Hershoren » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:13 pm

Mike,,,
Chris summed it up very well. ( thanks chris )
The full day classroom is highly preferred.
Yes, there is a "quickie" classroom friday night before the school, but You need permission from the head of Drivers School.
Plus, it's obvious i would hope,, with such a short time on friday night it's impossbile to go into any detail like at the full day classroom.
Want to get a head start ??? Download the GCR at the SCCA website,, and study the section on flags until you can recite them by heart. ( even if you THINK you know them )
Also pay close attention to all the safety equipment required for YOU and the CAR.
Cheers,,
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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby Robert Robinson » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:46 pm

Hey Joel. Forgot to thank you for the John Payne connection. Great guy and a great new car.
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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby Dwaine Koscielniak » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:12 am

Just a note if you have an SCCA License you do not have to be a member to race but it will cost you more. You have to be a member to accumulate points for the class championships
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Re: Newbie Questions

Postby Joel Hershoren » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:54 am

Bob,
THREAD HIJACK: No sweat. John is indeed a great guy. Most folks don't know this, but John is guy who networked for us to get the Miata pace car some years ago.Quick version: When John was still a practicing Dentist, He had a fellow in the chair from Mazda.Small talk got to the topic of cars and such. John told him about WHRRI, and how they could donate the Miata for use as a Pace Car. That's the story behind the pace car. Many details left out to keep the story short.
John is not a car broker, but he comes across some cool stuff. Glad to hear the A/sedan spare chassis is getting put to use. I am sure John is happy it went to a good home. So is this a replacement chassis ? or a return of a 2 car Windsor Life effort?
Cheers, Joel
We now return you to the topic thread.

Mike, Dwayne's point is correct, You can race as a S.C.C.A. member ( at guest rates )
Another important point is Drivers School this year is a DUAL school,, meaning it counts as 2 SCCA schools towards your license. IF opting that direction, one must obtain an SCCA novice permit PRIOR to attending the ON-TRACK portion of the school.
If not going the path of S.C.C.A., and wish to have a Waterford Hills license, then yes,
You have to join O.C.S.C. and Waterford Hills. ( allowing you to run for trophies and points )
A Waterford FULL license is accepted at all SCCA regional races.

Both paths have their merits, it all depends on what works for you.

Cheers,, Joel
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