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GVC Event: Bridgestone BMW CCA GVC HPDE at Watkins Glen International

Bridgestone BMW CCA GVC HPDE at Watkins Glen International
Friday, Apr 28, 2017
to Sunday, Apr 30, 2017


Event Coordinator
Jim Dresser
2017-Apr-28 00:002017-Apr-30 00:00America/New_YorkBridgestone BMW CCA GVC HPDE at Watkins Glen InternationalThe Genesee Chapter is excited to kick off the 2017 Season at Watkins Glen International with our 94th Ultimate Driving School and Novice Track Day in conjunction with the Boston Chapter of the BMW CCA.Genesee Valley BMW Car Club


Bridgestone BMW CCA GVC HPDE at Watkins Glen International

Spring Ultimate Driving School, Friday, April 28 — Sunday, Apr 30, 2017

GVC's driving school program offers personal, intensive in-car and classroom instruction on the art and science of high-performance driving to students at all skill levels.  Students are assigned to separate run groups of 30-35 students each primarily according to experience and evaluations (if any, including SLIP ratings) from previous driving schools, and secondarily on vehicle performance.   The four groups include Beginner/Novice (<4 schools), Intermediate, Advanced, and Solo (aka Group S; description follows below*).  Except for Group S, in which drivers are coached by a small team of GS instructors, each student in the other run groups is assigned his/her own highly-trained driving instructor.  Between track sessions, students in each run group attend interactive classroom sessions led by a senior instructor, tailored to their experience level.  Students also ride with instructors during the instructor track sessions.  The overarching goal is to rapidly improve your driving skills within a fun, friendly, and safe environment.

   •    Open track for Instructors and Group S drivers. 
   •    Novice Track Day:  NTD is GVC's one-day school for beginners (0-3 track days). Runs Friday only, limited to 20 drivers.  Format is similar to our two-day novice group on Saturday and Sunday, with 4 half-hour sessions with in-car instruction intermingled with novice classroom sessions but emphasizes basic concepts and skills for the first-time driver.  The cool thing about NTD is that it's an economical way to get your feet wet in the sport, without the expense of nights at a hotel, meals on the road, and time away from family and/or work.  

But wait, there's more!   Beginners interested in accelerating their learning curve may register for the “Big Weekend” option, extending the NTD to all three days!

Saturday and Sunday:
   •    Group 4:  Novice (D; SLIP L1).  Drivers with 2 – 4 previous driving schools
   •    Group 3:  Intermediate (C, less experienced B; SLIP L2 – L3)
   •    Group 2:  Advanced (experienced B, A; SLIP L3 – L4)
   •    Group 1:  Group S (Solo; SLIP L4 and up)
   •    Group 0:  Instructors (Expert; SLIP L5 and up) 

Schedule (Saturday and Sunday):
   •    Track goes “green” at 8:30 AM each day.  Final checker at 4:30 PM Friday and Sunday, 5:30 PM Saturday. 
   •    Lunch break from 12 – 1 PM each day. 
   •    Track sessions per day (half-hour each)
   – Groups 2, 3 and 4:  Four sessions
   – Group 1 (GS):  (NEW) Five sessions, with option to pay for additional track time with Group 2 or instructors ($50 per session, cash/check at event; space permitting). 
   – Instructors:  Three sessions; additional sessions combined with Group S Sunday afternoon (space permitting*).

*Note:  Because many participants leave early, run groups may be combined on Sunday afternoon to provide more track time than scheduled.

Group Exercises
   •    Organized group driving exercises are done for the first ten minutes in one or more sessions each day, typically at reduced speeds for safety.
   •    Exercises include close-quarters (side-by-side) lapping in traffic, pair-wise passing, braking into corners, and others.
   •    Groups 2 – 4 attend three 30-45 minute-long classroom sessions each day, led by a senior instructor
   •    Group 1 (GS) drivers attend two group sessions each day, facilitated by the Group S coaches and invited professionals.  Sessions may include group debriefing after a track session, discussion of advanced driving techniques, data acquisition, and other topics of interest.
Track Walk
   •    After-hours car-pool tour of the track guided by the Classroom Instructor.
   •    Disembark at selected corners to inspect the track on foot, discuss braking points, driving lines, cornering techniques, etc.
   •    5:30 – 6:30 Saturday only.
Bonus Features (complimentary unless otherwise noted)
   •    GVC Driver’s Resource Center:  Helpful advice and assistance for all participants at the track.
   •    GVC event shirts for all drivers and instructors.
   •    Beverage tokens for drinks at the legendary Seneca Lodge Bar.
   •    Tire and performance parts auctions offered by our generous sponsors
   •    Professional technical and mechanical services available from Eksten Autoworks for breakdowns or other car-related problems (parts/repairs at owner’s expense).
   •    Friendly and helpful staff to make this truly the “Ultimate Driving School”.

*Group S
Group S (aka Solo, A-Solo, Independent Study Group) is open only to highly skilled, experienced drivers.  Admission to Group S requires a checkout by the Group S coaches. Once admitted to Group S, GS drivers in good standing may register for future GVC HPDE’s without requiring prior approval or checkout.

ALL other drivers seeking to join Group S MUST register for the event as and Advanced student using the "Group S checkout" option. This is a three-day registration option, with checkout occurring on Friday. Checkout students are initially assigned by default to Group 2 (Advanced, A/B) prior to the checkout, and remain in Group 2 for Saturday and Sunday if they do not pass checkout on Friday.  If checkout is successful, the student is reassigned to Group 1 (Group S) for the weekend, and is allowed to drive in open track for the remainder of the day on Friday.   
Please consult the GVC website (link below) for further details on advancement to Group S.

Approved Group S are offered the following registration options (NEW for 2017):
• Two-day school:  Saturday and Sunday only
• Friday add-on option: For those looking for a 3-day weekend with open track on Friday. Only possible with Sat-Sun registration option above.
• Two-day school: Friday and Saturday
• One-day school: Friday only
Please visit the GVC website for complete details about our HP driving schools, including 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:  Registration for non-members opens approximately one month before the registration deadline for each event.  Non-members are charged an additional $100 above member fees, and are last to be accepted from a waiting list.

NEW in 2017:  GVC will use $48 of the non-member fee pay for a one-year new (or renewed) membership in BMW CCA.  Join today to register early and avoid the $100 non-member surcharge! 
   •    Registration after the deadline is only possible by special arrangement, and only if there are still seats available, or late cancelations (call or email the Registrar:

   –  Advanced (Group 2), intermediate (Grp 3), novice weekend students (Grp 4): $495 (two-day school).  Non-members:  add $100
   – Group S checkout applicants: $675 (Friday-Sunday).  Attend Friday for checkout.  Those not passing checkout assigned to Group 2 (Advanced), refunded/credited $150.  BMW CCA members ONLY. 
  –  Novice students (Group 4):  
  • Novice Track Day:  $295 per driver, members ONLY
  • "Big Weekend" option:  $650 Friday - Sunday, members ONLY. 
   – Group S (Solo):  
  • Group S drivers:  $535 (two-day school); Non-members: add $100
  • Friday add-on option (NEW):  $200.  
  • Group S (two day) Friday-Saturday:  $575.
  • Group S Friday ONLY (NEW):  $325 
   – Instructors (includes shared garage access for the weekend): 
  • Friday - Sunday:  $100.  Includes Friday Orientation Day, three sessions each day Sat and Sun.  
  • Fri - Sun., sharing a vehicle:  $50
  • Sat - Sun only (no open track): $35

NEW!    "Bring a Friend" Discount
Any registrant who brings a “new to the club” friend with them to the track as a school participant will receive either a $75 credit for use at any future GVC event, OR a free half-bay garage space for the weekend at the event. This discount is open to all students and instructors.

   •    Fees are refundable before the deadline, less a 10% cancelation charge. 
   •    Fees may be credited toward a future GVC Driving School to avoid the cancelation charge.
   •    No refund or credit after the registration deadline.

The host hotel is the historic Seneca Lodge ( 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.  These lodgings fill quickly, so make reservations early. 

Camping at the track:  Not available.  
Off-site camping:  Available at nearby Watkins Glen State Park and at other private campgrounds.
Many other lodging options are available in Watkins Glen, from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to the luxurious Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.   For more information, please consult our website:

Event Requirements:
Vehicle and driver requirements are detailed at

GVC Tech form: GVC Tech Form 2017 (Required)
Tech form supplement:  E36 E 46 POWER STEERING HOSE Tech Advisory.pdf

GVC Emergency Medical Forms:
Form:  GVC Medical Info form 2016.pdf (Required)
Envelope: Medical Info Form Envelope.pdf