Welcome to GVC's Fall Ultimate Driving School
This is our 97th Ultimate Driving School,
the final event of our 33rd
season of HP driving schools at Watkins Glen.
Driving School Format
GVC's Ultimate 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 primarily according to experience and evaluations
(if any) from previous driving schools, and secondarily on vehicle performance.
Run groups at this event include Novice, Intermediate,
Advanced, and Solo (Group
S; see below*).
Except for Group S, in which drivers are coached by a small team of
specialized GS instructors, each student is assigned
his/her own highly-trained driving instructor. Between track sessions,
students attend run group classroom sessions led by a senior instructor,
tailored to their experience level. Students are also encouraged to
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.
Friday: Open track for Instructors, Group
S (those with either "Friday add-on" or "Friday ONLY" option), and (NEW) Advanced solo
sign-off drivers (with Registrar's approval).
Saturday and Sunday:
- Group 4:
Novice (D, beginners:
SLIP L0 – L1)
3: Intermediate (C
and less experienced B; SLIP L2 – L3)
2: Advanced (A and upper
level B; SLIP L3 – L4)
1: Group S (Solo; SLIP L4 and
- Group 0:
Instructors (Expert; SLIP
L5 and up)
goes “green” at 8:30 AM each day. Final checker at 4:30 PM
Friday and Sunday, 5:30 PM Saturday.
break from 12 – 1 PM each day.
time per day (rolling schedule, half-hour sessions)
- Groups 2, 3, and 4:
- 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
*Note: Run groups may be combined on Saturday and Sunday afternoon
to provide more track time than scheduled.
Run Group Exercises
group driving exercises are done in one or more sessions each day,
typically at reduced speeds for safety.
may include close-quarters driving in traffic (side-by-side lapping),
pair-wise passing, late 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.
car-pool tour of the track guided by the Classroom Instructor.
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.
- Garage Social: Saturday
after-hours party open to all
drivers and guests. Legal beverages, light
snacks, organized and impromptu beer, wine and spirits tastings.
- Tire and performance parts auctions
offered by our generous sponsors
- Technical and mechanical services
available from The Little Speed Shop 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 (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
without requiring prior approval or checkout.
ALL other drivers seeking to
join Group S MUST register with the "Group S checkout" option. This
is a three-day registration option, with checkout occurring on Friday
morning. Checkout students are assigned by default to Group 2 (Advanced,
A/B) prior to the checkout, and will 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 for the weekend (and is pre-approved for Group
S at future events), and may continue 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.
Group S registration options (NEW
Two-day school: Saturday
and Sunday only
Friday add-on option: For
those looking for a 3-day weekend with open track on Friday. Must register
for Sat-Sun registration option above.
Two-day school: Friday
and Saturday only
One-day school: Friday
Please visit the GVC website for complete
details about our HP driving schools, including the Group
S application procedure:
Advanced drivers for the first time are
invited to drive in open-track Friday
alongside instructors and Group S drivers. Requires approval of
the Registrar; limited to drivers routinely signed-off to drive solo
at previous GVC events
For advanced drivers approved to drive Friday,
there are two registration options
Big Weekend: Add Friday to your Sat.-Sun.
registration, to make it a three-day event.
(i.e. a one-day event).
- Members: GVC chapter members are afforded highest priority for
slots at our events, followed by BMW CCA
members from other chapters.
- Non-Members: Non-members
are charged an additional $100 above member fees, and are
last to be accepted from a waiting list.
NEW for 2017: GVC will use $48 of the non-member fee to purchase a
one-year new (or renewed) membership in BMW CCA.
Join today to register early and avoid the $100 non-member surcharge!
after the deadline is only possible by special arrangement, only if
there are still available seats or late cancelations (call or email the
- Advanced (Group 2):
- Two-day school (Fri. - Sat.): $495. Non-members
$595 (includes new or renewed BMW CCA
- Friday add-on: additional
$250 above weekend fee
- Friday ONLY: $295 (Members only)
- Intermediate (Group 3) & Novice (Group
4): $495 (two-day
school). Non-members $595 (includes new or renewed BMW CCA membership)
- Group S checkout applicants: Fri.
- Sun. $675 members,
$750 non-members (includes
new or renewed BMW CCA membership). Friday
checkout. Those not passing checkout assigned to Group 2 (Advanced),
- Group S (Members only):
Day (Sat. - Sun.): $535 (two-day
school); Friday add-on option: additional $200
Day (Fri. - Sat.): $575
S Friday ONLY: $295
- Instructors (includes
shared garage access for the weekend):
- Sunday: $100.
Includes Friday open-track, and three sessions each day Sat
- Sun, sharing a vehicle: $50
- Sun only (no open track): $35
"Bring a Friend" Discount
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
- Fees are
refundable before the
deadline, less a 10%
- 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 (http://www.senecalodge.com/)
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. http://www.thefallsmotel.com.
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: http://gvc-bmwcca.org/Info_About_Watkins_Glen