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Not any old armco! Stavelot corner on the original 14.1Km Spa circuit, last used in 1978

 

 

Our group skills days with our club members, started in 2017, proved themselves particularly successful - and fun! - so we have continued to develop these through 2018 and into 2019 with new elements and testing conditions to develop the driver, and at the same time opening them up to non-members. This gave us the chance to see how new guys and gals fit in with the team and whether we as a group are happy to invite on to further ventures. This is not at all cliquey, but rather just to see if you are a basic decent type. You don't need a pot of money, a fancy vehicle, or anything special, other than be someone we can start to place trust in. Because we push the boundaries on these days and so can't afford liabilities.. Ably assisted now by Bob, ex chief-marshall from Cadwell Park, we are really moving things on to create some really testing exercises. But fun too, with timed sprints and chase-car scenarios. Where else can you do this? Nowhere!

 

Here we have a short video of Loheac circuit, visited last week (Sept13th) with two Caymans. We will be going here again early next year...

 

The Drivers group has capitalised on this developmental training and working together over time, creating groups with real team spirit, people we now count as friends. They come together on our ventures to European circuits, sometimes just to UK tracks, or tours through the Highlands or further afield. We usually visit something interesting on most trips in addition to the circuit, like tracing the route of the old Spa track above.

 

We all have one thing in common. A passion for cars, but combined with a respect for the rest of the team and a willingness to help out should the need arise. This is what makes the group different. Certainly unlike any other club I have been involved with, possibly with the exception of my old University Motor Club, where there were no pretensions to anything other than have fun, become better. And if you join us you will certainly get better. Mixing with those who aspire to be the best always raises the game, something which is not easily achievable. But we encourage jumping in with others as the aim is to start to see things from the instructor's perspective. It raises standards.

 

If this sounds appealing we would love to welcome you in.

 

 

We had a fantastic Spa and Nurburgring visit (Oct 2/3/4) last year and have just returned from our Le Mans trip of two days on track, where a lot of the lessons learned from the skills drills were put into practice. We are off to France again in a few days to check out another circuit - and then off for a three day trip to Croft circuit in Northumberland with half a dozen of the crew. Below are some pictures from previous visits....

 

 

"Hi Mike, Thanks for today, I really enjoyed it and how you, Bob, Steve and Mark ran everything." - Alex BMW M5

"Great day - thank you" - Graham AMG GT S - 19/20 June 2019

 

Next available Skill-Drills dates: Nov 1, Dec 13. 

2020 starts with the first training day Feb 3rd

 

 

 

 

We have been working on these developmental strategies for training, looking both at dynamic control skills for fastest and safest drive, but also with serious consideration of "what can go wrong". We then train for scenarios. We look at the psychological influences on the driver and work, through this training, to enable a greater degree of control of self, events and behaviours. The impetus for this comes from tactical approaches for training for worst case scenarios as well as having professional experience of tactical/SEG training not available to civilians. Adrenaline often imparts the least positive response when not practised for. All we need from you is some self discipline and we will provide the rest.

 

The classroom discussions, the practical repeated running through of a scenario and then combining into a precision activity or timed run(s) has come from running many such courses for other professional bodies -as well as having been taught ourselves!  But operating them ourselves gives us the flexibility to really work on new ideas, many of which are unique to civilian UK training. You will need to go the States to receive similar approaches.

 

Check the video out here of a hassle training session.

 

This is carried across to our road and track events, meaning we prep for the unwanted. So we have first aid training, emergency kit, comms equipment to keep things professional and safe. But also involve all of the group to make it rewarding, relevant and, in particular, fun!

 

We have upcoming S-D training days for new guest - call for a chat. 01925 263 354 or 07876 576 320

 

 

   Mike - Road /  Track specialist

2019 Events

 

"Beyond limit" SKILL-DRILLS Sep 17, Nov 1

  

Loheac Sept 12th

 

North Wales Road and Track

 

Croft group trip October

 

Nurburgring

 

  Isle of Man TT circuit road training

 

 

Justin - Performance Road & Tactical 

 

Below you can capture a flavour of some of the events we have run over the last year or two.

 

 

 

 If interested in joining us come and do a day's road training and see what we are all about.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2014 we started running events, trips and courses specifically for invited participants: Current clients who have already expressed an interest in particular tracks, venues or expeditions and who have also demonstrated an intelligent approach to developing their driving. We carried this on through 2015-18 and this now forms the core of our extended road and track ventures as we move into the 2019 programme.

 

We have run these very successfully over the last few years, but the difference now is that we now have a cohort of skilled drivers whom we have invited to become part of " The Drivers " group. Members have already attended training sessions with DRIVERTUITION and have then subsequently been given the opportunity to join - and then take part in - a range of exclusive driving road-trips and track events. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Drivers  ethos? Like-minded individuals who:-

  • have driving as a passion, 

  • have an intelligent approach to cars and their own driving

  • value camaraderie and supporting of others in the group as much as their own enjoyment

  • desire to be the best drivers in the business

Following on from events we have previously run we have a critical mass of drivers who share those common values and, importantly, now have very high standards of drive in a range of environments. This "spectrum of driving capability" together with a supportive outlook is what " The Drivers " group is all about. On joining you will be presented with opportunities to gain further skills, to produce a quality managed road drive, be able to drive around a track effectively and safely; and also cope with a pressure driving situation. Those who join us will share these opportunities. It's all about the ongoing development path with fun, challenge, expertise sharing, events and memories: Low key but high standards.

 

 

If you think this is for you - are interested in joining the group- then book a training session. If you then feel that what we are about is for you express an interest and an invitation to an assessed session will follow. There is a "standard" requirement. BUT, it makes no difference whether you drive an Aston or a Fiesta. It's all about the attitude..... 

 

Combining skills of the Police response environment management matched to progress, with race driver balance and chauffeur finesse .......

 

 

 

Perhaps THIS is the time to start developing the total range of skills necessary to be a great driver:  

Safe, Smooth, and Swift

 


Andy Bell tackling Spa June 2016, using braking techniques gleaned on a road day in the Peak district and then further training at Spa on one of our trips. Finished 13th overall in a field of over 70 cars. Well done Andy.

 

A successful day at the Nurburgring is finished off with an evening celebratory drink in Adenau, at the  Blau Ecke. April 2017

A little of the flavour of previous years

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the guys back in 2014, on the Nurburg castle tower, overlooking the Nuburgring circuit

 

 

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