So last week I got a notice that our local Skip Barber school is doing an open house today - meaning FREE time with their instructors! So at 7 this morning I headed up with a couple buddies and we spent the morning getting wet but having lots of fun
First up was a small Auto-X course in Mazda MX-5's. These cars were super nimble and perfect for a bunch of turns with no straits long enough to even get out of 2nd gear. All about working on lines!
Next to that was the skid pad with RX-8's - didn't get to see many people really do it well, but did see plenty of spin-outs! Of course I was a natural since I've done this in my own car before
Next up they had an IS-F, Carrerra, Cayman and Evora on a more normal-sized auto-X course, but they didn't let us drive - which is ok because they had their instructors driving WOT to show what the cars were capable of! I can't believe I'm saying this, but the IS-F was a real hooligan - probably mostly due to its massive engine, it just felt much wilder and I probably enjoyed my ride more in it than the tamer Porsche's. Can only imagine what an E92M3 or RS4, which regularly kill the IS-F in comparisons, would feel like
Finally, a lap around the world-famous Road Atlanta in a MX-5 cup car. Totally built for racing, while I know there are faster cars around, these things handled the course beautifully. Lots of fun!
So now I'm sold. The open house got me as I'm sure I'll plop down for the racing school eventually (like I really needed another expensive hobby lol). If you get a chance to take part in something like this, do it!! Even my buddies who would never have done something like this without me loved it.