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      01-16-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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Hitting the Track in SoCal

Anyone familiar with the tracks in southern California? I've never raced on a track before, and I'd like to start getting into it (with the new M3). I'm going to be north of Edwards, in the Mojave and will probably be driving down to the track just north of LA... has anyone gone through the driving class there? is it worth it? What's the track like? Will the M3 be a fun drive on it?

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I've run at El Toro Marine Base...there's a temp track set up there...and the way the housing market's going, development will be stalled for a while... meaning more track time... (the track's lease could be extended)

here's a tour...
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BMW CCA puts on great events in the area at all the track. Willow springs, buttonwillow Cal speedway etc. with in car and classroom instruction.

I highly recommend it. Buttonwillow is a great track for beginners.
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BMW CCA puts on great events in the area at all the track. Willow springs, buttonwillow Cal speedway etc. with in car and classroom instruction.

I highly recommend it. Buttonwillow is a great track for beginners.

Thanks for the help, fellas. I'm about an hour drive away from Willow Springs, it seems, so I'll probably be doing most of my learning there... the website looks pretty awesome!
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Thanks for the help, fellas. I'm about an hour drive away from Willow Springs, it seems, so I'll probably be doing most of my learning there... the website looks pretty awesome!
Dirving Concepts also does good schools in the region. they use mostly BMW CCA instructors too but its more exclusiv and usually one day mid-week. lots of porsches and ferraris there. both are good. have fun!!!!
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When do the run at El Toro?
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El Toro is more autocross. not a real track. BMW CCA is doing an Autocross at CAL speedway parking lot feb. 2, 2008.
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u have more info on how to sign up for the El Toro thing? coz this is 10 min's from my place
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if I had a track 10 mintues from my place....I'd probably be broke ahhaha
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u have more info on how to sign up for the El Toro thing? coz this is 10 min's from my place
The lease for the portion of the runway on the base is given to AMCI they in turn allow a few different groups like SCCA to use the runway when they are not testing cars there.

There's one coming up in march through SCCA. LINK
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Is El Toro SCCA?
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The lease for the portion of the runway on the base is given to AMCI they in turn allow a few different groups like SCCA to use the runway when they are not testing cars there.

There's one coming up in march through SCCA. LINK
thanks! i'll probably pass on the march one, coz my legs arent too fun on the track (no car until maybe May hahah)
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Is El Toro SCCA?
El Toro is going to be a combination of homes, The Great Park, and some retail/commercial. Interim, a portion of the runway is being leased for use as a track.

Here's the deal:
Lennar owns the property. CBRE (CB Richard Ellis) manages it on their behalf. The track in use encompasses a portion of the old runway. It is leased to AMCI. They (AMCI) allow, or solicit, different groups, such as the SCCA to use the track space on occasion.
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wow you know ur stuff pretty well... i guess there's a reason ur called OC Kid
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El Toro is going to be a combination of homes, The Great Park, and some retail/commercial. Interim, a portion of the runway is being leased for use as a track.

Here's the deal:
Lennar owns the property. CBRE (CB Richard Ellis) manages it on their behalf. The track in use encompasses a portion of the old runway. It is leased to AMCI. They (AMCI) allow, or solicit, different groups, such as the SCCA to use the track space on occasion.

yep - but I heard thier plans are now on hold due to the housing market and economy.
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yep - but I heard thier plans are now on hold due to the housing market and economy.
You're about half-right.

Lennar and The City of Irvine/(The Great Park Design Studio) happen to be two of my clients.

The Great Park is still moving forward, albeit slowly. Lennar has us on stand-by only handling emergencies at the moment, while they decide if they are going to part it out or hold...

The trickle-down effects of the housing market troubles are still developing.
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well I have it from an attorney that works for Lennar. its on hold - of course they want the City to beleive its moving alongs slowely. so the City wont sue them. oh yeah, they call that stand-by.
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^ That's right Lennar is on hold, they recently fired a sh*tload of people too. The city/Great Park is still continuing to move forward...mostly design and polishing up the Orange balloon right now.

edit: I don't see any other SCCA dates coming up at El Toro other than March 29 & 30.
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