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      02-28-2012, 06:35 PM   #89
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That was my plan too but after talking to one of the instructors that I met last year for a Performance Center delivery....he told me to stay away during the July/August months.

Luckily, a spot opened up in April and I jumped on it.

However, I'm sure the F10 M5 will make the muggy and humid weather worth it!
When I was there last weekend, the instructors said unfortunately they are not expecting the F10 M5 until after May, and after they do the break in service. Doubt you'll see it in April.

I wonder how they will handle in the heat, and if they will succumb to overheating.
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      02-28-2012, 08:21 PM   #90
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When I was there last weekend, the instructors said unfortunately they are not expecting the F0 M5 until after May, and after they do the break in service. Doubt you'll see it in April.

I wonder how they will handle in the heat, and if they will succumb to overheating.
Oh, I know. I was telling him that if the M5 is there in July...it should make up for the weather.

I was to pressed to wait till the fall. When I saw the spot in April open...I jumped on it immediately!

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sweeeet! looks like a blast. thx 4 a thorough write-up.
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wow that looks awesome! i hope i can do this one day, looks like you had a great trip!
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      02-28-2012, 10:50 PM   #93
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I remember a thread about this...not sure if it was you. That's a tough decision. Personally, the 'ring was fun and a great experience but its a more significant PIA to travel to Germany. Doing the advanced school at VIR is a 4 day trip for me. To do the ring, it would take up a week with more travel time and jet lag.
Have to agree with you on all points.
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      02-29-2012, 01:21 AM   #94
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HOW MUCH?

How much does dis cost? I want to do it but need to know how mucha
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the cost for the 2 day school was $3595, but being a BMW CCA member, I got 15% off so the total was $3055.75. The cost included the following:

-2 nights of lodging at the Marriot Hotel
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-Thumb drive with Race Keeper Instant Video Software to plug into car computer to capture video and track data
or go to bmwusa.com -> experience -> performance driving school
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Hey its Vee from this past weekend at 2-Day ///M School

Thanks for the write-up and video.

This was truly a pleasure and a blast! I'd compare it to Disney World for Car Enthusiasts. I just wished it didnt end!

Now I need to get back into an ///M Car and do some track/autocross events this spring!
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      02-29-2012, 01:42 PM   #97
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Hey its Vee from this past weekend at 2-Day ///M School

Thanks for the write-up and video.

This was truly a pleasure and a blast! I'd compare it to Disney World for Car Enthusiasts. I just wished it didnt end!

Now I need to get back into an ///M Car and do some track/autocross events this spring!
Hey Vee! Glad you found my write up and the youtube video!

If you have any contact info from our fellow participants in our class, please pass them this link to the write up and/or the youtube video link!

I had a blast, and looking forward to Advanced M School!
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Great job, Looks like you had a great time! This has been on my wish list for awhile, looks like I might have to sign up for the course in August - best kind of summer vacation.
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Great job, Looks like you had a great time! This has been on my wish list for awhile, looks like I might have to sign up for the course in August - best kind of summer vacation.
I've heard others mention to avoid summers b/c of over heating issues. So take that for what it's worth. I don't know one way or the other.
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I've heard others mention to avoid summers b/c of over heating issues. So take that for what it's worth. I don't know one way or the other.
The M5s are especially prone to going into transmission limp mode, even in May.
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      03-02-2012, 01:51 AM   #101
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Well done, really appreciate you doing this and the details are great.
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      03-02-2012, 08:12 PM   #102
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I need to go back when they have a full //M car refresh
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      03-23-2012, 11:57 PM   #103
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Great details and photos! Wondering if there were any age 17 or 18 in the group? Want to register my son in the 2-day M school. He wouldn't get his license at 16, so got him a M3 that he doesn't drive much. But when he does, he has a very heavy foot and seems he could use the 2-day M school. But don't want him to feel out of place with everyone or too young.
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      03-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #104
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Great details and photos! Wondering if there were any age 17 or 18 in the group? Want to register my son in the 2-day M school. He wouldn't get his license at 16, so got him a M3 that he doesn't drive much. But when he does, he has a very heavy foot and seems he could use the 2-day M school. But don't want him to feel out of place with everyone or too young.
You should visit the bmwusa.com website in the performance school area.

They have a FAQ section that addresses your questions.

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Experience/Events/PDS/BMWPerformanceDrivingSchoolFAQ.aspx
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Great writeup. I did the school in 2010 and what a blast. But it should come with a disclaimer--it will lead to more expenses!

In my case, it lead to me trade in a mint e36 m3 nicely modded for street/track for an e90 M3 and two track sessions per season!
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Thank you very much for the review! I was set on attending this course and thanks to your write-up, I think my wife feels more comfortable going too!
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Thanks for sharing your experience in such great deail! I enjoyed reading and can only hope to go to one of those events sometime. My real dream is diriving on the Ring
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you need a driving liscense for this right??
as I've mentioned previously, visit the BMW Performance Driving School FAQ

look under "minimum age"

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...SchoolFAQ.aspx

or call 1-888-345-4269 if you have any other additional questions. Better to hear it from the center than me about restrictions.
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      03-28-2012, 12:53 PM   #109
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I just saw this post today. OP thanks so much for putting up the time to post this awesome report. I'll undoubtedly be doing this sometime soon. I just have to since I gave up on my first plan - ED.
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Looks like a great time! I've been thinking about doing this or Skip Barber at Laguna Seca. These pictures are making me lean towards the M School
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