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      08-03-2009, 09:30 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by lucid View Post
Thanks Dave. That was informative. It is interesting to hear that you got about the same amount of seat time. I am surprised that BMW made you keep MDM on. That would get in the way of picking up some of the key advanced skills IMO, but I guess that is how they "insure" the cars. In terms of the comparison, if you could do only one, which one would you do? (I realize that is a highly subjective question and depends on the specifics of the motivation of the individual, but I'll ask anyway).
I learned the most at Skippy, but I had the most to learn at that time. Still, BMW did NOT teach me trail braking or using trailing throttle oversteer, both of which are keys to my success in autocross. Next time I go to BMW I plan to use both more, but I was really in refresher mode this year, after years off the track. Next time I'll be focused on refining my skills rather than restoring.

As for going back, now that I Know what I know and I'm not driving FFs at the track, I'll be returning to BMW for the fun of driving street cars on fast tracks with other good drivers. Even though I make that choice today, I'd recommend Skippy as superior for learning racing skills.

Oh, all thought the Skippy cars are specialized full race cars, the skills do easily transfer to big, heavy street cars.