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Knowledge Base

General Information

How to register for Tarheel Chapter Event  Word

First Time Students     

Driving School, Autocross, Car Control Clinics defined Word

Introduction to Driver Schools and Your Driver School Committee  Word

What to expect at a typical event – A day at the Track  

Driver School Rules both for closed cars and open cars   

(specific rules for convertibles can be found at http://www.bmwcca.org in the operations manual section.

Car Preparation

Helmet Standards

Run Group Selection Guidelines for Students 

Outdoor Action Guide to Heat-Related Illnesses & Fluid Balance  

HPDS Run Group by Skill Set (A+,A,B,C,D)

Tarheel A+ Advanced Driver Program

 

Advanced Driving Techniques

A Lap at VIR-Full Course  

A Lap at VIR-North Course

Hot Laps at VIR North Course by Peter Krause

A Lap at VIR-South Course

ViR Turn Changes Guide 2014 by Krause & Assocs LLC 

Life Without Torque by Richard John   Word  

VIR Track Map

The Art of Heel and Toe Downshifting  

Chauffeur Braking Technique for Balance and Speed  Word

Trail Braking  Word 

Advanced Techniques for Looking and Seeing on Track Word 

Soft Eyes Practice Model  Word (courtesy Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

Analyzing Fast Turns & Slow Turns & How That Affects Entry Word

Nailing the Apex (article)

 

Demonstration of VIR Full Course "School Line"

 

 

For many years, Tarheel instructors and students had the opportunity to visit the “Instructors Corner” where they would find great discourses on a variety of topics of interest. Many of those articles can be found on the Tarheel website, in the “Track” section. The concepts and descriptions found there are just as valid now as they were when first written. We hope to revive that tradition here.
In the future, in advance of an upcoming HPDS, we will be in touch with some tips on instructing and other topics. We hope that you will be participants in this, and we welcome comments, suggestions, and yes, even rants.

 

 

  Issue 1 February 2014 "Asking Questions"

Issue 2 March 2014 "Personality Types"

Issue 3 May 2014  "Corner Workers and Incident Safety"

Issue 4 August 2014  "Student Evaluations"

Issue 5 January 2015 "It was a very good year"

Issue 6 March 2015 "SLIP"

Issue 7 August 2015 "SLIP Part 2"

Issue 8 October 2015 "Corner Worker Signals"

Issue 9 April 2016 "Command and Control"

Issue 10 December 2016 "A Chat with the C.I.'s"

 

Other Resources:

Becoming a Tarheel Instructor

Guest Instructor Application  download and save for active form

Proper Harness Installation

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ


Tarheel HPDS FAQ


High Performance Driving Events Chairman

Tom Tice

Chief Instructor Team

April Curtis (Co-Chief Instructor, ITS Classroom Facilitator)

Paul Tillery (Co-Chief Instructor)

Mike Hinkley (Instructor, Open Car & Safety Issues)

Registration, Classroom, ITS, Sponsorship & Information Staff

Phil Antoine(Motorsportreg Liason, Pre-event Registrar, Instructor)

Todd Jones  (HPDS On-Site Registration Czar, Instructor)

Gilbert Reynolds(HPDS Packets & Registrar, Instructor)

Scott Meyer (Instructor Development, Instructor)

Allen Patterson (Instructor Training Coordinator, Instructor)
Tom Tice (HPDS Shirts, Sponsor Contact, Instructor)

Craig Harmon (Artistic Director, T-shirt Designs)

Danny Staley (Volunteer Coordinator, Chapter Custodian)



 
 
VIR

Tarheel 2017 Track Events
6/16-6/18 North Course
9/29-10/1 Full Course
 
 
 2017 fees:
 Student 2-day Saturday – Sunday driving school   $450
 A+ 3-day Friday-Sunday driving school   $675
 Friday-only instructor orientation & ITS candidates   $155
Helmet Rental $35.00
Saturday evening post-track dinners   TBA  

Registration and Confirmation

Register for events at http://tarheelbmwcca.motorsportreg.com/

Student Confirmation Packet

Instructor Confirmation Packet


Announcements
 

New Requirement: All cars of students in the C & D run groups shall have mufflers such that instruction via intercom by in-car instructor is not impaired by the internal noise in the car. This is a safety issue.  It is also recommended that ALL students consider the issue of internal car noise with respect to safety and getting all that you paid for from your in car-instructor.

Accommodations

Please reserve your room at VIR or Sleep Inn Hotel which is our School's headquarters.  For a substantial discount request the "Tarheel BMW" block of rooms. 
Sleep Inn (434) 793-6090  gm.va372@choicehotels.com

Other Area Hotels 

Holiday Inn Express (434)  793-4000  

Best Western Danville  (434) 793-6090

VIR Lodge offers 45 rooms - Reservations (434) 822-7700 EX 101

VIR Pit Road Suites - 18 are available for rent (434)822 -7700 EX 101

Camping not available at Tarheel Events

 

Dining 

VIR Oak Tree Tavern Located in the plantation clubhouse. For reservations call Wendy Riddick at (434) 822 - 7700 EX 117.

 


Post-Event

Event Photography
F&S Enterprises


Feedback
We welcome your comments on our events to help us improve and provide the best experience for our students and instructors. Email Comments



Student Guide

Student's Evaluation of Instructor and Event

Instructor's Guide

Instructor's Evalution of Student



What our students are saying...

"This instructor genuinely desires to improve me as a driver. He evaluates my driving, and gives 2 simple areas for me to work on. I'd work with him every track weekend.”

“Without doubt the two things I need to focus on most were looking ahead and looking ahead. And I need to learn how to heel-toe. My instructor was great at helping me find reference points on a track where there aren't many, and was great at helping me drive in the rain for the first time. He gave positive feedback when I did something well, and constructive criticism on the not-so-good things.”

“This instructor is obviously very knowledgeable about VIR and is a fantastic in-car instructor. Spent a lot of time discussing the track and quickly found area where there was room for improvement. I had a great experience for my first time at VIR.”

“The class instructor made excellent use of the rainy conditions. He was very aware of potential issues that could occur and communicated these to me. I would recommend him!”

“One of the best driving venues in the country. On point, education related to class/track/driving. Fantastic in class and in car instructing. A great group of knowledgeable, skilled, friendly, welcoming people. Proud to be part of this great family."