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Old 10-11-2005, 10:59 AM   #21
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$295 for a day of training seems a bit steep, even including lunch. There are a couple of roadracers that offer exactly the kind of training Lee is talking about ("rider who might never do a track day yet enjoys riding at a brisk clip on the street") held at a local community college that has a driver training course facility. They charge $75 bucks (but they don't feed you.) After the first day of instruction you can use subsequent days as an unsupervised trackday with slow, medium, and fast/racer groups, or get more instruction. However, it is not a race school.



The teacher/student ratio was about 3/15 the day I went. As a current roadracer I was just trying to get the initial, mandatory day of training out of the way so I could use it as a trackday, but even I picked up a couple useful nuggets of information.
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Old 10-11-2005, 10:59 AM   #22
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Well the Sox last Series victory was about the year you were born, right?
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:14 AM   #23
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Not going to matter what AL weenie team wins. The Cardinals are going to win the whole thing in 4 games. St. Louis is such a great baseball town. Cardinals have such long and great history compared to Black Sox and California, Anaheim, er LA girlie Angels...



NL where pitchers have to play too.
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:32 AM   #24
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And the Cards kicked a$$ last year!
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:39 PM   #25
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I see he knows as much about baseball as he does about the rest of life. Certainly the Cards are doomed now. Thankfully he isn't pulling for the Sox. I think those fantastic Cards better worry about Houston. They are worlds better than San Diego, who should have been disqualified from the start.
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:50 PM   #26
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Team W L Percentage

St. Louis 100 62 .617

Los Angeles 95 67 .586

White Sox 99 63 .611



Right GPTB boys...
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Old 10-11-2005, 01:25 PM   #27
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P.S. I hate the D.H. rule. It's for wusses
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Old 10-11-2005, 01:42 PM   #28
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i don't have any opinions other than this. it was a fun read. nice work.

i hope i keep learning about riding. i hope it gets less painful
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Old 10-11-2005, 02:27 PM   #29
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Lee did explain the difference to me. Whatever you call it, it's fun!
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Old 10-11-2005, 04:03 PM   #30
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My name is Frank Snively, and yes I am just as gray and bald as the pictures show. Please look at the pictures of Lee Parks, or at the author of the article (see picture # 17) to see the kind of folks the course is designed for.



More to the point, I enjoyed and appreciated the course, in spite of some personal limitations which the author was too kind to mention. My only real gripe was that since my home is at 8000 feet elevation in Colorado, I have lost my appreciation for hot weather. I fully intend to repeat the course, but NOT repeat NOT in Phoenix in mid-summer.



Well, as long as I am writing, I will mention one physical limitation: At the time I attended the course, I had very little flexibility in my neck - it had stiffened up over 68-1/2 years - and it was quite difficult for me to "look through" tight turns. It was a limitation not only for rider training, but also for backing up the family cage(s), to the point it was actually dangerous. Thanks to an excellent physical therapist and continued exercises, I can now rotate my head as well as I could at half my present age. Any MO reader who HAS to use the mirrors to back up should also sign up with a physical therapist.



Oh yes, my BMW rides better after Lee Parks efforts at suspension tuning. Thanks, Lee.



And it is a good article; I am certain I would have enjoyed reading it even if I hadn't been there.
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