9/22-23/01, by RyanDL
photos by Victor Y. and Michael Y.
Update 10/23/01: Video
of on track action posted.Warning, adult language.
On the weekend of 7/15-16/00, the John
Eagle Honda dealership of Houston, TX sponsored a driver's education event
at the 2.9 mile
road course at Texas World Speedway in College Station, TX. This event
is designed to allow any driver with any vehicle to drive on a challenging road
course in a safe environment while receiving instruction from professional
instructors riding shotgun. Event participants were grouped according to
their ability level, ranging from the green group (little or no experience) to
the red group (instructors only). Two other groups were included, the blue
(novice to intermediate) and the white (intermediate to advanced). The
green and blue groups were the most crowded with 38 registrants per group.
It seemed as though several people didn't attend the event, possibly due to the
9/11 attacks. There were supposed to be 120 entrants at this
People were lining up at
the track entrance well before sunrise.
People spent the early
morning prepping their cars. Tuan shows Ryan the ConeCam to be used to capture
The event itself was run in a very
safe, controlled manner. Many of the instructors were from a group called The
Driver's Edge, which runs a professional driving school tailored to the
driver's specific wants and needs at several tracks here in Texas. On the
first day, a classroom session for all green group drivers was held to show them
the track details, road course basics, car physics/dynamics, hand signals, flag
meanings, etc. All groups, including green, were treated to a driver's
meeting before any driving just to reiterate the basics. On day 2, a
driver's meeting was held to clear-up any misunderstandings and enforce rules
that were not being followed correctly, such as passing signals, passing zones,
and overall driving etiquette.
The lead instructor, Pat,
gave an excellent driver's meeting. It was to the point and he stressed all the
right things. First time track event drivers also attended an additional
classroom session explaining the proper lines throughout the track.
John Eagle Honda brought a
modified Prelude to show off, maybe as a way to say farewell to the car.
The tranny seized on this
Cobra replica while on track. Spectators were treated to a nice display of tire
smoke when it happened.