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AMP Open House and Track Safety Clinic

by Adam Tharp

Want to learn how to drive on the track?

 

At this event, we will discuss how track driving differs from driving on streets, and the best way to become a better driver is to learn from those who have experience. The goal is simple, we want you to be comfortable driving your car on the track. This clinic is designed to help alleviate those concerns, or anxiety, about participating in track and autocross events.

At driving school, a safe environment is created through the interaction of briefings. In these briefings we discuss conditions, track rules, and the use of flags to communicate with drivers. Throughout the day, you will begin to learn the art of maintaining control of your car when it has exceeded its threshold of grip, either by design or driver error. This requires an understanding of how your tires grip the pavement, how weight transfers through turns, and how braking and acceleration affects your grip throughout the corners.

We will also show you the various nuances of being out at the track, including how cars are permitted to enter and exit the track, how drivers are expected to treat other track users to ensure a safe and fun time, the lingo used, what each flag color means, run classes, how to prep, and so much more. The day will be filled with lots of information, some good food, and great company!

Lastly, you will have a rare opportunity to be a passenger in a ride-along, with an experienced driver that will show how everything comes together and how some of these issues apply to actual track conditions. These laps will be done at reduced speeds to help the students better absorb the information.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up, below, today! The event is free and lunch is included!

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Jerome Fun Run

by Adam Tharp

Do you love driving, socializing, and great food? Then come join us for a group drive up to Jerome, Arizona for great photo opportunities at the famous Mile High Grill.

Don’t Forget: Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Water

Check-in at 9:00am; Driver’s Meeting at 9:15am:
McDonald’s
3140 W Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Join us as we celebrate The New Year and make our way to the Mile High Grill & Inn in Jerome Arizona’s premiere ghost town where we will be the special guests of Chef Alex Colaianni. Because of parking restrictions we must limit participation to the first 25 cars that register.

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 9:30am and head North up Interstate 17 to Jerome, AZ through Prescott Valley, with a stop for fuel and a restroom break at the Shell station on the east side of the Cordes Junction exit (262). From there, we will continue up to the Mile High Grill, via AZ-89A.

Located high on top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) between Prescott and Flagstaff is the historic copper mining town of Jerome, Arizona. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community.

Built in 1899, the Clinkscale Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Jerome Historic District, 66000196). These walls have seen it all. Undertakers, madams, a candy store and even a ghost kitty have all resided here at one point or another.

There will be a drive leader, as well as a secondary group coordinators, in order to guide the groups to the venue and help ensure safe travels for our members and the general public.

Please RSVP, below, in order to reserve your spot for the event.

 

Route Details:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our drives are designed to be fun and safe for the entire family. As such, we expect all participants to behave in a mature and safe manner. If you want to have a drag race or test the limits of your BMW then please sign up for our next track event and allow professional instructors to assist you in getting the most out of your BMW. This is not the venue for driving recklessly and you will be asked to leave.

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Route 66 Fun Run

by Adam Tharp

Route 66

 

Do you love driving, socializing, great food, and the Eagles? Then come join us for a group drive up to Winslow, Arizona for great photo opportunities at Standin’ on the Corner Park commemorating the song “Take It Easy“, written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, and, most famously, recorded by the Eagles.

Don’t Forget: Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Water

Check-in at 8:00am; Driver’s Meeting at 8:15am:
Shell Fuel Station
17125 E Shea Blvd
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 8:30am and head up AZ-87 N to Flagstaff, AZ through Payson, AZ, with a stop for fuel and a restroom break at the Shell station by The Home Depot, just north of Payson past the roundabout. From there, we will continue up to the The Turquoise Room Restaurant, via AZ-87 N.

 

The Turquoise Room is one of the southwest’s unique restaurants, providing a mesmerizing interpretation of Arizona food. Treat yourself at this hidden oasis and discover a wonderful road restaurant and explore Winslow hotel – La Posada.  Designed in the late 1920s for Fred Harvey by architect Mary Colter, who considered it her masterpiece, the hotel was closed for 40 years before being fully and lovingly restored and reopened in 1998. Near a busy rail line but surrounded by very pleasant gardens, the luxurious hotel is also home to a stylish cocktail bar and one of the finest restaurants for miles.

 

There will be a drive leader, as well as a secondary group coordinator, to keep the group together and help ensure safe travels for our members and the general public.

Please RSVP to Joe Dawson via email HEREno later than September 28th, in order to reserve your spot for the event.

 

Route Details:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our drives are designed to be fun and safe for the entire family. As such, we expect all participants to behave in a mature and safe manner. If you want to have a drag race or test the limits of your BMW then please sign up for our next track event and allow professional instructors to assist you in getting the most out of your BMW. This is not the venue for driving recklessly and you will be asked to leave.

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