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Has anyone done a driving school with their 02?


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can you take a stock 02 (38/38, lowered, yokos AVS and 3.90 lsd) on the track without being run over by the M3's or laughed about? Please comment, TIA

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Having a lower hp car with less handling improvements forces you to be SMOOTH. I used to autocross with my GONZO class 02 and did pretty well to a second place for the year. The most fun(and learning) I had was in a bone stock 02 in C class. Going around a left hander, you could see my helmet leaning out the window to see where I was going.

When I had my Gonzo 02 on Willow Springs, the 6cyl cars would all pull away from me on the straights. Once they got to the twisties, I was all over their bumper.

If you are going for the first time, you may be suprised at your 02s ability to keep up with "faster" cars.

Steve J

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Have done mine at Lime Rock. West Bend into the diving turn 4 wheel drift onto the main staight 100-110 hard on the brakes downshift into Big bend. People friendly place and only an hour and fortyfive min. from my house

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with street tires and 142k on the engine and had a ball! Told my instructor I knew how to go fast in a straight line, so wasn't planning on balls to the wall on the straights, but wanted to learn the twisties. Had a great time, didn't stress the machinery (still running strong at 195k) and learned a lot.

And don't worry about the other cars out there...it's not a race with other cars it's a race with your own abilities. And a good instructor won't let you get in over your head. It's his/her neck too!

Sign up and have a blast.

Cheers

Mike

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...on my newly redone '71 back in '85. It was a BMW CCA event at Grattan International Raceway, right here in West Michigan.

Take a spare set along, just in case...

Cheers!

Delia Wolfe

'73tii

Inka (aka "Julius")

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pretty soon you ignore the M3's (except when they get in your way in the corners)

and find some 318's and other similar cars to play with.

Since you have such a big differential on the straights, it's actually pretty easy- the M3's can get around you in a train, and you don't have to worry about them.

Just hang your arm out at the beginning of the straight and let them sort it out.

It's totally fun and addictive in our cars... unless you're thinking about an oval!

t

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I have pictures of a 1975 2002 that I took to 3 driving schools and 2 autocross events. It had a stock suspension, 14x6 steel wheels (from E30 318i) and cheap street tires, stock 4-speed, stock 32/36 and about 60K miles on the motor so it blew a puff of blue smoke on acceleration as well as on decel [they all do that... right! :-) ].

I paid $400 for the car and did only minor things to get it up to snuff (new tie rods, bushings, center link, major service, etc.).

You should ABSOLUTELY go to the driving school. It is not about the impact you have on them -- the purpose is to improve your driving skills. A fairly stock 2002 is a PERFECT vehicle to do this in. In fact, I believe a 320i would be equally IDEAL for a driving school.

Because the high-performance, modern BMWs are so capable, they have a tendency to mask areas you can improve. They can make up for mistakes quickly.

The 02 handles great, but it really pushes you to be smooth and consistent -- if you screwed up the entry or exit of a turn, then it probably impacted the next couple of changes. However, when you do it right, it is the most rewarding feeling you can imagine.

I was thinking that owning a car to do just this would be really fun. I think the 02 or 320i are ideal candidates.

In fact, every driver of a high performance BMW should do a driving school in one of these classics -- just imagine how much they would learn and could translate into their car.

Brian

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At Lime Rock. Back then, 2002s were the *fast* cars (well, except for the occasional Bavaria or CS). I've done about 40 or so schools since then. Nowadays, I spend a lot of time on the straights with my arm out the window, pointing the M3s by.

Compared to any newish BMW, the 2002 is a handful. To go fast - to keep up with the newer cars in the corners - you really have to know what you're doing, to be able to read the road, to predict how the car will react, and to take the preemptive steps necessary to get the car to do what you want it to.

IMHO, just about any average driver can go pretty fast in a newer BMW (what with suspension geometry improvements, ABS, traction control, and now yaw control); if you can go fast in a 2002, you're a damned good driver.

David Roach

"Molly" (Inka 1973 2002)

"Elmo" (Diamondschwartz 1991 325ix)

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i was amazed at what my instructor could do with my car-it has a lot more ability than I do. No problem with other faster cars- you will be taught where the passing zones are and how to signal. Some day, you will be the one who needs to get by. The only thing that keeps me from doing BMWCCA schools all the time is MONEY and time. You can expect to spend a few hundred for tech inspection, brake fluid flush and change, some pads, and whatever else needs to be done for your car to pass tech. You will need a rated helmet( may be able to borrow school's) and a 12 volt tire inflator so you dont have to drive to the track at track pressures. Have a great time. Which track are you considering? There are great sites for most tracks that have maps and descriptions of every corner, recommended brake points, lines, visual clues, etc.( will vary, of course with individual driver- but good study aid to know in your head what the track looks like) The Corvette club and the Porsche Club seem to post a lot of track driving aids. ///

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