Phil Wicks at Laguna Seca 11/17/2010

Discussion in 'Track Days & HPDE's' started by xalfa, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. xalfa

    xalfa New Member

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    Wanted to let everyone know about a pretty cool track event coming up this fall. This is a chance to drive your Mini on a world class circuit at an event run by one of the best in the business - Phil Wicks Driving Academy. I did my first ever HPDE with Phil Wicks at Laguna and it was AWESOME!! Dropping into the Corkscrew with a train of Minis going flat out is an experience not to be missed!

    Here's the marketing copy:

    Driving Academy Event
    Wednesday, November 10, 2010 (1 day event)
    Monterey, CA

    Phil Wicks Driving Academy instruction for Novice, Intermediate, and Expert drivers

    * Fees are $350 per person. Drivers participate in their own cars and receive in-car and in-classroom instruction with certified instructors. Fees include Time Trials and on-track Solo I Autocross for qualified drivers.
    * This is the opportunity to learn from Phil Wicks, one of the world's leading experts in motorsports. He has driven, developed, and prepared Mini Coopers for the track for more than 50 years. Phil's activities have included stunt driving the original "Italian Job" movie starring Michael Caine (red Mini) and various British television series utilizing Mini Coopers.
    * Phil has taken his 50+ years experience and developed a curriculum to give you the opportunity to learn the capabilities of your car in a safe environment. The curriculum is graduated to meet the needs of the new MINI Cooper owner that has never been on a track to the most experienced "track day junkie"/racer.

    * Included in the day will be the following:

    * Phil Wicks Driving Academy for Novice, Intermediate and Expert drivers with in-car and classroom instruction provided for Novice and Intermediate.
    * Solo I Autocross for Intermediate drivers and graduates of Phil Wicks Driving Academy Novice curriculum.
    * North American MINI Cooper Challenge Time Trials Series for winners of Solo I Autocross and licensed racers.
    * Classic Mini Cooper Solo I Autocross and Time Trials.

    If you are interested, get in touch with PWDA soon as this will likely fill up fast. You can reach them at [email protected]. Registration form and more details here.

    This is Laguna Seca people! Do it!!!
     
  2. Way Motor Works

    Way Motor Works New Member

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    I'd go, but don't have a car there to drive. And no time to bring mine out.
     
  3. goaljnky

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    On a Wednesday? How bourgeois!
     
  4. Dr Obnxs

    Dr Obnxs New Member

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    Laguna is well booked a long time out...

    it's hard to get good dates, it's a busy track.

    Matt
     
  5. xalfa

    xalfa New Member

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    Well you would know from bourgeois, Mr. Galleria Frappulatte. :D

    It is a bit pricey and mid-week, but it is also Laguna Seca and Minis only. So you gotta take the good with the bad.
     
  6. xalfa

    xalfa New Member

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    You should talk to Phil. He might be able to hook you up.
     
  7. goaljnky

    goaljnky New Member

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    Actually the price is not that bad for Laguna. I actually got excited till I saw the Wednesday part. That's the killer for me.
     
  8. jiminni

    jiminni Well-Known Member

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    May have to think about this one :idea:
     
  9. Rooster

    Rooster New Member

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    I had a chance to run Laguna last February with Jerry and Bob and a small handful of Minis.
    It's a great track. Wish I had fresh brakes and tires because I'd love to run it again.
     
  10. Nitrominis

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    I will be there with tools to lend a hand just in case!
     
  11. Justa Jim

    Justa Jim Well-Known Member
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    Back in 1973 the track was actually on part of Ft Ord. As a young (relatively speaking) MP, we could go to any event that was going on, just by driving our patrol car in. It was really cool and I saw some great stuff there.

    Jim
     
  12. jiminni

    jiminni Well-Known Member

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    Being that I'm from Salinas, we used to hike into Laguna from Reservation Rd. It was way more informal back then :D Now that it's a world class facility that is no longer tolerated.
     
  13. Nitrominis

    Nitrominis Banned

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    Hey why not come up and just hang out for the day Jim? It may be a good turn out of MINIs. You can help me if someone breaks down...i.e. throws a belt or fouls spark plugs...etc.
     
  14. Justa Jim

    Justa Jim Well-Known Member
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    That is something I would love to do, by alas it is a bit of a hike for me. Thanks for the offer, as I have fond memories of the area.

    Jim
     
  15. xalfa

    xalfa New Member

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    Latest from Phil is that this may not happen as we don't have nearly enough confirmed entries.

    Three words:

    Laguna. Seca. Minis!

    Get off the fence and get on the list!!!

    Call 314-330-6449 asap!!
     
  16. wmwny

    wmwny Well-Known Member

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    He might get more participation if he lowered his pricing to that of competing schools...just my 2c.
     
  17. jiminni

    jiminni Well-Known Member

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    Yea, $350. for a day is expensive. Then it being on a Wednesday makes it even worse.
     
  18. minimark

    minimark Well-Known Member

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    Yep first one I went to was $225.00 with a Dealership discount, I've had a great time and also received tons of track time at each and every event but I'm afraid he's getting to high for a one day event. Especially when you consider a two day NASA event is $350.00, now you don't get as many sessions in one day and each session is a bit shorter, but you do get more sessions overall....

    .....of course I'll still go to the Phil Wicks at VIR because its a hoot running with all the other Minis!
     
  19. wmwny

    wmwny Well-Known Member

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    His schools were really reasonable until he got into that racing mode. I don't know if he is still sponsoring MINI racing. If he isn't, then, why not back off the pricing of the schools? Laguna Seca is a great course, but too far from me, so I either go to Putnam Park or Mid Ohio for less than $400 for 2-day schools.
     
  20. jiminni

    jiminni Well-Known Member

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    I lived minutes from Laguna Seca, am now only 2.5 hours. I would be all over this if it was two days, or maybe even on a Monday or a Friday. I was so pissed when Mini Cooper was the marquee car at the Historic race's a few years ago and we were all supposed to get on the track but they shut it down after only a few cars got on :mad5::incazzato: They owe me a few free laps :lol:
     

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