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copmots
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rawhide wrote:
Regarding insurance I have found it more cost effective to cancel my existing policy and buy a new specialist policy which includes trackway rather than buying insurance for just one day. You could also cancel the policy and claim a prorated refund after the event.

I use A Manning who are not cheap but I feel well covered.


Gave A Manning a call and can get fully comp insurance inc unlimited track days for £342.
I thought this was a good deal.
Only advantage about getting old is cheaper car insurance!
Thanks for the tip think I'll take them up on this price.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good points so far. I'm especially interested in an insurance quote from A Manning now.
Something else you might want to consider is removing the centre caps from your wheels before you start.
As the wheels get hot it can soften the plastic which deforms the clips that keep them in the centre hole.
I have wrecked or lost 2 sets so far, one on an evo and one on the 997.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rallyrob wrote:
Some good points so far. I'm especially interested in an insurance quote from A Manning now.
Something else you might want to consider is removing the centre caps from your wheels before you start.
As the wheels get hot it can soften the plastic which deforms the clips that keep them in the centre hole.
I have wrecked or lost 2 sets so far, one on an evo and one on the 997.


The trick is to drill a tiny hole in the middle of each cap.... Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you everyone,
loads of great advice and tips just what I needed.
Got a couple of pm messages and a phone call, really much appreciated advice.
As I said to the very nice chap who phoned me I'am a great (average) road driver because I use forward thinking and vision plus incidence avoidance.
There again I just drive at normal speeds etc because I don't need any points or accidents. I could be driving my 911 or my old Focus most of the time..
Track days will open up a new slant on driving....hopefully.
Anyway the car is sorted, Insurance is sorted, the only thing I would like is my own Helmet.
Having used supplied ones at karting events I really would like my own but not costing a fortune.
Say £100 for a open face one....anyone got any recommendations ?

Cheers all will report back in a couple of weeks.
Dave
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the helmet advice, I use a bell open face when I ride my harley on sunny days. Vey comfortable and look good. M and p motorcycles have a good range of helmets ( price wise) and they are local to me so trust worthy.
www.mandpdirect.co.uk
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

copmots wrote:


Anyway the car is sorted, Insurance is sorted, the only thing I would like is my own Helmet. Having used supplied ones at karting events I really would like my own but not costing a fortune.
Say £100 for a open face one....anyone got any recommendations ?



Helmets are available for c£100 but for around £200 you can get a really good one. I bought one of these. It comes with a free padded carrybag and a bottle of polish if you buy from here.

http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/motorsport/helmets/bell-mag-1-helmet
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,
here is my follow up on my first track day at Cadwell.
Firstly thanks for all your input and advice all very useful.

The day was great... and dry which was a bonus.
Lots of good tips I got from you the main one's being :

Get Instruction.
Relax ( hard to do but do it )
Brake in a straight line
Forget all the hot hatchbacks charging past
Drive to your capabilities ( don't try keep up with the faster guys )
Lower your tyre pressures as you get faster.
Use all the track sounds simple but after road driving might not come naturally.

Any novice thinking like me wether to have a go at track days is yes have a go go with some mates for company and enjoy.
Don't expect to be the fastest car there just cos you have a "Porsche"
Enjoy, start steady get some instruction and work on the corners that give you trouble one at a time.

I found Cadwell a great technical track you can't come unstuck too much unless it's wet!!

There are some great corners which are hard to master at speed.
My day there was fantastic unfortunately due to an admin error I didn't get my instructor till 3.00 pm.
This was a shame because in a short while with him everything was so much easier and faster.

I tended to go at everything with brute force, 10 minutes with a bit of tuition I was ten times better.
I enjoyed it immensely booking myself in now for another date next month.

After the track day trying to drive fast on the road and picking up points etc becomes pointless.
Get on the track enjoy your car and it's capabilities without getting done for speeding or hitting someone else .......you also learn what you and the car are capable of.
Win win.

Thanks to you all for advice on the forum, viia email and phone calls.
Dave
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great thread Dave.Thanks for the update. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:54 pm    Post subject: track day advice for newbie Reply with quote

I am considering a track day for myself in my own car and one or two friends, I've never done this before and don't want to go in at the deep end and make too much of a tit of myself.

Are there any good circuits in the south east, preferably Essex but not crucial?
How fast would I expect to go in my car?
Would it be better if we share a car as passenger driver then swap over - my friend is able to bring a car himself if required?

Any other general advice would be appreciated.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

book a silverstone track day , look in the track days section of this forum for group meets at silverstone , then youd be meeting with fellow porsche drivers most or all of whom would be happy to co pilot round with you and take you round in there cars ect ,
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some recent pointers here

==> http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=101737&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=track+advice
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for that.

A couple of other questions for anybody who has done track days:

Is is best to use my own car?
How much is a typical one day insurance - where to obtain it?
Is it worth me buying a spare set of wheels and tyres, (they could double up as winter wheels)?

Ive got this silly phobia that its likely to be a series of twists and technical turns etc, is it like this?

FWIW I have raced duathlons at Thruxton and Castle Coombe but that was a few years back and i didnt really take a lot of notice of the courses etc.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you never watched car racing, even on the telly?

Most track days are held at venues where there is car racing going on most weekends. Brands Hatch is quite close to you so I'd head there to watch a club meeting. It's fun in its own right and you'll learn a lot.

eg. ==> http://www.brandshatch.co.uk/calendar/2015/april/bh-750mc.aspx

Alternatively just go and watch a track day. It's free and all your questions will be answered either by watching or talking to the people taking part.

eg. ==> http://www.msvtrackdays.com/car/calendar/2015/april/08-bh-sw.aspx

You can hire cars at some trackdays but it's pretty expensive. Far better to use your own and be cautious.

One day track day insurance is easily obtainable but again quite expensive. Read the trackday sub forum on here for more details of where to get it / cost etc.

There's absolutely no need to buy a new set of wheels and tyres, at least not until you get properly hooked and want to do it regularly. Grin
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silverstone GP track is very safe with plenty of run off. Castle Combes is a fast track also but does not take prisonners in few places.
I think my first trackday was at Donnington Park and it was great.
Don't go on the track straight away do few passenger laps with someone with experience. Have a go yourself and what I recommend is to get an instructor so you can learn the track in depth and loose few bad habbits !!
Just take it easy and enjoy. Be aware of any cars around you always.
you don't especially need track tyres for the first time. Just get your car in shape with good oil, good pads, good boots.
Ask questions , trackdays are great especially with a Porsche.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soon to do my first one, thank you for all the great advice Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any suggestion for a GoPro mount for Tequipment cage (996) please?

Does something like this fit?

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F221826479592

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That should work.

I have a GoPro gooseneck thing that you can borrow if you are doing Bedford

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will clip on to pretty much anything in/on the car.






 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HSC911 wrote:
That should work.

I have a GoPro gooseneck thing that you can borrow if you are doing Bedford

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Thanks pal. It’s hard to judge from the eBay picture due to the thickness of the roll bar. I suppose it’s only a fiver. Smile
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