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Anyone doing any of the events at grattan raceway in Miichigan. they are so cheap compared to blackhawk and that is such a great track. i think it's only $95/day for gratten

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Did you say great and grattan in the same sentence? From what I've heard it's not the most popular track in the area
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Gratten is a kick ass track. It is one of the most technically challenging tracks in the area. Not the easiest track to learn on IMO.

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its a great track a ball to ride.........................

but the asphalt is not in the best shape, if its wet its really slick.........

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Yeah, needs to new concrete, but if it's not raining that track is fun as hell. Especially turn 3! I'll be going to a few as long as I get my hitch and trailer setup.

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The other negative is the distance from the Chicago area. Figure in your fuel costs, and a day there suddenly isn't a real bargain...just something to consider, even though I love the track layout (not the condition).
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Did you say great and grattan in the same sentence? From what I've heard it's not the most popular track in the area
you're kidding right?

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Factor in free gas since my company pays for it, factor in free housing at MSU with 5 sorority girls that are hot and wild....sounds like a great bargin to me!!!

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Factor in free gas since my company pays for it, factor in free housing at MSU with 5 sorority girls that are hot and wild....sounds like a great bargin to me!!!
K, I'm going with you that weekend. Which weekend is this again?

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Did my first track day at Grattan. I hate Grattan. I wouldn't do a free track day there.

BTW - Team Chicago does a school there for $25 in late March/early April. It's usually the last weekend of March/First weekend of April. If you don't crash, you get certification to buy a race license. I did it the year I learned to ride a motorcycle and got a race license as a joke.

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you're kidding right?
Doesn't seem so. I've heard enough bad things to stay away as well.
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Did my first track day at Grattan. I hate Grattan. I wouldn't do a free track day there.
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Grattan Rocks....


It's a rhythm track and will teach you a lot...... blind corners, camber
changes, hills in rude places.

Yeah the surface sucks in places and it is *treacherous* when wet.


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Grattan is a good time. If you can master that track you can conquer any track. I will be making a couple of the Grattan dates including the Team Chicago one.
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I agree...grattan rocks. i will be there for the team chicago event and the test and tune day the next day. it's a great way to warm up for the season.

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Doesn't seem so. I've heard enough bad things to stay away as well.

it's funny, back when I used to actually ride a bike and raced at Grattan all the people there said bad things about Blackhawk. Of course that was before the repaving but still even with good tarmac there are still too many tree and too much Armco in play. Grattan really has everything if you're looking to learn. A long fast straight, on-camber and off-camber turns, elevation changes. It does suck in the rain, and moreso after a rain since the water leaches up out of the sealer strips, but there's plenty of runoff if you have to stand it up. I don't know, I never felt comfortable at BHF from a safety standpoint.

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Here's a video that I took this last summer.

Listen to my flatslides whistle at you.

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Grattan kicks ass. Bumpy? Yes, but if you know how to take the correct line the bumps are nothing. If you can go fast at Grattan you can go fast anywhere. Very fun technically challenging track. If I had to choose between Blackhawk and Grattan I would choose Grattan any day of the week. Blackhawk is yaaaaaaaawwwn boring compared to it. The patches are actually stickier than the regular pavement believe it or not. Take a track walk and see for yourself.

I was asked to participate in a WERA endurance race up there in July, should be pretty fun.

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Grattan is a good time. If you can master that track you can conquer any track. I will be making a couple of the Grattan dates including the Team Chicago one.
so you are going again this year? Damn, now I'm considering it...

I got my race license there last year after doing the Team Chicago school for the last two years (passed both times, just to busy to follow through the previous yr). Great times and a cheap practice day too. Just wish it wasn't 7 hours each way of driving.
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so you are going again this year? Damn, now I'm considering it...

I got my race license there last year after doing the Team Chicago school for the last two years (passed both times, just to busy to follow through the previous yr). Great times and a cheap practice day too. Just wish it wasn't 7 hours each way of driving.
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How much is it to take that fairy across the lake?
Round trip looks like $150ish, doesn't look like it starts until April 14th though.
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The FERRY is about $150, what the FAIRY charges depends on what you want him to do with you!

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Round trip looks like $150ish, doesn't look like it starts until April 14th though.

That sounds reasonable. Maybe a little more than gas or about the same. I wonder how long it takes to float across.

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Looks like I *might* be able to make the June 23/24 Gratten After all .




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grattan is one of my favorite tracks. for anyone who wants to ride a track like Grattan, and also loves Putnam, id suggest a trip to Beaverun in PA. it takes the best of the two and puts them together. now if Grattan repaves, then id say its the best track in our area

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Everyone pisses and moans about the pavement, I don't think its that bad. People cry about the seams at Gingerman too. Whatever....

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