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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-12-2008, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I guess I've caught the addiction. [edit:] Damn, this is going to get expensive!

Trying to get in one more track day before my schedule goes to crap for the fall with work, school and other commitments. Found an Apex2Apex day at Grattan on Monday the 25th that I might be able to make (take day off from work). I've done 3 track days with NESBA, but don't know much about the apex2apex organization. Anyone here ever attend their track days? Are they well run? Any safety concerns? Crowded or lightly attended? Good people? Comments, Opinions? Feel free to PM if you don't want to make public comments.

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STT's site and posts about it here make it sound desirable. Alas, the schedules don't line up with what time I can manage.

I've looked at the schedules for STT, PTT, and NESBA for the rest of the season and right now the only date/location that seems possible for me before mid-October is Aug 25th. Lots of stuff needing my attention at work and home for the next several months.

Also planning on Putnam for Sunday, October 19th with NESBA. My Saturday class makes it impossible to do the whole weekend. Sure hope that is a warm day. October can get cold and wet in central Indiana.

And I am asking these questions because I'm very much a novice/beginner level track rider. Just trying to get a feel for the kind of group A2A is.

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STT's site and posts about it here make it sound desirable. Alas, the schedules don't line up with what time I can manage.

I've looked at the schedules for STT, PTT, and NESBA for the rest of the season and right now the only date/location that seems possible for me before mid-October is Aug 25th. Lots of stuff needing my attention at work and home for the next several months.

Also planning on Putnam for Sunday, October 19th with NESBA. My Saturday class makes it impossible to do the whole weekend. Sure hope that is a warm day. October can get cold and wet in central Indiana.

And I am asking these questions because I'm very much a novice/beginner level track rider. Just trying to get a feel for the kind of group A2A is.

I've ridden with them before. Can't say anything bad.

However, they don't really have the structure and instruction that an STT beginner group would. The B group with them is like a track 101 course. You don't really get that with the other orgs. NESBA or PTT if you ask for it, but much less structure. From what I recall, A2A doesn't offer any coaching, though they might have changed that.

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I've ridden with them before. Can't say anything bad.

However, they don't really have the structure and instruction that an STT beginner group would. The B group with them is like a track 101 course. You don't really get that with the other orgs. NESBA or PTT if you ask for it, but much less structure. From what I recall, A2A doesn't offer any coaching, though they might have changed that.
they offer coaching for extra $.

i've done a2a this year and it was ok considering i've been thru some track days before. for a very novice rider though, i would recommend either of the above three organizations.
a2a was a bit chaotic, but as i said it didn't bother me.
they tried running novice like STT, but that didn't really work out well at all.

another thing to consider is, if you haven't been to grattan, i'd definitely search for org with lots of organization and instruction. from what i hear, grattan is extra technical and you'll need someone to show you around if you haven't been there before.

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they offer coaching for extra $.

i've done a2a this year and it was ok considering i've been thru some track days before. for a very novice rider though, i would recommend either of the above three organizations.
a2a was a bit chaotic, but as i said it didn't bother me.
they tried running novice like STT, but that didn't really work out well at all.

another thing to consider is, if you haven't been to grattan, i'd definitely search for org with lots of organization and instruction. from what i hear, grattan is extra technical and you'll need someone to show you around if you haven't been there before.
Yeah, Grattan is......interesting.

A wise man once told me: "If you can go fast at Grattan, you can go fast anywhere"

It definitely throws a lot more at you than Blackhawk or Autobahn, for sure.

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