2020 has been a year of challenges. Even without COVID-19, many people I know are having more than their share of unexpected and difficult situations. We keep trying to move forward and hope for better days down the road.
One of the biggest challenges for the BMW CCA PSR board has been staging events that meet local and state safety standards. So far, we have been able to offer several driving events. The tour committee has put together some great outings and has a few more planned before fall gets here. The track committee has done a tremendous job in reconfiguring communications with students for HPDE and Car Control events.
These events are fun and educational. It takes many people doing countless tasks and planning to pull them off. One of the challenges we are facing right now with the Car Control Clinic is getting enough volunteers to run the events. The participants need our experience, enthusiasm, and dedication to help them enjoy their “Ultimate Driving Machines” to the fullest.
On August 21, my husband, Kelcy, and I worked as volunteers for Jeff Butler at the Car Control Clinic at Pacific Raceways. Every time I do this, whether it be course building, cone shagging or coaching, I think “Wow, I forgot how fun this is.” It never fails that there is at least one participant I can watch going from timid and maybe a little scared to confident and having a smile plastered to their face. While monitoring the stop box on the slalom exercise, I had the privilege of observing drivers of all skill levels. The vehicles they were driving were as diverse as the drivers. As each one completed the course, I would give tips and encouragement, remembering those that did the same for me when I was “new.” As they improved, they would celebrate a good run with me. I cannot think of a more worthwhile way to spend the day playing at what I love.
I will get the opportunity to do it again on September 11th, the last BMW CCA PSR Car Control Clinic for 2020. I know that we will need plenty of help again, especially experienced car control instructors. If you are able, I invite you to come out and join the fun at our 2021 events. Granted, it can be an exhausting day, but the value of what you contribute is priceless. And I would bet you will leave the track with the satisfaction of knowing you helped people improve their driving skills and deepen their love of the sport. Yes, I just called driving a sport. It takes time and practice to develop high performance driving skills.
As I write this, September is just a few days away. Summer has come and gone much too quickly. Events got off to a late start and now we are down to just a few weeks before the winter comes. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements of new events and participate if you can. The board and others are continually coming up with creative ideas to present for our members.
I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year, and I will see you soon!