Driving School at Mission raceway Mission BC.
If you read speed secrets by Ross Bentley, fantastic book, the driving school at mission is taken almost verbatum from this book. It is effective and highlights the essentials for performance driving. Probably one of the best driving schools in North America. Other drivers on the LeMons team concur, and not just the Canadian members…
Cut to the race simulation, after drills and laps with instructors and without we were left to our own to pass or not.
At the simulated start our group had a nice release and green flag. I had four cars in front of me, another new Mini, a 911 some generic front wheel drive cars which I passed after three laps. Instruction was effective, smooth, keep your head straight, heel toe downshift, pick the race line. Feel the traction, smooth, smooth smooth. Damn if I wasn’t in front of the pack after two laps…. yahoo.
I noticed in my mirror the classic mini was on my tail and all I could think of was please go faster, please catch me. I am building a classic race car and I want to know how fast you can go, I need you to be a giant killer, I need perspective, how fast will my car be. I’ve stated before the classic mini can’t hang with a new one, I may have to rethink that statement every corner he gained on me, every straight I pulled away it was wonderful.
I have no regrets about building a classic Mini race car now, even against newer cars race prepped Mini’s can hold their own.
After a lap or two in the lead turning on to the straight I glanced at my mirror and all I could see was a huge red and black chevrolet symbol and I pointed the ZR1 corvette by, ridiculously fast cars they are, I’ll need much more practice to keep up with those huge V8’s but I’m ready now for LeMons, all the whipped impalas, Buicks, Saabs and thrashed Mustangs wrenched on for $500 beware. I have a Mini and driving skills
, icons have been crushed by the little car you have been warned.