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Old 02-22-2016, 01:37 PM   #1
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Performance Driving School (PDS) in San Diego

The San Diego region of PCA is having one of its semi-annual PDS March 11-14.
https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/pca-sdr-performance-driving-school-qualcomm-stadium-san-diego-271370#.VsuPxfkrJhE

If you have never done a PDS, it is probably the best $$ and time you can spend in a Porsche. You will be amazed at how great our cars are and how well they perform

The San Diego PDS is known as one of the best in the country

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Old 02-22-2016, 08:06 PM   #2
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JayG, thanks for the link! I am seriously considering making the trip down to SD for this.

Quick question, is this something worth traveling for? It doesn't appear that many PCA regions put on similar events? Guessing the San Diego, and Souther California regions have a much more active PCA groups than the rest of the country. Thanks!
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Definitely worth the money and time! And you'll have more fun than you ever thought possible.
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I just happen to be in San Diego at the moment. Too bad I didn't pack my car!
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:07 AM   #5
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SDR is one of the most active PCA regions and puts on some of the best events in the country

Yes, IMHO it is well worth traveling a bit for the PDS. You will not only have too much fun (as Tom mentioned), you will leave with amazing confidence on driving your car. It is more than just a car control clinic. You get lots of 1 on 1 instruction from some of the best instructors anywhere.

Friday night is a 2-3 hour classroom chalk talk that goes over the mechanics of driving and what will be covered on Sat and Sun. All day Sat are driving exercises including a lot of time on a wet skid pad as well as things like threshold braking. On Sunday you put it all together with a non-competitive autocross designed by some of the best AX course designers around. You also get to ride in the instructors cars including some full race prepped cars.

Both my Wife and son will be taking the PDS this time as it it so worthwhile.
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I've taken that course and can attest to it being more fun than you have had in your Porsche ever perhaps and the proof is that a number of people who have already taken the course before, sign up again to have another 2 days of great fun.

Its a very friendly social environment and if your a little outgoing and talk to the folks and instructors you are having fun with you will also make a bunch of new friends.

You will be grouped with models of similar capabilities so Boxster and Caymans get training together tailored to the capabilities of the Mid engine Porsches.

There's a bit of an adrenaline rush as you do things you never though possible with your car and its all grins throughout the weekend.
The end result is that you will certainly be a better driver, and if you apply yourself you might discover you have incredible driving talents previously undiscovered.
The most interesting thing most people discover is that the Boxster is capable of a lot more than the driver, and learning to drive the Boxster to its capabilities will be most fun and full of good surprises.

Those paranoid of blemishing their cars need not worry as its unlikely to be scuffed and if you are concerned about hitting a soft cone now and then you just need a role of Blue masking tape to protect the front bumper and wheel well edges.
I didn't use any tape and hit lots of cones going forwards and backwards (Spun out on purpose and while learning the traction/balance limits many times) and after a wash I could not find so much as a scratch.

Even the most timid drivers with brand new Porsches were doing incredible feats of cone avoidance and slaloms around the cones in sudsy wet and dry track areas.

You know its going to be interesting when the soapy water truck foams up some skid pads.

I can't say enough good things about the Course, people putting it on, the instructors and participants...very friendly folks with humor thrown in to boot.

Its truly and experience every Porsche driver should do, for the fun, learning to handle your car and avoiding collisions dynamically in your everyday traffic situations.
Those with the urge or interest to race, (Which you will after getting adrenalin-ed up) will also enjoy the mini autocross.

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Thanks for the recommendations, trying to see if I can swing it with my schedule.
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This is one of the best PDS programs in the country. I highly recommend it.

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Old 03-03-2016, 12:39 PM   #9
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Definitely worth the money, guys, if you have never done any racing or performance driving.

Jay, I'll be working at the Performance Driving School on Saturday.

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