Modern life's more enjoyable when you master the machines that facilitate it -- but while the obvious choice for computer tutelage is John W. Scherer, CEO & Founder, Video Professor, who's gonna learn you your car? Getting you up to speed: Hooked On Driving, coming in July
Run outta LA, HOD's a network of pro drivers & amateur speed freaks who teach novices to wring maximal performance from their personal autos through programs held on local racetracks -- next stop being Thunderhill Raceway (3 miles/15 turns/byo funnel cake). Upon arrival with your rig, you're paired with a coach who'll accompany you on "parade laps" (3-4 at low speed to get comfy), help you visualize your line over a helmet mic system, and show you when/where you're allowed to pass other cars (never to the outside unless your name rhymes with Mom Mruise). Next you'll alternate between 10-15min classroom sit-downs and 25min roadwork sessions to nail basics like hand positioning & slowing into turns, plus more advanced techniques like throttle steering and left-foot braking; eventually, you'll be burning at your whip's max speed, either terrifyingly exhilarating, or terrifyingly depressing
Drop $50 to an HOD-supported charity, and they'll take you for a blistering ride-along in a better car, like a Lotus Exige, a Corvette Z06, or a Ferrari 430 -- what John W. Scherer just bought, with filthy lucre you sent him to learn "How To Use The Internet, 2004".
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