A day at the advanced driving school with the Saab Owners' Club of Canada. The event was held at the Shannonville Motosport Park in Ontario. Some of the pictures are kindly provided by Yuri Gudonis. For your viewing pleasure, here's a short video clip with some of my driving and a demo by an instructor (5 minutes, 6 Megabytes).
02.04.2004
The bigger Saabs

Sadly, only one of them will be on the track today. I'd really like to see that black Aero in action.
02.04.2004
Nine Hondas

Of 28 student cars 15 were Hondas, including nine S2000's. Those always stayed together.
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Hondas

How do they tell one car from another? ;)
02.04.2004
Instructors

In the red cap on the left is the school chief, Blake Nancarrow.
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Derek Hanson's class

The classes are useful and entertaining.
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Entering the skidpad

The first group of beginners is lining up.
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In line

A Corvette is getting ready for the braking exercise.
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400 horses in action

It sure can accelerate fast.
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Vette on the grass

Oops! There's a lot of room for improvement. Not so much room on the skidpad though.
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Take off

A red 900 Turbo is rushing forward.
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900 braking

All the cones are intact. Good job, Cameron!
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Back to the skidpad

Coming back for another run.
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Cameron

You can tell this guy is happy ;).
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Saab generations

Two elder Saab fans are stopping by to discuss the car and the old times.
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1992 Saab 900 Turbo

One of the last "true" Swedes produced. I too like the looks of the classic Saabs.
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In line to the skidpad

My Saab is two generations newer. Still, it's already 6 years old.
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9-3 getting ready

And here's the latest fruit of Trollhatten engineering.
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The second group

There were only three Saabs on the track that day.
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S2000 accelerating

This is the excercise to learn the oversteer and understeer control.
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S2000 doing a 180

The instructor is pulling a handbrake in your car, and you need to recover.
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Balancing out

Cameron is sliding sideways.
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9-5 speeding up

Then you get to play on your own, combining the braking with steering and throttle inputs.
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9-5 leaning

I had a chance to apply these skills just 20 minutes after this exercise, when I nearly spun out...
02.04.2004
9-5 turning

...in that nasty puddle in the corner #14 (the puddle is seen in the video), but I was able to recover.
02.04.2004
535 taking off

This 8-cylinder 1990 BMW is fast. I had him on my tail for some time on the track...
02.04.2004
535 skidding

...Being heavy, he couldn't keep up in the corners, but the rate he was gaining on me on the straights was amazing.
02.04.2004
535 backwards

He just did a 180.
02.04.2004
Ready to go

Corvette looks fast even when it's not moving.
02.04.2004
Slalom exercises

In slalom, you had to navigate between the cones on the slippery road.
02.04.2004
Slalom exercises

These tires must have a lot of grip.
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Skidpad

Skidpad is a round patch of pavement covered with water, which makes it quite slippery.
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S2000 on the skidpad

The plate on this yellow S2000 says "NOTDADDS".
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S2000 on the skidpad

Another S2000. White body, blue top.
02.04.2004
Robin

Rob looks excited. It is his first time with this school.
02.04.2004
Heading out

Driving behind a slow car is awkward, as you tend to follow it and repeat the same mistakes.
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Stuck behind the Honda

Once you overcome that, you can take time to refine corners at low speed.
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About to pass

Finally, his instructor is telling him to let me through.
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In the pit

The track session is over, I'm discussing the mistakes with my instructor.
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Good company

My car is in the good company of an S2000, a Corvette and a Viggen.
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240Z onto the straight

A 1971 Datsun from the advanced group.
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Integra accelerating

One fast Integra Type R.
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325 on Nelson 7

A BMW entering the straight.
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The grandstands

You can watch the race from here if the weather is good.
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Washrooms

The most important facility on the track ;).
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20.1L/100km

The average fuel rate through the day. I can tell it peaked much higher, as I burnt 40 litres of gas.

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