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Old 06-27-2012, 11:52 PM
Earl K Earl K is offline
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Default Hooked on Driving

Hi guys,

I know my post count isn't terribly high, but I mainly use forums for used parts these days.

Disclaimer: This thread applies to the Great Lakes region of HOD, but they have branches all across the country. Check them out. They are the Caddilac of driving events. The couple bucks difference in price is in the details.

Hooked on Driving is offering a smoking deal for July 2nd at Autobahn Country club in Joliet! Two entrants for the price of one. Find anyone whether it be a friend, family member, or even forum member to split the entry fee of $295.00. The ONLY catch is that the second entry will have to provide their own lunch. Food is great at this track, btw.

Hooked on Driving will be doing a completely unique format on July 2nd. Starting at 11:30am and going all the way to 8:30pm. Plus, we will be doing North track for half the day and South track for the other half. So you get to sleep in AND drive two tracks in one day for half the price!

When you sign up, just put the details of the second entry in the comments section at the bottom such as:
Driver name,
car make/model/color,
run group (a,b,or c),
Preferred car number

If you haven't run with HOD or have never been on the track, we offer 1 on 1 instruction for the entire day for A (beginner) group drivers, and by request of the rest of the groups B(intermediate), and C(advanced). Hooked on Driving provides a relaxed atmosphere where you get to have fun exploring the capabilities of your car in a safe and guided environment.

I'll be out instructing the B group with my '05 S.

Helmet rentals available for $20.00. (good supply, but limited)

Contact/questions best directed to:
Phone: 779-475-0402

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Old 08-16-2012, 11:12 AM
Earl K Earl K is offline
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HOD is going to be running at Gingerman Raceway, Saturday, August 25th

"GingerMan Raceway is a private road-racing course situated on a 350-acre site. The original track is 1.88 miles long with the corner extension the track is now 2.14 miles, twisting left and right and up and down on the naturally rolling landscape. It simulates a country road, but without the risks to pedestrians and oncoming traffic and eliminates other hazards such as ditches, phone poles, trees and other objects." Courtesy of

Gingerman Raceway, Ltd.
61414 County Rd 388
South Haven, MI 49090

$225 Registration Fee includes:
Classroom briefings
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced groups
Nearly two full hours on-track

Special discount for Motoring Underground members: enter "HOD25" in the promo code section for $25 bucks off.

Hope to see you there!
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:55 PM
Earl K Earl K is offline
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*Late wrap up
It was nice meeting some of the forum members out there at Gingerman. (Gmitch, your car is ridiculous.) We had more track time than the participants could handle. Cars and/or drivers were starting to burn out by early afternoon. By the end of the day, we were basically opening the track to anyone who wanted to go out. Group C drivers got to check out doing the track backwards for a couple sessions. That was A LOT of fun. I've never had to look for an apex so far out my driver side window. The track was nice and fairly straight forward, but backwards was probably the most challenging track I've ever driven.

*Next event
Oct. 1st. Autobahn Country Club, Joliet. FULL TRACK (North and South combined, aka mini-Nurburgring)

We are working with National Corvette Museum on this event. Racing junkies will be getting a real treat. The National Corvette Museum has just confirmed the presence of a very special guest-Johnny O'Connell...three-time ALMS GT1 champion, 38 career ALMS wins, record eight Sebring 12-hour class victories, holds ALMS records for most starts (102), most podium finishes (80), most top-five finishes (93) and most top-10 finishes (100); first American driver to win 24 Hours of Le Mans four times.

This is going to be our biggest and last event for the year, so book up as soon as you can! Link here

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Old 09-29-2012, 12:47 AM
Earl K Earl K is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2011
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Update for Oct. 1st
We have 2 spots left for B (intermediate group). Whether or not you think you are an Advanced driver should not stop you from signing up if you are interested. This is a HUGE track with tons of passing zones and plenty of run off room that should accommodate drivers of any level running at the same time. I'll be head coach of the B group with presentations between sessions to get you up to speed on driver etiquette, the driving line, etc.

Looks like we are going to have a full house. As mentioned earlier, this is a joint venture with the National Corvette Museum and they are bringing some special guests. Pro driver John O' Connel had to back out due to a scheduling conflict. But, Tony Gaples will be there from Black Dog Speed Shop/Black Dog Racing Team.

Granted this is a Mini enthusiast based site, but engineers from GM will be talking shop with presentations on the side along with some Q and A sessions, including the mastermind of the ZR1 Corvette, Tom Wallace.

The National Corvette Museum will also be offering ride alongs in some nice cars with the proceeds going to charity. My understanding is that the idea is to go around with a hot shoe (probably Tony Gaples) for a lap or two to benefit a charity.

All in all, it looks to be an action packed day even if you are not participating. If you have the day off, stop by the Autobahn in Joliet, IL and check out some serious hardware running around and hobnob with some of the who's who of the industry.

PROMO CODE: HOD25 for $25 bucks off for first time entries still good!

Feel free to PM me questions.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:23 PM
Earl K Earl K is offline
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So who's getting ready for next season? Those with heated garages, I presume.

Hooked on Driving Great Lakes is upping the ante this year with our schedule. We can now say "yes" to the constant barrage of "Road America?" questions. Thought I'd fan the flames of the guys fantasizing about your next track outing. The few events listed without prices are still being worked out.

Feb 2, Saturday - Open House Fall-Line Motorsports, Buffalo Grove IL, 9am-11am Stop by and check out how the local boys you see on TV operate.

March 29, Friday – Full Track @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet IL - $285 early registration/$315 after March 15

May 6, Monday – Mid Ohio, Lexington OH (with the National Corvette Museum)

May 31, Friday – Gingerman Raceway, S. Haven MI - $195 early registration/$215 after May 19

July 8, Monday – Full Track @ Autobahn County Club, Joliet IL - $285 early registration/$315 after June 23

August 12, Monday – Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

August 24-25, Saturday & Sunday – Gingerman Raceway, S. Haven MI – For Single Day-$195 early registration/$215 after Aug 11. For Both Days $350 early registration/$390 after Aug 11

October 7, Monday – Full Track @ Autobahn Country, Joliet IL (with the National Corvette Museum)
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