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Old 03-15-2019, 10:51 AM
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I'm packing for Spring Mountain Owners School on the 20th and 21st... Here's the key things I have gleaned from some threads here:
  • some bonine for motion sickness...
  • 265 GB extreme SD card, formatted to FAT32
  • Comfortable sneakers with rounded heel
  • Extra couple pairs of underwear "just in case"
  • Decent change of clothes to go to the winery for dinner one night (or both nights)

I did not pack white New Balance sneakers, denim creased shorts or white tube socks... so I hope I don't look too out of place.

Anything I'm missing? This seems to be the critical oft repeated short list.
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Consider having a simple dinner in the club with fellow enthusiasts and instructors rather than going to a middling restaurant. I mean really why else are you there? Winery in Pahrump...lol.
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Winery in Pahrump...lol.
Because just about every single thread says the restaurant at the winery is excellent - and the resort suggested it over their "small meal provided" at time of booking - and the resort then re-suggested it upon confirmation... and because everyone I have ever talked to abut the experience in person give the food a good review...

I dunno why else...
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I prefer ginger capsules over Dramamine. All natural, no side effects, doctor confirmed stomach seditive. The winery is excellent and reasonable, best restaurant in town. You will be eating breakfast and lunch at the facility, and our group was in the mood to head out one evening. I was out there 3 weeks ago and it was cool in morning but could get hot in car. I found having a light jacket or windshirt perfect to peel off and they will allow it in car on floor or seat. You do get pretty sweaty driving, so my prefernce became a tshirt or polo. I found a nice lightweight flexible running or cross trainer shie to be almost as good as a driving shoe. I took note of what our instructors had on and many simply had as I stated. It seemed some in our class went out and bought driving shoes just for class, but not needed or required.
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Consider having a simple dinner in the club with fellow enthusiasts and instructors rather than going to a middling restaurant. I mean really why else are you there? Winery in Pahrump...lol.
You have obviously never been there, which begs the question of why you would criticize it. It is a first class white table-cloth restaurant that serves the best filet mignon I have ever had. You're missing out if you don't go there. The "restaurant" on site is nothing to write home about, though it is a step up from McDonalds.
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The cops are thick between Vegas and Pahrump. In the gift shop they sell a carbon fiber looking plaque for around $30 and it is made to hold your class certificate that you receive at the end of day 2. These look great on the wall, highly recommend. You will have a blast.

THROTTLE STEER FOR ME, there you go nice job.
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The cops are thick between Vegas and Pahrump
Radar detectors legal in Nevada - Google seems to say so... In which case, I'll add that to the packing list
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The winery could never described as "middling". First class food, service, and wines in a very nice environment. Easy on the wine though, motion sickness is fairly common on the track, especially on the second day.
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Originally Posted by TXshaggy View Post
Consider having a simple dinner in the club with fellow enthusiasts and instructors rather than going to a middling restaurant. I mean really why else are you there? Winery in Pahrump...lol.
"Middling" restaurant? The Pahrump Valley Winery and attached Symphony's restaurant are well worth the trip... Good wines, excellent food and first class service at prices a fraction of the cost in Vegas...
Yelp has 176 reviews, 4.5 average stars

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Originally Posted by fishpick View Post
I'm packing for Spring Mountain Owners School on the 20th and 21st... Here's the key things I have gleaned from some threads here:
  • some bonine for motion sickness...
  • 265 GB extreme SD card, formatted to FAT32
  • Comfortable sneakers with rounded heel
  • Extra couple pairs of underwear "just in case"
  • Decent change of clothes to go to the winery for dinner one night (or both nights)

I did not pack white New Balance sneakers, denim creased shorts or white tube socks... so I hope I don't look too out of place.

Anything I'm missing? This seems to be the critical oft repeated short list.
You don't need more than 16 gb total for both days for lapping. I would pack two 16 gb or 32gb cards - one as primary and the second backup in case the first fails.
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Originally Posted by fishpick View Post
Because just about every single thread says the restaurant at the winery is excellent - and the resort suggested it over their "small meal provided" at time of booking - and the resort then re-suggested it upon confirmation... and because everyone I have ever talked to abut the experience in person give the food a good review...

I dunno why else...
Totally agree. This place is very good, in fact our group wished this place was near our home in the Chicago area and we have many fine restaurants. In fact we learned of this winery/restaurant from the driving school director. Yes the internet is loaded with many who comment on things they know nothing of. I highly suggest that if you are there more than one night you check out the winery....it is only minin away off of Winery Rd.
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Go to the winery the first night after you check in and haven't started class. Then eat in the clubhouse the next few nights with your fellow drivers after class.
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Go to the winery the first night after you check in and haven't started class. Then eat in the clubhouse the next few nights with your fellow drivers after class.
In my experience - been there twice: at least 1/2 the class will go to the winery after day 1 (make reservations) - usually in groups of 2-6 students and a few have wives/husbands.
As some have suggested, keep the wine consumption to 2 glasses and lots of water as day 2 is much tougher physically than day one.
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Originally Posted by LIStingray View Post
You don't need more than 16 gb total for both days for lapping. I would pack two 16 gb or 32gb cards - one as primary and the second backup in case the first fails.
Does the gift shop sell SD cards just in case? I'm bringing mine, but I don't have a backup.

I'm scheduled for mid-April and I just picked up a new pair of New Balance shoes.


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Sunblock and good sunglasses are a must.

Bear in mind a 32 gb card formatted FAT32 will record 13 hours of driving and is the largest card listed in the owners manual for use. They'll suggest you start recording when starting track time. In hindsight, I wish I had recorded some of the earlier lessons, like the small oval where they teach brake point, turn-in, and apex.

If you have a laptop, bring that too (I did.) Download the Cosworth Toolbox beforehand (I didn't.) I used Windows Media player to watch my first day laps that night, which made the second day much better and me quicker and more confident. Like others, I wish there he'd been an opportunity for a third day.

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I went February 8 & 9th, cool weather, the First Class Instructors exceeded my wildest expectations!
The Club House, on site for breakfast and lunch, sells SD cards.
I wish I would have put my SD card in for the first day to record the skid pad and breaking exercises and the track session.
Don’t forget to set the finish line on the first lap, it will then record your lap times.
It was a Fantastic experience and I am already planning on going back for Level 1.
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Originally Posted by MSG C5 View Post
Does the gift shop sell SD cards just in case? I'm bringing mine, but I don't have a backup.
16 gb Sandisk class 10 cards are $8 and 32 gb cards are $11 at Amazon. No real reason not to have a couple.
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The Club House, on site for breakfast and lunch, sells SD cards.
I wish I would have put my SD card in for the first day to record the skid pad and breaking exercises and the track session.
Donít forget to set the finish line on the first lap, it will then record your lap times.
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Sunblock and good sunglasses are a must.
If you have a laptop, bring that too (I did.) Download the Cosworth Toolbox beforehand (I didn't.) I used Windows Media player to watch my first day laps that night, which made the second day much better and me quicker and more confident. Like others, I wish there he'd been an opportunity for a third day.
This is really good advice. I brought my Microsoft Surface that has Cosworth Toolbox on it, and it really helps to get a feel for speeds if you record the two track sessions on day 1. I would also record all the other exercises on day 1, and the instructor ride along laps on day 2. I assume you will record all your track laps. If you record all of that time it is about 6 hours recording time in the cars.
Not sure you need sunblock as 90% of the time you are either in the car or classroom; but if you drive with sunglasses, they are a definite help.
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I'll be there Monday and Tuesday. Then I'm going to hang out in the rest of the week. Looking forward to a vacation.
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Be mindful of taking anything that might slow your reflexes or alertness. Youíre going to be moving at a pretty good clip a large part of the time there & will need all your wits and reflexes. I donít get motion sick, but during the instructor laps (you in passenger seat)...whew! I am an assertive driver but have never been close to what those guys did when I was riding shotgun. Iím not suggesting you donít go, just want you to be mindful of whatís in store.
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Man the weather looks perfect for my two days, Monday and Tuesday.

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