A second group has been formed to offer drivers who want a more moderate pace on the Sunday cruise. We thank Mike Myers (reynolds9000) and everyone whose participating. If you've never been on the Mountain Cruise I'd encourage you to join their group and then if want to run it again do so afterward. View the details here:
For those of you joining the Driver's Edition, here are a few things to help you get the most out of it without becoming a permanent addition to the Appalachian Foothills:
DO NOT PASS! Unless the car in front of you pulls off the road, stay behind them. It is impossible in many parts of this drive to see what's down the road.
LEAVE A SAFE SPACE. You need to allow the drivers in front and behind space to make corrections...they'll need it! We go as group to enjoy it, not compete. You will have written turn by turn directions with distance so you don't have to "keep up" with the car in front to avoid getting lost. All of the required turns are preceded by long enough straights you don't have to worry about over shooting one.
THINK! The best driving is proactive, not reactive. Most VW/Audi cars are top heavy and nose heavy. Even though it may be lowered or stiffened, you still have to think about what all that weight is gonna do when you try to make it change directions quickly.
Whether you brake early or late, get it done in a straight line. YOU DON'T WANT TO BRAKE ROLLING THROUGH THE APEX OF THE CORNER. Remember, slow in...fast out. It's human nature to brake when you've gone in too fast, but if it happens...be prepared to touch the gas, not the brake. If you ever had a sit and spin (or a 911) you know what's like to get the weight transferred hard to on side of a stiffly sprung vehicle with virtually no weight in the back (or in the case of the 911, too much) and then abruptly left of the gas and touch the brakes. My favorite example happened in 2008 @ at SOWO2...
TURN IN MORE. Many of the stages of the Mountain feature blind decreasing radius (tightens) turns which can find you in oncoming traffic if your not ready. It's much easier to turn in more than you think you need and then unwind it as you drive through the apex (the point at which the curve changes directions). If you don't turn in enough and then find yourself off the apex needing to turn in more you'll either understeer or you'll instinctively lift and snap throttle oversteer. Either way you'll be unhappy and probably go home with a GSXR or Ninja hood ornament. Many of the curves are compound apex. Point is...think about what your car WANTS to do, before you ask it to do something it dosen't.
I'm sure I'm missing something, but these simple tips will help no matter what your level of car preparation or driver skill. The most important thing is for you to stay within your limits. No one is timing you and there is NO PRESSURE to keep up. If none of this has made any sense, please take the moderate cruise first to familiarize yourself with you and your cars abilities.
Thanks again and be safe!
Modified by 91cabster at 2:03 PM 4-24-2010
Modified by 91cabster at 2:09 PM 4-24-2010