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    Thread: VW Driving Experience is back (or the "I'm going south of the border to drive a Pogo" thread

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      02-15-2012 05:11 AM #1
      The VW Driving Experince is on again. Melbourne and Sydney are booked out, but there's still spots in Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.





      It's really worth making the effort to go. The instructors were great and everyone was friendly. Great fun and I probably learnt a thing or two

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      02-15-2012 05:31 AM #2
      Bah, you have to pay for it. I do similar things for free all the time with nicer cars. (sorry Pete, didn't mean to make you jealous haha)
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bookie View Post
      gt2 is a luxury car, yes.

    3. 02-15-2012 05:45 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by WAY View Post
      Bah, you have to pay for it. I do similar things for free all the time with nicer cars. (sorry Pete, didn't mean to make you jealous haha)
      But most of us have never taken a years salary hit on selling a week old car so its swings and round a bouts.

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      02-15-2012 05:51 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by WAY View Post
      Bah, you have to pay for it. I do similar things for free all the time with nicer cars. )
      Oh but you DID pay for it...whoops...Wes, crossed


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      02-15-2012 06:24 AM #5
      I'll shut up now.
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bookie View Post
      gt2 is a luxury car, yes.

    6. 02-15-2012 06:42 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by The Pork Hunt View Post
      But most of us have never taken a years salary hit on selling a week old car so its swings and round a bouts.
      post of the week
      Quote Originally Posted by WAY View Post
      They like Porches down there. Works like a charm with the young men.

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      02-15-2012 03:30 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by The Pork Hunt View Post
      But most of us have never taken a years salary hit on selling a week old car so its swings and round a bouts.

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      02-15-2012 07:41 PM #8
      Dang, I was kinda hoping to make the trip to Phillip Island in August, but if it's sold out I guess I missed the boat.

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      02-15-2012 08:48 PM #9
      I got the final Evolution booking at Phillip Island.

      It's on Thursday 9 August at 1pm. Now I guess I'll have to try and convince them that I have the required experience.

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      02-15-2012 09:00 PM #10
      I'm doing a "progression" session at Mallala. Should be fun

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      02-16-2012 01:47 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Lima View Post
      I got the final Evolution booking at Phillip Island.

      It's on Thursday 9 August at 1pm. Now I guess I'll have to try and convince them that I have the required experience.
      Nice, I'll see you there!

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      02-16-2012 07:17 AM #12
      Awesome.

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      02-19-2012 05:02 AM #13
      Mods: Can we have this thread renamed to:

      I am going to Victoria to drive a Volkswagen!

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      03-29-2012 07:51 AM #14
      PM me if you'd like a 50% discount coupon for the INSIGHTS course. It's intended for new drivers and It brings the course down to $100.

      Course details

      The four-hour session begins with a briefing to outline the structure of the day. Participants are then allocated an instructor within a group of three and are taken to the track for an assessment and to reconnect with the basics of vehicle dynamics.

      Participants are then put through their paces on the track and skidpan in a series of exercises including slalom, swerve and avoid, as well as wet weather steering and braking. Instructors personally coach each participant, building confidence and improving performance in each exercise.

      Drivers also have the opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience the latest in Volkswagen vehicle technology, in what is a fun and engaging half day program.

      Key skills in this course:

      Driving position (seating & steering)
      Brake and throttle application
      Understanding and demonstrating vehicle safety features
      Wet weather car control (using safety features)
      Managing fatigue

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      03-29-2012 03:40 PM #15
      Looks like fun, but they could have added maybe a GTX or R car in the mix.
      a V8 and N/A

    16. 03-29-2012 04:36 PM #16
      I think I just snuck into the Friday evolution session @ PI

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      07-11-2012 10:34 PM #17
      Chris, Pete, have you worked out your plans for this day?

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      07-12-2012 05:40 AM #18
      Not yet mate. I'm going to do it over two days to spread the driving, but I haven't booked leave or a hotel yet.

      What are your plans mate?
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      07-12-2012 06:25 AM #19
      I did the "progression" course today. Good times. The R is a lot of fun, though it really isn't a whole lot different to the GTI at the level we were driving.

      Needed a few more laps, though, only had three in the R and three in the GTI.

      I kinda want a Mallala and a Golf R in the backyard...

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      07-12-2012 06:53 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by YellowDieselGolf View Post
      Not yet mate. I'm going to do it over two days to spread the driving, but I haven't booked leave or a hotel yet.

      What are your plans mate?
      At this stage thinking of flying down on Wednesday, home on Friday. Am trying to blag a press car from BMW ... fingers crossed.

      Whatever happens, reckon we should try and meet in Melbourne and drive to PI as a Tex posse.

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      07-24-2012 10:55 PM #21
      All sorted, fly into Melbourne on Wednesday morning, depart on Saturday morning.

      Have a 520i for Wed-Fri courtesy of BMW. Two spare seats to PI if Pete or Chris would like a lift?

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      07-25-2012 07:02 AM #22
      I'm planning on being down there for only two days, so I don't think I'll be able to car-pool.

      Have you booked a room?
      Will there be a Melbourne GTG?
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      07-25-2012 07:32 AM #23
      Yep, staying at Sofitel on a wotif mystery deal ($185/night).

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      07-25-2012 08:27 AM #24
      Melb gtg for sure boys. Lima will organise.
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bookie View Post
      gt2 is a luxury car, yes.

    25. 07-31-2012 06:45 AM #25
      My session is on Friday, as opposed to your Thursday... Up for a GTG regardless, I have the week off. (Maybe I should see if I can switch to Thursday. Hmmm)

      Note also that the PCV has a hillclimb on the Sunday @ Haunted Hills. Could be fun to spectate

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      07-31-2012 07:59 AM #26
      Cool. I've made a reservation for Wednesday night in Southbank
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    27. 08-10-2012 07:47 AM #27
      Good fun this afternoon. Nice and wet which made things interesting. 'rocco loves to wag that tail.

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      08-16-2012 06:18 AM #28
      The evolution course was very similar to the progression course but still fun. There were only two drivers per instructor so we got more seat time.



      The weather was pretty crappy and grip levels in the Scirocco were poor so the speeds were a much lower than last year.

      Good to see Liam and the Mrs. too.
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      09-06-2013 09:54 AM #29
      Anyone else attend this year? The weather was crap, but not as terrible as last year.



      My co-driver hit a hare on turn 1.




      You'll see the shrapnel on this vid.
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