996 40th Model An­niver­sary 2004 Year Jan­uary 2018 Ac­quired

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports - Mercer Is­land, WA Ben Przekop

As much as I en­joy driv­ing on track with the Porsche Club, I en­joy serv­ing as an in­struc­tor more.

While it is thrilling to learn new tracks and en­gage in the never-end­ing pur­suit of the per­fect lap at the high­est pos­si­ble speed, it is even more rewarding to in­tro­duce new­com­ers to this ad­dic­tive sport and see them grow in confidence and abil­ity lap by lap.

Luck­ily for me my lo­cal Pa­cific North­west re­gion hosts both High Per­for­mance Driv­ing Events (HPDE) and Driver’s Skills (DS) clin­ics monthly from April through Oc­to­ber, so there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer.

Since this is my first sea­son running on two new tracks in the Seat­tle area – Pa­cific Race­ways and The Ridge – I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in the HPDES just as a driver while I master th­ese tracks and per­fect the ‘school line’. I will def­i­nitely start in­struct­ing next sea­son. Mean­while, I have been very busy work­ing as an in­struc­tor at the Driver’s Skills events. Un­like HPDES, where in­struc­tors have an op­por­tu­nity to drive on track in their own cars as part of the Ad­vanced Group along with in­struct­ing their stu­dent dur­ing the novice ses­sions, DS events pro­vide no such op­por­tu­nity for solo track time as they are all-day events with con­stant re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

‘All work and no play’, one might say, but while that de­ters some in­struc­tors it sim­ply mo­ti­vates me to keep vol­un­teer­ing. The only lim­it­ing fac­tor on stu­dent at­ten­dance is the num­ber of in­struc­tors who step up each month. We could book 45 to 50 stu­dents at ev­ery event, but oc­ca­sion­ally have to limit the size of the class due to a lack of in­struc­tors. For my part I have al­ready in­structed at four events this sum­mer, and will likely do sev­eral more.

Dur­ing th­ese all-day ses­sions the stu­dents de­velop ba­sic car con­trol skills on wet skid pads, slalom cour­ses and high-speed brak­ing and ac­ci­dent avoid­ance cour­ses, with an au­tocross at day’s end to put all the skills to­gether.

The huge smiles and warm thanks from th­ese amped-up and excited stu­dents are all the re­ward one could ask for, but there is the added bonus of a sat­is­fy­ingly warm feel­ing from know­ing that you have most likely saved a few of th­ese folks from a very se­ri­ous road ac­ci­dent at some point in their lives. What could pos­si­bly be a bet­ter way to spend a sunny Satur­day?

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