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Snow, Rain, or Shine Driving Refresher!

Come to PittRace with us and put your MINI's go-kart handling to the test in a way you just cannot do on public streets. We'll be practicing our vehicle dynamics skills to build confidence driving our MINIs - on a closed, controlled, and safe driving course. This event is designed to teach foul-weather driving, accident-avoidance, and even some autocross cone-carving basics on the race track!

Pricing has been subsidized by MINI of Pittsburgh and our own PittStopMINI Club.This is a HUGE bargain! An event like this is usually $200!

Bring some cash, we'll have a 50/50 to benefit the PVGP Charities! 

Sunday, March 9th, 2014 at Pitt Race 
This event is ON rain, snow or shine!

8:00 am Registration
8:45 am Classroom instruction
9:15 am To the track!
12:00 pm Lunch (Included with your registration!)
1:00 pm We'll head back out on the track after lunch for a little more fun. 

PittStop Members:  
$30 for primary driver, $25 for co-driver(s) 
Lunch is included! 
Become an official PittStopMINI member! It's only $10/year!
$40 for primary driver, $35 for co-driver(s)
Lunch is included!
All are welcome, even if you’re not driving a MINI! This is great for introducing newer drivers to the (ahem) pleasure of slippery surface driving.  (drivers must have a valid driver’s license and insurance to participate).
(The course will be set up with MINIs in mind, so please no vehicles larger than a MINI Countryman.) 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!! (Register by March 2nd before the price goes up $10!)    

What you get: 

1. Brief classroom instruction on winter driving, equipment, and winter survival skills

2. Professional, individual instruction, in your car, on closed courses: slalom, skidpad, braking, and a coned-off autocross-type course to test and hone car control.  One car on the course at a time.  Instructors are available by request at each event for a run or two per person, more as availability dictates.

3. Learn how your stability control and ABS work, and when to turn Traction Control OFF.  Learn about winter survival, traction aids, and (in the event traction is too limited), winter vehicle recovery!

4. Road driving simulation with instruction on the Wilson go-kart circuit

5. Ample time for practicing what you've learned, on your own in a safe (non-timed, noncompetitive) environment

6. Event will be held snow, sleet, rain or shine… even if there's no snow!!  (vee haff vays of making zee ascchphalt zlippery...)

7. lunch!

Just HOW can you go wrong, except by not coming?

The "Winter Driving Refresher" Driver's Education event is offered by PittRace, especially for the PittStop MINI Club.  

MINI of Pittsburgh will be at the event with professional drivers in a MINI Paceman ALL4 giving rides on an off-road course to show the ability of MINI's ALL4 vehicles. 

Thanks to MINI of Pittsburgh for helping sponsor this event! 

Important: No Studded tires! No trucks!

(If you have studs, bring your AS or Summer tires, mounted on wheels, we will help change on site.  If you have a truck, sorry, we can’t change that!)


Q: How much pressure is there to perform?

A: None. You control your own pace, the instructors are supportive and they love doing this. It’s really fun, and low pressure

Q: What about speed?

A: Again, you’re at your pace, and nobody else is on course with you – no tailgating semi-trucks or anything like that!

Q: Wear and tear on the car?

A: No more than regular winter driving, unless you choose to really “push it” (some members may), in which case a little tire wear can result. The slick conditions do keep speed down, and these courses are designed for safety. That said, I’ve run this event the last two years and my snow tires have plenty of life left.

Q: What’s the danger factor? 

A: This is a street driving education event, not a high-speed one. You’ll drive faster on the way to the event than during the event. Oh yes, it’s a TON of fun,and the cars will slide a bit - but we’re not teaching off road rally driving here! 

Q: Is this beginner-friendly?  I’ve never been on a racetrack before! 

A: Absolutely.  Every year it seems the folks who come to this event for the firsttime are the ones who have the most fun, who learn the most, and who say “Wow, I never knew something like this existed!”  Come on, you’ll see! 

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  • Barb F.

    To the club and Mini of Pitts. another great job.

    March 10, 2014

  • Barb F.

    JW, What a job. The video is fantastic. Now I'm really upset I couldn't make it.

    March 10, 2014

  • J.W.

    Thanks guys for putting on another great event. I put together a video from some of our GoPro footage from the day -

    2 · March 10, 2014

  • Sophie

    Had so much fun , even more fun on the icy track. One time spun off one time understeering (Leaned and experienced!) were amazing to push driving experience. Thank you so much to Leon and all the Mini Officers , instructors and Mini of Pittsburgh.

    March 10, 2014

  • Rebecca H.

    Was a great day!!! Thank you all!!!

    March 9, 2014

  • colin

    Thank you Leon, Vince, Nancy, Mary, everyone from MOP and to all the other behind the scenes people. Awesome event! Talk about driving under most conditions, wow. Learned some things, drove fast but mainly just had fun with all the Mini folk!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Leon D.

    Thank you Mother Nature for everything from snow to ice to water to dry pavement, what an excellent venue to learn on! Also, lessons learned by the Instructors: have a 'newbie run' early rather than after lunch, get more volunteers so we can set up 3 venues, and if available get mini of Pittsburgh's tech guys to give a presentation like last fall. But we could NOT have asked for a better crowd, fun times, fun times. Thanks all, especially Vince our lead Instructor, Mini of Pittsburgh for the sponsorship, and the PittStop folks who showed up despite the early hour to have fun. Truly a great day.

    2 · March 9, 2014

  • Leon D.

    Instruction begins 845, check in at the Event Center, on site check in available

    March 9, 2014

  • Leon D.

    MAN it's early, but the course is set, the coffee ready to roll, lunch ordered (hope Subway's OK!), snacks laid out... And I took the snow tires off yesterday... Ugh!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Sophie

    It's snowing now, can we still go karting??? I really hope so

    March 8, 2014

  • Barb F.

    So sorry I will not able to attend. I love these events. I learned alot about the car and my driving. Keep up the good work. Thanks Mini of Pitts for sponsoring this!

    March 2, 2014

  • colin

    Cleared the day. Wouldn't miss this event!

    3 · February 27, 2014

  • Amber S.

    Registration is open! Register before March 2nd to save $10!

    1 · February 18, 2014

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