Skip Barber Two-Day High Performance Driving School: Review (Part 1)

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Skip Barber 2-Day High Performance Driving School

Skip Barber 2-Day High Performance Driving School

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Today's supercars, sports cars, and performance sedans are without doubt some of the most impressive bits of machinery humans have ever built, capable of feats of speed and handling that were unthinkable just a decade ago. But it takes a capable driver to get at that performance, and a quality driving school is one of the best ways to make sure you're up to the task.

Let's face it: driving schools aren't cheap. The best ones are even a bit on the pricey side. No one wants to write a check for a few thousand dollars, not including travel costs, without an idea of what they're going to get, so we took it on ourselves to bring you a review of one of the top schools around.

The biggest, best-known driving school in the U.S. is the Skip Barber school. We recently flew down to Road Atlanta to check out the two-day High Performance Driving School to give you an idea of whether it might be what you're looking for. We'll cover the school in detail in this three-part series.

Skip Barber 2-Day High Performance Driving School

Skip Barber 2-Day High Performance Driving School

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At $3,500 for the two-day school, it's neither the least expensive nor the priciest of Skip Barber's offerings. More in-depth than a one-day school, and more focused on solid fundamentals than the more advanced car control and racing schools, it's aimed primarily at the driver new to the world of high-performance cars, though it's also a great opportunity to brush-up on the basics for more experienced drivers, or to comparison shop a handful of high-end sports cars in a controlled environment.

Disclaimer: Skip Barber waived the cost of tuition for our attendance at this school. We paid our own way to get there and stay in the Atlanta area.

Whatever your motivation for attending, you'll get plenty of time behind the wheel, some informative classroom sessions, and hands-on coaching from experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly instructors. These instructors are what make the Skip Barber schools work so well, and you'll soon find, as we did, that they don't just know what they're talking about--they all practice it regularly on their own time in amateur and pro racing.

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