Driver's education isn't a major priority in the United States these days, but Skip Barber Racing School and Hagerty want to change that. The professional driving school and the classic car insurer announced a partnership on Wednesday that focuses on teaching driving skills, and even how to drive a car with a manual transmission. The Hagerty Driving Academy, as the program is called, will consist of 40 events staged around the country for anyone aged 15 and older. Lessons will include driving a manual transmission, how to handle emergency braking and lane-change situations, and how to correct...
Skip Barber Racing School files for bankruptcy, seeks buyer
Famed driving instruction academy Skip Barber Racing School on Tuesday filed for bankruptcy. Specifically, the school, which has coached drivers since 1975, filed for Chapter 11 protection with a United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Chapter 11 allows the company to...Sean Szymkowski
Mazda Works To Combat Distracted Driving: Video
In 2010, 3,092 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, while some 416,000 were injured in crashes involving driver distraction. Traveling at 55 mph, a driver covers some 300 yards, blind, in the 4.6 seconds it takes to send the average text. Those numbers aren’t...Kurt Ernst
2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Makes Debut
The current BMW M3 is on its way out, set to be replaced in the near future by a brand new generation. However, the current model still has plenty of life left in it and to prove it BMW has unveiled a new special edition model developed exclusively for the North American market and honoring the...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Skip Barber's Mazdaspeed Challenge: Pro Racing On A Tight Budget
If you've got a passion for racing and the ability to translate that into competitive lap times, Skip Barber offers you a relatively inexpensive way to turn pro.Kurt Ernst
Skip Barber 3-Day Mazdaspeed Racing School Review
As you expertly trail-brake your MX-5 Cup car into T11 and get a run on the driver in front of you heading up the hill on the front straight at Laguna Seca, you have just a few seconds to think "shift, aim at the telephone pole, holy hell, I'm really moving--how is this just three days in--BRAKE...Nelson Ireson
For the rest of the details on the Skip Barber High Performance Driving School, visit part one and part two of this review. We pick up with the last two elements, the slalom and the road course. Slalom The slalom might be the simplest of vehicle dynamics tests, but it's also one of the most engaging: you'll have to control not just your hands, feet, and eyes, but also judge the maximum speed at which the car can execute transitions from maximal grip in one direction to the other. The instructors again offer feedback after each run. You'll get multiple passes down the slalom and back, working...
Skip Barber Two-Day High Performance Driving School: Review (Part 2)
We're back for part two of our review of the Skip Barber Racing School two-day High Performance Driving School, and this time we cover the threshold braking exercises and emergency lane changes. These two exercises are perhaps the most relevant to everyday street driving, as almost everyone is...Nelson Ireson
Skip Barber Two-Day High Performance Driving School: Review (Part 1)
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...Nelson Ireson