Dave Osborne

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  • in reply to: DE Question #23230
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    Hi Larry,

    Your turn in point generally remains the same. It’s important to have all of your “work” done prior to turn in so the car maintains the most grip. The faster you go is the harder or earlier that you brake and shift.

    Glad you’re getting so much out of DE. That’s why we do it!

    in reply to: DE Instructor Evaluation forms #22653
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    Why not? The more feedback we get is the better we understand what’s going on out there!

    in reply to: Magnetic Car Numbers #21510
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    Just a note on magnetic numbers. I thought a couple of tips would help.

    Ovals are less likely to grab air and go flying off like a frisbee. Some shops will say that you don’t need tape on the leading edge but that’s under normal use. The turbulence between 2 cars going 200 kph up the back straight is considerably higher than road use at the speed limit. The closer you are to each other is the higher the air pressure between you. So… no matter where you buy them or what they look like, if you use blue painter’s tape on the front edge, you will be less likely to buy them again.

    Remember that they aren’t a fashion statement. They should be 6″ high, contrasting colors and an easy to read font. They are a safety device.

    in reply to: Weather forecast for DE weekend #21312
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    We appreciate the kudos guys. It’s always great to hear that our efforts are appreciated.

    I just wanted to note that we have had some drivers who came for years before they experienced the wet and learned the rain line. While poking around looking for grip isn’t what you had first imagined, the new drivers this weekend learned to respect the track and drive smoothly. These lessons will serve them very well when they experience a warm dry track.

    Those who stayed until the end were rewarded with two fully dry sessions to stretch their legs a bit and run the dry line. Now that they have a solid foundation they will progress very quickly. I’m already looking forward to June!

    in reply to: Weather forecast for DE weekend #21296
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    You may have to leave a little earlier and drive a little slower, but don’t miss Tech Line or the Driver’s Meeting. They are both a requirement for our PCA Moving Event insurance coverage. I wouldn’t want you to miss any track time while we try and find a Tech guy to check your car and paperwork.

    See you there!

    in reply to: DE event schedule on Sunday #21165
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    Don’t worry about anything other than getting there on time. The first thing that you’re handed at Registration is an envelope that will contain; the weekend’s full schedule, your worker assignment, run group wristband and the names of the Team members in charge of each area.

    Each Track Team member will have a radio in their hand all weekend, so if we don’t know the answer to any question, we’ll be happy to get the answer for you. You will be very well taken care of. So get ready to have fun and read the Registration Rules on this website.

    See you trackside

    in reply to: In Memory of Horst Petermann #19333
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    In Honor of Horst’s years of volunteer Instruction, friendship and exemplary character, the Track Team will be naming Horst Petermann as our 2016 Instructor of the Year. Horst has always set an example for us to live up to. He will be missed by us all.

    Dave Osborne
    UCR Track Chairman

    in reply to: Calabogie #18223
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    Hi Brian,

    I wanted you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed driving at Calabogie. It’s a pleasant drive from Kingston on picturesque winding roads and a great facility. Unfortunately, as pointed out by Wayne and Andy, UCR is a GTA centred club. We were never able to gather enough participants to pay for it. The GTA centre may be further highlighted when the 407 extension is complete, as more people will drive home at night.

    Even Rennsport is having a hard time getting enough people to go there as a club. That’s partially due to the open lapping events that the track has. People from the Ottawa valley can drive there after work and do some lapping rather than go to an organized weekend event.

    The other issue for us, is if we give up a track date at Mosport to go somewhere else one season, we might never get it back. CTMP is booked daily and the weekend dates are fought over every season. The good news is that, as a highly trained UCR Advanced Driver, you’re welcome at any PCA event anywhere. So don’t hesitate to attend other Region’s events at different facilities.

    in reply to: DE Instructor Assignments #15883
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    In an effort to take as many students as possible our assignments are changing right up until the last week. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve called the printers and changed the data while they are making the Registration Packages.

    We understand the value of early contact but it would mean closing registration earlier.

    in reply to: Amazing DE This Past Weekend (June 2016) #15882
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    Michael Coates is UCR’s long time official photographer. He’s done some amazing work for the club and is always available to photograph your personal interests.

    I’m glad you all enjoyed the June event. We also had a phenomenal charity program on Friday (Driven 2 Smile) that just keeps getting better. It’s the enthusiasm of members like you that makes the effort all worth while.

    See you trackside!

    in reply to: In Car Cameras #14890
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    Hi David,

    I wanted to jump in and explain the rules, so there are no misconceptions. Our rules indicate that anything in your car, while being driven on the track, must be mounted metal to metal.

    While we have no objections to you recording your laps for your continued education, safety is always our first concern. Suction mounts are not permitted anywhere on the car. Your flying camera would also be a danger to corner workers or observers if it wasn’t properly secured on the outside of the car.

    Since suction mounts aren’t allowed you won’t have to deal with the issue of an obscured windshield. Recording your laps for your continued education shouldn’t interfere with your actual education. You should also ask your instructor if he or she minds you recording the session. They are there to aid in your performance, not to star in your movie.

    That brings up the privacy issue. Posting your video on social media has become common place. While I don’t like the idea, we aren’t the YouTube police so we really can’t stop you from doing it. An issue is created when you post the private information of others. Your posting should never include another driver’s incident or another driver’s license plate or image without their permission. Insurance companies can watch YouTube and quickly run the plates to determine if they are insuring any of the participants. A public post could quickly ruin someone else’s day.

    The short answer is; if you’re recording to improve your driving and assist you in correcting your errant driving line, then make sure your camera is mounted safely and the video remains private.

    Thanks,
    Dave

    in reply to: Driver Education Program, #12758
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    On behalf of the whole team I have to say that it’s the appreciation of members like you that make all the effort worthwhile. We enjoy sharing the experience with you. See you next season!

    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    While we would have been happy to accept a straight across swap (Green to Green) a week ago, it’s now too late to alter the paperwork. The Instructor and Work Assignments are done and all the envelopes, waivers and medical lists have been printed. Registration is closed and locked in.

    in reply to: South Western Ontario Run #11334
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    As John said, you can’t organize a moving event through UCR without following the club’s insurance rules. You are saying it’s not a PCA event but you are using the UCR website to contact additional UCR members to organize a moving event.

    We have a Fun Run Chairman for exactly that purpose. You’re more than welcome and even encouraged to head up an event like this, but please do it within the existing framework. Like all things in modern life there is liability for both the club and yourself personally. It’s important that you follow the rules.

    in reply to: DE Tech Inspections #11051
    Dave Osborne
    Participant

    I just noticed the Fire Extinguisher conversation and there is a small discrepancy.
    Our rules state that your Fire Extinguisher must be a 2.5 lb bottle with metal to metal mount.
    The cute little can that Porsche has come up with does not meet our standards for track safety and will not pass Tech.

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