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3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« on: October 01, 2018, 12:18:57 am »
This event is open for signups on the COG calendar signup page (DO NOT sign up on Jennings website)

3nd Annual Concours Owners Group Sport-touring School:

JenningsGP, Jennings, FL, February 8-10, 2019. This annual event is designed to be educational and fun. The training is individual enough that newer riders can learn new skills, while seasoned riders capitalize upon their existing skill-sets.

This track was designed with large safe runoffs. Void of cars, intersections, trees and guardrails you will be able to implement new concepts from the classroom with the safety of a purpose built beginners track. You will be coached on the track where you will practice the theories taught in the classroom. This format enables practicing new concepts like trail braking, late apex cornering, and hanging off. These are the theories books are written about.

What this is: An advanced rider training course for those looking to learn more than public roadways can safely permit.

What this is not: Track/Racing School. While this does take place at a beginner’s racetrack, this is not race school and racing will not take place at this event.  :truce:

You have to slow down if you want to practice new concepts and make new skills. Skill comes first, speed comes later. Hence, you have to slow down if you want to go fast.

Who should attend: If you have more fun in the turns than you do on the straights….If you get a thrill out of precisely carving the corners….If you get that Zen feeling when you’ve mastered your favorite road…or if you have ever scared yourself... Then this event is for you.

There will be three designated groups. Novice is for those who have never been to a track. Intermediate is for those seasoned track guys (you know who you are), and there is an Expert group. Lets just say the latter need no help. We know who you are too  :-\ You will have a former CCS/WERA licensed racer teaching in the classroom, and there will be licensed racers serving as rider coaches in Novice and Intermediate. They are there to help you and love what they do. They have mastered the concepts you will be learning in this controlled and welcoming environment.

We have been approved for a discounted rate of….wait for it….$132.50/rider for the first 10 COG'gers who sign up. :) Yes, that’s cheaper than a regular track day. I just can’t stop saying WOW. After the first 10 the price will be $150. Take note that Jennings offers Novice school on certain days. Their price is $275/day. Did I mention I'm making no money doing this? Early signups are encouraged since we will fill this event sometime in January.

It will be assumed you are in novice group unless you speak with me (Doug Re) personally. Trust me there’s no shame in being in Novice. You will get the most help here and no questions are considered stupid. This is where we all start.

THESE RULES ARE STRICT: (Please do not contact me requesting exceptions as it will not help) Full-face helmets are mandatory. Modular are not permitted, ever. Leather suits/gloves/boots are mandatory and available the day-of at the Track Shop for approximately $60/$10/$20. There will be plenty of gear in every size for us the day of the event. Last year I was able to help out with extra suits. I will have a 44 and a 46 this year for free loan as well. (Both are now spoken for)

Bike: Your tires should be 75% new. All glass and lights must be covered with blue painters tape (available at Home Depot/Lowes/Amazon/Ebay) and there must be no leaks. You can bring whatever bike you want. A C14 or a C10 makes the best trainer if that’s your usual ride. Something with poor ground clearance and floorboards however does not. Please choose to bring a bike you regularly ride. It would be a travesty if you borrowed a track bike, only to leave the event thinking that the new skills you learned is possible only on a track bike.

Camping/Lodging:

Camping for the weekend is included with your gate price of only $10 payable when you get there. Not breaking the bank here…. Keep in mind that if the track raises their prices $0.01 I apologize, but they make the rules. We plan to have a modest fire  :campfire: in the evenings. What better than camping with a fire with your bike and friends at the track you’re riding?  :beerchug: The track gates lock each night at 9:45pm sharp. If you get there at 9:46 you will be delighted by the Jennings discounted rate at Days Inn, Lake Park, GA. RV’ers will have hookups and there are indoor bathrooms/showers for everybody that are open 24 hrs.

Other good stuff:

There will be a professional photographer at the track who will have track photos of you available for your purchase at the end of the day. We also have food concessions for breakfast and lunch available and Dennis makes a great burger.  :103: His prices are reasonable and his american fare is excellent. You may also bring your own snacks/meals/BBQ/portable kitchen (Roman). 1 gallon of drinking water/rider/day is recommended. Don't forget adult beverages for the evenings. Would we forget that  :-[

Arrival:  You need to get to the track Friday evening, Feb 8th, 2019 early enough to set up your bike/pit/camping area. We will then do the well know "track walk" 45min before sunset (time determined by Google). Riders meeting is Saturday morning at 8:30am. First group will be in class at 9am, followed by track time. Each hour will consist of a 20 minute debriefings in pit row, followed by 20 minutes in class, then 20 minutes on track. You will have 7 debriefings, 7 class sessions, and 7 track sessions. Trust me, you will get a workout mentally and physically. Come with a clear head and be prepared to be enlightened, and work hard. This is not a spectator type thing. You WILL practice each concept taught in class at designated areas on track.

Saturday night dinner: At these low prices please understand that COG won't buy you dinner. However, many of us really enjoy going to Rodeo (Authentic Mexican) restaurant at Exit 5 Lake Park, GA Saturday evening. Ted says the margaritas there are the best.

Then plan on camping trackside Saturday evening. After all, a campfire and adult beverages taste better at the track you were on!

Some enthusiastic COGgers enjoy signing up for Sunday as well. Heck, I've even seen some COGgers stay into Monday, however, the COG event officially starts Friday at sunset, and ends Sunday at whatever time you desire.

Everybody attending should memorize the track map prior to arrival. Doing so enables you to learn the skills rather than learn the track. Bring your track map and pens to the track walk and the classroom. You will be adding to it as you learn. I still have my track map for every track I've ever been on.

As always, you are welcome to attend this event even if you don't sign up, but you will be a spectator and you can not change your mind the day-of. Spectators need only pay the gate fee $10 and feed themselves. Showers are still advised.  :rotflmao: If you wish to glean some knowledge by spectating you may, but keep in mind that attempting these things on a public roadway without coaching is like entering the ring w Mike Tyson after watching a televised boxing match. Don't try this on your own. Your results may vary. Always look both ways...

Track location:
Location: Jennings GP 4960 NW Co Rd 152, Jennings, FL 32053 (Last exit in North FL )

If you ‘go where you look' and and ‘turning your head turns the bike,’ imagine what your shoulders and hips can do…  ;)

Video the of last years event: https://youtu.be/tQuTk4sIh1s
In our usual fashion the comradery is as much the event as the event itself.
« Last Edit: October 10, 2018, 01:22:30 am by Douglas, Reason: fixed typo, event date, yikes »
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 10:00:50 am »
In, and I'll probably bring my daughter along this time
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018, 11:40:05 am »
Thanks for doing this again Doug! I had a great time last year & plan to be back again. Keeping my fingers crossed for decent departure weather.

For those that have never been on a track this is a great experince. You will learn a lot & gain some confidence. Heck, I think Ted even got faster & smoother.  :nananana:

The smaller of the 2 suits you had Doug fit me perfect. Hint hint.  :) 
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2018, 01:26:05 pm »
Thanks for doing this again Doug! I had a great time last year & plan to be back again. Keeping my fingers crossed for decent departure weather.

For those that have never been on a track this is a great experince. You will learn a lot & gain some confidence. Heck, I think Ted even got faster & smoother.  :nananana:

The smaller of the 2 suits you had Doug fit me perfect. Hint hint.  :)

+1  Go once and you'll be hooked! ;D
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2018, 02:04:04 pm »
I'm in.
Can I use your {larger} suit again?   :)

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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2018, 02:35:10 pm »
 ::) Thinking about it. Have to see how the dates can work for me.
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2018, 11:27:50 pm »
Ted: Yes
Cliff: You asked first so you got it.  Now all you have to do is ride through 400 miles of pouring rain to wear it :57:

I'm zoning in on one of two different weekends in February. Waiting a couple weeks to be sure there are no taboo weekends for anybody, weddings, anniversaries, not that you couldn't celebrate by doing getaway laps  :)

Please spread the word on this so I can choose our weekend and get the sign-ups page posted up......
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2018, 09:56:05 am »
::) Thinking about it. Have to see how the dates can work for me.

Yeah, I can't join if it's the last weekend in Feb...
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2018, 11:58:22 am »
I'm in this year, just hope the weather is good. If Cliff can make it I should be able to!

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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2018, 12:12:57 pm »

Cliff: You asked first so you got it.  Now all you have to do is ride through 400 miles of pouring rain to wear it :57:


Thanks Doug!  :great: That helps a lot.

It's a little over 800 miles for me. 400 doesn't even get me across Mississippi.  :??:

If it's not the last weekend the wife might be able to ride down with me & watch.  Most likely will be way to cold for her though.
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2018, 12:16:16 pm »


If it's not the last weekend the wife might be able to ride down with me & watch.  Most likely will be way to cold for her though.

Warm n Safe will make her not worry about the cold   ;D and if you use discount code  advforum you get a 20% discount  :great:

Oh, and I plan on being there again next year, already got me a set of tires lined up
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2018, 12:45:27 pm »
Thanks Doug. I'll start my diet now..
I guess my preference would be middle/end of the month.
Give it a bit more time to warm up for those that live a bit more North...

Sent a note to Jim S. I think he'll be posting soon that he plans to be there on his FJR with us too.  :-[

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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2018, 12:32:30 am »
Doug, this is awesome. I had a great time there last year even though I didn't ride the track. I have a question for you. I realize  this is a sport bike track, but, I would love to get the opportunity to try the Spyder on the track. Not sure they would permit my bike on the track with the sport bikes. Do you think they would be open to allowing me to ride during the lunch break with an escort. Of coarse I would need to wear all the gear that they require. While I was up at the RWTW this year, three of us did the dragon. Surprisingly, I had no trouble keeping up with the guys. In that environment I can accelerate and corner as well as they can. On the open road though I eat their dust as I top out at around 110 mph and they out accelerate me. Anyway, I know It's a long shot but I want to ask anyway. Either way, I'm in again this year. The comradery is worth it.

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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2018, 02:56:50 am »
Ok put me down so Ted will quit calling and texting me. Hope the FJR will be able to keep up.
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2018, 03:06:52 am »
Tom

I'm sorry but they declined our request to permit three wheels. Do you have two that you could use that day?
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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2018, 03:08:57 am »
Still waiting to hear of any blackout dates.... anniversaries and weddings etc. Spread the word so I can lock this baby in and start signups.....
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« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2018, 07:50:15 am »
I am good for any weekend, even Valentines   ;D
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« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2018, 09:55:06 am »
Still waiting to hear of any blackout dates.... anniversaries and weddings etc. Spread the word so I can lock this baby in and start signups.....

Blackout dates for me are 22-24
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« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2018, 10:32:49 am »
No blackout dates for me in Feb.  Thanks again Douglas!
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« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2018, 01:14:59 pm »
Ok put me down so Ted will quit calling and texting me. Hope the FJR will be able to keep up.

Ahh, you've seen thru my evil plan.   >:D
With your FJR there, I won't be the slowest one there....  :great:

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« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2018, 01:31:37 pm »
Ok put me down so Ted will quit calling and texting me. Hope the FJR will be able to keep up.

Ahh, you've seen thru my evil plan.   >:D
With your FJR there, I won't be the slowest one there....  :great:

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« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2018, 01:47:07 pm »
Wuzn't meant ta sting {much}. 
 Wuz intended as incentive. (and its also a handy excuse)..  :D
   ie; You can tell yer bride you hafta go to prove the FJR can keep up...
       Then we'll take the classes and both learn something...

Glad I could help;
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« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2018, 04:36:28 pm »
Wuzn't meant ta sting {much}. 
 Wuz intended as incentive. (and its also a handy excuse)..  :D
   ie; You can tell yer bride you hafta go to prove the FJR can keep up...
       Then we'll take the classes and both learn something...

Glad I could help;
   Ride safe, Ted

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« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2018, 01:39:59 am »
In, should be bringing only a 250 this time.
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Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2018, 11:13:39 pm »
Doug, thanks for checking this for me. I knew it was a long shot but wanted to ask. Count me in again anyway. I can always help in the pits or whatever. It's always fun at COG events no matter what.