Frequently Asked Question:
What is a typical Slowpokes event like?
Can just anyone come and drive with Slowpokes?
Where can I get the necessary high-speed driving experience?
What's the BIR Competition Road Course like?
Is there a mailing list I can join?
What must we do to our cars before we attend a Slowpokes event?
What is the schedule for a typical Slowpokes event?
Wow, without run groups, don't you have a large speed differential between cars and isn't that dangerous?
What's "passing by contract?"
What about safety vehicles and corner workers?
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A typical Slowpokes event consists of a group of experienced drivers, sharing a track with each other, for eight hours (see the schedule below). Passing is by contract (also explained below) and allowed anywhere on the track. We allow passengers (as long as they have a helmet and sign the waiver) which is a great opportunity to share the fun with your family, friends and/or clients.
For a few examples (with pictures!) of what Slowpokes events are like from some of our past events, please see Ed's July 3, 2001, May 29, 2003, July 1, 2003, May 27, 2005, and July 5, 2005 event reviews. He provides a candid and enthusiastic description of what our events are like. Unfortunately, Ed hasn't been able to attend our events for quite some time, but his descriptions are still accurate.
No. You must be at least 18 years old and have successfully completed a high-speed driving school before you can drive with us at one of our Slowpokes events. This is necessary to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of the other drivers at the event.
There are a number of car clubs and driving schools that offer the experience necessary to attend one of our events. Some of the common schools are:
Note that many of the local car clubs do not require you to have "their brand of car" in order to attend one of their driving schools! They, like us, want everyone to be better, safer drivers and will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
We will also honor most high-speed driving schools offered by other regions. If you have any questions or concerns about satisfying our high-speed experience requirement, please contact us and we'd be happy to discuss it with you.
In 2009, BIR opened up a 2.5 mile road course built using Turns 1 through 8 of the original course, but adding carousel and additional turns through the infield, to avoid the drag-strip so that they could run simultaneous events. We encourage you to view the map and turn-by-turn description of the competition course at the BIR web site. The course is quite challenging for all cars and driving abilities, especially turn 12, being easy to learn but difficult to master.
If you're new to the Competition Road Course, please let us know during the mandatory Driver's Meeting before our event. We will make sure that you have a chance to ride along with one of our experienced drivers, to see the track firsthand and establish your visual queues before venturing out there on your own.
Yes! Linda manages our private (never sold!) email list. Please contact her directly if you wish to be added (or sadly, removed) from our list. We use the email list for announcing event dates, which you can also find on our Facebook page.
Your car must have passed a tech inspection -- we honor tech inspections from pretty much any reputable mechanic (examples include Auto Edge, Courtney Truck Service, FlatSix, Imola Motorsports, Leighton's Garage, Orr Autosport, etc., you get the idea...).
We recommend that you bleed your brakes, torque your wheels lugs, clean everything out of your car (cabin, glove box, trunk, etc.) and get a good night's sleep before you run an event with us.
|7:30am||Main Gates Open|
|8:45am - 8:55am||Mandatory Driver's Meeting|
|9:00am - 1:00pm||Open Track (usually a 10 minute break around 11:00am)|
|1:00pm - 2:00pm||Lunch Break (parade laps only)|
|2:00pm - 6:00pm||Open Track (usually a 10 minute break around 4:00pm)|
|6:00pm - 7:00pm||Post-Driving Social Event in the Paddock|
As you can see, there are no run groups, instead we give you 8 hours of open track time so that you can get as many laps as you and/or your car is capable of. :-)
Note that if you are unable, for any reason, to attend the 8:45am Driver's meeting, you must check-in with one of the Slowpokes Team before participating in the event even if you've run with us before. There may be some changes or important information for you to have before you can begin driving on the track.
Slowpokes events are predicated by the idea that we're all adults out there. We allow "passing by contract" in all areas of the track. This allows the faster cars more opportunity to be "pointed by" by the slower cars, yet still allows everyone a tremendous amount of track time. It's not unusual to get out on the track and run several laps without even seeing another car.
When a faster car catches a slower car on the track, the faster car can only pass if the slower car has given a clear indication (either a point, a wave or a turn signal) that they are ready to be passed. We allow passing anywhere on the track, but only when the slower car allows it. At the time of being passed, the slower car stays on line, and either points or uses their turn signal to indicate which side they wish to be passed on. This 'clear indication' (for example, the point-by in the photo to the right) must be given by the lead (slower) car before any passing is allowed and is crucial to ensure a safe, and fun, event for everyone involved.
Slowpokes hires the ambulance crew, an extraction team, and SCCA corner workers (typically 5 corners) to ensure that our events are safe as well as fun.
You can follow this link to reach the payment options on our Events page. We apologize for any problems you might encountered and encourage you to contact us and let us know what went wrong so we can work to make it easier for you in the future!
If you have more questions that haven't been answered here, send us some email and we'll do our best to get you an answer as quickly as possible.