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Following numerous successful group training days for the Register & R35 owners held since 2007, the next Performance Driver 'Track' Day for the GTR Register in 2014 will run on Monday 14th April 2014.

The previous group training events that have taken place were hugely enjoyed by all R35 owners that participated. In the words of Supra_Sanj who was on a previous event:

As a new GTR owner, 5 months old , this has been the best money spent, regardless of the fact I know I want to go stage 4.

If track your car or even decide you never will, this is the one performance day track day you must do. There is no safer way to discover your potential and that of your GTR in a safe and controlled environment.

The course isn't hard on the car and as a complete novice you are not left feeling intimidated amongst better drivers in your group. I speak from being the complete novice, my fellow drivers were a lot better than me.

If you come away from this without a smile and an adrenalin rush you can't be human

The day will be for a group of 6. Arrival time will be 08:15 with finish time 17:00 hours.

Here's the overview:


An action-packed day run by CAT Driver Training Ltd at Millbrook Proving Ground.

CAT Driver Training is run by Colin and Jo Hoad. Colin used to work for a leading motor manufacturer in the UK as a Vehicle Evaluator and Driver Trainer and has gained extensive experience and qualifications in driver instruction. This includes being certificated to instruct at Millbrook. His life has been spent working with his passion: motor cars - from racing minis to the race preparation of performance cars. He has much experience of vehicles on both road and track and brings a very different approach to driver enjoyment.

Over 200 R35 owners and their cars have passed through the Millbrook gates with CAT either on a 1-2-1 basis or enjoying this group format.

The day is a fast moving experience for 6 owners and their cars to introduce the secrets of performance driving. It is designed to be informative, exciting and fun. The group size is purposefully kept small so that the maximum can be obtained from the day in a highly personalised environment.

There is access to the 5 unique circuits at the renowned Millbrook Proving Ground, a venue that is not normally accessible for 'track days' and the general public.

Activities designed for the different circuits are:
Learn threshold braking from 100+mph on the Mile Straight
High speed driving, potentially to the maximum of your car, on the banked circuit of the High Speed Circuit
Drive the demanding Alpine Route circuit with its hills, and variety of corners from hairpins to long and sweeping
Take on the tight, twisty and challenging Handling Circuit
Put a car through its paces on the open spaces of the Steering Pad/Mile Straight Apron
An instructor will accompany you on all the circuits, and the objective is to teach you how to get the best from your car and develop your performance driving skills in a controlled environment and at a pace you are comfortable with.

Short presentations in vehicle dynamics will help you to understand the relationship between driver input and vehicle balance and control. From this comes the appreciation of how to safely drive your vehicle at grip limit within the controlled confines of a track environment.

At the end of the day, your new found skills can be put to the test in a timed shoot out around a gymkhana-style course laid out on the Steering Pad/Mile Straight Apron. This will be conducted in one of CAT Driver Training's track prepared cars (normally a Caterham 7, but can be a Subaru Impreza).

Included in the day are:
Professional in car tuition
Access to 5 unique circuits at Millbrook Proving Ground
Lunch and refreshments during the day
Timed end of day shoot out in one of CAT's track prepared cars
Full emergency services on hand all day
1 hour 40 minutes driving time with your personal instructor

Pricing is as follows:
3 participating members = £435 pp
4 participating members = £410 pp
6 participating members = £390 pp

Performance Driver 'Track' Day Schedule

08:30-09:25 Coffee, Introduction, Licence Check, Scrutineering, Safety Briefing & Objectives of the Day
09:25-09:30 Drive to Circuits
09:30-10:30 Mile Straight
10:30-11:45 High Speed Circuit
11:45-13:30 Handling Circuit
13:30-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:15 Alpine Route
15:15-16:00 Understeer/Oversteer
16:00-16:45 Gymkhana timed Shoot Out on the Steering Pad/Mile Straight Apron
16:50 Presentation & Debrief
Any Questions

Timings & Circuit order may be subject to change on the day depending on circuit activity

Note on noise limits ... to quote me "there is no limit unless you are a Le Mans Prototype or an F1 car". If anyone thinks they can compete at that level on noise, be sure to mention it when booking!

Payment will need to be paid in full by 20th April 2014 directly to CAT at the very latest (Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque or debit and credit cards. The latter attract merchant fees of up to 3.5% of the value depending on the card type). A non-refundable deposit * of £200 should be made now to reserve your place with the balance paid by the 20th April. Note: this day is for a maximum of six people. * Monies paid will be refunded if you/we are able to resell your place.

First six reserves that do not get a place this time will get first refusal on the next Millbrook event - possibly July 2014. Other reserves will be contacted about future events as they are planned.

If you need convincing about the quality of this event, have a look through the feedback from prior Millbrook GTROC Performance Driver 'Track' Day events ...
R35 Group Performance Driver 'Track' Day - Sunday 21st July
R35 Group Performance Driver 'Track' Day - Saturday 17th September 2011
R35 Group Performance Driver 'Track' Day - Saturday 15th May 2010
R35 Group Performance Driver 'Track' Day - 12th September 2009

Note that if we get enough reserves to put on another event before that potentially planned we'll look at holding another course earlier, so even though the list might be full please do shout if you are interested!

& if you'd like to take the next group training course: Cornering Masterclass, please also register here. It is scheduled for 25th May 2014.

1. Charlie c/o Grimblin Gibbon
2. The Zedhed - tbc

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Thanks The Zedhed - monies safely received :) Confirmation letters will be out to you all on email this week.


1. Charlie c/o Grimblin Gibbon - Paid in Full
2. The Zedhed - Paid in Full
3. MatthewK - Deposit Paid
4. Mrs The Zedhed - Paid in Full
5. betancje - Deposit Paid
6. nurburgringgtr - Paid in Full

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Oh boy! What an outstanding day. Colin, Jo & Paul are quite simply the best instructors I've ever been with. The day was filled with various challenges that broadened your skills and heightened your awareness of what the car is capable of and how it does it.
Can't wait until tomorrow.

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Another great day with CADT today in somewhat mixed conditions. It was good because we learnt wet and dry running and adapted to the changing meteorological conditions.

The very best tuition you can get in a GT-R and you never stop learning. Many thanks to Jo, Colin and Paul for their hospitality and incredible tuition (and bravery on Colin's part who was my instructor)

Roll on the next one!
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