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Skip Barber - Going Faster

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In this program you’ll get behind the wheel of a Skip Barber Racing School Formula Ford and learn the techniques for successful race car driving.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Duke
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A9I2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2005
I had originally bought the Going Faster book and then bought the dvd. After reading the book and I was pretty disappointed at the content of dvd.

Pros:

- Certain techniques, such and double clutching and downshifting without the clutch were tremendously easier to learn by watching it rather than reading it in the book.

Cons:

- Don't get this dvd if you want to learn more about cars or tuning. Aspects of the car like toe in/out, camber angle, shock absorbers, caster angles, etc. are not covered

- Not as technical as the book. Most people would consider this a good thing but in my opinion the more info you have the faster you can go.

- The video seems like something created for a PBS special in the 80's. That's not completely negative but I would have liked to seen a more modern day video

Overall, I think the dvd is best for beginner and those who are just starting out. Don't bother with it if you already know some stuff about racing and cars. I would also suggest you get the book if you do plan on getting this dvd.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Azevedo on October 4, 2006
You will notice that the release date on this DVD is a misleading December of 2004 - which sounded very current to me, unfortunately once I bought it I realized that in reality it had a copyright date of 1987 at the end of watching it. No wonder I saw a Dodge Daytona in there! You see, this "2004 DVD" release is really a re-release of a Video Tape from 1987.

If you can get past that fact and you are into on-track road racing - you will find it quite good. It covers all the fundamentals of car control thoroughly as expected. There's also plenty of in-car instruction which is always good too.

I personally am mainly into solo club racing (auto-crossing) in parking lots with lots of cones - for which this video was not as helpful. But, if you're into on-track road racing techniques and long for 1980s quality video on DVD - you'll love it! It is rather unfortunate that it is so dated, because I have all the books and really wanted a high quality and state of the art DVD - which this is not. If you do not have all the books - get those first and hopefully a "current millennium" quality DVD will be available soon. As a throwback video I would give it five stars, but by today's standards I can only give it three.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kentucky Boy on June 26, 2006
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This is a great DVD on high speed driving techniques. These techniques will not only help you on the racetrack, but can be applied to make you a safer driver on the street. I've read dozens of books about driving techniques but you can learn more faster watching this DVD than you can reading books. This is the next best thing to going to a driving school. My favorite part of the DVD is most of an entire race at Lime Rock has been filmed from the driver's perspective, and that is an incredibly helpful tool. I would have given it 5 stars, but it is beginning to show it's age. I think Skip Barber's School should do a scene-by-scene remake so I can give it 5 stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bcaulf on July 27, 2012
I watched this DVD after taking the Skip Barber one day class at Lime Rock, Connecticut, the same track that is used extensively as an example in the video. I wish I had watched it before, many times over! It is very helpful for anyone taking their first steps into high speed driving on a closed circuit and if you are going to learn at Lime Rock it is an absolute necessity as you can learn the track quite well by watching the video many times. In a beginning level racing class the classroom instruction goes fast. It is impossible to absorb and then make use of the material a half hour later, as you get behind the wheel of the fastest handling car you have ever driven. Far better to let the material sink in beforehand, so your instructors can give you specific feedback instead of generalities.

The skid pad section of the video is great, showing the counter intuitive technique for controlling a spin out. Jerking your foot off the gas might be a natural reaction but as the video shows it is the worst thing you can do. A little added throttle combined with well timed counter steer is needed to regain control. Practicing this many times in your mind will give you a chance of responding correctly when it happens for real.

Track time is expensive even in the small single seaters used in the film. The cars may sell for only $50000 but the cost of support means it's about $1000 and up an hour for an arrive and drive experience. (Quite a bit more if you wreck.) It only makes sense to go in with the maximum preparation so you learn higher level skills during your time on the track. Lots of go kart or motocross time helps. Any instructor will tell you that you need time in the seat to get a feel for the limit of traction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BULLITT181 on October 10, 2007
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This is a good clear DVD that helps you learn or brush up on track and racing techniques, however it is a little old. The Video could have gone into a little more detail about the heel-toe downshift. Otherwise this was an all around good Video.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2008
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this dvd is actually a rehash of some old 80's video, the picture quality and sound quality is not very good, but the actual content material is quite good. of course its useful for total beginners only.
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