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Skip Barber - Going Faster

 NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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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: #228,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but not the greatest 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but unfortunately very dated... 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Information on Driving 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect if you're going to race at Lime Rock July 27, 2012
By bcaulf
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
4.0 out of 5 stars basic stuff, good for newbie's May 17, 2008
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Vintage October 10, 2007
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this first and get more out of a track day!
Excellent demonstration of the basics. Much better than a book alone. A must have if you plan on high performance driving. Should be a pre requisite to any track day. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Fine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - suggested reading for the intermediate tracker/racer
This is a good book for the beginner to intermediate driver who wants to improve their technique and understands that improvement begins with understanding.
Published 15 months ago by CHRISTOPHER J HENDERSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Older taped program but still very relavent
Ok this was recorded in the 1980's so some of the technology stuff that they show is WAY out of date but the material and the information is not out of date. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jack P. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instructional dvd
This DVD did a very good job of explaining in full detail how to become a better race car driver.
Published on July 7, 2012 by M. Malpica
2.0 out of 5 stars Quality is garbage
The video-quality of my copy was absolute garbage, blurry to the point of giving me a headache and incredibly distracting. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Chad J. Baures
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is a good instructional DVD on performance driving on the track, suitable for people at the beginner to intermediate level. Read more
Published on August 1, 2011 by Irfan A. Alvi
4.0 out of 5 stars Must-view for anyone into racing, but needs updating
As others have said, this is now a couple of decades old and definitely looks it. I am sure Skippy's fleet has been updated with some modern aero and the like as well, so don't... Read more
Published on June 11, 2009 by Racer Hex
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics reminder
Pretty old now but the basics remain the same. Worth watching more than once so the advice sinks in - some seems obvious but it is definitely relevant and it's the obvious stuff... Read more
Published on April 15, 2009 by Phil Bissett
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginer
Video is well made although old. Concepts are solid, but not much more than basic racing technique. Go take the class.
Published on January 21, 2008 by Gregory K. Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Response
Skip Barber - Going Faster was an immediate success demonstrated by it's immediate review by the recipient - in isolation!
Published on January 20, 2008 by Reiner B. Uhlig
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