Skip Barber - Going Faster
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(Dec 21, 2004)
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Very good driving book for those who wish to improve their driving skills.Published 13 months ago by D. ENGLE
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 morePublished on November 23, 2013 by David Fine
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 on May 30, 2013 by CHRISTOPHER J HENDERSON
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 morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Jack H
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
The video-quality of my copy was absolute garbage, blurry to the point of giving me a headache and incredibly distracting. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by CBMN
This is a good instructional DVD on performance driving on the track, suitable for people at the beginner to intermediate level. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by Irfan A. Alvi
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 morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Racer Hex