The Greater Vancouver area is well known for its high performance luxury cars. Just stroll down Robson or Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver one evening and you’ll see the streets lined up with AMG models from Mercedes-Benz, M division BMWs, or even more exotic autos such as Lambos, Porsches, and the odd McLaren thrown in for good measure.
A quick jaunt over to Richmond and one will find a similar scene but perhaps with a higher number of modified Nissan GT-Rs, Mitsubishi EVOs, and Subaru WRXs.
But as one would expect, many drivers of these ultra fast, ultra luxurious vehicles are arguably lacking the driving skills to handle their often twitchy race-bred and even race-prepped vehicles.
Many of said owners tend to be south of 30 years of age and while there’s nothing wrong with that in my view, with age also comes experience. Their driving inexperience has often ended up in some highly publicised (and highly embarrassing) police incidences.
While electronic safety aids such as stability and traction control have made monumental strides in the last decade, an over reliance on the safety net of these systems can result in driver over confidence and errors.
This aforementioned situation was indeed the catalyst for the Track Day for Charity event.
Spearheaded by Regina Chan, founder of AutoNerve magazine, Track Day for Charity is now in its 2nd year and aims to provide one-on-one instructional time in the comfort of your own car with the professional drivers at Morrisport Advanced Driving riding shotgun.
Many of Morrisport’s pro drivers not only have race car driving experience, but also work with auto manufacturers for vehicle performance testing. They are sure to provide both expert advice and thrills to those who make it out to the event at Mission Raceway Park on Sunday June 15, 2014 (which incidentally is Father’s Day).
Not only do participants get to learn the limits of their cars and improve driving skills for real world situations, but they’ll also get to do it in a safe and closed environment. You don’t have to have a performance luxury car to attend, just an willingness to learn! Moreover hot lunches and cold drinks are also included for all drivers and registered VIP guests.
As the event’s name implies, there is a charitable component to this event as well. All proceeds go towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and partial tax receipts will be issued to those who donate or sign up for the event. Incidentally, this is the very first event of its kind to fundraise for the foundation.
For those not interested in driving, there are two other fantastic reasons to make it out to Mission Raceway. Firstly, spectator tickets are free for those who just want to donate or observe the action. Secondly and more exciting, hot laps by the pro drivers will be available for those who want to ride shotgun in one of the cars supplied by the vehicle sponsors of the event (including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Kia).
These hotlaps, which should occur from approximately 11:45am till 1:15pm, are by donation at $50 for a single rider, $80 for 2 riders, and $100 for 3 riders in the same vehicle.
Editor’s note: There have a been a few questions about this event, so we’ve reached out to Track Day for Charity for some answers.
(1) NO track experience required to participate as driver, a valid driver’s license and your vehicle will do. The organizers will put you in First Timer Group.
(2) If you already have some track experience, the organizers will put you in Advanced Group, so you can drive faster and push harder on the track.
(3) You will have plenty of track time and instructions because Track for Charity is only accepting a maximum of 40 drivers compared to most track day program with 60 or more people.