09 Apr 2017 Kent, WA – Filling the grounds with cars and people at Pacific Raceways normally comes the first week in August. Coming in second and growing bigger each year is the HondaFest NW. The trio of a car show, lead/follow and drag racing bring the people and vendors to this annual event.
Rows and rows of all kinds of show cars and most all of them daily drivers filled the paddock area as SpeedFactory set up in their favorite spot next to the staging lanes.
Leading off the day on the 2.25 mile track instructors from ProFormance Racing School do what is called “lead/follow” with a group of three to seven cars. It is 100% follow the leader but that “leader” knows the fastest way around the track. No fooling around here as the last car in line has a radio and you can’t out run it. You get out of the spirit of the day you will be booted out of line, Safety First.
For those that follow the “drivers” meeting rules you get to push your car a little more than “normal” driving and doing it “safely”. This part of the day is also growing as near 50 drivers took part with a few doubling up.
All this time the “drag crew” is prepping the drag strip for the afternoon of side by side running of all kinds of cars and trucks.
Leading off the action the ultra- fast Honda’s from SpeedFactory in a mix of testing and checking the latest setup put down some impressive numbers as noted by the crowd and crew reactions.
A great day put together by NWMotiv and Pacific Raceways will again look to grow the program so make a date for next year’s event.
Lots of great images from all over the facility – click here to go to the photo album. As always thank you for your support and purchases!
26 Mar 2017 Kent, WA – For the dozen plus folks who took part in the ProFormance Racing School this day the weather played a big part. Choosing the date to go to school you hope for a great weather day, but this is the northwest in spring time and the weather is a crapshoot, with the record rain thru late winter into early spring today it just continued.
Bringing out the bumper-shoots that under normal use here shades the drivers from the sun reared back to their original use, to keep the rain off. To ProFormance Racing School and its instructors the weather makes no difference on the program and how they instruct the students.
Looking at the exercises, there are four of them, going thru them I believe it would be worth taking the class twice if possible, in the rain and in the sunshine. What you feel in the seat of your pants will be two very distinct sensations. Once you feel the difference in wet to dry you will come away a better driver in the northwest.
Important enough to parents to put their children thru the class to teach what is not in drivers training and to a husband and wife today with their personal plates sharing the experience together.
Images are now available – click here to go to the photo album.
Check out this program on the ProFormance web site for your date to better driving.
19 Mar 2017 Kent, WA – As more and more parents see their children go thru drivers training and what they are learn they are coming to driving schools for the skills that will better prepare them for driving on the hi-ways and bi-ways.
Seeing parents weather by their pushing or their kids choosing going thru the stages that ProFormance Racing School and their instructors teach is every bit a recordable moment. Deep in parents minds and spoken, this is the best bang for your buck to be found for young drivers.
This also you see on the faces of the students as they gather after the first go round and how fun it is to learn what your car is telling you when you tell it to do something. Then of course at the end of the school day the confidence that the students now show truly shows the impact of going thru the school.
Over 300 images are now available online – click here to go to the photo album.
For info on upcoming dates go to the ProFormance Racing School web site or their Facebook page.
11 Mar 2017 Kent, WA – Going thru a driving course in nice weather can be a challenge but when you put Mother Nature and the “Northwet” it does add a new dimension to what you are trying to accomplish.
As explained by instructor Mirko the rainy weather will help you feel in your backside what your car is doing when you put input to it. Steering, braking and peddle control is brought to the forefront going thru the four coned stations.
Seems simple enough, though once behind the wheel the focus gets intense as you want to complete the task as instructed as a dozen or more teachers watch your every move, then de-brief, good or bad what you just did.
Then take those instructions and get in line and do it again. It is truly a do it and you will get it right and become a better driver because of it. Anytime you get the chance to take a driving course like ProFormance Racing School, Doug Herbert’s “Brakes” or a Teen driving class you will come out of them a better driver for it. Do yourself or a loved one a big favor and check into a program near you and go thru it.
Images from the full day of action are now online and available for purchase – to go to the album, click here.
11 Feb 2017 Kent, WA – Back for the first time this year the AM Skills class brought in sixteen students for classroom and on track learning. No matter your age or gender you start in the classroom eyes intent on what Don Kitch is telling you. It is the start of what ProFormance Racing School is all about.
What you gain from the in classroom and the four coned stages will show you and let your body feels and what input you need to do to your car in case you need to do so. Being prepared for anything when you are driving is the awareness you will also gain. Just about everything that is taught in the class is not given in drivers training.
This fact brought out a young lady just about ready to get her driving life underway. With no prompting from her parents the choice to take the class was her own, pretty smart on her part. As per requirements all teen drivers are instructed to bring their “daily driver” to class. This young lady rolled up in a full size Chevy truck, something I have not seen run thru the program, all makes and models of cars but no trucks. The shiny smile, I say that because she does wear braces would be hard pressed to remove at the end of the day and also saying “I will be back” to the track to learn even more.
Follow this teen driver’s lead and contact ProFormance Racing School for info on upcoming dates to do the same for yourself as this wise beyond her years young lady did for herself.
Images are now available – click here to go to the photos, and as always thank you very much for your support and purchases!
04 Feb 2017 Kent, WA – For those parents and teens that attended the school today it mattered only slightly that it was raining. Yes, it was less than ideal conditions, but you could see the focus in their faces as Don Kitch and his instructors coached the teens thru classroom instruction and behind the wheel.
There were four different stages, two at a steady 25 miles per hour and two at 50 miles per hour. What you learn from these four stages is applicable to anyone not just for the teens as this is the way all should learn what to do when faced with it. It’s well worth the investment to go thru the ProFormance Racing School, check out their website for upcoming dates.
On another part of the property The Motorsports Lab and two of their many “super cars” were giving drivers the thrill of piloting one around a coned off pattern of twists and turns. Add to the course the “rain” puddles created by Mother Nature and her winter weather in the northwest.
Watching a Lamborghini plow thru four inches of water is not something you see every day unless you are at their factory testing grounds. Not exactly what they had in mind when they signed up for the experience but the smiles afterword tells all. To learn more go to motorsports.com for more info.
Images of all the action today are now available – click here to go to the photo album.
29 Jan 2017 Kent, WA – The event was postponed from last weekend, and we had much better weather day for some lapping around the track. It was dry around the 2.25 mile track, but the chill will take a few laps to get the tires up to temp then that chilly air will bring the engines alive.
For those who came out to run the track the smiles told all, they were having fun. On the property also taking advantage and using the paddock in auto-cross fashion was the UW Department of Mechanical Engineering, who brought out their projects and laptops for some testing.
A closer look shows all kinds of designs built into their test car (they have two) with data gathering points all over. Well in excess of 100 points taking the time to look close. No close in pics were allowed to give away their thoughts.
Watching them run the course a number of laps then checker the drive to come in, then watching the crew surround the car with probes and tablets taking readings and logging the information was really no different than any other race team out for a test session. It was great to see them again and can’t wait till next time they come out to test.
Images of the action and a few distant shots of the UW Engineering programs are now available – click here to go to the photo album.
The next track day is Feb.4th check info on the ProFormance Racing School website.
07 Jan 2017 Kent, WA – Jumping into a new year will bring new resolutions; one good one is to become a better driver. If you’ve got a 2017 Mustang, or a 1999 Porsche and a 20707 Vette, there is not much in common past “nice cars”. The commonality is the driver’s, all three taking the driving class at ProFormance Racing School to better pilot their choice rides.
Pretty smart in the resolution department choosing to learn from some very qualified instructors led by Don Kitch. Putting this program in your back pocket is a bang for your buck that is worth every one of them. It really makes no difference what you drive it will pay to go thru it. For more information contact proformanceracingschool.com for upcoming dates.
Images from the 1st High Performance Sport Driving Day of 2017 are now available. Click here to go to the photo album.
17 Dec 2016 Kent, WA – Daily drivers to pure race cars alike took part in the final High Performance Sport Driving Day of 2016.
Seat time they say, “You can’t get enough”. With a wide range of weather conditions that come up you can practice in a safe manor around the track as corner workers and track personal keep an eye on your driving, safety first is always first, no one wants to pile up their ride and keeping you inside your driving skills pays off.
Today it was 20 degrees for air temps, and a cold track surface to greet the drivers and cars. That seat time was out front and center as KD Motorsports, fresh off their class win in the 25 hour event down in California came out for more in their PRO3 cars.
Running “nose to tail” for 30 min. sessions is nothing like running hours at a time but it’s 30 minutes more seat time in different weather conditions. Follow the PRO3 drivers, get more seat time and become a better driver.
Images from the track are now available – click here to go to the photo album.
The next date is Jan. 7th 2017. For all dates go to Pacific Raceways web site for information. See you next year and have a Happy Holiday Season from all at See It Imagery.
19 Nov 2016 Kent, WA – The High Performance Sport Driving Days have begun on the legendary 2.25 mile Pacific Raceway road course. Open to all who would like to run their ride around the track like those today.
Only one car that could be called somewhat a race car was on hand; all others were daily drivers. On that note today’s production cars have some pretty good get up and go under the hood.
A light sprinkle was just enough to irritate your wipers but lasted only a short time then gave way to some great driving weather for the afternoon. The great thing about the program is the weather, the driving conditions will change and the experience you gain driving can be your own depending on what you are looking for.
The safety factor is pressed hard at the driver’s meeting with corner worker’s keeping an eye on what you are doing. Drop your wheels off the track and you will be black flagged to come in and talk about what happened and why. Driving beyond your abilities shows up on the actions of your car and they will stop you and correct it, remember “safety first”.
These are the dates for the HPSDD this winter:
December 3rd and 17th
January 7th and 21st
February 4th and 18th
Images are now online for this session. Click here to go to the photo album.