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New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts

Discussion in 'Driving Schools' started by mhershorn, Mar 25, 2014.

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    mhershorn

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    Dear Members,

    I have been a member for many years and have participated in BMW CCA/NASA Track Days. My wife and I are both track day drivers and we have started a free online magazine catering exclusively to the track day driver enthusiast. We welcome you to visit our website at www.autotrackdaymonthly.com. The current issue includes, among other things, articles on track cars, track features, reviews on the latest technologies and apps, how-to write ups and other resources for track day participants. Coming in our April issue is an interview with Alan Wilson, the designer of Barber and Miller Motorsports Parks and Circuit Mont Tremblant, a how-to written by Alan with advice on analyzing new tracks, an interview of a time trial driver and race shop owner about modifications for track day cars, an interview with the developer of Harry's Laptimer and other helpful and interesting items. We hope you will visit us. Thanks for your attention.
    Michael and Ziva
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    mhershorn

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    Here is an indication of the articles and resources we have for the track day participant:

    Correct Bedding-in of New Brake Rotors and Pads

    EVENT CHECKLIST
    Flag Definitions
    Getting Started at Track Day Driving- Everything You Need to Know to Begin
    How To Prepare for a Track You Have Never Been to Before by track designer Alan Wilson
    How To Use Data and Video Logging Smart Phone Apps
    Introduction to Track Day Vehicle Modifications
    Rotor Distortion or ‘Warping’
    The Final Word on Brake Vibration and “Warped” Rotors
    TRACK DAY DEFINITIONS
    Track Driver's Log
    TrackAddict HD & RaceRender
    The Florida International Rally & Motorsports Park (The FIRM)
    Beat The Heat: Public Safety Officers Engage with Youth to Combat Street Racing

    Coming in future monthly Issues:
    Track Car Modifications Q and A with Daniel McCoey of Road Track Rally, A Track Prep Shop in Australia
    Mothers Against Racing in the Streets (MARS)
    North Carolina Center for Automotive Research (“NCCAR”)
    Race Track Designer Alan Wilson Talks with Auto TrackDay Monthly
    Auto TrackDay Monthly’s Q and A with Harald Schlangmann of Harry’s Laptimer Fame
    Brake Upgrades for Track Day Use

    We also have a list of tracks where you can participate in track day events and a list of event organizers, as well as other resources.
    We hope you will visit!
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    Of course I appreciate what you guys are doing with your online publication - however, there is no need to double-post the same info/clip/post, the forums automatically show threads that have unread posts (by clicking "What's New" under the "Forums" tab), so if you put up a post, those who are following the forums will see all new posts since their last visit, and won't miss what you or anyone else has posted.

    The forums have a placeholder for BMW NA press releases, you may wish to see if the BMW CCA site manager or webmaster is interested in your assistance with getting BMW NA press releases up in the BMW NA News section. See: https://www.bmwcca.org/forum/index.php?forums/bmw-na-news.279/

    Your website has an immense amount of information, haven't had a chance to check it out beyond a quick lookover, which I'll do in more time - however, at least speaking for myself, if you're going to share info here related to your webmag's content, I'd be much more interested in brief blurbs with links on content you're originating - much more so than BMW's press releases, which are of brief & temporary interest, particularly car models, because I'll be reading about them soon enough with much more insight and depth in Roundel, Autoweek, Road & Track, Car & Driver, Bimmer, online sites, etc.
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    mhershorn

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    That is great advice. Will do.
    We have the following original articles:

    Track designer Alan Wilson at
    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/index.php/articles-general/featured-articles/trackextras

    A review of smart phone data and video logging apps and interview with the developer of Track Attack at
    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/index.php/articles-general/cooldownlap/cooldownlap-articles/30-data-video-logging

    An interview with the developer of RaceRender video editing software and the smart phone app, TrackAddictHD at
    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/index.php/articles-general/featured-articles/trackextras

    An interview with Daniel McCoey who is a time trial driver and a track prep shop owner in Australia on track modifications at
    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/index.php/articles-general/features/trackcar-technology

    Reviews of race track facilities NCCAR in North Carolina and The FIRM in Gainesville at
    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/index.php/articles-general/features/yourtrack

    Two articles on efforts to reduce street racing by youths at
    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/...featured-articles/keepingitinthetrackarticles

    and How To articles on our How To and Getting Started tabs

    Please check the 13 modules on our home page. By clicking 'Read More" you can go right to the original material.

    Thanks,
    Ziva and Michael Allen
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    The May issue of www.autotrackdaymonthly is up! We've featured one of Paul Newman's favorite tracks, Brainerd International Raceway; everyone's dream kit car 818, developed by Factory Five Racing; Apache helicopter pilot turned track day enthusiast Chad Morehead; what to look for when modifying your brakes for track days; the ins and outs of track day insurance coverage and much more. We've also added turn-by-turn breakdowns of your favorite tracks so take a look before you go!
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    mhershorn

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    Our first reader submission has been published in our magazine. Read about driving instructor Doug Quara's interesting and sometimes hilarious instructing experiences here:

    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/index.php/how-to-s-main-menu/getting-started

    "I really thought that in any lap we’d end up running out of room at the exit and do some agricultural activities. But luckily we never did. How many ways can you say “Get up near the wall on the right!! GET UP NEAR THE WALL ON THE RIGHT!!?!?!?”
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    Auto TrackDay Monthly's upcoming June issue is running a story on vintage racer and writer Burt Levy who says, “I went to see a vintage race to do a story for Auto Week about it and I just fell in love. I mean here were all the cars I grew up lusting after. And it’s not just the doing it. It’s the people and the liturgy if you will – you know of being on the inside where you know the people and you know the cars and you know the stories and the wild characters you run into at racing. Racing is full of some great people. It’s just so much more vivid than everyday life. When you’re on a race weekend, it’s like being on a mission. You know what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s very goal oriented. And then you go back to what I call the mindless slop of everyday life. And you can’t wait to get back to the track.” While you're waiting to read more about Burt Levy in June, if you haven't already, read some of our current articles on brake upgrades, track insurance, track cars, getting started and how-to’s.
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    mhershorn

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    Our June issue is up. Read about Gene Felton who restores old, retired NASCAR race cars for track day use, how Hooked On Driving is doing its part in broadening the track day hobby, a behind the scenes look at the motorsports industry through the eyes of Timothy Frost, and much more!
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    If you haven't yet, check out this month's feature on vintage race car driver and author Burt Levy, data logging distributor Austin Motorsports and the Tire Rack's life saving program Street Survival!
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    mhershorn

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    Visit our magazine at www.autotrackdaymonthly.com and follow the link to our new downloads page. You can select a Track Day Manual for Beginners or Intermediates and a Track Driver’s Logbook or even download all three. Thanks for supporting our magazine!
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    mhershorn

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    We've published our July issue! Please come take a look. Your ongoing support of our magazine has been much appreciated and is allowing us to keep it going. This issue covers Part 2 of Burt Levy and his writing career, David Ray of Hooked on Driving wherein he discusses his coaching techniques, and much more!
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    Due to popular demand and repeated requests, Auto TrackDay Monthly will begin publishing its articles as they are submitted and/or upon their completion. We’ve just published our latest article. Please click here to read about track driver coach Chris Sneed of Sneed’s Speed Shop:



    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/
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    mhershorn

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    We hope you've been enjoying our magazine. We just published our most recent article which features the documentary Where They Raced about the long lost board tracks of L.A. Also, if you haven't yet, explore the site a bit and check out some of our how-to driving techniques underneath the how-to's tab at the top of the page.
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    mhershorn

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    BMW Car Club of America Roundel Editor Satch Carlson whispered in our ear recently about the new BMW M Laptimer app. He thought a review was in order, so here it is.

    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/
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    mhershorn

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    Read about what The National Auto Sport Association has to offer to track day drivers in our interview with Jon Felton, Director of the NASA Florida region.
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    mhershorn

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    Ross Bentley has written the popular Speed Secrets series and has been coaching drivers 150 days a year for decades. He spoke to us about his driving and coaching career and offers tips for driver improvement. Read our interview with Ross here:

    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/
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    “I’m not the fastest driver out there, but I’m good at communicating, good at breaking things down, tackling challenges from different angles, and—I hope—reading students for how much they can absorb in any given session or day.” Read our latest article about Ingrid Steffensen, track day coach and contributor to Ross Bentley’s Speed Secrets Weekly andRoundel Magazine.



    http://www.autotrackdaymonthly.com/
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    As you know, we’ve been alerting you to new content on Auto TrackDay Monthly. If you’ve been checking out our magazine, we would appreciate you showing us your support by subscribing to our email list HERE. In this way we can build our readership and continue to bring you the only magazine dedicated to the track day enthusiast.

    Check out our latest article New Developments with Video and Data Logging Smart Phone App, Track Attack.
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    We've published our newest article. Read about the Shelby American Mustang GT/SC.

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