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Old 02-01-2019, 01:57 AM   #1
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DirtFish Rally School anyone?

I'm curious if anyone on the forum has been to DirtFish in Washington? If so can you sum up your experience?
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I'm going to try to do this in 2019.

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Old 02-01-2019, 02:50 PM   #3
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Worth every penny. I went in fall of 2016 and it was damp which was perfect because it means you get really good visibility (mind you it wasnt raining just.. haze grey) it kept the dirt on the ground which was good and the cars dont really mind either way.
I did the 1 day course RWD which was in the BRZ (also sort of the reason I ended up with one...)

They are great, you have a sit down in the office meet your instructor and the other drivers, they go over some philisophies and mentalities. if you are a tarmac person or autox person forget everything you know about cornering and braking. You turn with the brakes and weight transfer.

then you head out to the cars and get to check them out and the first thing is some boxes just some right handers then switching to left, youll be practicing lift turn brake over and over and over

you brake with the wheels turned to force weight on them. its so backwards but it works
from there you will work to figure 8s and then move out back to some of the bigger sections and slaloms. buy the video package they'll give you a thumb drive with the whole days events on it and at the end of the day

prepare to have your mind blown. an instructor will take you. IN THE CAR YOU WHERE MANHANDLING and blow your mind. we where goin 110 on tarmac and the guy just flicked it into a corner that transitioned to dirt and it held the angle. I still can't believe it.

it was so much and I cannot wait to go back for their 3 day course( money... ) I miss the area and the instructors and namely the cars.... they are whicked for being stock powered.
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I'd love to do it, just a big commitment to do it from Toronto
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Havent attend but I've briefly talked with one of the instructors at a local 86 event and they always seem involved in the community. Keep an eye out for last minute discounts to fill classes, I've seen then offer up to 20% off, on an Instagram ad.

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Deal! I have to start saving now but as @15limited they do have sales sometimes that will help.

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My Wife and I are doing the 1-Day w/ STI's (she has a WRX, so thats why STIs) in June of this year for part of our Honeymoon.

They had some killer Black Friday Deals. I believe it was 50% off!
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One of my former coworkers did the 2 hour taste of rally class. He got it on groupon for a little over half price and said it was a lot of fun. He did it with a group of friends from ORPCA. It was back before they had the BRZ as an option(he has an FRS). I'd like to try it but it is a bite and a half out of the track day budget.
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If you guys go to Dirtfish ask for Michelle Miller as an instructor. She's a really great friend and incredible instructor. She's also a multi-time SCCA Solo national champion.
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Most. Fun. Thing. Ever.

I signed up for a 2 day RWD and only 1 other person signed up with me. So they switched us to a 1 day private. More seat time that way. Would definitely go back, but I'm going to commit to the 3 day next time.

This wasn't a casual amount of money to spend, but I didn't regret the charge on my credit card for a second.

Bonus: If you're a Twin Peaks fan, you'll be taking classes in the Sheriff's station, and driving around the old mill. How cool is that?
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This one is less than an hour from home too: http://racelab.co/
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