Spotter’s Guide To The August 2017 Road And Track

I’ve been somewhat absent from the print version of Road&Track, although you can still usually find me contributing twice a week to the website.

This month, however, I had one of my Web articles revamped and reworked for print use…

On page 98, you can read all about the new instructor certification movement. Led by Ross Bentley and the Motorsport Safety Foundation, this six-tier certification process will allow you to immediately assess the capabilities and experience of your trackday instructor. At this point, I hope you will forgive me if I brag a little bit. (Yeah, yeah, I know — it’s not that unusual, is it?) Much of this instructor-certification momentum is directly due to my 2014 article for R&T. A lot of people read that, a lot of people started talking about, and some people decided to do something about it.

I would like to think that the publication of that piece started a process that will eventually save the lives of trackday drivers and instructors. Please participate if you can, either by obtaining the certification for yourself or by demanding that your organization obtain MSF-certified instructors. I’ll be one of them!

6 Replies to “Spotter’s Guide To The August 2017 Road And Track”

  1. Sseigmund

    Let me be the first to say congratulations for a couple of great articles. It’s been a long time since we had an automotive journalist willing to shine some light on dark subjects in the industry. I am in that group trying to master high speed car control, and while I have mostly had great instructors, some could have used more vetting. I have also attended a couple of HPDEs where instructors accounted for most of the offs. Makes one wonder.

    I appreciate those with the commitment and fortitude to ride in the right seat with novice drives. If I ever find enough time I would like to do it myself, and now there is roadmap for getting there.

    Have a great Independence Day weekend and remember those who had the ultimate commitment. http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/

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  2. Rock36

    I can only imagine how fulfilling it would be to inspire real change as a result of ones writing.

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  3. -nate-nate

    good work jack ! .

    i remember my son’s times @ willow springs, who you were seemed more important than how you drove .

    he was an instructor for a while .

    -nate

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  4. jstyer

    Any chance we can get a link to the program so instructors know how to get involved with the Motorsports Safety Foundation?

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  5. VoGo

    This is cool, and kudos to Jack for driving this movement. There’s an interesting debate among economists and policy makers as to the value of certification, esp. when state sponsored. Traditional conservative dogma is that it is a waste, essentially a tax on consumers because the marketplace should handle the evaluation of trades people more efficiently. Evidence is starting to show; however, that there are instances when certification is a net positive, especially where people don’t have access or time to research every little purchase..

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