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A Performance Driving School Exclusively For Camaro Owners Is Now Available At Area 27

2019 2020 2021 2022 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
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Area 27 may be one of the best race tracks in North America that you haven’t yet heard of. But it’s nevertheless the track rat’s equivalent of a yacht club. Built in 2016, the main attraction is a 4.83 kilometer racing circuit designed by Jacques Villeneuve, surrounded by world-class amenities, including a banquet room, locker rooms, classrooms, a pro shop, and most recently – an 11,000 square-foot clubhouse. Along with the announcement of the clubhouse was the announcement of a Chevrolet Camaro driving school, exclusively with various 2019 Camaro models – currently the sportiest and most athletic of all the pony cars on the market. A fun fact: the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE media drive was held at this very track, likely paving the way for this driving program.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

Pricing for the 2.5-Day Chevrolet Camaro Driving Academy starts at $2,795.00 CAD, and can run up to $4,060.00 CAD if attendees opt to rent a Camaro from the facility, as well as bring a plus one during the course. The first classes took place this past weekend, between July 21-23. Additional Chevrolet Camaro Driving Academy classes will take place September 4-6, October 14-16, and October 20-22.

Below are further details:

Theory covering seating position, braking technique, and finding the correct line through corners
Track safety – including instruction on the various flags and their meanings, with proper pit entry and exit procedures

On the circuit:
Braking and down shifting techniques
Cornering phases
Linking turns and establishing correct lines
Full circuit follow-the-leader lapping

Open lapping sessions with coach critiques
Lapping session with student monitored for consistency and improvement, with comprehensive performance evaluation.

Area 27 is located in “Canada’s warmest climate”, and is located in Oliver, BC – a few hours just east of Vancouver. The Chevrolet Camaro Driving Academy sounds akin to the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School, which is a program aimed at Corvette owners at Spring Mountain Motorsports Park outside of Las Vegas.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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