Porsche Sport Driving School Celebrates 40th Anniversary


One of my goals in life is to attend a proper driving school.  Skip Barber is one of the most popular driving schools, and among the most competitive.  Porsche has been doing driving schools for over 40 years.

"The idea turned into a great success. Today, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG offers a large range of courses worldwide, teaching the precise control of sports cars in all driving conditions. Highly-skilled Porsche instructors place a specific focus on improving students’ driving prowess and developing them into calm, commanding, and conducted drivers. While learning and knowing the theoretical basics of vehicle dynamics is important, all Porsche driving courses put an emphasis on spending plenty of time behind the wheel, helping the participants to practice and master the necessary skills.In the United States, the Porsche has been fostering the improvement of driver skills and awareness for over 20 years. The first courses, known then as Porsche Owners Driving School, were offered in 1990 by Porsche factory driver and racing legend Vic Elford. The Porsche Sport Driving School in North America is currently based at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama. Since establishing a permanent home in early 2003, over 35,000 participants have improved their driving skills thanks to the experience and supervision of head instructor Hurley Haywood and his 50 colleagues. The Porsche Sport Driving School fleet at Barber Motorsports Park consists of over 45 new Porsche vehicles which are provided for the participants. Classes range from the “Precision One Day High Performance Driving Course”, aimed at teaching drivers the essentials about high-performance driving, all the way to the three-day “Masters-Plus Course”, whose graduates are eligible for the SCCA regional racing license.In March 2015, the new Porsche Experience Center, located near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, will offer advanced driver training courses on a brand-new test track with six cutting-edge driving modules. A second Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles serving Porsche drivers on the west coast is scheduled to open later that year."

Porsche has not only focused on great driving cars, but great drivers behind those cars.  Technology has advanced tremendously over the past 40 years and attending a Porsche Driving School allows a driver to take full advantage of the technologies, or maximize the car’s abilities when the technology is switched off.