Thanks! Sounds like a plan. In comparison to the 4C the FRS is probably quite comfortable, but I'm still getting use to sitting lower and getting in / out of the car. Subaru could sure learn a thing or two about interior quality from Honda! I had a year of fun (and cheap running costs) with the CR-Z. I've only daily driven FF (or RR during summer weekends, Corvair, never hard enough to feel the platform) I figured I should give FR a go. I've always been a handling over power kind of person so the FRS/BRZ is a good fit. I ended up drifting most of my first autocross event up in Barrie last weekend. I'm still on the slippery stock tires as I bought a low mileage 2013. I never planned on doing performance driving with the CR-Z when I bought it, but now I'm hooked so it seemed reasonable to get a car "made" for it.
How do you get involved with Grand Bend lapping? Are these club events, or do they have non associated open lapping? I'm a little hesitant to do open-lapping as I think lapping associated with a club (like PADA) is safer. Do they have good marshals there? When the open lapping started after the PADA school at TMP things seemed a bit crazy.
You chose wisely. It might be a bit low on power, but the 86 platform handles very well, and on tracks like Cayuga ot the Bend power doesn’t matter as much. Straights are for fast cars. Corners are for fast drivers!
The events I go to are put on by Porsche of London, and are a bit of a hybrid between HPDE, open lapping, and social gathering. It’s expensive, but you get the track for the day, usually fewer than 10 cars per run group, 20 minute sessions, and instruction available. Plus lunch
Grand Bend also hosts open car lapping. Mainly Thursday afternoons 2x per month. Bikes run the other two Thursdays. I know people who go regularly. I've not been yet, but will in October. I also did a lapping afternoon with Melons Better Driving. Experience was OK. Not as good as PADA. Yeah, what you saw there is better than most open lapping. The issue that I had was all of the instructors ran for their own cars instead of helping out those who still needed it, and I did’t see anyone actually minding the track. It was supposed to be an introductory event. That was not cool.
The track at the Bend has fantastic marshalls. They actually watch what’s happening. I’ve never seen fewer than two plus EMS (also a marshall), and occasionally more. Tim, the head marshall, takes grat care of the track and the people who use it.