Curry's Auto Service sponsors high-performance driving clinic for vets at Summit Point Raceway

Jan. 1, 2020
Thirty veterans, active military and Wounded Warriors tried their hand at high performance driving at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia on Veterans' Day, November 11. The event, "Helmets Off to Heroes," was organized by Miriam Schottland of Drive
Thirty veterans, active military and Wounded Warriors tried their hand at high performance driving at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia on Veterans' Day, November 11. The event, "Helmets Off to Heroes ," was organized by Miriam Schottland of DriveLab in Washington, DC. Curry's Auto Service , headquartered in Gainesville, VA, was a principal sponsor.

For 25 years with BSR Advanced Driver Training, Schottland has taught high performance driving and racing for the Federal Bureau of Investigation( FBI), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the American Automobile Association (AAA), as well as area police departments and the State Department. She regularly conducts driving clinics at the Summit Point Motor Sports Complex. She also conducts Sir Isaac Newton’s Totally Awesome Driving School for teens in Fairfax County. Curry's Auto Service has worked with her to sponsor the teen driving events.

"In order to do high speed driving, you have to know what you're doing," says Schottland. "It's basic car control, knowing why a car does what it does. Cars are very predictable. They do what you tell them to do."

Schottland and her crew of 34 instructors conducted classroom training and car control exercises for the vets in the morning. These exercises included sessions on a skid pad, braking and slalom. In the afternoon the vets had high-speed track sessions on the Jefferson Circuit, a road-racing course with seven turns, accompanied by an instructor. They also had a chance to ride along with instructors.

Schottland said she contacted the Veterans Administration, the Wounded Warriors project and about 40 different military organizations to invite vets to the free event. She will be presenting another "Helmets Off to Heroes" event on Veterans Day in 2012.

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