May 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021
Registration opens on March 24, 2021 at 6:00 PM PDT. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Audi Club Northwest (ACNW) and Northwest Audi Dealers Group are proud to present the 14th annual Matt Ammon Memorial Driving School (MAMDS) and Teen Clinic 2021, May 15-16!
For 2019, we are returning to Shelton, WA to host both Driver Skills (DS) and High-Performance Driver Education (HPDE) instructed lapping for MAMDS. DS and a half-day autocross will be held at Sanderson Field on Saturday. HPDE will be run both Saturday and Sunday at The Ridge Motorsports Park.
Who was Matt Ammon? Matt bought his new Nogaro Blue Audi S4 in May of 2001 and became very active in local chapters of Audi Club North America in Ohio, Illinois, Virginia and Missouri before coming to the Seattle area in the Summer of 2006. Tragically, he was taken from us at age 31 in November 2006, when a Bellevue construction crane collapsed. In his short time with us Matt brought his enthusiasm, skill and knowledge to our region. He quickly became integrated with the local Audi community and Audi Club Northwest as an Instructor. When asked what modifications should be made to your car, Matt would be quick to answer, “The first mod should be driving school.” This is the legacy we are honoring with the largest Driver Skills event of our season.
What is Driver Skills? It’s not like what you may have experienced when you first earned your driver’s license. This is an advanced DS course that is encouraged for all drivers, teens, novices or intermediate drivers. It is an exciting opportunity to learn how you and your car work together and can be applied in real life situations on the street and highway. DS students will participate in several exercises (slalom, emergency braking, collision avoidance, figure-8) on Saturday morning and then run a DS Autocross in the afternoon.
What is an autocross? A chance to drive your car on a course made of up cones, as fast as you can, while not breaking any laws and being totally safe! You’ll drive through the course following a route of orange cones that define the course. It looks crazy from afar, but from behind the wheel it’s a blast! Autocross is an excellent way to apply the skills learned in the morning’s exercises.
What is lapping? An exciting opportunity to take your car around a real race track at whatever speed your skills, comfort, and/or instructor allow you to do safely. With no competitive element and drivers of similar skill/experience/pace grouped together, it provides an opportunity to enjoy the controlled environment of a race track while respecting every driver’s specific abilities. Novice drivers are always paired with an experienced ACNW instructor to learn the skills necessary to safely navigate the track while applying the skills learned in DS. Drivers must be 16 years old or older.
Teen Driver Clinic – The Teen Driver Clinic on Saturday is discounted for young drivers with either an Instruction Permit or Intermediate License. Register early: There are only 15 spots available for Teens! This clinic is designed for the beginning driver, teaching valuable skills such as emergency braking, collision avoidance and car control using the same exercises as the Driver Skills. A parent, guardian or authorized representative must accompany anyone younger than 18 into the facility.
Parents or guardians of teen drivers are encouraged to attend the Teen Driver Clinic as a participant, also discounted! Take the same clinic as your teen; you’ll be surprised how much you can learn together!
This weekend is FULL of options to teach you how to be a better driver and that will guarantee FUN. Check out all the options for Two and One day packages during registration!
Registration pricing includes lunch for each day you participate. Guest lunches are also available!
Saturday-only participants at Sanderson Field are welcome to be spectators on Sunday at the track! Bring your friends and family with you, too! Who knows, you may even be able to ride with an instructor on-track and experience first-hand what a lapping day is all about!
Audi Club North America (ACNA) membership is required for all HPDE lapping participants at this event. If you’re not yet part of the club, change that here: http://www.audiclubna.org/join.