Drivers’ School Weekend FAQs

Competition School

How long does it take to get a competition license?
Generally, if you have no previous racing experience, you need to attend the 2 day Competition Drivers School and two subsequent race weekends. Assuming all goes well, you would be issued the full Competition License following the second subsequent race.
How much track time will I get?
There are 8 on track sessions for a total of about 4 hours in your race car.
What sort of driver’s gear will I need?
You will need a complete set of driver’s equipment including an approved helmet, gloves, shoes, driver’s suit, and maybe Nomex® underwear (depending on what type of suit you get.) The complete list of required equipment is listed in the RMVR General Rules.
Do I need any racing or driving experience before I sign up for the school?
No. As long as you are 18 and have valid state driver’s license you can participate.
What if my vintage race car is not ready by the time of the school?
You have four choices:

  1. You can take the school in an acceptable street car.
  2. Attend a professional driving school (i.e. Bondurant, Skip Barber, Go For It, Faasst Precision Driving, etc.)
  3. Wait until the following April to attend the RMVR school.
  4. Attend another Vintage Motorsport Council (VMC) affiliate club school and then be observed
Can I use a rented race car for the school?
Certainly a race car rented from some provider would be acceptable. RMVR doesn’t have race cars for rent, but there are several Scholarship & Mentoring Programs available.
What age do I have to be to attend the school?
18 years old with a valid state driver’s license.
Will I fail the school if I spin or go off track?
No. We understand that mistakes will be made, but safety is most important. We will teach you the skills to maintain car control.
Will there be any tests or will I be graded for my performance?
No and no. We will provide feedback and instruction but there is no formal assessment. Please note, however, that the club reserves the right to expel anyone who in the Chief Driving Instructor’s (CDI) sole judgment is ignoring instruction or procedure or is driving in a reckless or irresponsible manner either on the track or in the paddock.
If I have previous racing experience, do I have to attend the school?
No. If you have raced within the past five (5) years, RMVR will issue you a provisional license and assign an observer to monitor your first race or two. Based on the recommendation of your observer, you would be issued a full competition license accordingly.
If I have a competition license from another racing organization and want a RMVR license, do I have to attend the driver’s school?
No. As in the above, we would issue you a provisional license with an observer for one or two race weekends
How much do I have to race to maintain my license?
None. As long as you maintain your membership and a current medical, your license will be renewed each year.
What if I’m not sure I want to buy a vintage eligible car before trying out vintage racing? What are my options?
RMVR does offer a Precision Driving School in conjunction with the Competition Driving School which you can take in an acceptable street car to try before you buy.
What are the tech inspections for my new race car?
You should complete an annual tech inspection for any new RMVR race car prior to the drivers’ school or your first event with the car.

Precision School

What is the difference between the Competition Drivers’ School and the Precision Drivers’ School?
The Precision School students receive the same amount of classroom and on track session time from the same experienced instructors as the Competition School students. The only difference is that the Precision School will not participate in the wheel to wheel competition on Sunday.
Will I fail the school if I spin or go off track?
No. We understand that mistakes will be made, but safety is most important. We will teach you the skills to maintain car control.
Will there be any tests or will I be graded for my performance?
No and no. We will provide feedback and instruction but there is no formal assessment. Please note, however, that the club reserves the right to expel anyone who in the Chief Driving Instructor’s (CDI) sole judgment is ignoring instruction or procedure or is driving in a reckless or irresponsible manner either on the track or in the paddock.
Do I have to have the same driver’s equipment for the Precision Drivers School?
No. You are required to have a helmet, gloves and all leather upper shoes.
How old do I have to be to attend the Precision Drivers School?
Sixteen or older with a valid state driver’s license. Students under 18 will have to have the permission of their parents and their enrollment is subject to the approval of the Chief Driving Instructor.
What are the inspection requirements for my street car?
Your car will be subjected to a pre-event safety inspection. We strongly urge you to perform a basic safety check prior to showing up at the track. Items that will be checked:

  1. Seat belt condition
  2. Tires (minimum 1/16″ tread depth on all tires)
  3. Brake fluid level
  4. Brake system condition
  5. No loose items in the driver compartment
  6. No loose items in the trunk
Will my insurance cover my street car for the school?
Some insurance companies do cover “educational” activities, but you should check with your insurer.
If I take the Precision Drivers School and then decide to buy a vintage car, do I have to go back to the school?
No. In order to obtain an RMVR Competition License to run your new RMVR eligible race car you will have to join RMVR (if you haven’t already), submit a medical form, and be issued a provisional license. A personal instructor will be assigned to you when you then enter RMVR events.
Who do I contact if I still have more questions?
Contact the Chief Driving Instructor at driving-instructor@rmvr.com.