Revenge of the Nerd: Trackday Douche Bag VIDEO

By Mike Kojima

A lot of us at MotoIQ are driving instructors for NASA, Speedventures and other groups.  As instructors we get all kinds of students, some good, some bad.  This is a classic example of a stereotypical bad student. We have different categories; the expensive car douchebag, the ricer, the Asian stick shaker, the pro street racer sign me off now guy.  This video shows a combination of nearly all of them stuck into one person.

Usually females are the best students and end up improving the fastest and going faster.  The best students are the ones with no pretense of anything.  It doesn't matter how inexperienced they are, they always get faster, sometimes a lot faster quickly.

Good instructors usually have their students start off slow, learn about lines and brake points then slowly add speed. Sometimes we have have to tell students to slow down and do it right before we let them go fast.

The character in the video is the type we laugh about over beers at the end of the day.  Seriously sometimes they are that bad, I had one fellow in a Ferrari like that.  He came in a transporter with mechanics and an extensively modified bored trophy wife/girlfriend.  He was probably the slowest guy in the corners of the entire beginners run group and the fastest on the straights and refused to give a point by.  He had a smug cocky attitude that was insufferable. 

In download meetings he bitched and complained about everyone else. I had to tell him to find another instructor because I wanted to punch him in the face.  I think it was Annie Sam's first track day ever and she was smoking him in a stock NX2000.  I think he complained about her as well.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 5:52 PM
The one stereotype this misses (probably because most instructors on large courses don't deal with them) is the helicopter parent. I've been instructing at the local go kart track this year and the kids are usually pretty good. For 8 year olds, some of them listen incredibly well. Their parents on the other hand aren't quite as good. We had one lady whose son wasn't technically old enough to drive the cars, but because she is related to the owners of the track, she gets a free pass. Anyway, she constantly complained about the other kids, mostly how they would lightly bump her son. When doing a lead-follow, bumping is preferred since it means the kid is right behind you and following the right line. This video is pretty funny, We get a lot of walk in guys who race and think they're hot shit. It's always fun going out with them and wiping the floor with them.
Friday, July 30, 2010 5:58 PM
"I have 900 followers on Twitter, waiting for the results"......lol
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Friday, July 30, 2010 6:29 PM
At least he didn't say MotoIQ.
Eric Hsu
Eric Hsulink
Friday, July 30, 2010 6:38 PM
"I went 200mph on the Autobahn...in a Caterham...in the rain...while it was dark." This was pretty good haha. I can totally imagine these d-bags.

BTW, what is an asian stick shaker?
Friday, July 30, 2010 6:47 PM
Haha..."It would probably ruin my reflexes to ride in such an underpowered car"
Friday, July 30, 2010 7:45 PM
so...what is an asian stick shaker? never heard that one before haha
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Friday, July 30, 2010 9:23 PM
A stick shaker is an Asian guy ricer who sits in his car a low and gangsta. When these guys try to heel and toe, they rev the engine a bunch of times, shake the stick and then try to cram it in a lower gear. Its really funny to see.

Speedtrial has a lot of these guys.
Friday, July 30, 2010 9:49 PM
Mike post a vid of these "stick shakers"...just for shits and giggles....lol
Saturday, July 31, 2010 1:00 AM
Saturday, July 31, 2010 5:17 AM
"Ferrari. More than you can afford, Pal!" ;)

Racecomp Engineering and GTWorx.com posted this vid this week and still LMAO...
Saturday, July 31, 2010 5:23 AM
Had a variation on the stick shaker in 2009 at the SR20 convention - both seats laid back, thank God the passenger seatbelt was non-functioning (of course I wouldn't take him out) so I got someone else. Had all the classic car setup of someone who you'd ask about their brakes and they'd say "haven't had any trouble at all with them since I bought the car 5 years ago..." =:o
Saturday, July 31, 2010 6:43 AM
I love the facepalm at the end. Hilarious. I would love to be able to afford some instructional track time. Damn recession.
Sarah Forst
Sarah Forstlink
Saturday, July 31, 2010 8:09 AM
Mike said: "A stick shaker is an Asian guy ricer who sits in his car a low and gangsta."

Bwahaha, I got stuck behind one of these yesterday. He looked like he was running a slalom track trying to avoid losing his oil pan on the manhole covers.
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