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Old 01-07-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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Oak Hill track questions

I'm thinking of registering for my first track day here in TX..the LSTD at Oak Hill in Feb.
I've read a little about the track, but is there anything else I should know...facilities, track, parking, camping...etc.
My experience so far has only been JenningsGP in Jennings FL, which was a 2 mile, technical track, but was flat. These TX tracks look...a little intimidating with the inclines and declines.
If there is already a thread about this...just link me to it....thanks again.
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That SV, will be great there. The facilities are minumal, that is to say there are none. No electricity, no showers, port-o-potties FTW. You will need a pop-up, generator, you are allowed to camp, but that weekend tends to be a chilly one. So take that into consideration. Other than that, you will have fun, I'm sure of that.
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^+1 Be careful though race weekends DO NOT have beginner levels.
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Yea, I would have mentioned that, but it says he has 9 trackdays under his belt, and Jennings is no cake walk by no means. I think you would be fine in the "street" group to start out.
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Oak Hill is a great little track. Little is the key word- it's about 2 miles long, but not very wide. Incredibly grippy even when wet and cold- except in a couple of spots where the sealer is a bit slippery. Just stay off that line when it's too cold.

Very technical, but also a ton of fun. Take it slow until lunch, then gradually pick up the pace. Get with some LSTD instructors to show you around and get some lines down.

There is limited facilities, RV hookups if you get there early enough and pay a little bit (I think $30/ weekend?), you can camp there, there is not much water but it is there (running water from a garden type spigot), and there is a little electricity.

It's best to bring your own drinking water (though there will be a vendor there with food/ drink), bring your own power, bring some carpeting or something to put down on the ground to work on your bikes because the major majority is NOT paved in the paddock.

You'll either love it or hate it. Even the ones who "hate" it secretly love it though...
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That SV, will be great there. The facilities are minumal, that is to say there are none. No electricity, no showers, port-o-potties FTW. You will need a pop-up, generator, you are allowed to camp, but that weekend tends to be a chilly one. So take that into consideration. Other than that, you will have fun, I'm sure of that.
I thought Arron told me they had electricity... Though he said he installed it!

Maybe he installed it just for owner use...
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I thought Arron told me they had electricity... Though he said he installed it!

Maybe he installed it just for owner use...
There is, just not throughout the whole paddock. Read my post, it's got a little more info there.

The OP should be fine in the street or novice race group fo sho.
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Yea, I would have mentioned that, but it says he has 9 trackdays under his belt, and Jennings is no cake walk by no means. I think you would be fine in the "street" group to start out.
I didn't see he had listed how many track days he had under his belt only that he had been to an event in FL before.
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I didn't see he had listed how many track days he had under his belt only that he had been to an event in FL before.
Under his U/N. He listed experience and bikes.
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The power they have are 30 amp RV hookups. If you have a RV, get there EARLY! Other than that, bring a generator. Carpet or a piece of plywood works great to pit on. Bike stands do not like dirt & grass much.
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i LOVE me some oak hill!

probably my favorite track!, its a hairy one but it will help you progress your speed at other bigger tracks.

the biggest thing that got me shaving seconds off my time at oakhill was braking, its very technical, and braking is key there!
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Roja,

As people have said Oak Hill is very technical. The elevation changes you read on their track map IS NOT exaggerated. The two hair pin turns are at the bottom of the downgrade and both have drop offs on the outside of the turn. I went last year to the February track day and it was absolutly freezing. I remember it didn't get above 40 degrees. With the cold weather you really have to be careful the you warm up your tyres. After the turn 1 and up the hill the first left turn is extreamely patchy pavement. As Tom said earlier the track does have its slick spots. Just avoid the slick line and you will be fine.

If I had to say one sentence about Oak Hill it would be "If you respect it's technicality it will give you one awesome trackday."

And even though it was freezing and devil's drop claimed my bike I still love that track.
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Roja,

As people have said Oak Hill is very technical. The elevation changes you read on their track map IS NOT exaggerated. The two hair pin turns are at the bottom of the downgrade and both have drop offs on the outside of the turn. I went last year to the February track day and it was absolutly freezing. I remember it didn't get above 40 degrees. With the cold weather you really have to be careful the you warm up your tyres. After the turn 1 and up the hill the first left turn is extreamely patchy pavement. As Tom said earlier the track does have its slick spots. Just avoid the slick line and you will be fine.

If I had to say one sentence about Oak Hill it would be "If you respect it's technicality it will give you one awesome trackday."

And even though it was freezing and devil's drop claimed my bike I still love that track.
IIRC, two years ago it was 21* for our first practice/ trackday for the Friday CMRA event. Gabe McLendon was railing on his RS125 on SLICKS in the wet! Everyone was shocked at the traction available, and some folks even got down to the mid-20's lap times in that weather. It's freakishly grippy in the wet/ cold.

It was so cold that year that my bike's coolant froze IN the trailer over night! The next race at Cresson, my bike popped a freeze plug in the head (no doubt from the freeze it too the month before) and spoiled the track for the rest of the afternoon in the "Rattlesnake" at Cresson Not to mention it eff'd up my bodywork with the resultant crash. Got it all on vid though
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Awesome information guys! Just what I was looking for. I'm still weighing whether or not to go...I'm looking for a small trailer and a new pop-up.
Yeah I've had about 9 or so track days, but all at Jennings...you tend to get used to that one track, which why I'm so glad to see so many here, you can change it up. Oak Hill did appear a little tight just from the pics...JGP was technical but wide, so it was forgiving...sometimes
I would take it slow for sure, it's been awhile since my last track day.
Anyway, thanks again...great info!
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Awesome information guys! Just what I was looking for. I'm still weighing whether or not to go...I'm looking for a small trailer and a new pop-up.
Yeah I've had about 9 or so track days, but all at Jennings...you tend to get used to that one track, which why I'm so glad to see so many here, you can change it up. Oak Hill did appear a little tight just from the pics...JGP was technical but wide, so it was forgiving...sometimes
I would take it slow for sure, it's been awhile since my last track day.
Anyway, thanks again...great info!
Take it slow at first, ask any one of us for help, and enjoy the day. Don't be the guy that pushes too hard on the first track day of the season only to toss the bike down the track

You'll love it if you liked Jennings.

The other two tracks on our schedule you'll love is Cresson and Eagle's Canyon.

Hit me up if you have more questions and look for me at the track
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Don't be the guy that pushes too hard on the first track day of the season only to toss the bike down the track
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IIRC, two years ago it was 21* for our first practice/ trackday for the Friday CMRA event. Gabe McLendon was railing on his RS125 on SLICKS in the wet! Everyone was shocked at the traction available, and some folks even got down to the mid-20's lap times in that weather. It's freakishly grippy in the wet/ cold.

It was so cold that year that my bike's coolant froze IN the trailer over night! The next race at Cresson, my bike popped a freeze plug in the head (no doubt from the freeze it too the month before) and spoiled the track for the rest of the afternoon in the "Rattlesnake" at Cresson Not to mention it eff'd up my bodywork with the resultant crash. Got it all on vid though

I was there, got down to 1:29 laps and was spinning sideways out of turn 3 and 5 every lap. Last session of the day and first lap at turn 3, went down and broke my collarbone. Maybe you remember. My favorite track by far and not for beginners at all. BTW, I 'm new here.
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I was there, got down to 1:29 laps and was spinning sideways out of turn 3 and 5 every lap. Last session of the day and first lap at turn 3, went down and broke my collarbone. Maybe you remember. My favorite track by far and not for beginners at all. BTW, I 'm new here.
I think you were the only one that day too! Not because everyone was riding at a safer pace, but mostly because everyone was so cold they came in after 3 or 5 laps because their hands were so cold!
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To the OP: Welcome to Texas. Hope to see you out on the track this year. If you like Jennings, you're going to really like Texas tracks.

I rode Jennings for the first time just 2 months ago and it was a fun track! I will definitely go back next time I'm in Flroida. But Texas tracks are better Have fun.
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