Around four years ago, I was at the end of an uneventful weekend of trackday driving and instructing. My intermediate student had one session left and a strong desire to get the most out of his mildly tuned C5 Corvette Z06. Everything was going fine until, as the speedometer hovered slightly below the "130" mark, he said in sort of a disbelieving voice,

"My brakes don't seem to work any more."

The five or six seconds between that statement and the ensuing tire-wall impact will stick in my memory for a long time.

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Yesterday's tragedy at the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway brings Jack Baruth's experiences, and serious concerns, with driving instruction back to the fore. Read his excellent take on the risks driving instructors take, and why they keep climbing in the passenger seat next to total strangers, here.