Our Club motto is “We Drive Excitement” and to the key to “driving excitement” is developing skills as a driver!

We are a car club based on ownership of high performance vehicles specifically manufactured for the purpose. Our Club offers its members the below wide range of Driver Development  activities because members have different cars, different interests and different skill levels, and we try to ensure that the family can be involved in most of these great driving activities. Our club works closely with the Ian Luff Motivation team who provide these specialised Driver Development programs, two of which are at special prices for Club members. Ian Luff has been a long time member and supporter of our Club, and regularly contributes driver awareness articles to our Club magazine.

The Drive to Survive one day programs are suitable for any licenced driver (excluding learner drivers) irrespective of experience and will link classroom theory with practical hands on experience at the Ian Luff Motivation Australia facility located at Sydney Dragway.

Below are the 2020 dates for Club Bookings for these Driver Development Days:
Saturday 28th March – Defensive Driving
Sunday 24th May – Defensive Driving
Monday 27th July – Performance Driving
Sunday 27th September – Defensive Driving
Monday 23rd November – Performance Driving
Click on the above dates for more information about that specific day.

To make your booking, please ring Ian Luff Motivation Australia on 9622 5424 and tell them that you are an HSV Owners Club member to get your special pricing.

Below is a more detailed overview of these two programs.

Drive to Survive – Defensive Driving Program

The one day (8 hour) Defensive Driving Program is highly recommended for drivers who want to better understand their cars dynamics on the road. They have been developed by Ian Luff Motivation Australia and are a unique opportunity to understand the dynamics of the high powered vehicles that we drive. HSV Club members receive a special price of $260.00 – $295.00 value!

An interactive learning experience suitable for any licensed driver irrespective of experience. This defensive driver training program is a must for any driver, regardless of skill level (not suitable for learner drivers). In fact, 95% of all attendees who participate in this course can’t use the braking system fitted to their vehicle properly during an emergency simulation (as assessed by our staff). This is an essential lifesaving competency that we improve.

After completing this training you will learn the current and best practice driving techniques that drivers should know to allow them to Drive to Survive.

Key elements – ‘Driver’, ‘Vehicle’ and ‘Environment’ are broken down into individual sections linking theoretical information with practical application, demonstration, and participation.

Soft plastic safety cones are used at our closed, private venues to simulate what can happen on public roads, making our exercises very safe.

The program is relevant to the type vehicle you drive, large – small, sports car, commercial vehicles or four wheel drives. It will offer you the chance to learn in a safe and controlled environment in your own vehicle. Companies use the Drive to Survive program as a positive way to reduce fleet running costs, while meeting their obligations of WPH&S.

Our expert team of highly experienced trainers are the best available and they have your interests at heart. They are trained to understand that individuals require different learning strategies based on their experience level, this make’s our program a thoroughly rewarding experience for all attendees.

Expected learning outcomes of this program are: –

Increased ability to recognise possible dangers
Correct use of vision to avoid a collision (Increase awareness)
Understand the consequences of substance use while driving
Correct use of the braking system fitted to the vehicle in an emergency
Gain the ability to safely avoid an accident
Correct gap selection and why this is important for safe driving
Driver set up behind the wheel to increase competency and reduce fatigue
Removal of all blind spots
Understanding environmental impacts on driving
Wet & dry driver competency
Greater understanding of tyre’s and vehicle maintenance
Crash examples and dispelling myths
Distractions and the impact these have on driving
Improving techniques to help drivers maintain focus (Mindset)
Attitude towards driving – road rage etc..
Understanding the technology fitted to the vehicle like stability control etc..
The knowledge and skills you will gain could one day save you, or another’s life. If you lack confidence, this experience will help you develop a positive mindset to better assimilate with the busy road environment.

For some drivers motoring is more about the journey, our Defensive Driving Program provides the essential building blocks that every driver should learn. Aussie ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber kick started his career attending our Drive to Survive Defensive Driving Program in the mid-nineties. He then went onto graduate through our next level – Performance Driving Program while working for us as a member of our personal training team.

Drive to Survive – Performance Driving Program

The Performance Driving Program is for more experienced drivers who would like to take their car on the track. This program prepares drivers for this experience with basic performance driving skills using practical exercises on a specially designed course. HSV Club members receive a special price of $325.00 – $365.00 value!

Should a driver be forced into a situation where defensive/avoidance action is required, it is essential that a level of skill is combined with correct vehicle operation taking into consideration the surrounding environment to ensure a safe outcome. These high-pressure scenarios often occur without notice, a driver with an increased understanding of vehicle dynamics, limitations and outcomes will have a better chance of accident limitation or avoidance. Be it country driving, suburban motorways or personal track driving interests, this program will enhance your ability and improve your overall driving competency.

We also provide the CAMS Observed Licence test (OLT) to gain your circuit racing clearance at these programs.

‘Performance’ driving principles are taken to a high level at this program with driver awareness significantly increased as well as competency.

The one-day (8 hour) program is conducted at a private closed venue where attendees are personally coached one on one through our exclusive (ALF) Accelerated, Learning, Formula. Our key to success is, information, instruction followed by repetition and experience.

This will help you achieve improvement in your driving irrespective of experience. Our unique ‘road course’ provides many different driving scenarios including, cornering, braking and acceleration combinations. The process is challenging, and your ability to react faster will come from increased vision steering control (VSC).

The Ian Luff personal training team are the best available anywhere and they will improve your level of performance by structured in car coaching. You get to drive your vehicle, certain vehicles types like 4WD’s or off road or commercial vehicles may be unsuitable, if uncertain please check before booking.

With a low trainer to attendee ratio, and being highly interactive this allows you to step outside your comfort zone in a safe controlled environment. Developing an advanced thinking mindset, preparing you for unforeseen scenario’s where cornering dynamics are discussed and experienced (understeer and oversteer). This program is 90% hands-on where you will be consistently challenged throughout the day, vehicle dynamics are a key aspect of the program along with advanced driving principles that will make you a much more competent driver. Many attendees complete this program regularly for fun or to remain at this high level of competency.

If you are uncertain whether your vehicle is suitable, please check with one of our team (below) before making your booking.


More Information

For more information about what you can get out of our club’s Driver Development Program’s please contact one of the Motorsport Team:

Motorsport Director: Paul Van Neijenhoff 0412 477 125

Assistant: Ian Williams 0419 666 236

Assistant: Brett Gilles 0410 511 630

Assistant: Mark Hay 0418 218 882