Having ridden with both organizations this year, here are my thoughts.
TPM has more dates, it just works better for everyone trying to ride together. You should ride with whoever can fit your schedule best.
TPM and Absolute have different membership levels which can change the pricing of the days as well.
- Right on Bob, I do choose to ride with whoever is running a track day when I can make it.
- Agree. NESBA bit pricier but better track density, and the control riders do facilitate track traffic for the most part.
I think Glen said TPM had 24 dates and NESBA has 16 for NYST in 2013...
From what I hear, NESBA does the best job with that. I don't think the rest of the "local" orgs do that good of a job.
TPM has more days, so I just go with whatever work schedule permits. As for the way they run their track days, very pleased with NESBA. Some describe them as being too strict, but for safety reasons, I appreciate that.
There is an open day coming up soon, they are usually only open to int and adv groups, I was planning on signing up for it till we got a newsletter saying that it is now open to all groups.
I feel that allowing nov riders in an open day is just foolish, considering they use advanced group passing rules, which is basically a 3 foot rule.
I am going to wait till after that day to see how it goes. I talked to a couple of coaches and supposedly it is a case by case basis on who they allow from novice groups.
I am in novice, and I completely agree with Rich here. The skill level within novice is quite a wide range from a very new track rider to a more advanced beginner, and this makes it unfair for the more advanced riders if newbies are on track with them. Can be done but makes it relatively more dangerous.
In the end, I believe that they are both great organizations and they have their own strengths in their format. I will continue to ride with both of them. Both organizations have great folks and that's what makes track days fun too!