2017 Street Survival

If you didn’t get to join us Saturday, October 7th for Street Survival you can still share our experience…

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Parents said:
“I liked that the student had “in class” learning”
“It taught my daughter skills that I couldn’t teach her”
Students said:
“All registration was simple and fine”
“All instructors and event personnel were great”
“The classroom dude was funny”
“Everything was great including the lunch”
“Enormously helpful, friendly and encouraging (pushing, but in a positive way)”
“My instructor Eric was phenomenal”
“Fun and encouraging instructors”

A HUGE thanks to all of our COACHES/VOLUNTEERS (see below)
Motorcycle Officer Ben Lancaster – Reno PD,
Shannon Lagace, Jonah Dillman & Craig – SAIA LTL Freight,
Kim Myers – BMW CCA,
And mostly to our fearless Leader: STEVE POLIMENI, without you this event would not be possible!
Thanks Parents, because you care

BMWCCA Sierra Chapter White Knuckled, Fearless Coaches (in alphabetical order):

Lex Anastassatos
Gary Balleisen
Craig Eisenberg
John English
Michael Foster
Russ Huntoon
Ron Nicasio
Ed Smith
Jeff Warner
Brian HallBrian Hall – SCCA
Eric Johnson – SCCA
Ron Lewis – SCCA


Pat McGoff – Launch Guy
Ron Rachow – Exit Guy
Art Ona – All Around Guy
LeAnn Foster – Registration
Cheri Huntoon – Registration/Food
Carmina Nicasio – Registration
Diane Ona – Admin Supervisor
Sharon Rachow – Food
Joyce Sharp – Food

Greetings to all my Street Survivor fans!

It has been several months now since pulling off the Street Survival 2017 event, and I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank all those volunteers who showed up to help – you were all “Rock Stars!”  A special thanks to the in-car coaches from the SCCA who showed up to assist, you guys got rave reviews from your assigned students. Please pass on my gratitude to Carol Deborde for getting the word out to her club.

As luck would have it, the weather gods shone down on the event all day and provided us with almost 80 degrees and plenty of Reno sunshine on an early October day, it was just great to be outdoors. We had 20 enthusiastic students from lots of different places; Petaluma, Cameron Park, San Jose, Nevada City, and Alpine Meadows in California, Sparks and Reno in Nevada. It just blows me away how far some people will travel to get to this event – a true testament to the cause if you will. I would also mention that 15 of the 20 students required a “Minor Release.” My hats off to their parents for ensuring a valuable lesson in their children’s driver education.

I realize that some of you reading this article may not be very impressed by the meager number of 20 students out of what feels like a bazillion number of young drivers on the road today. Personally speaking, if I get one student to be a better driver then I’m way ahead of the game. And I can safely say that our volunteer coaches and staff pretty much feel the same way. If you haven’t participated in the past then I highly encourage you to check it out, we would love to see you next year in any capacity.

I would also like to mention my gratitude to the Reno Police Department for sending Motorcycle Officer Ben Lancaster to answer student questions, to SAIA LTL Freight (Craig, Shannon and Jonah) for providing an 18-wheeler so students could understand what it is like to drive one these from a vision standpoint, and to retired WCSO Deputy Kimberly Myers for her inspirational message to our students.

~ Steve Polimeni, Driving Events Coordinator