Dear Mr. Burke & Mr. Farfel
Two summers ago I attended the Drivers East High Performance Driving School. Since then I've been to the International Stunt School in Seattle and various other film/stunt related schools and workshops in New England. I can honestly say, however, that I haven't been exposed to a teaching method as thorough or personnel as the one I experienced at Drivers East. I absolutely believe that it was the best way I could have started my driving career.
Upon returning home from your school I purchased a second car to practice in, and acquired several local sponsors to aid in the progression of my new driving career.
Since attending Drivers East, I have been offered several different jobs as a stunt driver. Among them, a gig for the History Channel and more recently, a position as a precision driver with the Imperial Stunt Drivers of Nova Scotia. I feel that I must credit these achievements to the guidance I received from both you and Roy.
I would like to offer you my services as either a driver or simply an extra hand. Perhaps there will be a time when you find yourself short staffed at Drivers East or while working on a different project. I would very much like to work with you again.
Just took the 2-day basic course at Driver's East. It's in NJ run by Roy Farfel and Mike Burke. My husband and I had a blast and learned a lot. Roy and Mike work hard maintaining the cars during lunch and after hours to compensate for the abuse we put them through and to keep it safe. I never felt unsafe. If you've got the time and the money, I recommend it!
Mike and Roy,
I just wanted to thank you again and express my gratitude for your first rate instruction. Before taking your level one course I had spent the previous year at Ft. Rucker, AL attending the U.S. Army's helicopter flight school. I can honestly tell you that your method of instruction is on par with the professional manner in which the Army creates helicopter pilots. Your attention to detail in course preparation made for a spectacular learning environment. The combination of table talk and your explanation of automobile systems greatly enhanced my understanding of the level one driving maneuvers taught. The tremendous amount of time spent in the car behind the wheel performing the various maneuvers made an amateur like me feel like I could try my hand in the business. I can't wait for your level two course. See you in the movie credits, CPT
Mike and Roy,
Thanks for the great Level 1 course that I attended last weekend. Having been a police officer the last 15 yrs, and stunt car driver for the last 3, I thought I kind of knew how to drive a car. After completing your 2 day course the only thing that I really knew how to do, properly anyway, was how to make the car go forward and reverse.
The amount of information and instruction that I received from the two of you was incredible. I can now do box 90’s, reverse and forward 180’s and a host of other driving maneuvers. I was so impressed with the level of instruction and professionalism that I recommended to my driving team coordinator that every member of the team needs to take and successfully pass this course. Any stunt car driver without this type of training is nothing more than a daredevil.
I am looking forward to taking the Level 2 course in the near future. Take care and keep up the good work
What's going on? I want to thank you for an awesome and educational two day at Drivers East. It definitely opened my eyes to a new love interest. Funny enough, upon leaving the second day I was pulled over on the Garden State. For what...."Driving too SLOW". Amazing huh. No ticket, no worries.
All the Best
Hey Mike and Roy,
I apologize for writing this so late, but I just wanted to write to thank you for the amazing time I had. Not once did I feel the smile go off my face during the entire 2 days. Everything we did exceeded my expectations. Understanding how the car shifts weight, and handles in these situations has made me a better driver. Again, cant thank you guys enough for great time.
Mike & Roy,
I just got your note with my card in the mail...thanks for having that made up.
I also wanted to thank you for all the effort put into teaching the class...it really was incredible. The way in which you broke down the step by step techniques, both at the table and in the car for each maneuver was so helpful in the practical aspect of actually performing them, and the constant feedback after each and every run made it so much clearer when having to make corrections and trying to achieve consistency.
It was great meeting you both, and hopefully I'll see you on set someday soon!
Dear Drivers East,
Thanks again for the class guys. It was awesome! Over the two day class it is amazing how much seat time and instruction you guys pack in. Your teaching was effective, clear, and fun! The skills I learned in your class have already proven to be very effective in practical stunt applications. I would recommend this class to anyone that wants to become a better driver, has an interest in stunt driving, and experienced stunt drivers/stunt performers looking to take there skills to the next level. I am already looking forward to a refresher course!!! Please let me know when you guys are going to schedule one.
Roy and Mike,
I had a great time last week at the driving school. I got to practice all those things I always want to do but don't want to get arrested. Especially the reverse 180. Thanks for the first rate instruction and the inter activeness of the class. Now I understand why you max out each class at 4 students. We each got plenty of attention to our own styles and questions. I feel I've learned a lot. Hope to see (or work with) you guys again soon! Tell Greg and Kevin I said thanks a lot. They had great attitudes, were dedicated and we all appreciated the effort they put in as well. Will pass on the good word.
Thanks for the class, can't believe how hard you guys worked. Great job, it all was very cool, I really learned a lot. I'm an old jock and it was weird doing something physical and not naturally being pretty good at it right away. Sorry if I might have looked too serious, I was really getting into it what ever we were working on. I know you guys gave me enough basics that I should be able to get everything we worked on down by putting in the time at home. That in my book is seriously good teaching. You dudes were real patient with this old knucklehead. Had a blast. Thanks,
I just wanted to thank you again for a great class. I had a really good time and it really paid of for me. I had to shoot a Mustang commercial the following week and guess who showed up...Money Shot solky! Ha ha! You guys made it so easy for me to be confident on the set. I had to do a shot where I came in HOT and then had to threshold break dead center inches from the camera. Thanks to you both I nailed it the first time. They wanted to try the trick you told me about by setting up the shot and then shooting it in reverse, but I told them I was comfortable driving straight up to the camera. They were a little nervous but were very happy when I hit the mark exactly. Thanks for turning me into One Take/Money Shot Solky as you called it. I look forward to working with you both again in the near future. See you on the streets.
I had the opportunity to take Drivers East High Performance driving class, and was very happy with the 2 days of instruction. Getting a better understanding of the physical nature of a car, and the techniques involved, improved my driving confidence 100%. Top that with plenty of seat time, and it was well worth the investment.
Mike and Roy are extremely knowledgeable professionals.
They have a very clear style of teaching which is surprising for men who are completely insane. I never enjoyed myself more while learning so much.
I highly recommend them.
I had a great time last week at the driving school. I got to practice all those things I always want to do but don't want to get arrested. Especially the reverse 180.
Mike & Roy,
Thanks so much for having me down to Drivers East. What a blast!! I had no idea I was going to learn that many maneuvers in two days, the way the class is structured couldn't be more perfect and both of you guys have an amazing knack for giving the best explanation of things catered to each individual student....There was like no wasted time on "huh" moments. You guys could not have been more helpful and accommodating and I really appreciate that.
What an amazing experience. We spent almost the whole time behind the wheel which is exactly what I was looking for. I am not a professional or want to be stunt driver, just wanted to have fun and learn some things! Mike was the best, patient and a great teacher!
What a great experience. Loved every minute, wasnt sure exactly what to expect but it was awesome! Thanks Mike!
This class was awesome. I learned so much and had a great time just as advertised. These guys are patient, knowledgeable, and lots of fun ! Everyone felt comfortable and they took the time to make sure that everyone "got it". I have now a great handle on the basics and cant wait to expand ! Volkswagen may have Farfegnugen...but I have Farfelnugen. (Sorry Mike but Burkenugen just didn't work). Hope to see you guys soon ! Thanks again.
Hey Roy, Mike
This letter is long overdue but not forgotten
I want to than both of you so much for a great experience with the cars it was 10x better than #### #### because of the constant, and I mean constant wheel time and one on one training you provided. I was able to hone in the driving techniques I've learned in the past as well as learn new ones (the high speed drifts were my favorite).
The use of the rear wheeled drive cars provided a great perspective in the different handling techniques as well as the "set" cars.
You've taught me a valuable lesson in rigging the "set" cars to achieve performance which I know I'll be able to use this pertinent information on the set. Most of all it was FUN, FUN, FUN you guys made it FUN and broke down techniques to the simplest form (so I could understand them).
Dear Roy and Mike,
Thank you for the incredible experience last week at the driving course. I feel much more confident in my driving abilities. As you both know, my background is in acrobatics. This course has filled many technical gaps that I had in stunt driving. The course outline was extremely comprehensive; ranging from knowledge that helps the average driver travel safer to specific car stunts at a typical job. In addition to the stunts itself, designated time was set aside to address how camera angles, safety and general car knowledge are an integral part of completing a successful stunt. I particularly responded well to the both of your style of teaching. Learning in a sit down class room environment, having demonstrations of each stunt, providing an abundance of behind the wheel practice and receiving instant feedback provided a great spectrum of learning. Thank you both for the incredible experience and contact me for Level II.