March 26, 2003

Hummer announces off-road driving program for H2 owners

South Bend, Indiana – Owners of the Hummer H2 now have the opportunity to enroll in the H2 Driving Academy to learn about their new SUV and its off-road capabilities.

Participants in the three-day H2 Academy get a private plant tour of the H2 manufacturing facility, a technical class on the engineering of Hummer, and many hours of driving training on the AM General Off-Road Test Course open only to military personnel and Hummer training activities.

Students of the Academy receive full-time personalized instruction from AM General off-road trainers. “The staff at the Hummer Driving Academy focuses on providing thorough instruction for each owner so that they graduate the Academy as safe, responsible off-roaders with a new found respect for the Hummer in their driveway,” said Bill Thompson, founder of the Hummer Driving Academy.

The AM General Off-Road Test Course is a 320-acre facility that features an “in-field” of controlled obstacles that demonstrate each of the Hummer’s capabilities and 15 miles of off-road trails in the woods, which give the drivers a variety of terrain and off-road scenarios to conquer.

In addition to driving, Academy participants learn skills necessary for safe off-roading such as the proper way to pack a truck, basic off-road first aid, Global Positioning Navigation and how to operate a winch – a power-wound cable on a drum used for vehicle recovery. Throughout the program the Tread Lightly principles for environmentally responsible off-roading are taught and a free membership to Tread Lightly is included with the program fee.

Cost of the H2 Driving Academy is U.S.$3,757 and includes lodging and meals for three days, transportation throughout the program, use of an H2 for the scheduled driving activities and driving instructors for personalized off-road instruction.

The H2 Academy is based on the more extensive H1 Driving Academy that AM General began in 1998. The H1 program includes many of the same elements with the addition of more extreme obstacles such as sand dune driving, driving with Night Vision technology and advanced winching.
The only pre-requisite to participate in any of the Academy programs is that students must already own a Hummer.

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