On a quiet morning, in an out-of-the-way corner of the countryside, a dozen State Department employees are learning anti-terrorist driving skills.

Sleek black government limousines are lined up. Black Chevy Suburban follow cars are close behind. The students come out of a building, survey the area for potential terrorists, slip into the cars and peer out the windows.

The class is held at Summit Point Raceway in Jefferson County, W.Va., a 472-acre facility owned by Bill Scott, 64, a former champion Formula Vee racer who lives 40 minutes away near Marshall in Fauquier County.

Almost every U.S. government and military agency, including the FBI, State Department, Supreme Court and Marine Corps, as well as foreign governments and private corporations, send drivers to Bill Scott Racing Inc. for one- to five-day courses that cost $500 to $3,000. Since Sept. 11, 2001, registration has risen from 1,600 a year to 3,000.

"What if you're an undercover agent, and you looked out your hotel window and discovered your car was being watched and your cover was blown?" Scott asked. "Or what if you're a police officer on a high-speed pursuit to take out a fleeing felon? Or what if you're an embassy attache{acute}, forced to leave a hostile country in a hurry, and you ran out of gas? These are the kind of situations we address."

Scott said his school is not the only one providing such training but boasted that its facilities, curriculum and staff of 24 former race car drivers and military personnel are "found nowhere else."

The facility includes a two-mile, 10-turn racing course; a 1.1-mile course with seven turns; a shooting range; and an abandoned house, also used for shooting. Each three-lane asphalt track has hills, some as small as two or three feet, others as high as 30 feet, and replicates city street and rural roads, with grass and gravel shoulders, hills, blind curves and trees that obstruct the drivers' view of what lies ahead.

Part of the track is sprayed with water so drivers get a feel for slick roads and learn how to recover from a skid.

"The training conditions are very nearly real world conditions where attacks take place," Scott said.

Scott's love of cars and racing began when he was an undergraduate at Cornell University in Ithaca in upstate New York. "A good college mate raced Jaguars at the new Watkins Glen road racing course," he said. "We all went to cheer him on, and I was hooked on sports cars and European-style road racing."

He began competing in "a tiring VW bug" and discovered he "was talented, careening around the pylon courses at the edge of disaster and beating lots of the bigger cars."

Scott's passion for cars followed him to Yale University where he was a graduate student in geology. He pooled his money with a physics major and bought a race car. "We went racing all over the East Coast on a shoestring, camping out at every event," he said.

Studying geology was tough, Scott said. "No dancing, noise . . . joy in winning, despair in losing. So I up and threw out all my academic union cards and went racing professionally."

Of 124 races between 1965 and 1972, Scott won 42 and finished in the top three 77 times. He was 1968 European champion for Formula Vee.

Scott started a driving school for race car competitors at Summit Point in 1969. In July 1970, he had a serious racing accident that shattered a pelvic bone, limiting his mobility. Although in pain, he won two consecutive U.S. Professional Super Vee Championships in 1971 and 1972 and then retired. The accident made one of his hips arthritic, and it was replaced in 1973.

"Over time, feet, ankles, both shoulders, right arm and, of course, the hip were the price paid for my sport," Scott said, indicating his crutches.

Scott began his anti-terrorist classes in 1976, after an Air Force colonel attended his racing school and asked him to create a training program for his people. "At that time, protection was by armored car and bodyguards," Scott said.

Scott had no military or anti-terrorist training. But the colonel's organization and one other agency, which he would not identify, allowed him to study all auto-related terrorist attacks over the following winter.

Scott bought out his partners in 1986 and expanded the school. He now has a fleet of 25 Chevrolet Caprice sedans, former police cruisers, equipped with a wider wheelbase and anti-lock brake system for training. For off road, they use six Jeep Cherokees. The State Department provides three limousines, one armored.

Students are taught how to think and plan in life-threatening situations. They also learn about bomb detection, attack recognition, wet-track driving, evasive maneuvers, ramming techniques and "avoiding the X" -- the place where the terrorists want you to be.

Weapons classes emphasize marksmanship, loading, reloading and what to do when a firearm jams. Shooting on the move with 9 mm handguns and using cars for protection are also featured.

"The terrorist wants you to stop the car and then attack or kidnap," Scott said. "We help take the surprise element away. What's the terrorist's weakness? It's these thought patterns to save yourself that's created this school."

Drivers learn to make key moves such as the J turn, in which they back up rapidly, take their foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel to make the car spin. While spinning, the driver shifts forward and drives away. There's also the bootleg turn, in which a driver approaching an ambush locks the rear brakes by stepping hard on the emergency brake and turning the wheel sharply. The car spins 180 degrees, the driver releases the brake and drives away.

Finally, what if a cover is blown? Students learn to commandeer (read "steal") a different car and blast out of the area. No gas? Easy, take the hoses from your car and siphon gas from another.

Scott recently sent instructors to Afghanistan to train Special Forces troops in off-road driving techniques. Several foreign countries, including Bolivia, Egypt, Bosnia and South Africa, have sent drivers assigned to their leaders to BSR Inc.

Corporate clients include Xerox, Rolls-Royce, Kraft Foods, Ford, Eastman Kodak and Prudential. Police drivers from Arkansas, Nashville, the District and the Federal Bureau of Prisons have participated.

Besides anti-terrorism classes, Scott's school teaches Security Driver Training, Off-Road Training, Police Driver Training, Firearms Driver Training and Highway Safety.

Attention parents of teenagers: The Accident Avoidance entry-level course covers such topics as controlling skids and emergency braking.

"To be safe on the road today means to be in a car with multiple air bags, ABS braking systems, crush-designed chassis and even more additions to the vehicle to make it less lethal in an accident," Scott said. "Yet, at the same time, little or no focus is given to driver training on how to respond to an emergency highway situation that precedes the accident."

A driver demonstrates a J turn: After putting the car into a spin, he shifts forward and drives away.Ex-racer Bill Scott's training facility in Jefferson County, W.Va., includes two racing courses.