: MINI (& Ferrari) Driving Experience (56k'ers...Pics galore!)
Jul 2nd, 2005, 05:57 PM
Me and my bro went on a Red Letter Day driving experience at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough today. AWESOME! Still jittery from the ride...
Only got back a few hours ago. Anyone else been on something like this? Any comments?
They had a really nice IB/W Works....! I LOVE this colour!!!! Also, a few Coopers and Cooper S's. Oh, and some Ferrari's too... ;) :p :D ..... Not to mention an amazing Lamborghini and Porsche turbo. Many others too (new and old), see pics.
Someone had smacked the rear of one of the 360's and it had to be held together with tape...! :( Oh how we laughed :D
We had the "almost everything" package... Familiarisation lap (FocusRS) On track , various cars, passenger lap in Subaru (as good as the Porker), off road experience over ROUGH terrain, etc.
Very expensive, we did loads but it seemed to be over too quickly :( but WELL worth it.
Thought I'd post some pics.... Enjoy
Jul 2nd, 2005, 06:01 PM
Some more to salivate over...!!!
The golf with a ball in a tyre on the bonnet is a smooth driving practice. My brother was TOO ambitious and his ball ended up on the floor on one lap!!!!!!) :D
I got a pic of the tyre "bowl" empty (and one with the ball on the floor) and he wasnt happy...!
Jul 2nd, 2005, 06:27 PM
And yet some more... (got very trigger-happy with the camera!)
Got some nice vids too..... The sound of the cars (esp. the Lambo on the exit of one sweeping corner) was amazing! I could listen to that all day. I think I'll just buy one, keep it in the garage and rev it everyday. No need to drive it, no need for insurance or tax. Will be able to save a few pounds that way! See how it makes perfect sense. :D
There were mostly guys taking part, but a few girls were giving it a bash, and were better than some of the guys! One notable driver was a Cameron Diaz lookalike, and she impressed the instructors a lot. She impressed me too, and not only for her driving skills.... ;)
We left after about 5 hours, tired but very happy. Is it me, or do you get the urge to really let rip with your car on the way back from a track....??? I had to restrain myself so much it was unbelievable! :)
When I got home (about a 300 mile round trip), my car was FILTHY what with squashed insects and the like so I stopped off at the jet wash to give him a good clean (also so he didn't feel left out and jealous!...)
Jul 2nd, 2005, 06:34 PM
nice. imo the minis stole the show there, no imagination in a lambo or ferrari, not denying they are very nice cars though, and i bet the sound is orgasmic.
Jul 2nd, 2005, 06:43 PM
They did indeed R34ver....
Also, there were 4 of them, which added to the choice. The very fact that they were included in the stable of racing cars for a trackday event alongside much more powerful and expensive cars shows the capability of the cars chassis.
I did ask if I could track my own car, just to see the difference, but was told "no, otherwise everyone would want to, and it would become a bring your own day, detracting from the main experience". :(
Oh well, so we thrashed the hell out of theirs! :D :D Nothing like going home with tread remaining on your tyres and petrol still in your tank.... ;)
Which reminds me..... no runflats on the MINI's helped the experience so much more IMHO.... Am now seriously considering changing when the tread wears out (although the "gunk-in-can" alternative is still a biit daunting).
Jul 2nd, 2005, 07:18 PM
whats the age limit for going to places like that because i would like to thrash a lambo round a track just to make sure that when i buy one in a few yrs time i already know wot the car can do and wont need a test drive at the local dealer :p
Jul 2nd, 2005, 07:33 PM
No age limit, AFAIK...... But I am 28, so would be no problems anyway. My brother, who is 21 also had no problems.
Just need a driving licence, which they need to see on the day.
As explained previously, we did the "almost everything" package. But I think there is a MINI only experience available as well. This would come in at £99 ( I think). The good thing is that you can customise it to your requirements, and also change some things on the day. Eg the extra laps in the Porsche turbo, which was £60 for 3 laps (the most expensive add-on there, I think so everything else on a sliding scale.
Try www.redletterdays.co.uk for further information.
If you watched Dragons Den on BBC2 a while back, you will know of the founder, Rachel Elnaugh (the female dragon).
Jul 2nd, 2005, 08:07 PM
cheers for that
im gonna give them a call during the week