Do you have a bona fide gearhead in your family? If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, then treat them to a day at the track. Track days come in a variety of forms, but the general idea is to provide the type of experience that every driving enthusiast dreams about: 200mph plus speeds, the thrill of a V12 engine or open-wheeled go kart, and modern safety equipment.
These are not inexpensive gifts, and range from £100 for a track time gift where the driver will be using his or her own car, up to several thousand pounds for a weekend-long track day getaway where your friend or loved one will have a chance to drive the world’s hottest cars.
Performance Driving School and Racing School
These days are perfect for younger drivers or enthusiasts without a whole lot of hands-on experience. Driving and racing school instructors are used to working with folks who know how to drive, but don’t necessarily know how to drive fast. Using cars like the Mazda MX-5, fixed-wheel go karts, and even real open-wheeled F1-style machines, instruction is available at a variety of skill levels ranging from new driver to performance driving enthusiast with more experience.
A track day at a performance driving school will cost between around £200 and £2,000, depending on the length and level of instruction and the type of cars at that particular driving school.
“Race What You Drive” Days
If you’re planning a gift for someone who already owns a performance car but perhaps never gets a chance to really see what it can do, a great inexpensive gift is a track day where you “bring what you drive.” These can take the form of drag strip days, time-attack autocross events, and even wide-open-throttle laps around the most desirable race courses while they are closed to other drivers.
The advantage of this type of track day as a gift is that it is a lot cheaper. While packages often include some racing tips from professional driving instructors, you won’t be paying for maintenance and repairs on high-priced race cars. Plus, there’s nothing like the thrill of driving your own sports car, the one you know so well, off the street and away from the long arm of the law.
Supercar Driving Experiences
Supercar days involve cars from the likes of Ferrari and Porsche to independent companies offering multiple brands at once. The most expensive – and fun – days at the race course are those where you get a chance to drive a bunch of very fast cars from a selection of the world’s most desirable manufacturers. The car freak on your shopping list will have a chance to test cars like the Lamborghini Aventador, Audi R8 and Ferrari 458 Italia in a relatively safe and closed setting, away from public roads and sky-high insurance premiums.
Remember though, these ultra-luxurious days can run into the thousands of pounds, due to the extremely high cost of the cars being driven.
Bill Weston writes on a number of subjects including Track Days. You can find Track Days at http://www.wellwickedstuff.com/
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