Everyman Racing - junior driving sessions
Posted by Pingk on Tue, 20 Jul 2010.
We’ve all seen Top Gear, them thrashing a Lamborghini round a track, and we’ve all wished that we can experience just what that feels like. The people at Everyman Driving have experienced it, and aim to offer that same experience to everyone between the ages of 12-16.
I can guarantee that the day before, you’ll hardly sleep: I didn’t, but nevertheless; you won’t be wanting for coffee when you get there and see the monster you’ll be driving. Looking at the pictures, it’s hard to believe that it could possibly look better for real, and it doesn’t, it looks better than you could imagine.
You’re given a 5 minute safety briefing, and then plonked into your training car. Obviously, you can’t prepare for a supercar if you’re given a Micra, so a Subaru Impreza in appropriate colours is much more suitable. Learning the track is simple enough, but learning the car is much harder, even for those who have been in fast karts, the Subaru is immense, but all I could think of was “When can I drive the Lambo?”
Just being near a supercar was enough to make me shiver with anticipation: The looks, the metallic purr of the engine, and sitting so low to the ground that you couldn’t imagine driving on the public roads.
With each subsequent lap, I felt more comfortable and confident with how it responds, and going faster only made it better. Unfortunately, they don’t let you take it anywhere near the red line, but when you’re pushing the pedal as far as it’ll go, getting within touching speed of 100 mph, hearing the engine roar, you really don’t care.
Apart from that, and their reluctance to let you fly round the corners at awesome speed, which makes sense, seeing as each car costs over 100 grand, the only other downside is the length of time you get in the car: Time flies when you’re having fun, but it flew a little too fast for my liking…
After this highly recommended experience, I fear that driving a kart will feel a little bit tame, and the journey home seemed so slow, I could have walked faster. Worth every penny.