My lovely friends bought me a Ferrari Taster experience for my birthday. Unfortunately, because of my broken hand I was unable to take part & will have to wait until next year. But Trevor, who was also presented with the same gift did & I went along to watch.
As we booked it so late in the season the only remaining slot was Sunday 17th. Not too much of a problem, until we realised we had to sign in at 08:30. As this experience was taking place near Oxford this meant for an unwelcome early start.
It was the coldest day I’ve experienced this side of the summer & the large open, windy airfield was not a cosy place to be. We were 30mins late & before we knew it Trevor was placed into the 1991 Ferrari 348.
What now apparent was that the Ferrari driving consisted of a quarter mile straight. At the end of which the driver turns about 180? & returns. No bends, no chicanes, no cones, nothing. Trevor got 4 runs in each Ferrari (the other being a much newer 355) with the instructors in the passenger seat & limit the RPM at around 6500.
I was thinking everyone was a bit rubbish at pulling away until Tre explained to me that the surly instructors did not allow the drivers to floor it in first gear, but asked them to wait until in second gear before giving it some welly! Big shame to see the Italian stallion treated like an old work horse.
The Caterham Super 7’s on the other hand were a different story. These looked like – & judging by Trevor’s face after – they were great fun. Each driver got 4 laps around the cones, plus 1 warm up & a final timed lap. With a damp track the cars were spinning out all over the place. It was great to see the guys let lose after the previous regimented run.
All together each participant received around 20mins driving time. Now I’m left to claim my money back & I’m thinking I’ll probably look carefully into what driving experiences I can take part in next season. If there’s a Caterham 7 day out there, I’ll do that.