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July 24, 2004

My morning in a Ferrari

If anyone likes fast cars, they just have to try something like this one day! It's great, you fork out some cash and you get to blat it around a race track in a Ferrari Testarossa…sounds like a good deal to me.

At about 9am this morning I was at Prestwold Hall just outside Loughborough, along with about 40 other people, looking forward to our various driving experiences. My little day out was a 100 Red Letter Day event I got for Christmas, but some of these guys here were paying 400+ for a whole day event that involves getting to drive about 4/5 super cars, including a Diablo, 550, Noble, Spider….gits.

My 100 gave me 2 laps around the 2 mile track in a little Audi A3 2.0FSi followed by 4 laps in the 175mph Ferrari Testarossa. Even the Audi was quick, especially when you get the right racing lines around the very open and quick track.

Then came the Ferrari. Wow! I have never been in a car that quick before. After revving it way too high to get out of the pits (scared of stalling), I quickly got the hang of the gears/clutch and raced up the first straight. In the blink of an eye, the first lap was over, adrenaline pumping, my hands shaking.

At the start of the long straight on the third lap, I was starting to get confident and really went for it, overtaking a Dodge Viper that was just getting up to speed out of the pits before hitting 120mph at the end of the straight and slamming on the brakes and drifting the car beautifully around the corner….damn these things can handle!

It was a real shame to finish, it was such a rush. If I had the money, I would go again for the whole day event, that must be amazing.

More pictures are in my Ferrari Gallery

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