Ferrari and Aston Martin Driving Thrill
Great reception from the Mithril folks at Goodwood and their smiles and enthusiasm boded well for a happy experience ahead.
Got to admit that my years rolled back when the anticipation of a youngster returned with the eagerness for my turn to climb into the Ferrari 308. The big moment came and I carefully fitted myself into the driver's seat while the instructor provided me a well-structured briefing of the car and track, with emphasis on the main safety points. A quick aside....couldn't see a radio in the car, no aircon, where was the GPS and what was that clutch peddle? Oh well, here goes. Thinks...whatever I do, I must not stall the car in front of the onlookers (VERY embarrassing) and remember the instructor's briefing , do NOT move the gear-stick vertically from first to reverse as it could be detrimental to the health of the car (VERY expensive).
The circuits of Goodwood were a blur of concentration and enjoyment. Must say, the instructor's positive guidance, with a the occasional higher pitched screams, worked wonders and, by the third lap, I believe that I was starting to use the markers around the circuit to optimize the turns in a car that cried out to be driven. Of course, I am convinced that I came close to the track record and a furtive glance at the speedo seemed to indicate reaching 160mph ......or was it 60mph? Whatever, it did not matter as I was flushed with long-lost excitement . Encouragingly, the instructor seemed excited too but in a different way.....quite emotional, drained face and even his knuckles looked pasty white. I must have impressed him!
Bad points of the experience? They did not gift-wrap the car for me at the end of my drive. And so it was back to home for me, in my somewhat more sedate automatic car, and a wait for Ferrari's letter of invitation for me to join their Formula 1 driving team!
22 June 2014
most enjoyable afternoon arrived early and track was not live and was able to look and photograph a few of the cars. would recommend any diving at goodwood , due to the excellent team at mithril racing.
09 June 2014
We booked this with a friend to drive the Ferrari & Aston Martin at Mintex near Sherburn. The weather was good but as soon as we started our drives the heavens opened.
A great experience, friendly helpful staff & so well organised even in the wet weather & would recommend it to anyone
08 June 2014
Best birthday present in 56 years!
Really friendly people, professional and well organized. I wasn't rushed and had plenty of time to see what else was going on. Very good instructors and an excellent day out. I would recommended this for anyone who likes fast cars!
06 June 2014