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Jaguar E Type Driving Thrill 10237045

4 out of 5 (based on 11 reviews)
8 locations to choose from
For 1 person
Valid for 12 months
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A true Le Mans car for the road, this groundbreaking design was launched to worldwide acclaim in 1961. The fixed head coupe is currently recognised as the most beautiful design ever by many top designers and this 1962 example was fully restored in 2009 after spending 35 years in a cow shed. With this unique driving experience the lucky recipient can step back in time with a mesmerising drive of this true British icon. Not only does it look sensational - it sounds amazing too, and it goes like the wind. With 265bhp and a top speed of 150mph, this phenomenal classic has an engine to rival its superstar looks. This Jaguar E Type Driving Thrill gives the lucky participant a six lap drive with an instructor in the car throughout imparting key driving tips to ensure they get the most from their experience.

What's included?
  • Welcome and registration
  • Tea or coffee for driver on arrival
  • Classroom style briefing on safety
  • Shared Circuit tour
  • 6 laps driving the Jaguar E Type
  • Commemorative certificate on completion
What do I need to know?
  • All our vouchers are fully flexible and can be redeemed against our huge range of experiences
  • Experiences are run on selected Fridays between March and December only
  • Minimum age is 17
  • Participants driver must hold a full manual driving licence which must be presented on the day (photocopies will not be accepted)
  • Min height is 5ft, max is 6'6"
  • Max weight is 18 stone
  • This experience is not suitable for pregnant women, or those suffering from spinal conditions. Please mention any medical concerns upon booking
  • A £25 upgrade fee is payable for a Saturday booking
  • All drivers will be required to sign a disclaimer accepting liability should damage be caused to the vehicle through their negligence
  • You will have the choice of buying a collision damage waiver for an additional charge of approximately £25. Drivers are under no obligation to purchase this optional waiver
  • Children, friends and family are welcome to spectate at no extra charge
  • All dates are subject to availability


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Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 (based on 11 reviews)
Great present
10 August 2022
Bought for my fathers 70th birthday, he thoroughly enjoyed the experience
Utter shambles
05 July 2022
Long story. Problem not actually Buyagift’s fault but with the experience supplier, U-Drive/Car Chase heroes. 130mile round trip to queue for 40 minutes on windy runway only to be told E-Type wasn’t available. Told to re-book but there now aren’t any slots available until next year unless I pay an additional surcharge. Tried phoning but had no success getting surcharge waived or getting a refund. I’m sure the five minutes in a car would be exciting but I may never know. Organisation and customer relations appalling. Even the poor staff had to eat burgers while they continued booking-in customers because they weren’t allowed a lunch break!
Still hoping to drive an e-type
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Birthday
28 September 2019
The experience advertised by Buy-a-Gift is not exactly what was delivered by uDrive at Upper Heyford. The picture on the Buy-a-Gift website is of a classic e-type with wire wheels, but the e-type at uDrive was more like a racing chassis with an e-type body on it with mag lite wheels. The experience implies a track with sweeping curves and changes in elevation, but the ‘track’ at uDrive was on a disused runway at Upper Heyford marked out by traffic cones, 2 straights and 2 hairpin bends. So not quite the experience I was hoping for. The online booking process was easy. The attendance Instructions were to arrive 45 minutes (why!?), which I did, and then hang around for 25 minutes until the briefing that was held 20 minutes before booked time. The briefing was as expected, but the sighting lane (costing £5) was in a mini bus and in obviously not really necessary on a ‘track’ which only consisted of 2 straights and 2 hairpin bends on an old runway! There were plenty of other cars available to drive, but at £10 a lap on the ‘track’ a bit expensive. My ‘instructor’ didn’t say anything during my 6 laps, but just wrote ‘Good Drive Well done’ on my feedback sheet!? Overall an experience not to be repeated.
Response from Buyagift
By Lynsey, Customer Services, 01 Oct 2019
Thank you for your feedback, We are sorry to hear that the experience did not meet your expectations. We will pass your comments to the team to ensure they are aware of your comments. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your comments.
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Christmas
A dream come true....
05 June 2018
The Jaguar E-type experience at Heyford Park in Oxfordshire was incredible. Driving a Jaguar e-type has always been on my bucket list and the service we received on the day was better than expected! We were given a voucher for a free hot drink, a safety briefing, a familiarisation trip around the simple circuit and lots of good tips from the driving instructors! The quality of The photos and in-car video that you can buy as an optional extra is Great and they give you software so that you can tweak it to suit your style. I loved the whole day and the 6 laps went so quickly but was completely worth it!
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Just because!
My driving experience
24 September 2017
I arrived at the venue, booked straight in, had briefing then the excitement began
Poodle pete
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Christmas
08 September 2017
Really enjoyed the drive. Also enjoyed the additional Aston Martin drive I purchased as an extra.
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Birthday
Fantastic day out!!
27 February 2016
The Jaguar E type experience was absolutely fantastic, the venue was great and really well organized and the car's were stunning. Would definitely recommend!!
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Christmas
An exciting day out
03 October 2015
We travelled to Upper Heyford on Thursday last, staying overnight, and going to the driving track the next morning. UDrive is a very professionally run operation. Their staff were very helpful and informative. Everything goes completely to time ie. briefing and 'experience'. Would definitely recommend this 'thrill' as a gift.
Sussex Motorist
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Birthday
E type
05 September 2015
The whole experience was enjoyable although the car was not the 1962 E type which was described in the driving experience when purchased. It was a modified 1970 version so for me it was slightly disappointing as I was expecting the restored E type.
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Birthday
great fun,
12 July 2015
Booking in rather slow and not well managed. Briefing short and useful, well done with right content and tone. Could understand the tour of the track if it had some unexpected features.... But it's a circle! Guess it's part of the experience. Actual laps quickly and efficiently organised. Instructor friendly and again set right tone.... Friendly advice and comments encouraging and confidence building. Overall a great experience, probably need a few more laps to get used to a classic car... As they are a different experience to drive than modern day power steering/abs/etc cars. Obviously they look to get as many additional purchases as possible, from the CDW, photos, videos, extra laps, etc..... You may well spend as much again as the original purchase. Still a fun thing to do and would recommend if you enjoy driving.
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Christmas
Jaguar E Type Driving Thrill