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> Rally experience by Neil Scanlon

Over the past few years we've seen the rise of the "experience day" gift. As a Christmas gift my wife gave me a Rally Driving experience... so we felt it might be a good idea to let you know whether it is the experience of the lifetime or an expensive way to say "Merry Christmas"

The rally experience we were given was organised by Red Letter Days and came in the form of a certificate which allowed you to choose from a number of centres around the country. The different centres offered different experiences, cars, venues etc. We choose a centre near Loughborough which offered a variety of cars and driving conditions, here is the run down:

The basic day divides into four sections with participants who rotate in groups of 5/6 to each section. The four sections were as follows:





Well, when the morning finished did I feel that I had had the rally experience? Well, yes and no. At the end of the day I got to do stuff that would cost an absolute fortune to actually do yourself, but it is just a taste. I felt it was worthwhile and that the organisers were professional and offered reasonable value for money. A real rally experience would have been hurling the cosworth around a welsh forest for a few days, but I can't see how I'm going to be able to do that for £150. As far as a danger rating goes, it isn't dangerous. At the end of the day with liability being what it is these days the organisers have to minimise the risk to participants. It was interesting rather than exciting, it really whets the appetite for a bit more competition...now if my wife gets me a sierra cosworth for next christmas...