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Rally Driving: Everything you need to know

Rally driving fans! Here’s your chance to live the dream! Try your hand at rally driving with a pro tutor.

Pick up some tips on seriously edgy moves before you hit the specially constructed rally circuit at your choice of UK location: our rally driving experiences are available at venues in Buckinghamshire, County Armagh, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and more.

You’ll drive a speedy Subaru Impreza, a dashing Dax Rush, a Cosworth or another classic rally car. After a brief chat about safety, you’ll be let loose behind the wheel: there’ll be thrills, there’ll be spills and there’ll almost certainly be shouting as you learn to power slide, skid and perform perfect handbrake turns. Some experiences also allow you to take the passenger seat for the ride of your life!

If you’re the greedy type, pick up a voucher for the three-in-one extravaganza at Prestwold Hall: you’ll get to try three amazing cars in three amazing drives over the course of one exhilarating day.

All our driving experience vouchers wing their way to you with free UK delivery, and you’ll receive an all-important memento of your day: a spangly certificate with your actual name on it.

FAQs

Q: What exactly is a rally? Some kind of horse?
A: It’s where you competitively drive a specially built road-legal car from point to point, usually on mud, gravel or off-road circuits. You race against the clock on difficult terrains and surfaces.
Q: And that’s what you expect me to do?
A: More or less. You won’t be in a competition, but you will experience all the thrills, speed and spills of rally driving in a selection of specially adapted vehicles.
Q: Such as?
A: Quite blunt aren’t you? There are vehicles such as the Mitsubishi Evolution, Subaru WRXand Group N cars, plus other exciting varieties. The cars will vary from location to location, so check before you go.
Q: And I’ll actually be going ‘off the road’?
A: Depends on the experience, some take place on specially designed off road circuits with gravel, mud and water trough components. Others have a track driving element. With some you’ll get a combination of the two and possibly more. Have a trawl through our full list of rallying experiences to find the one that suits you best.
Q: Due to an incident at a young age involving a wasp, I find it difficult to travel? Should I hang my head in shame?
A: Not at all, we have rallying experiences occurring all over the place, including amazing racing venues such as Silverstone and Brands Hatch!
Q: I suppose I need some sort of special driving licence that glows in the dark or something?
A: It doesn’t need to glow, but you may need to have held a licence for a year or so (and bring it along on the day) but with some of our rallying things, no licence is required! There’s even rallying experiences suitable for wee little children.
Q: So I just tootle along in the rally car until the bell goes or something?
A: No! With expert, rally-knowledgeable drivers by your side, you’ll learn all sorts of rallying techniques such as handbrake turns, skid control, power slides, brake and turn control plus over/under steering techniques.
Q: I’m one of those weirdoes with their birthday on a leap year, so even though I look like a ravaged Les Dennis, I’m actually only seven years old and rarely leave the house except on Sundays. Is that bad?
A: Most experiences run during the week, but weekend upgrades can be applied. Others are weekend only. Just check the small print on the experience you’re considering or give us a ring.
Q: And me with my incredibly low tolerance for distraction?
A: There are plenty of combo experiences available, coupling your rally driving with other exciting motoring adventures, such as Supercar laps or 4x4 fun. Won’t that make you the Johnny Happycakes?

Fun Facts

  • 1. The roots of rallying can be traced back to 1894 and the Paris–Rouen Horseless Carriage Competition (Concours des Voitures sans Chevaux). As no one had seen such a display of motor vehicles before I’d imagine that many, many people were burnt as witches.
  • 2. These early French road races incorporated many of the features later used in rallying including racing against the clock, individual start times and swerving wildly to avoid badgers.
  • 3. The first race to actually use the term ‘rally’ was the initial Monte Carlo Rally in 1911, won by Henri Rougier, whose name sounds as if it translates as ‘Henry who is Redder’.
  • 4. Rallying was slow to take off in the UK due to the enforced speed limit of 12MPH on all vehicles. Some did attempt to organise races strictly sticking to this speed limit. It is believed that some of these races are yet to be completed.
  • 5. The Swedish Rally is famous for being held on snow and ice, adding another level of difficulty to the event. I do hope that drivers are allowed mittens and to have the blower on.
  • 6. Sébastien Loeb is considered the most successful driver in rallying history, having won the world championship a record nine times in a row. It is reported that he puts his skill at the sport down to ‘driving quickly towards trees without actually hitting the trees’.
  • 7. Pacenotes are detailed circuit information used by the co-driver to better navigate the course. Legend has it that clipboards are often used to hold these, with the same clipboard being handed down from co-driver to co-driver for generations. It is told that one famous Swiss navigator has a pacenote board so old that it is returned to a museum in Ghent after every race and held in an airtight cage. Though I may have misread this.
  • 8. Heel-to-Toe is the name of a rally driving technique, where the throttle and brake pedals are activated together with one foot, with the clutch pressed with the other, to brake and change gears simultaneously. It’s also the name of a ‘special club’ in Rotterdam which I regretted entering in 2002.
  • 9. Due to security concerns the famous Dakar Rally no longer travels to Dakar, but takes place in South America. Just like the imaginary ‘Walsall Rally’ which isn’t really in Walsall at all, but mainly takes place in neighbouring West Bromwich.
  • 10. Erik Carlsson is considered the first rallying superstar, notching up many wins for the Saab team in the 1960’s. His nickname was ‘Carlsson på taket’ or ‘Carlsson on the roof’, due to his occasional habit of flipping his rally car during races and not due to his resemblance to a chimney.