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Track Days: Everything you need to know

Get up close to the action with a thrilling day out at some of the most famous motor racing circuits in British motor sport history

At Wish, we offer some of the most exhilarating driving days around. Get behind the wheel in a Rage Buggy, a Land Rover Defender, an Audi R8, a Nissan GTR, a Porsche, a Ferrari, a Lambo, an F1-style single seater or a classic Aston Martin. We even have driving days for kids: treat your boy or girl racer to a session in a Renault Clio 200 Cup lasting up to 25 minutes!

If you’re not keen on doing the driving, let the professionals show you how it’s done with a passenger ride at your choice of UK locations. Our selection of passenger experiences includes a white-knuckle jaunt around the Stowe Circuit at Silverstone in a Caterham Superlight.

For a more serene day, choose our tour of Silverstone and see all the famous areas of this legendary motor racing venue. Your day out will include a guided tour and a trip to the world-famous podium, the Grand Prix circuit and the clubhouse. You’ll also get the chance to grab some official Silverstone merchandise.

FAQs

Q: Now, a track day? What could this possibly be? Some kind of day at a track?
A: Pretty much, it’s your chance to drive really quickly, in an exceptional vehicle, at a top UK circuit.
Q: Really quickly you say? Define this?
A: Certainly. As these track days occur on a closed circuit, no conventional road laws apply, so speed limits can be thoroughly sneered and mocked at. Obviously, it depends on what you’re driving to know how fast you are going. And all safety aspects will need to be adhered to. Your instructor will provide a briefing of full safety stuff.
Q: And what will I be driving, in theory?
A: Everything. If it moves and has an engine, we have a track day for it. So supercars from Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis to classic cars such as Aston Martins and Ariel Atoms and then there are trucks, rally cars, Formula 1 style single seaters, even a high powered motorised sofa!
Q: Can I do them all at once, as it were?
A: There are combination experiences, so you can try a few different supercars or try track racing and rally driving. Take a look through our full range and pick one you fancy.
Q: And these circuits, are they fictional? Like that little automated fellow in the film Short Circuit?
A: No, they are completely real! And we have some of the top racing places in the UK such as Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington.
Q: My driving licence is made out of pasta. You know that flat pasta they use in lasagnes. Is it troublesome?
A: Highly. For most of our track days, you will need a full UK driving licence and may need to have held said licence for at least a year. Or more. Depends on the experience, but check the information and the small print on the experience you are considering and if it is still baffling, just get in touch with us.
Q: So if I have no licence I am doomed?
A: We do have some experiences at locations where a driving licence isn’t necessary. And ones aimed at kids.
Q: You aim at kids?
A: We sure do! We have a whole slew of junior driving experiences. Take a look at that section and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Sort of depends on what you are doing, but besides your licence you’ll usually be asked to wear sensible clothing such as long trousers, long sleeved shirt and flat soled shoes. And you may be outside for periods of time, so a coat or something. But check the details of your experience for specifics.
Q: : Right, now I’M PUMPED! Anything else going to stop me?
A: There may be some height and weight restrictions, some of the vehicles or either tiny or enormous. And then if you have any medical situations that may put a crimp in your day, you should check with us or the supplier first.
Q: : I have all of those things.
A: Ah.

Fun Facts

1: The first race tracks were the hippodromes of the Ancient Greeks and the circuses of the Roman Empire, designed for horse and chariot racing. No hippos, sadly.
2: Racing facilities were around during the Middle Ages and there are records of a public racecourse being opened at Newmarket in London in 1174. So it’s not exactly a NEWmarket is it guys? Yeesh, ReallyOldMarket would be a better name.
3: Chicane is a French word derived from the verb chicaner, which means ‘to quibble’ or ‘to prevent justice’. So that time I got caught by the Gendarmes on the Eurostar without a ticket, they were ‘chicaning’ me with their sticks.
4: There was a boom in motorsport after the Second World War, when many airfields, particularly in Great Britain, were no longer needed and turned into circuits. Same with satirical songs about German dictators. In those cases they just changed ‘Hitler’ to ‘Bananas’ and everyone was happy.
5: The first organised road race contest was in 1887, from Neuilly Bridge to the Bois de Boulogne. It was won by Georges Bouton who was the only competitor to show up. He also won the prize for ‘loneliest looking Frenchman on a podium’.
6: On July 23, 1894 the world's first motoring competition from Paris to Rouen was undertaken. Count Jules-Albert de Dion was first into Rouen, but his steam car needed a stoker which broke race rules and he was disqualified. Or at least that was his explanation for having a sweaty, burly, half-naked man in his car.
7: The longest automobile race in history was the 1908 New York to Paris Race. The American George Schuster was declared the winner of the epic 22,000 mile race in 169 days. He wasn’t declared the winner in 169 days, that happened almost instantly, it just took him 169 days to get there.
8: Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, built in the late 1800s, is the oldest car racing venue in the world, and one of the most prestigious, in the United States. In fact it is rumoured that it was built several years before the invention of the automobile, leading to a number of disappointing events where crowds gathered to stare at a stretch of tarmac for an afternoon.

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