Written on: 10/08/2012 by M1K3Y
My girlfriend bought me a dream present to drive an Audi R8 - i was over the moon to receive the gift. I think the only issue was the location that had been chosen as they arent kitted out for providing an "experience".
When we arrived we queued in a portacabin with hundreds of other people waiting to register - it was then that we realised the "track" was open to walk-ins who could book on the day, which resulted in massive waits for everything and completely removed the personal touch of the experience.
Once we finally registered we were given a safety briefing on the track in another portacabin, which was useful, but in doing so, you find out you are not actually on a track - you are doing loops of an elongated roundabout!! I was devastated to find out all i would be doing in an R8 was driving hard straight, then turning right...then driving hard straight, then turning right...again and again 6 times - yawn!!...AND it was sold to my girlfriend that i would have 8 laps - lies...you get 6 laps and 2 further laps in a Lotus Elise as a passenger (woooow!?!)...have more fun raggin my car down the shops!
As part of the package you are also taken off in a mini bus to have a 4x4 offroad experience...this is also a dissapointment...it lasts about 3 minutes driving a crappy range rover over some bumps and puddles and then you get back on the mini bus and endure the long wait until your name is called amongst hundreds of other participants for your "driving experience".
Overall, there is just no personal feeling to the day...more like you are part of a chav theme park...waiting for your go on the next ride. I had to wait over an hour between driving the R8 and my passenger ride in the Elise - wish i had just left after the R8 bit to be honest as i would have got back to the pub quicker!
My friend has done one of these events in another loaction (apologies i cant recall where) but said it was fantastic!...i thoroughly enjoyed driving an R8 as ive always eanted to, but having to do it on a big roundabout was a massive dissapointment!
SO...definately buy the gift!!...just done go to Stafford!! its gash!
**also!!...(sorry im rambling)...there was a guy there i got chatting to who was down to drive a lamboghini and it broke down on the day so he had to settle for an R8...then when he was called to the track the lambo was back working but he was told he couldnt have it because the bit of paper said R8 now?!? nice one!
Oh - and the R8 needed its bearings changed as it rattled on the corners and acceleration which made the throaty acceleration noises obsolete!...i complained about the noise and the instructor said the bearings were gone because all the car ever does is going round in circles!!!!!
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