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Fri 27th June 2008

VXR Track Day


Filed under: Personal

What a day!  Yesterday saw me head on up to Rockingham for the final Vauxhall VXR Track Day experience of this year - and it was ruddy brilliant!

The first part was lunch - lovely jubbly - you can't go racing on an empty stomach.  After lunch, we all sat round and watched a short DVD explaining the days activities and then we were let loose.  Our group had the Paul Swift precision driving experience first.  This included a slalom course, a timed run through a coned circuit and finally Paul took us all out on two wheels!


This is me on my two-wheel experience.  Once we had all done our driving, Paul and his team then did some precision parking and he finished off by "dancing" the car around parked cars to Queen's Don't stop me now.

Now it was time for some track time.  We had a quick safety briefing and then we were let loose on the entire Vauxhall VXR range around RockinghamVauxhall had laid on 28 cars from the VXR range, including 4 of the monstrous VXR8.  We had an excellent time, just razzing the cars around for three laps each with an instructor and then jumping into another car.  There was also a high-speed passenger ride with Paul O'Neill - he was ruddy fast, and an extremely talented driver (I reckon I could beat him in a race though :P).

Best car for me had to be the Astra, the VXR8 was quick but the power delivery was so smooth it didn't feel like it had the instant power of the Astra.  It has to be said, however, that the entire VXR range is ruddy good though - I just can't believe the power of those things.

So, thanks to Vauxhall for an excellent day out, everyone was friendly and helpful and the activites were excellent.  Where do I sign up for next year....?
 
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