Saturday, July 26, 2008

Drive A Ferrari

Some people like Lamborghini's, others prefer a Porsche - I'm a Ferrari girl myself. I love the stylish exterior, the rev of the engine always makes me switch down the radio, whenever one is near me on the road and I love the luxury that surrounds them.

Choosing this task to do was quite easy. Finding the track in Leicestershire where I was to drive one, wasn't! When eventually we found it, everything seemed fairly straight forward. You registered on arrival - check. Got ripped off by the waiver that covers you if you have an accident - check and then went out in the practice car - check.

Then the waiting and the panicking, what if I can't drive the thing? Then along came the Ferrari 360 Spider, a 2 seater car with the roof down and suddenly it was my turn!

I slid into the luxurious leather seats, that seemed so low down, it felt like I was touching the floor and got to grips with the controls of the car. The pedals seemed so close together, it took me a couple of laps to get used to them.

Then I was off on the first of my three laps and having to navigate the course, which made absolutely no sense to me and put my foot to the floor, whilst trying to change gear. All I kept hearing from my instructor was that I kept taking my foot off the accelerator. Well it was bloomin' scary approaching a bend going that fast!
Thankfully I didn't stall the thing, but I kept getting the wrong gear, when changing into 5 and 6!
No accidents either (good job I paid £25 to cover me then!) and I managed to successfully navigate the car back into the aerodrome where I started from.

I did enjoy the experience, but the three laps just wasn't enough time for me to get to grips with the car. I also felt very pressured to go faster than what I felt safe driving, although I have to admit on the straight, I did in excess of 120mph and loved it!
I did think perhaps I should have just hired a Ferrari for the day and just pottered around, but where is the fun in that? These cars are built for speed and where on the open road, would you have to chance to race them at that speed? It was amazing to see just how fast these cars went with little effort.
If I ever won the lottery, then a Ferrari would definitely be on my list, but for now, I will just have to make do with my good old Ford!


Willytheprince said...

Yipee! Good for you. I am so glad you had that experience.

Janette Jones said...

It was fab - I so want one now!