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Show Us Your Motors!

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Lopéz, Oct 18, 2002.

  1. Housey

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    Bending a rental at the Ring is not good. Also if you’re new rent something small and light and learn the flow. Pace at the Ring comes from getting to flow right. A big powerful car is going to get tired if you don’t know it well (braking too hard) and risky if you don’t know the flow or are seasoned on tracks.

    Last time I went one of my mates rented a Suzuki Swift. He is fast, experienced and a race winner. He raced in the big BTCC Ginettas, Britcar, MX5’s and endurance in various cars internationally. He found the limits of the Swift in half a lap but found it useful to follow another mate who is a ring hand with over 400 laps there to learn the flow. Front car was a McLaren and he stuck the Swift to its tail (the McLaren wasn’t flat out) and was into low 9’s after a couple of laps in a Swift. He paid around 2k I think for that and the excess was I think 10k..on a Swift!
     
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  2. Firestar_3x

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    Excess on the hire car is one thing, damage to the track / rescue / medical costs are quite another!
     
  3. Acme

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    Ooft. Makes it an even scarier prospect than taking your own car.

    Further re-enforcing my stance that I'll never drive round the ring. :p
     
  4. crinkleshoes

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    In your own car you would still get hit with Armco costs, track closure, towing, medical bills etc. A small shunt on the ring can get very expensive very quickly.
     
  5. DAIR

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    Location: Wales

    Real shame.... Missing out.

    Great place.... Dangerous but still great.
     
  6. Acme

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    Just couldn't bring myself to risk smashing my car up. There are so many idiots on the track, as well as people going crazy fast, bikers, cars dropping oil, crappy road surfaces, etc... I'd love to go round in the ring taxi though! That might be the closest I get. Unless I buy a disposable hot hatch to thrash round and then sell if it survives. :p
     
  7. Vita

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    Civic type r
     
  8. Acme

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    Cheaper than that. Clio 172 thats overdue a belt, Corolla T-Sport pre facelift with moon miles on eBay coilovers. Maybe a rusty MX5 though obviously not a hatch lol. :p
     
  9. Blackhawk47

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    Location: West Yorkshire / Market Bosworth

    Yes definitely got the ring taxi lap on the cards when I go.

    Last year when we rented a golf GTI over two days, I took out the insurance policy to cover us for the weekend, driving on track and took out the extra Armco cover.

    If it’s your first time probably best to go on track either late evening or early in the morning when it’s more quiet and it goes without saying - go easy.

    I imagine a lot of people don’t bother taking out track day insurance for it but for us it was worth it for the piece of mind.

    Worth noting though that if you write the car off in a accident you have to pay the full whack of excess (I think nearly £20k on the golf GTI - with the company we rented from), upfront straight away and then go through the insurance claim to get your money back. How strict they are on this if you have taken out 3rd party insurance I’m not sure.
     
  10. Beansprout

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    Just do a good track day in something cheap, wouldn't bother with TF unless you're only going for a few laps of fun or can go at a quiet time, or are pretty confident and can avoid the nutters :D
     
  11. Regy53

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    Can’t can’t insert image
     
  12. Homer-Simpson

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  13. Regy53

    Mobster

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    Location: Leighton Buzzard

    2015 r8 v10 plus with a a fair few box’s ticked :)

    Deposit placed but I’m sure it’s all easy from here

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  14. Dis86

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    Parking it seemingly isn't so easy. How'd you spanner up the massive space?!
     
  15. Firestar_3x

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    Great looking car!!!
     
  16. Gibbo

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    Looks epic that mate, big step up over the GTR, enjoy! :)
     
  17. mrk

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    Box's what though?!
     
  18. Regy53

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    Sorry for the
    Don’t ask, the salesman said to park there. I was conscious of kerbs and their car. I wouldn’t normally park this way.

    Many thanks the gen 2 is crazy different compared to my first gen 1 it’s another league

    Thanks, I know you but you don’t know me I don’t have a gtr :) never have

    Sorry just option boxes. It’s a nicely ticked car. I can’t belive but even cruise control was still a extra in these
     
  19. Housey

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    All these V10’s
     
  20. crinkleshoes

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    I'm liking my V8 :(

    Seen some power mods to take it to 740bhp... tempting