As a birthday treat (18 year old) we spent a day visiting Supercars Scotland, billed as the Ultimate Supercars Track Experience. Being a non driver (no licence) the first "experience" following a safety briefing and track tuition before being allowed to speed away with a driving instructor on the 'novice track'. This he felt was a great experience and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Next was for him the climax being driven as a passenger over the race track in a Lamborghini (they also have Ferrari;s Aston Martin's, Porsche's, Mustang's, and a various assortment of high performance cars), as a novice driver you are taken on 3 laps of the circuit.
For the more experienced drivers, again with an instructor beside you, customers can drive the various cars. Billed as the ultimate experience for anyone who loves driving, this gives the driver to get behind the wheel of a thoroughbred supercar of their choice. During Passenger Hot Laps the customers experience the opportunity to witness the professionals at work. In the passenger seat of a track car you'll accelerate down the first straight and feel the car grip on through the corners and experience how these cars can be pushed to their limits.
The company state they have various locations throughout the UK, to allow up to 2 hours for your visit depending on experience type, and warn that the venue requires favourable road conditions. Heavy rain, snow or ice will disrupt the event which is an open air event. The event(s) run from April to October, minimum age is 17 with full drivers license. Hotlaps from age 7. Youth driving from age 13, and cars subject to availability and fleet change.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Now the drawbacks.
There are long delays to await your turn in the car. In our case from leaving the 'novice track', there was a wait of over 2 hours before being called for his place and turn in the Lamborghini, although he stated afterwards that it was well worth the wait. There is a mobile snack bar on site so at least nobody went hungry, costs of this being about standard for that type of event £2.80 for a hamburger, etc. Following the ride another queue, this time to obtain photographs of the day, this was a bit messy and delayed as there is no 'instant photographic display' with one of the staff having to search through a seemingly endless menu of photographs to try and pinpoint the one(s) you want. From the photographer a runner takes the camera memory stick to a staff member who uses a lap top to load and search for the various photographs, in itself quite time consuming and we were unlucky as 'the runner' had decided to go to the toilet and had the memory stick in his pocket.
Another serious problem are the toilets which are situated in an old derelict building quite a considerable distance from the event site and really need a car to reach them as it is a long walk.
Recommendations to the organisers would be to be more streamlined with the event management to cut down on the waiting times, install a system to allow instant display and selection of photographs, and arrange for toilets to be positioned beside the event venue.
Costs are fairly expensive, the cost of the youth driving, and 3 hot laps was £139.00, in addition were the cost of photographs (optional) £20 for flash drive containing 12 photographs. Meals and drinks for 3 persons were reasonable at around £15. Do not have cost details for the experienced car drivers however presume these would be similar.
Would still rate the event as a very good experience, and recommend the staff as friendly and helpful.
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