Alas, it seems that these Club Handling days at Dunsfold - where Top Gear is filmed - may be no more thanks to regulations and red tape! We just have to hope that the L&Club can find another suitable location, as these days are huge fun, and a great time to relax and enjoy a bit of hooning doing stuff which you really shouldn't do either on the road or on track.
|Apart from the standing around, a wet day is equally fun on this sort of day.|
|Can you guess what is under this??!!|
|What about this one?|
|Usually in morning and afternoon sessions, these days are always popular.|
|Steve Mell, the organiser of these days, gives a thorough briefing before each session, detailing the order of the day and most importantly, safety.|
|A motley band of Club members volunteer as marshals to support Steve and make the day possible.|
|Caterham turned up to give passenger rides around the Top Gear track in their new (then) CSR race car.|
|Even a Porsche has some uses on a day like this.|
|The marshals find their posts!|
|And we are off....|
There are usually 2 runs up the runway, next to each other - one is a 0-60 where you can strap on some timing gear and see how well you can do, and running in parallel, a slalom - where once you remember where you go, you can get faster and faster throughout the session - especially if the track dries out. The frame on the car is a tyre rack, and it provided a great platform to hang my bullet cam off and get some unusual angle shots from.
|This is a still from an on-board movie showing the rear wheel spinning.|
|Note the ludicrous, boom-mounted, bullet camera position!|
|Wet n' windy!|
|Adil well wrapped up against the sun...sorry, rain.|
|Arnie has installed a tennis ball launcher under his bonnet...not sure why?!|
Next session briefing.
|All sorts of vehicles turn up....|
|...but not sure I am ever really going to fit this particular one!|| |