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Humpy
11-01-2011, 10:42 PM
Palmersport Day - A Brief Report

Disclaimers:
Apologies for any shabby driving :D
All pics are swiped from Flikr

This is a driving experience day at Bedford Autodrome, driving 7 different cars with instruction. Having had friends rave about how good it was, I'd wanted to do this for a while, so I was looking forward to it...

Started with a full a English breaky and briefing at 8:00am.

The weather was cold and cloudy and everywhere was still very damp.

First up was the BMW M3 GTP and I was in the first group out. Cold tyres, damp track…

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The car felt big and heavy but was very forgiving and sounded great :D

Some in car video of me here ('http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32FIApcblzE')

Then we had the Caterhams. Great fun, but were a bit of a handful on slicks in the damp! Lots of spins by everyone here :loser:

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Next up was the Porsche 911 JP3, these were semi auto up through the box and felt a bit lazy, but were surprising planted and well balanced though.

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Then we were in the Clio Cup Racers. These were excellent, great fun, light, chuckable and great handling. I really enjoyed them, until 5 gear went and we were stuck in 6th :(

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Then we went for the off road section which involved driving a Land Rover Defender round some muddy bits and over some obstacles, plus target practice with paintball guns. Not really my thing, so it was a bit tedious...

Then we did the Caterham challenge where you have to complete a special circuit against someone else doing the same against the clock. This was tricky as they had deliberately put ditch finders on the back and the track had water in places.

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Then it was time for lunch, which was very good - fillet steak etc

The weather had now improved a bit and the clouds had cleared, which was good as we set off to the West circuit to do the karts, single seater and JP1.

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I was straight out in the JP1. The track was now dry and we had a couple of laps to warm up the tyres and brakes, then we were on it! I found it difficult to get my head round the grip and braking levels, but the instructor was good and giving direction. It was an awesome car and I enjoyed it, but I was a bit scrappy.

Some in car video of me here ('http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9suecLyfHas')

Then it was the karts which were on a small circuit - good, fun close racing.

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Then we had our briefing for the single seater, got suited up and jumped into the car.

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We did two laps behind a course car, then we were off. The grip and braking levels were ridiculous – brilliant. I really enjoyed driving these – the feel, grip, brakes and control were amazing :thumb:

Some in car video of me here ('http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACHP78DtLKU')

Some fly bys here ('http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiSV9XVozaE')

There were some good drivers there, so I was happy with finishing 7th overall out of 66. I was also fastest on the day in the Clio Cup Racer and have a trophy for pride of place in the loo :thumb:

My times:

74:71 BMW GTP (damp track)
54:92 Caterham (damp track)
58:59 Porsche 911
57:19 Clio
34:10 Caterham Pursuit (damp track)
30:19 Kart
79:19 Jaguar JP1
81:10 Formula Jaguar

The cars were well prepared and you got a decent time in each car. It was very professional, great hosts and you get a memory stick with your laps in the cars you have seen me post here. It was a brilliant day – a petrolhead’s paradise.

Other than driving on the Ring for the first time, it is the best driving experience I've had. :thumb:

Nige
11-01-2011, 11:22 PM
Sounds like a very varied, enjoyable day. Thanks for the report :thumb:


oh, and the reason I`ve not commented on your driving is because I can`t view the videos at work, otherwise I`d do like all keyboard warriors and pick fault :D

mr rooney
12-01-2011, 04:21 AM
This the ultimate track day! I did it a few years ago and really enjoyed it.
I finished 13th out of 62 drivers but didn't win any fastest lap trophpy.
You were lucky with the weather as it pissed down most of the day when i did it but what a day! :thumb:

Alex Gordon
12-01-2011, 05:45 AM
Was this a Corporate Day or were you able to book it as an individual? If so, dare I ask the price? :o

Humpy
12-01-2011, 06:35 AM
Originally posted by Alex Gordon@Jan 12 2011, 06:45 AM
Was this a Corporate Day or were you able to book it as an individual? If so, dare I ask the price? :o
You can book as an individual. I believe the price is approx £750, which if you compare to hiring a track car for a day plus the track day cost is fairly similar.

Floyd
12-01-2011, 06:49 AM
I think a few Northloopers have done this day. Dave Malings blagged this at least 2 times via corporate. Git. :D

Looks really good but too much dosh.

Tim
12-01-2011, 07:20 AM
I keep meaning to waft the palmer sport website under my bosses nose, looks like excellent fun.

Wouldn't be happy about the instructor grabbing the wheel though, an intercom in the JP1 would make a lot of sense really.

Simon
12-01-2011, 07:39 AM
Would love to do this but all my suppliers are tight gits & I'm not paying for it myself.

Jim, can you blag me a spare seat when you go on it please? :whistle: :fishing:

Jim Cameron
12-01-2011, 08:04 AM
I've been meaning to do it for a while, tbh. They do do things 'properly' :thumb:

Unkle
12-01-2011, 11:49 AM
Love the vid in the JP1 that instructor looked like he was enjoying it as much as you! :D

Thanks for sharing

Gary Kinghorn
12-01-2011, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Jan 12 2011, 09:04 AM
I've been meaning to do it for a while, tbh. They do do things 'properly' :thumb:
A few years back it was £800 - from memory

Tony
12-01-2011, 12:17 PM
For peace of mind, full vehicle insurance cover is also included.

STANDARD FULL DAY VOUCHER
Available for £762 + VAT (including USB video stick*)
Valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

FULL DAY VOUCHER (OFF-PEAK)
Available for £657 + VAT (including USB video stick*)
Valid for dates between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011, or as otherwise specified.

Please be aware that we do not run events from mid December until the beginning of March.

HALF DAY VOUCHER
Available for £385 + VAT (including USB video stick*)
Valid for PalmerSport GT, PalmerSport Formula or PalmerSport Evening half day events. The voucher is valid for six months from date of purchase.

I.E. with the new VAT rate it's:
£914.40 full day
£788.40 full day off peak
£462.00 half day

:o I know it's a pukka day out and probably the best available but £1000 for a track day..........

c_w
12-01-2011, 01:58 PM
But your are driving two very exotic cars, the palmer jaguar single seater etc. Still pricey though but looks like it's very very good!

Ollie_247
12-01-2011, 02:13 PM
we look at taking some of our custormes out before xmas to do this but they couldm't fit 12 of us on the day, total cost was 7grand.

we went to MK go karting wasn't quite the same.

JamesW
12-01-2011, 05:04 PM
Holy price point batman :o

££££££!!!

Gary Kinghorn
12-01-2011, 05:36 PM
Compared to renting a 911 from RSR for 10 laps, it isn't that dear is it :fish:

driveforward
12-01-2011, 08:12 PM
I did it in '09 through a corporate event, it was a fantastic day, if you ever get the chance, do it!

May day was made better by being the fastest in the Clio's, and the 911's, and winning overall out of 50 odd people (many actually had a clue too) :thumb:

Dave G
12-01-2011, 08:19 PM
My Dad did this and said it was awesome.

Trackday costs nigh on a grand when you consider fuel, cost of trackday, brakes, tyres, repairs etc etc so not that bad IMO.

Tim
12-01-2011, 10:35 PM
The trick is to be invited to one of these events rather than pay it, I'm going to forward the link to my boss tomorrow and suggest a work day out.

Well he didn't take us out for Christmas, so I think it's only fair :whistle:

Ollie_247
13-01-2011, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by JamesW@Jan 12 2011, 06:04 PM
Holy price point batman :o

££££££!!!
Thats nothing when the Contract worth 5 million Dollers, i just wanted free track time :D

Gary Kinghorn
13-01-2011, 05:51 PM
I've yet to hear from anyone who actually paid for this with their own money :lol:

orsonbuggy
14-01-2011, 11:18 AM
Originally posted by Gary Kinghorn@Jan 13 2011, 07:51 PM
I've yet to hear from anyone who actually paid for this with their own money :lol:
I did - many years ago when it was at Bruntigthorpe. Same format - excellent fun. Got a lap with JP in his NSX after close of play into the bargain. Top bloke :thumb:

Simon
14-01-2011, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by orsonbuggy@Jan 14 2011, 12:18 PM
I did - many years ago when it was at Bruntigthorpe. Same format - excellent fun. Got a lap with JP in his NSX after close of play into the bargain. Top bloke :thumb:
Would that have been in Pounds, Shillings & pence, Chris? :fish: :lol:

orsonbuggy
14-01-2011, 12:30 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Jan 14 2011, 01:27 PM
Would that have been in Pounds, Shillings & pence, Chris? :fish: :lol:
Errrr ..... I'm such an :karl: codger now, Simon, that I forget :D I think radial tyres were on the cars, if that's any help :rolleyes:

tallchap
21-01-2011, 08:26 PM
I've been a couple of times as a guest of suppliers, an absolutely brilliant day - not the normal tame 'experience' days you often get with corporate days.

Oh, and I won last time too - happy days!

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh44/tallchap/PalmerDay.jpg

;)*




* couldn't find 'smug bastard' smilie... sorry.

TC.

Nige
21-01-2011, 08:31 PM
Originally posted by tallchap@Jan 21 2011, 10:26 PM
* couldn't find 'smug bastard' smilie... sorry.

TC.
:smug:


:smug:

;)

Tim
21-01-2011, 08:34 PM
I've just emailed the link to this to my boss/md we'll see if he takes the bait :lol:

tallchap
22-01-2011, 07:12 PM
Originally posted by Nige+Jan 21 2011, 09:31 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Nige @ Jan 21 2011, 09:31 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-tallchap@Jan 21 2011, 10:26 PM
* couldn&#39;t find &#39;smug bastard&#39; smilie... sorry.

TC.
:smug:


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;) [/b][/quote]

Cheers Nige&#33; :thumb:

PeteH
25-01-2011, 08:45 PM
Definitely a superb day out. If you had a fun in the wet, you&#39;d love it on dry track with the sun shining.

Looking forward to April though - Managed to get on another hosted event. This year, they&#39;ve also swapped out the JP1 for the JP-LM (link below):

http://www.palmersport.com/palmerjaguarjp-LM.aspx ('http://www.palmersport.com/palmerjaguarjp-LM.aspx')

Weeman
26-01-2011, 01:50 PM
I concur, its missing the giant bell end in the drivers seat :whistle: :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
26-01-2011, 05:38 PM
Originally posted by Weeman@Jan 26 2011, 02:50 PM
I concur, its missing the giant bell end in the drivers seat :whistle: :lol:
Now that did make me laugh, and because it&#39;s you I expect you will get away with it :lol: :lol:

Simon
26-01-2011, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by Weeman@Jan 26 2011, 02:50 PM
I concur, its missing the giant bell end in the drivers seat :whistle: :lol:
FPMSL :rolf:

Ian H
26-01-2011, 09:17 PM
:lol:

Would love to do this but would have to pay myself.... or maybe get it as a 40th birthday present :chin:

RDS
27-01-2011, 07:57 AM
Did this years ago and a great day out, but the JP3 911s are utterly wank, why on earth they thought a c2 auto was a good base car I have no idea. Gearbox completely ruined it.

Humpy
01-02-2011, 11:38 PM
Originally posted by AGT+Jan 25 2011, 09:57 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (AGT &#064; Jan 25 2011, 09:57 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-Humpy@Jan 11 2011, 11:42 PM
Next up was the Porsche 911 JP3 (GT3 stripped)
that&#39;s not a GT3. :whistle:[/b][/quote]
Corrected ;)