Driving experiences are a great gift for those who love cars. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for a loved one, and think they’d enjoy the thrill of a bucketload of horsepower, or the challenge of an off-road course, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites for you. All these experiences vary in prices, so whether you have a small or big budget, there should be something here that they’ll love to receive and you’ll love to give!
Locations: Scotland (Perthshire), North Yorkshire (Skipton), Liverpool, Cheshire, Solihull, East of England (Harborough), Eastnor, London (Luton), West Country (Honiton).
Whether it’s an introduction you're after, or a full day experience testing a Land Rover to its limit, this is the perfect day for those who want to go off-roading. Navigate steep inclines, descents, water crossings and all manner of challenging terrain with a professional trainer. There’s also the opportunity to advance existing skills with practical skills and recovery tips in the trusty Defender.
Location: Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX
Goodwood offer a plethora of driving experiences to suit every taste and age. Apt for the home of the famous ‘Goodwood Revival’, you can even drive a selection of restored 1950s and 1960s Saloons and GTs, or go off-roading in their fleet of classic Land Rovers.
Prices start from £49.
Location: Carno, Caersws SY17 5JS
If the tarmac isn’t for you, Forest Rally offers 7 miles of rally stages across 900 acres of woodland. There’s a range of 4WD Subara Imprezas and RWD Ford Escort MK2s. Alternatively, go big and hire the whole venue!
Book a course, or gift them a voucher towards the cost of the course. They’ll be able to upgrade their gift vouchers as long as you let them know before you choose the date.
Gift vouchers from £50.
Location: Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN
Experience the thrill at the home of British racing. Get out on the track in some of the world’s most desirable cars – Aston Martin, Ferrari, Caterham or even a single seater racing car. Our pick would be the ultimate stunt driving experience with Top Gear stunt driver Paul Swift.
Prices from £99.
Location: Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 9TF
A great one for those in Scotland, Knockhill offers the opportunity to rally, skid, drive high performance or off-road favourites or even bring you own car… oh, or go out on a superbike! There’s too many options, you’ll just have to go twice!
Prices start from about £130.
Location: Porsche Experience Centre, Hangar Straight, Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, NN12 8GR
One of the most impressive addresses of the lot, the Porsche experience Centre is as close as you can get to the Silverstone race track without actually driving on the Silverstone race track. Treat a loved one to a 90 minute excursion on the Porsche track in either a Porsche 718, 911, Panamera, Cayenne or Macan. GT course not included.
Location: Castle Combe, Chippenham SN14 7EY
Drive one of their cars, or take your own for a spin at Castle Combe circuit. As their website states, "If your car's got 4 wheels, is to MOT standard and meets our noise restrictions you'll be made very welcome".
Gift Voucher prices start at as little as £15, and driving experiences start at £110.
Location: Brooklands Dr, Weybridge KT13 0SL
Take a look around the Mercedes museum (complete with F1 simulators) and then take to track or off-road course in some of the brands most famous models. And, for some experiences (definitely not the AMG’s) if you’re tall enough to reach the pedals, you can drive. No license necessary. So a great one if all of the family want to have a go.
Passenger rides start at £55 and go up to a slightly staggering £1295 for a half day in an AMG GT R.
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