I’VE RECENTLY noticed a number of young blokes belting their cars on public roads.
It’s not only dangerous, but it attracts the attention of the constabulary and, at the very least, ends up costing bucks and a few lost points. At worst, a lot more. I was no different, and I get it, however the world is a much different place now and the risks and penalties have increased exponentially.
In the four-wheeled world (in Oz at least) track days seem to be the domain of the prestige-brand car clubs. In the UK and throughout Europe, track days have become huge business. Enthusiasts are buying dungers to flog around the track, while keeping the “good” car to get to work in.
The evolution of the KTM X-Bow, Ariel Atom, Caterham SR500, T-Rex trike, etc, has evolved out of the track-day boom, but we seem to be a bit slow on the uptake here.
Street-car drags got a big following a few years ago, but have gradually waned. I’m not sure that I always believe in the “build it and they will come” ethos, but surely a brave entrepreneur, or opportunistic track owner, could give them a go for a while and see how we car enthusiasts go at turning lonely tarmac into recreational space for the everyman racer.
It would take sustained effort and promotion to make it fly, but that has to be a better alternative than paying the fine, losing the points or injuring some poor, innocent person along the way.
Couldn’t agree more, Andrew. Our country has a fantastic appetite for performance cars, yet we have so few racetracks to enjoy them on.