While we were down that way we also drove along the coast road to Dungeness - one of the weirdest parts of England. There is a Nuclear power station built here at edge of the ocean and miles from any real town. Dungeness itself though is a mix of shingles and with small fishing huts sitting lonely and sometimes derelict in the middle of nowhere. Strangely though, there is a pub and even a coach park for the many tourist coaches that pass down the small country lane to see the weirdness of the place.
|Fishermans hut with a home made playground!|
|Not a lot to do here|
|Two and a half kills for little willie|
Now, Buffy had bought me a 'Supercar driving Experience' for Christmas and this was the original reason we took the time to come on our little trip. I could have done the experience at a local race track near Manchester, but decided instead to take the opportunity to race around my favourite track and one of the most Iconic tracks in the world - Brands Hatch.
We arrived at the track in a storm - the wind was blowing at around 50 mph and the rain was coming at us horizontally. I actually worried that the drive may be cancelled due to the weather, but as we arrived we saw Ferraris, Audi R8's, Lamborghini's and the car I wanted to drive - The Mclaren MP4 12C racing around the sodden track.
|Wet, but happy|
|This ain't a Mclaren|
Eventually it was time to get into the car and so with my helmet on, I pulled down the gull wing doors and started my race career.
|Me in the Mclaren|
|Off I go|
|Lap 1 - Behind the red Ferrari|
|Lap 2 - catching the Ferrari|
|Lap 3 - What Ferrari!!?|
|After my drive.|
I did get that chance to look down briefly at the speed I was driving - this was at the start of the main straight and with my foot to the floor and another 3-4 seconds of accelerating before stamping on the brakes, I was doing 104-113 miles an hour - I then ad to look back up to check where I was and find my braking area.
It was a great day out and we got really lucky with the weather - a lovely bit of sunshine between two really shitty rain storms.
Its all over now though and we are back in Manchester. I'm back to diving my Asda van (Which although it hasn't got the flappy paddle gear box, still has a similar automatic thing, so its like driving a mclaren) and Buffy is back to her job on the internet. Its only a couple of weeks till we head off on another little adventure though - so keep checking out and see where we go next.....