What better way could there be to launch our new and improved motoring section than sending our Editor to take on the BBC Top Gear Experience?
Off the track, The Top Gear franchise has been under the spotlight recently with the television show facing a massive reshuffle at the end of this season. However, on the track where the cars are the stars could not be any better for the franchise.
Hidden away in Surrey is Dunsfold Aerodrome, home to the infamous Top Gear track. Upon arrival, the first thing that will amaze you is the size of the aerodrome and track.
Originally built for the Canadian Air Force during World War II, the track is littered with commercial and private planes which you would have noticed in previous series of the television show.
Registration takes place in the famous Top Gear studio where you can marvel at the cars that really stole the show from the Art Deco BMW 635CSi to the V8 Porsche 928 GT used in the Patagonia Special.
Each visitors experience will be unique due to the fact that the their package can be tailored to suit what they want to do and see. We tried just about everything apart from the off-roading vehicles. We focused on speed so the Ariel Atom and Hot Lap with The Stig were top on the order of play.
The Ariel Atom
Known for rearranging Jeremy Clarkson’s face, driving an Ariel Atom is probably the most enjoyable motoring experience outside single seat formula cars. We believe the two seater Atom is truly the best fun you can have if you have the skills and confidence to push it.
The Hot Lap with The Stig
Some say that a hot lap with The Stig will change the way you view life. Using a Porsche GT3, The Stig will take you on a white knuckle ride around the track in just over a minute. Being a passenger doesnít take any of the thrill away as it is not very often that you get a chance to go around Hammerhead almost sideways.
The Top Gear Experience is a truly high-octane day out that offers any Top Gear fan full access to the studio and cars that made Top Gear history. With so much to do, this is a dream day out.