Monday, 14 June 2010
Qualified Stunt-driver for hire?
Well....sort of... ;-p
Yesterday (Sunday 13th June) I did my stunt-driving - and survived! I managed to get sunburnt on a bit of my forehead and the bridge of my nose - the only parts of me not covered by the fire-suit, fire-proof balaclava and helmet!
And, to prove I did accomplish something, here's my certificate and trophy. More pics and videos to follow, when the family upload them to me.
I completed the six-part challenge:
J-turns (change from reverse to forward direction at hi-speed and continue without stopping);
Having learned all this, we had to then perform a stunt in the main arena - a head-to-head brake-turn (two cars drive full throttle at each other and brake-turn around each other at the last minute) - scary!!
Next up was Transit van wheelies; I managed to kangaroo-hop and get the nose in the air for 4 or 5 seconds between the designated markers. I don't think anyone managed a perfect wheelie, but it was a great laugh with the crowd whooping everytime the nose came up.
Then we moved onto another track to try out Double-decker driving (one car welded on top of another, top driver steers, bottom driver powers, around a slalom course against the clock)- I really liked this, although it was a bit wobbly driving at speed when you're so far off the ground!
Then a break for lunch where the spectators were allowed to join us 'auto-school students. What impressed me was that all the track marshals, driver-tutors and the MC, all pitched in with preparing, serving and then clearing away our cheeseburgers and salad lunch! In preparation for the after-lunch events, I decided to pass on the chocolate/coffee gateaux dessert....
Then we moved to the off-road track for the Hi-speed chase and shoot-out (with a paint-ball gun); this was really a test of driving skill, esp. when you hit the gravel traps (I managed a donut!). Again, this was against the clock with penalties and added time awarded depending on whether you caught up with the professionally-driven lead car and whether you managed any target hits.
The final driving event was the 'Push-me-pull-you' car (two car fronts welded together, two engines, two drivers back to back, working together to drive the car diagonally round a slalom course)
At the end of the day, prizes for the best in each category were awarded from a podium (alas, no spraying of champagne!) but surprisingly, I won the diagonal driving! (with my co-driver for the day, Kev)
Thankyou to any who sponsored me - the local Air Ambulance are so far benefitting to the tune of £250 + gift aid!
I have a few aches and strains this morning,from being jolted around and the after effects of the safety harnesses! :-0 But, anyway, I did it! Yay!