Question: Is Goodwood an option for the Movie Cars Driving Experience - 3 Cars?
Answer: Goodwood is a premium track and therefore requires an upgrade fee. This can be found on the availability tab.
The Movie Cars Driving Experiecne - 3 Cars operate there from February to November on weekdays only.
Question: When does the Movie Cars Driving Experience - 3 Cars run?
Answer: The Movie Cars Driving Experience - 3 Cars run from February to November. Locations and dates can be found on the availability tab.
Driving American Muscle Cars has got to be any petrol head’s ultimate dream. And, when they have been featured in top block buster films like the cars we were to drive, it only adds to a super cool experience.
I knew we were in for a real treat when invited to drive these awesomely powerful cars at Abingdon airfield. I was excited, but I have to admit, a little nervous! I struggle to break 70mph on motorways, let alone take control of an incredibly powerful classic car and race around a track…
We were each testing two cars; I was taking on the classic Camaro SS as seen in Fast and Furious, and the Camaro ZL1, otherwise known as Bumblebee from Transformers! Evie was driving two very famous cars, Lightning McQueen himself and General Lee, the iconic Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard. Robb was to test the super fast Toyota Supra and probably the most iconic muscle car out there, the Ford Mustang.
We arrived early at Abingdon Airfield, the sun was shining and we could hear the roar of engines as the cars were warming up for a day of driving. After showing our driving licences and registering in the tent, we received a group introduction to each of the cars from a highly knowledgeable instructor, then it was time to go!
We waited our turn at the edge of the track, marvelling at the awesome cars lined up in front of us, perfectly happy to stand as watch as other drivers had their go. I could feel my nerves rising as the true power of the muscle car was demonstrated by the other drivers taking them for a spin.
Then it was our turn! Check out how we got on…
The Camaro SS
I was driving the classic SS first, and as I stepped into this beautiful car, my instructor immediately put me at ease. He explained how best to control the car and the differences I should expect in comparison to modern cars. My first impression was that this car is HEAVY, you have to press hard on that accelerator to get going and with no power steering, you really have to concentrate on driving this Camaro. It was an absolutely fantastic insight into classic race cars and although I didn't go much more than 40mph (I know...) I really experienced what it is to drive a car of this calibre.
The Ford Mustang… probably the most iconic Muscle car of the lot and I was thrilled to have to the chance to test it out. This 30 year old classic car was quite tricky to drive, but that’s all just part of the experience. After getting used to the gearbox and accelerator, I was driving the car perfectly fine and enjoying the ride! – Robb.
Next up was the Toyota Supra. After driving the Ford, this was a bit of a shock. This modern machine is so much lighter and so much easier to drive. Even a light touch on the accelerator and you can feel the pace pick up. The thrill of whizzing around the track in this modern race car was intense and an entirely different experience from the classic cars. – Robb.
Camaro ZL1 aka Bumblebee
Bumblebee is a truly beautiful car. Big, bold and bright yellow, I was extremely excited at the prospect of taking this supercar out for a spin! Sitting in the drivers seat, I couldn’t wait to get out on the straights and push the limits. I’m not a overly confident driver, but I can honestly say this Camaro was a dream to drive and I was reaching speeds of 80 without even thinking about it.
Mazda Mx5 aka Lightning McQueen
As we waited to drive the Mazda Mx5, or Lightning McQueen himself, we watched numerous kids taking him for a ride. The look of joy of their faces as they drove their Disney hero really was lovely and only helped build excitement for my own drive! Once I hit the accelerator, there was no looking back as I whizzed around in this super fun, easy to handle sports car. – Evie.
Dodge Charger aka General Lee
The instructor had explained how this Dodge was actually used in The Dukes of Hazzard television series and, just in case I didn’t believe him, he pointed out the cast and crew’s signatures on the boot. Knowing this was an actual car used in the show made this driving experience even better! The power of the Dodge was evident from the word go and this famous car was a delight to drive, if a little hard to handle! – Evie.
After an amazing morning driving these cars, it was time to head home. First though we took a quick peep of the in-car footage you can purchase as a video, just so I could prove I did get above 50mph!
Group Size & Spectators:
This 3 Movie Car Driving Experience is a one-to-one experience between the driver and instructor, however, other people will also be on the track at the same time so there may be a short wait time for each of the cars.
Spectators are welcome to come along and watch their loved ones take part in this once in a lifetime experience.
Hot and cold refreshments will be available at each track location.
The movie car driving experience will be held at various locations, on either selected weekday or weekend dates depending on location, between February and November.
Blyton Park requires a £10 upgrade fee for weekend bookings, paid directly to the track when making a reservation.
Lydden Hill requires an additional £35 upgrade fee which is to be paid directly to the track when making a reservation.
Additional laps and passenger rides may be available as upgrades on the day (subject to availability) - these will start at £39.00 per car (3 laps).
4th March (venue moved to Aldershot)
5th March (venue moved to Aldershot)
Blyton Park, Lincolnshire.
Lydden Hill, Kent.
Further dates are released once the earlier slots have been filled.
*Dates are updated regularly but availability are subject to change - if you'd like to check a date prior to redemption, please contact our customer service team.
This experience will last for approximately an hour an a half.
You will get the chance to drive 3 cars from the following list, for 3 laps each (9 laps in total):
- Nissan Skyline (Fast and Furious)
- "Bumblebee" ZL1 Camaro (Transformers)
- "Eleanor" Mustang (Gone in 60 Seconds)
- Toyota Supra (The Fast and The Furious)
- "General Lee" Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazzard)
- Ford GT40 (The Green Hornet, Fast Five)
The distance per track is approximately 1 mile long.
This American Movie Cars experience generally runs in all weather conditions. If your experience is cancelled due extreme or adverse conditions, the centre will contact you in order to re-schedule for a new date.
Extra laps can be purchased on the day (3 additional laps per car), subject to availability. Prices generally start from £39 per 3 laps.
Please dress comfortably and according to the changeable British weather. Sturdy, sensible (flat) foot wear is required.
Any safety equipment will be provided by the centre on the day.
Drivers for this 3 car experience do not need to hold a full driving licence, but will need to bring photo ID along with them on the day.
All participants must have a good understanding of spoken English.
Minimum Height: 4ft 10in (135cm)
Maximum Height: 6ft 6in (190cm)
There are no real weight restrictions as such, however, some cars do have roll cages and racing seats so anyone 20 stone plus may struggle.
*All driving instructors are ARDS qualified and DBS checked.
**An optional damage waiver will be available to purchase on the day for just £25. This will insure you against damage excess fees of up to £5,000
in the unlikely case of an accident.
Please note: The Barton Stacey driving track is based on Military of Defense land. On the rare occasion that your experience is cancelled due to MOD requirements, you will simply be re-scheduled for an alternative date.
Barton Stacey will not be available for 2017 bookings.