I attended the Williams Charity Track Day in mid August 2023 at Castle Combe near Bristol with previously mentioned mate Steve A (who only has family cars available at the moment, so somehow borrowed his Dad’s Porsche !). Ticket cost around 250 GBP.
This was my first time tracking a car I owned, but I’ve done several different track days in the past such as palmer sport (highly recommend), caterham drifting at silverstone, lotus experiences and a couple of assorted red letter day type experiences. So while I had some experience on a track, I was still very much an amateur and was one of the least experienced there. The day was oriented towards Caterham, Lotus and Morgan owners but was very civilized, with all drivers very courteous.
Helmets were required – I used a motorbike helmet. Long sleeve tops and trousers also needed, jeans and a jumper. We were very fortunate with the weather and didn’t get any rain, which was a miracle for summer 2023 in the UK.
Insurance – if you choose to insure for a track day (I did). Your normal annual road insurance obviously does not cover you hooning your 35-40k car around a track. You can purchase insurance for one day on a track from various companies, I went via Adrian Flux for this and paid 340 GBP for ONE DAY, which I was told was roughly where the market was. I got many quotes higher. The excess for this was 3.5k GBP. However I think without this insurance I wouldn’t have enjoyed the day as much.
I drove down to Bristol the night before, stayed at Steve’s place, did the track day, stayed the night again and drove back the next day, so split the road driving from the track driving. Another thing I realised on this trip was how much difference having the doors on the car makes. I have previously been driving around without roof or doors, and it gets a bit turbulent. I put the doors on for the drive down to Steve’s and it was just so much more comfortable and enjoyable (and far less tiring) on a long journey – around 130 miles.
In future I will use the doors nearly all the time on the road.
The track day itself started around 8am with briefings and sign on, after a sighting lap track usage was limited to 12 cars at a time. There were maybe 40-50 cars there, but we soon got a rhythm going and I found after 15 minutes or so on track I was ready for a short break. You were never waiting too long to go on track. Break for lunch then an afternoon session. All in all a huge amount of fun, something I can’t wait to do again.I get the car serviced at Caterham Silverstone (bit closer to me) and they run a day at Silverstone circuit in May which I’m now very tempted by.
Another massive highlight was this exact 420 Cup was there (with passenger rides on offer by drivers from Caterham). It had a windscreen and doors on. This was the fastest thing on the track and if I had enough space in the garage and did more track days I would definitely get one. Absolutely insane. Unfortunately not available in kit form due to sequential gearbox and other tweaks (I did check!!)
All in all a great day out and felt good to put the car to the test on a track.