5 things to do once lockdown is lifted...
Here is my ultimate guide of motor-related things to do once lockdown is lifted and 'the virus' has gone...
Lockdown, as essential as it is, is boring us all to death, to the point we want to grab our microwaves and throw them against a brick wall. But don't worry, because I'm here with my ultimate guide of motor-related things to do after lockdown. Grab a cup of coffee and a notepad, let me inspire you...
1.) Book a track day!
Track days have to be a car enthusiasts favourite thing, after watching Richard Hammond do burnouts in his old 'stanggg of course. Whether it's an EcoBoost Fiesta you have, or a Lotus Elise, book a track day. Whether it's at Donnington, or Spa, who cares? It's a track day and track days are fun! You can book one between £120 to £500, but remember that depending on the track and how many friends you have, the price will vary. So for me, it would be bloody expensive, even at Oulton Park, my 'local'.
Please, don't hold me liable if this happens...
2.) Go to a car show, obviously...
The obvious thing to do with your car is to go to a car show. I believe that there's never a bad car show, so give your vehicle a scrub and go. Make some new car friends, learn some new car facts, but just remember that some people can go on about something for decades, you've been warned. I once started chatting to a bloke in a Fiat X1/9, he kept me chatting for two hours, TWO HOURS. No sir, I don't really want to know about how you replaced your seat rails.
Talking of X1/9s, there's one there!
3.) Go on a roadtrip!
Roadtrips are fabulous; the service's crisps, the awkward silence, and the voice of Ken Bruce in the background. The truth is, you don't have to drive all the way to Switzerland to enjoy your wheels, just a weekend trip to the Lake District can be fun. Trust me, if I find going to Wales in a diesel Renault Scenic exciting, anything can be fun. Fill up your tank, charge your batteries, switch on the satnav and you're off.
My roadtrip to Edinburgh a few years back...
4.) Go to Caffeine & Machine!
Ah, Caffeine & Machine, car heaven. It's a place every motoring enthusiast dreams about, a place where you can see the best car creations with a cup of fantastic coffee. I was actually about to go for the first time in my 'new' Fiat Panda 100hp one weekend, I was over the moon with excitement, but then lockdown stopped me, and stopped us all. When 'the virus' is no more, C&M will be the first place I go to, in the mighty Panda, Paolo.
5.) Go for a drive!
This may seem a bit basic, but it is definitely not. Pick your favourite road, pick your favourite friends (if you have any) and go for a simple drive. Forget about politics, the news, your dead cat, just enjoy your surroundings and change up a few cogs.
My 2CV run to Bala in December...
If you have any more things to add to my 'ultimate guide' of things to do after lockdown, then feel free to add them down in the comments.
Stay safe, stay indoors, and this will will be over before you know it and you'll be able to get behind the wheel again.
Daniel Achterhuis is a 14-year-old automotive journalist for DriveTribe and presenter of 'The Piston Podcast'. Daniel has written for various newspapers, magazines, and was the youngest-accredited press at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. He aspires to become a full time automotive journalist in his later years.
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