What's your personal motoring highlight of 2018?
I didn't think anything could top 2017 where I drove a Ferrari Dino and D.K's 350Z from Tokyo Drift, but 2018 came in blew it out of the water. There's no doubt about it, I've been a very lucky boy and I don't take it for granted for even a split second.
I'm going to take you through my personal highlights for 2018 now, but the point of this article is that I want to hear from you guys. What special moments have you had this year in your motoring world? Let me know in the comments!
My year in motoring highlights
11) London Motor Show
Back in May, DriveTribe attended our first motor show as exhibitors. It was a bit of a whirlwind experience which we all thoroughly enjoyed. We had Hammond and May on the stand on the Saturday and we were met with a swarm of fans showing the true pulling power the guys have!
It was also my first chance to meet a lot of you and have some quality petrol talk so I was very thankful for that. Turns out you lot are lovely! I hope you guys can make it again next year.
10) Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb
In August I attended my first Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb where I saw some properly special cars. Alongside a Jag XJR-15 and this Metro 6R4, I managed to see a Peugeot 205 GTi completely stack it into a wall and for some reason that filled me with joy and adrenaline. (The driver was OK…)
9) Goodwood: Festival of Speed
Not my first Goodwood: Festival of Speed, but the first where we've had a DriveTribe stand. Again, I got to meet a load of you guys which was great along with hosting a crazy Shmee150 meeting. I also got a sneaky picture of these two McLaren F1s as they were packing everything up. It almost made waiting 7 hours for all the cars on our stand to be picked up worth it… almost.
8) Hyundai i30 N
I often have a painted on smile for a lot of my life as I wasn't blessed with the smiling gene, but the smile on my face resting against that Hyundai i30 N was 100% genuine. What a machine. Read the full review here:
7) Driving a Peugeot Traveller in Italy
Believe it or not, after a few hours of threading this bus through the smallest Italian streets with shear cliffs a mere inch from my right tyre, I actually had a lot of fun. Read the full article here:
6) BMW day
May was indeed a good month. Myself and Jack Richardson were invited down to Bedford Autodrome to have a little drive of their range. I think it is safe to say… it didn't disappoint. I ragged an M2 and M140i around the track, closely followed by driving the racing M4 (pictured above) with a professional racing driver alongside me, pushing me harder and harder until some poo came out.
The day was nicely wrapped up by attempting to drive an M4 Competition Package. Decent.
Read Jack's article here:
5) The Gentleman's Jolly
I got the chance to fulfil my fantasy of becoming James Bond. I drove a Jaguar from London to Geneva with The Gentleman's Jolly and it was everything I wanted it to be. Unfortunately, I wasn't accompanied by a Bond girl. No, instead I had DriveTribe's Richard Beech and Mahmood Ansari for company. They did not look like Bond girls despite the cocktail dresses.
4) Go-karting with Damon Hill
I've go-karted against Damon (I don't need to say Hill as we're totes besties now) a couple of times now and each time I couldn't be filled with more joy. Last year, I didn't manage to get on the track at the same time as him, even though I did get to race against his son, Josh, and Le Mans winner, Oliver Turvey, but this year I did. I entered the track for my 30 mins stint just as he came around the corner next to the pits. I saw him for about half a lap before he sped off into the distance, but it was the greatest half lap of my life.
3) 24HR Nurburgring
What a weekend this was. My first Nurburgring experience, thanks to Falken Tyres, was the 24hr race. There's so much I can say about this weekend, but it is easier for me to just link my full article.
I can't recommend going to the Nurburgring 24hr weekend enough.
2) Banger Racing
Another activity checked off the bucket list. I was invited to go banger racing with a bunch of other journalists and it is up there with the most fun things I've ever done. I did break my finger a little by smashing a Corsa into a wall, but that just added to the fun.
1) Driving a GT40 through Ireland
There couldn't be anything else at the top of my list. In August I drove a GT40 around Ireland with The Cannonrun. This will probably remain as the greatest driving experience of my life. It was utterly terrifying and I had to wear fresh underwear ever two miles, but just thinking back to that engine roaring just inches behind my ears makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
They were my highlights of 2018, but I want to hear about yours.
What were the special motoring moments of your year? Let me know in the comments!