Why do we do track days?
Is there any good reason for it.....
Let me start by introducing myself, my names Jason, I'm the idiot in the picture. I run the social media based car club called TrackAddict, an Instagram page that got so out of control we now have a global community off track day drivers and some famous race drivers. Even though I’m not a journalist, nor am I in anyway qualified to write a column I am an avid track day driver and car enthusiast to the highest degree. This leads me into my topic of choice. Why do we do track days? I mean really, we drive round all day and end up exactly where we started and what do we have to show for it? Ruined tyres, an empty fuel tank, a huge dent in the wallet and a horrible drive home in a car that just is no longer suitable for Britain’s pot marked roads. I know all of this, I do it on regular occasions, and so what is it that keeps us coming back for more?
For me to explain this I have to go back 12 months to a cold, wet, dark morning in March at Rockingham. It was the first event I’d organised for Track Addict and it was a sell out, 70 or so cars all booked on and eager to get going.
There was a group of about 10 of us that went and for some it was their first track day while others were a bit more experienced. The day started well, the track was damp and Rockingham in the wet is like an ice rink! The morning session came and went and everything was going smoothly. Then in the afternoon we had a red flag, it turned out one of my friends had rolled his Clio on the exit of Chapman Curve. He lost the back end hit the gravel side on and went over with his dad in the car! I went to the medical centre to meet him as the car was recovered back to the pits, he was OK, pride dented but otherwise OK. The car not so much, he was certain it was done for but when we got back to the pits the guys we’d gone along with had put a halt to their days and nothing was more important than getting the Clio back out on track. We came back to the car on jacks, wheels off, gravel being picked out and dented roof being straightened out, people we’d never met offering to help. This for me sums up perfectly why I do track days, not the driving, not the cars, Its the teamwork and people we meet along the way. The friends I’ve made that we have in common is cars are unbelievable. It’s funny how these inanimate objects can bring you closer to so many different people. We again returned to Rockingham this March and many of the faces that were strangers last year are now good friends.