A to B, sitting in traffic behind your co workers Vauxhall Astra just trying to get to your desk as quickly
as possible, before as soon as you know it its 5pm and your doing that same journey but in reverse again.
The weekends don't get much better, many people are off shopping or to see relatives, just one mundane
journey after another, in their drab cars more worried about MPG than BHP!
When was the last time most of you when attending a show looked at your sat nav
and instead of selecting the "quickest route" which would no doubt mean sitting
on a 3 lane conveyer belt for hours on end counting down
the junctions instead selected the "totally awesome, B road blast route" I bet its been never.
We are to focussed on getting places now and the journey there
is just a soulless routine of gear changes and steering inputs!
a tease of what it would be like to have the road to yourself and drive without thought for the destination,
the fuel bill or if your Virgin+ box has recorded last nights episode of Eastenders or not.
This is what car's are about, this is why motorsport is a multi million pound industry, this is driving!
We set out to have fun in our cars, to enjoy driving them and getting the most from them, we even took
our partners along with us to show them what driving could and should be like.
Setting off from Bristol early sunday morning the first decision was sit on the motorway for 2 hours
or take the A and B roads and just follow signs for town's we knew were near, that decision was easy!
Two full tanks of V Power Nitro + or whatever its called this week later and we were on our way,
to find petrolhead nirvana in the UK.
but different engine layouts, characteristics and personalities. It made no difference!
Sure you could come here in a 400BHP supercar and im sure it would be awesome, but there is only so
fast you can drive these roads, only so late you can brake and so quick you can take a turn.
Driving roads like this isn't about being a "hero", it isn't about being the quickest, its about
feeling your car, finding how it handles, pushing it to its limitations while maintaing a
safe and responsible attitude, car park heroes are not welcomed here.
or the purr of a flat 6 winding its way up the mountain road. People in their 20's to people in their late 40's
out indulging in their passion for car's and bikes. People who for one day have been set free
from the work commute, probably in the same car they loath at 5pm on a monday, finding
a totally new side to their car, letting it rev higher, the tyres squeal and the exhaust bark!
Having only picked it up a week prior it was great to learn its charms and see where it could be improved.
Im sure many of you reading this despise french hot hatches, 2 years ago I would of been with you.
At the risk of sounding like a Renault sales men though, I would urge you to drive or be a passenger
in not just a 182 but any small french hatch, their is something about the way they handle,
the way they just keep on going that makes them addictive, and with a 182 you can
be comfy on the way home, climate and cruise set to on!
It was a chance to see what it was like not just on a track, but out on the road.
To see how it handled steep, banked corners and fast flowing turns.
Its safe to say he had great fun powering out of the tighter corners but also keeping up
in a straight line with the clio, proves that saving weight pays dividends.
you drive, fill it with fuel and head out to your nearest twisty road's. Change gear later, brake later
chuck your car into some corners and I promise, if you like car's, the smile you have will be bigger than any smile
you would get polishing it, sitting next to it at a show, taking pictures of it or telling your mate its only
and inch from the ground and not show dropped! You pay your road tax each year, get the most out
of it and drive the roads you pay for!
Words by Nathan NichollsPictures by Louis Ruff & Nathan Nicholls