We had booked a half day at Castle Combe our local circuit (less than 10 miles away)
and were looking forward to meeting up with a few friends and getting our teeth stuck in.
Took out the rear seats, checked the tyre pressursres, fluids and filled her up with fuel.
Our inexperiance was soon tho to cause us problems.
On the first lap out and after a very loud rubbing we pitted to find that the
front arch had folded out and took a nice big chunk out of the tyre.
Out with the jack and tools and raise the suspension, thank god for coilovers.
After fiddling with it for awhile we finally got it to a height that would'nt rub,
although it did meen loosing abit of the great handling of the MK1.
Anyone who has done a trackday before know's that on your first few laps its scary, be as brave
and as much of a man as you want and deny it, but it simply is.
When you have no idea of the braking points, turn in points and you have Atoms and Westfields
all around you, the last thing on your mind is being the next Vettel.
On our trackday we were quite lucky, it was a quite weekday and this ment
that most of the time we had a clear track and this paid off.
Within 30 minutes we were finding a rhythm with the Golf and had our eye in on the track.
This little thing was on form, it needed a few tweeks and had more power to be gotten at but for
a unprepared and 29 year old car, she was flying.
The car on the straights was keeping with and getting past our friends in C2 VTS's and Focus ST's
although in the twisties there superior and more moden suspension set ups really did pay off.
The Golf took a more 3 wheeled approach to quarry corner, not something you want to be doing
although very fun and testing on our driving skills.
On the straights the ABF engine came into its own, it revved freely
despite having a restrictive exhaust on it and being relativly old.
The engine itself is quite torquey and pulling out of the corners
once we had stopped understerring wide was pretty impressive.
The addreniline rush you get and the fact that its your own
car your driving adds up to give a great feeling that you can't replicate.
Our track day was organised by BHP Trackdays
and based on this day we are already booked for another on on the 3rd December.
If you haven't done one yet, read are trackday car for £1000 thread, buy one and get out there.
There were single lads, couples and single girls there tearing it up in cars ranging
from Clio's up to track prepaired M3's and custom built cars.
Ditch your National Trust card, forget the Mall.
Strap on some track tyres and get booked up.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you for reading