Editor's Note- Richard Symons from England found the Slipangle podcast on the wide open expanse that is the internet... and we influenced him to go to his first trackday. He wrote about it, and I thought it was cool to hear from a beginner perspective again, especially one from another continent. The track he was running at, Castle Combe, is one of the oldest in the world, having opened in 1950, just 18 months after Silverstone (a famous UK circuit) opened. Castle Combe is one of those little club tracks you don't hear much about in mainstream media, like many we have here in the US, but in reading about it after going through this story, it has more history and racing pedigree than almost any US track anywhere. Stirling Moss won there, etc. Besides the goofy, cool looking license plate on the Civic, I also enjoyed the different way Richard wrote, as you can almost hear his accent in his typed words. Beginner's stories aren't often told, because, well, usually they don't write them down. Beginners are needed to keep the track-world going, and we'd like to tell a few of the first-timer stories here from time to time. Thanks so much for the submission Richard! -Adam
My First Proper Track Day
Firstly I guess I should start by saying “HI!” from England, this is the story of my first track day. I’ve been into cars and motorsport since I can remember and I have always modified my road cars to some extent or another. The want to drive faster/push myself has always been there, but life, and more specifically budget, had kept me from doing anything about getting onto track apart from a few 15 minute sessions at car shows.