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I can't help thinking that if these lads had got easier access to motorsport then this tragedy may not have happened. We see plenty of young men and women racing around on the roads, and taking risks for excitement and the pleasure of speed. Condolences to the family and friends of Sam and Shane Nobbs.
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[ Note: This article refers to taking your own car onto a circuit. You can take any type of car on most of the track days linked from this page. ]
My first port of call when booking a track day is trackdays.co.uk, as they have a comprehensive list of all dates for public track days, sortable by date, location, price and format. I've noticed that they offer good prices and give a very reliable follow-through, i.e. you won't turn up at the circuit and find you're not booked. They are a broker however, and if their website shows the venue as sold out, it's worth looking further to see if you can still buy the day elsewhere, normally for a slightly higher price.
As anyone who has been on a trackday knows, you either turn up and talk to an organising company, such as Javelin, or you deal directly with the circuit. This means that if you want to book a trackday that is sold out on trackdays.co.uk, you can always go to the circuit's website or to the website of another organiser. They may have spaces available, and if not, it's often worth calling them to see if you can go on their reserve list, if anyone pulls out of the day and a space becomes available.
Here's a couple of useful contacts if you want to dig deeper into finding a sold-out trackday:
- Javelin Trackdays - I've seen them at numerous circuits and have good experience when using them
- MSV Trackdays - as Motorsport Vision owns most of the major circuits in the UK, they have first call on trackday availability, so always check with them if you can't find the day elsewhere, or go straight to them, as they have a good website and good prices based on demand (like an airline ticket pricing model)
- Gold Track - A well-developed product, particularly for aspiring racing drivers, where you can get time on some of the rarer circuits. You can also collect track miles and buy packages.
- RMA Trackdays - Another quality trackday organiser, particularly if you want circuits in mainland Europe such as Spa.
If you're a member of a car club, that's also an obvious option for finding track days, as the clun often books a circuit, or a number of slots at a circuit and makes them available to their members. You could always join a club, such as Porsche Club GB and make use of their trackday options.
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The FIA (Federation Internationale De L'Automobile), motor sport's worldwide governing body, runs a campaign called Action for Road Safety, which it launched to support the UN's Decade of Action for Road Safety.
At many motorsport events you will see promotions and fund raising under this initiative, expressing the message that racing is fun, but it's not safe on the road.
The FIA also offers grants for projects about road safety, which may be developing mobile apps, education films, mentoring programmes, etc. How about the Junior Co-pilot game from Romania, for example:
- "A project to enhance road safety by inviting kids travelling with their parents to become co-pilots via the Junior Co-Pilot Game. The game uses GPS technologies, is fully synced with the car, sending warnings whenever the driver is speeding and when STOP signs or a dangerous curve approach etc. The Co-Pilot Game has all road signs and regulations in a language easily understood by kids." Source: FIA Road Safety Grant Programme.
If you have an idea for a project to promote road safety, you could apply for a grant to run the project. Why not have a look at the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme, the Action for Road Safety and the FIA Foundation websites, and get involved: