Get behind the wheel with a Virgin Driving Experience

Driving in Britain isn’t quite as enjoyable as it used to be. Rising fuel prices, speed cameras, congestion, traffic wardens, parking charges, increasing insurance and seemingly endless road works all combine to make driving across the UK a largely miserable experience.

Thankfully, there are ways to free yourself from the oppression of Britain’s motorway network and break away from the snarled-up A-roads. With a Virgin Driving Experience you can, for a day at least, enjoy the lifestyle of Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Virgin Experience Days can make the perfect gift for the ‘petrol head’ in your life and cover almost any style of driving, whether you are looking for expert 4×4 tuition or a full-on blast in £100,000+ super cars.

If, for example, you have dreamed of getting behind the wheel of an Italian sports car, then Virgin’s Ferrari vs Lamborghini Experience could be perfect for you.

You’ll get the chance to unleash the power of Ferrari’s prancing horses around a purpose built racing circuit before getting behind the wheel of the 500bhp Lamborghini Gallardo. As adrenalin rushes go, this is up there with the best of them.

You’ll be given a full safety briefing by a qualified instructor, including a tour of the circuit, before putting your foot down for four laps of the 1.8 mile track in both the Ferrari and Lamborghini.

If you prefer to test the Italian’s against the best of British, you can swap the Lamborghini for an Aston Martin!

But if you’d prefer to get down and dirty on your driving experience, consider Virgin’s Rally Driving Experience, which gives you the chance to test your skills on some slightly more unpredictable terrain.

You’ll take a specially prepared rally car and guide it through a specially prepared course of gravel and tarmac, learning the secret behind handbrake turns and sliding around corners at high speed. If you have thought of yourself as the next Sebastien Loeb, then this is the experience day for you.

Finally, we’ve got an experience designed just for those people who consider themselves to be king of the road.

Look down on other drivers as you take the wheel of a Euro Spec and an American Spec Monster truck, plus a Kubota KX71 360 earth mover with this Big Boys Monster Truck Driving Experience.

If you have ever seen the likes of Bigfoot and other great American Monster trucks, you’re bound to enjoy the opportunity to take these giants of the road across some of the UK’s most demanding terrain and get a sense of how the professionals cope with the thrills and spills of Monster Truck racing.

If you want to pick up that perfect gift for the petrol head in your life, or if you want to fall in love with driving without having to worry about points on your licence, pick up a Virgin Driving Experience today from

* Restrictions apply to all experiences. Locations may vary depending on experience. Read product descriptions for details.

11th January 2011
Written by Very_Lauren