Are all cars available?
Yes, but all cars are not available on all days. Cars need maintenance and some have other racing commitments so always check your desired car is available on your chosen date. As we have a lot of older vehicles in the fleet, sometimes mechanical failures can happen last minute or on the day, out of our control. If this was to happen then you will have the option of alternative vehicles to drive on the day. Our terms and conditions do state we have a right to withdraw a vehicle at any time due to mechanical issues.
Please be aware that with experiences in the Ariel Atom, the trainer does help assist with the gear changes whilst you are driving in order to increase your enjoyment and minimise your risk whilst out in the car. This vehicle is very easy to change into the wrong gear accidentally which unfortunately can cause a lot of damage. Please do bear this in mind when choosing this particular vehicle.
If you are driving the Ariel Atom, please bring your own AUX headphones (not Apple) to your event. If you do not have any, or you turn up to your event without these, you can purchase a set from us upon sign in for £1.00 which you get to keep. Please note all customers driving the Ariel Atom cannot drive without headphones.
Are the cars insured?
Yes, but there is a £5,000 damage excess that is payable by the driver if the vehicle they are driving is damaged in any way whilst they are behind the wheel. You can cover yourself against this excess payment with an optional £25 damage waiver (available in extras or on the day). This is a non-refundable payment. If you do not decide to take the damage waiver we do have to take credit card details on arrival. These details are destroyed at the end of an event if no damage is caused and no charges will be made. Please ensure you bring a credit card on the day if you are opting out of the damage waiver. This must be a card with a minimum £5000 limit. Please note our payment systems do not accept American Express I am afraid. The damage waiver protects the driver against the £5,000 excess. Please note that there will be other drivers out on track at the same time as you.
Are there always trainers in the cars?
Yes, there is a driving trainer sat in car with you at all times out on track.
Can I bring guests?
You are welcome to bring friends and relatives to share your experience. Also we normally have space for them to get involved with a High Speed Passenger Ride or experience of their own if they fancy it on the day.
What do I need to wear?
Please be aware that all of our events are completely outdoors and open to the elements. It's always worth packing a coat or umbrella even if the forecast looks sunny as airfields and circuits tend to be very windy!
Drivers should wear sensible shoes or trainers for driving, and comfy trousers. Legs must be fully covered if your driving the Mustang GT350 or Corvette, as these cars have side exit exhausts that get very warm!
Can I drive without a licence?
Yes, drivers can be as young as 10 years old, providing they can reach the pedals with the padding we provide. Minimum height restriction for junior drivers is 135 cm. Most of our trainers are ARDS or ADI qualified and all staff are Police checked. We are unable to allow non licence holders to drive at the Castle Combe venue.
Cars you can drive without a licence are listed below:
Porsche Boxster (Porsche Race Car)
Aston V8 Vantage
Aston Martin DB9
McLaren 570S (premium upgrade price)
Can I drive your cars on the road?
Some of our cars are available for weekend / event hire. Please get in contact for details.
Can I upgrade my package / voucher?
Yes, please contact us with your requirements.
Do all cars run in the rain?
Yes, we run our events in all weathers unless it is deemed so extreme that is unsafe to be on track.
Do cars have traction control?
Some do, some don’t. A lot of our muscle / race cars don’t so you need to be careful with the throttle in some of the monsters!
Do I have to drive quickly?
Not at all, our trainers will help you enjoy the drive however you would like to.
How fast can I go?
As fast as you like! Our expert racing trainers will help show you the fastest, safest way around the circuit. It is worth noting though that some of these cars are 50 years old and cannot be driven in the same manner as modern super cars. Please note that a lot of our venues are airfields and cars have to be driven to the track capability as well as the cars capability. There will be multiple cars out on track at the same time.
What tracks are available?
We run at Blyton Park in North Lincoln, Heyford Park in Oxford, Bicester Heritage in Oxford, Tockwith in York, Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire and Three Sisters in Wigan.
CASTLE COMBE- £25 upgrade. Full License holders only at this venue. Please note that this circuit is 2 miles long, therefore a 3 mile experience will consist of 2 laps and a 6 mile experience will be 3 laps
DUNSFOLD – £35 upgrade. On the Top Gear PREMIUM circuit please note that this is 2 miles, so a 3 mile experience will be 2 laps and a 6 mile experience will be 3 laps. Juniors will drive on the Southern Circuit, which is on the same site, but is not the whole Top Gear track.
BLYTON PARK- We often use a longer circuit to enhance your experience when possible. This is 2 miles long so a 3 mile experience will consist of 2 laps and a 6 mile experience will be 3 laps.
BRUNTINGTHORPE – This circuit is 1.5 miles in length, so a 3 mile experience will consist of 2 laps and a 6 mile experience will be 4 laps.
Please note that Lorry/Truck experiences are not available at our Castle Combe location.
Any customers who do not hold a week round voucher will have a weekend fee surcharge applied at the time of booking.
WOWCHER VOUCHERS + other 3rd party vouchers - Wowcher and some other voucher companies display their vouchers in laps, each lap being a mile long (3 laps = 3 miles). Please note that at certain venues, as described above, we use longer circuits to enhance your experience meaning that a 3 mile experience could vary for the amount of laps received.
How do the timings on the day work?
We advise customers to book all vehicles onto the same session start time, for example if you have a 4 car voucher and you are choosing the 10.30am session, please select 10.30am for all your vehicles. If you have more than 4 cars to drive, please split this over two consecutive session start times. This is your session start time, and will not be the time you drive your vehicles. Please be aware that you will need to allow up to 3 hours at the venue from your session start time for your experience.
Trucks - There are three Truck drivers booked in per hourly session - each with 20 minutes for your unique slot. Please note that the 20 minute session includes all time in the cab including a quick talk through the controls and also any of your own photo taking opportunities. For example, if you are booked in for the 10.30am session, please make sure you are signed in by this time, and your unique drive time slot will be between 11am and 12pm (20 minute slot). Please do still allow up to 2-3 hours at the venue in case of any delays. We always have a dedicated Lorry coordinator on our event days who will be your personal point of contact after signing in, and will be able to update you on the accurate time you are likely to be in the vehicle for your 20 minutes during your session.
Once a voucher has been used or date booked, a cash refund will not be available. In the event of a car or event becoming unavailable due to no fault of the customer then a suitable replacement or date will be offered (This could be due to weather, minimum number of partipants not met or a mechanical issue with a vehicle). Customers are free to move the date of their experience, when possible, no later than 7 days before the event booked; after this an admin fee of £29.00 per car will be charged for any changes needed. Please note our office is closed over weekends, so please take this into consideration
What if I have a query or problem on the day
Whilst we try our best to make sure all customers have the best time they can, we can appreciate sometimes issues can arise. If you do have any problems or issues on the day of your event, this MUST be addressed and brought up with a senior member of staff at the venue before you leave your event. We will be more than happy to help in any way possible. Once you have left the event there is nothing that can be done.
What currency do you accept?
GBP is the only currency we accept
What are the office opening hours?
9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday. There will be occasional days we are not in the office during weekdays. These will be dates which coincide with our event dates on our calendar of events as we will be on location.
Can I bring dogs to the event?
Unfortunately not I am afraid.
What is the full company name and address?
Blendini MS Limited,
trading as U Drive Cars,
VAT no – 209704708,
Company Reg – 09330016,
Edwards Business Park