Car Experience Day of the Year shortlist

From high-octane track days to off-road adventures, here are our top five driving experience days of the year.

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30 Minute Young Driver Experience - Buy A Gift

The 30 Minute Young Driver Experience is run by the UK's largest under-17 driving academy and is designed for 10-17 year olds (minimum height of 4'8" ). Your little one will get to grips with the basics of driving in a Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRi with one-to-one tuition from a fully qualified driving instructor.

The half-hour covers starting the car, and accelerating to braking, road sign recognition and reverse parking on a replica road system. Your voucher is valid for 10 months, for one person, and there are 51 locations around the UK to choose from. Children must be accompanied by someone over 18, and there's a viewing area to watch from, too.


Triple Supercar Thrill plus High-Speed Passenger Ride and Photo - Virgin Experience Days

Buckle up for the ultimate driving experience with this Triple Supercar Thrill plus High-Speed Passenger Ride and Photo. You’ll have your pick of up to 13 supercars - including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche and many more. Supercars vary a bit by location, but with weekend and weekday availability included at no extra cost – and venues available up and down the nation – you can pick what’s best for you.

You’ll get to drive a total of up to 18 miles in your chosen cars and you can also strap in for a High-Speed Passenger Ride from a professional instructor. On top of your white-knuckle ride, the driving package also includes a photograph of you speeding around the track.


Triple 80's Hot Hatch Driving Blast - Buy A Gift

Step back in time to an era of limited (if any) restricting driving assists. Get behind the wheel of three hot hatches of your choice from an impressive selection of 80s icons, including the Renault Clio Williams, Peugeot 205 GTi, Volkswagen Golf GTi, Vauxhall Astra GSi or Ford Escort RS Turbo.

Enjoy three miles of racing in each one, exclusive to some of the most prestigious tracks in the UK.


60-minute Junior 4x4 Experience - Virgin Experience Days

If your petrolhead youngster is itching to get behind the wheel, you can slake their need for speed (and avoid damage to your car) with this off-road driving experience behind the wheel of an iconic Land Rover Defender or a brand-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

Suitable for ages 10+, it is available at 10 locations around the UK, with each one providing a fully-qualified instructor to guide the lucky recipient over the challenging course. You’ll embark on a number of thrilling off-road experiences guaranteed to get the heart racing, including deep water crossings, steep hills and slide slopes.

>> Read our full review


Superhero Car Thrill Batmobile - Red Letter Days

There’s unlikely to be any illustrated punch-ups or vertical wall climbing, but what this experience does provide is a chance to drive an accurate replica of the original Batmobile, as featured in the original Batman TV series driven by Adam West. The experience is available at eight locations in England between Cornwall and Yorkshire, giving a reasonable spread across the country although anyone from Scotland or North Wales will have a fairly long trek to reach a venue.

You’re promised six miles of driving, which is on a par with the more exotic supercar driving experiences you can buy and is to be expected of a car which is more about the show than go.

>> Read our full review here

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