I have always enjoyed most forms of Motorsport but have always wanted to be much more than just a spectator. Which is why at the grand old age of 40 I have decided to stop dreaming and start racing.
Up until now my only racing experiences have been of a few track days in other people’s cars, which was great fun but not enough. I wanted my own car which I could work on and fettle myself. This would also give me the chance to learn about the car, how to set it up and rebuild the bits that broke (I will tell you more of what I purchased later).
Of course buying the car is only the start of it, on top of this you will need a trailer, a car that is up to the job of towing and carrying all of your tools and equipment. Then there’s the cost of crash helmet, suit, boots, etc. And let’s not forget the cost of looking after your racing car, spares and tools. Then we come to your race licence, there’s the medical, the tuition, the ARDS test. Finally, after all this, there’s the cost of the track day be it sprints, hill climbs or a race series that you choose.
There’s no doubt that there’s a lot more cost wise that I have not mentioned (in fact a few more have already sprung to mind). In no way do I want to put anybody off the decision to start racing, I’m doing it and on a very tight budget. It’s these experiences that I am going to be writing about and hopefully it may be of help to somebody who is as green as I am.