Mud, mud and more mud:
An unforgettable 4x4 experience
An increasing number of people
have enjoyed track days at race circuits, driving fast cars and
burning a little rubber along the way. A 4x4 experience is just
as much fun, but itís more complex and certainly slower. Learning
how to negotiate seemingly impossible terrain and putting these
rugged beasts through their paces provides an unforgettable few
For many petrol-heads, a track
day at one of the many race circuits offers the ultimate thrill.
to negotiate bends, when to put the pedal to the metal
and when to hit the brakes is great fun, of course, and it gives
us a greater understanding of just how intricate and complex the
life of a racing driver must be. As you might expect, itís really
These experience days have been around
for many years now, of course, and a gift voucher for such a day
has become something many of us receive regularly when birthdays
and other celebrations come around. Theyíre always hugely enjoyable,
but after a while some of us might wish for something a little
different, so why not drop hints about SUV days instead?
When you see a bright shiny Land
Rover outside the school gates in the morning, or leaving the
supermarket car park with a few bags of groceries, you can be
forgiven for forgetting these beautiful
4x4s were made for something far tougher. In short,
they were designed to take on the toughest terrain in the world,
not the super-smooth roads of our towns.
Nothing gets in their
An off-road driving experience
puts these incredible machines back where they belong: on rugged
ground where they have to negotiate steep inclines, deep ponds,
gelatinous mud and rutted tracks. Seeing
Land Rovers and suchlike on these circuits
is almost like watching previously caged animals being
set free to live in the wild once again.
For the driver, such an experience is always
immense fun, and itís interesting to be able to see just how rugged
the vehicles are. Sometimes it seems there is no terrain in the
world which can stop SUVs, and there will undoubtedly be times
during the day when you think you wonít be able to go on any further.
The car, however, will tell you different.
It should be pointed out that, even for
the most experienced road drivers among us, a 4x4 experience day
isnít easy. You have to learn how best to negotiate various terrains,
of course, and it can get a little tiring after a while. The focus
is always on enjoyment, however, so anyone can have a go and savour
an unforgettable day.