Collecting and investing in vehicles grew from an appreciation of the performance, rarity and history of specific marques and models, thanks in the most part to motorsport.
Gladiatorial drivers such as Ascari, Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Ken Miles, James Hunt, Nicki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher gave brands such as Auto Union, Aston Martin, Lotus, Mercedes, Ford and Ferrari legendary status and created a unique glamour and soul to the art of driving.
What each of these artists had in common is an instinctive ability to drive beyond the ragged edge and somehow bring it all back together. But, this isn’t really the whole truth how these legends drove their cars to their limits, lap after lap, hour after hour, winning championship after championship.
The truth can be found by testing yourself at any the circuits that have hosted many titanic battles around the globe. Drive often enough and pay the repair bills when things go wrong, and it will go wrong, you will notice how you too start to develop the same instinctive ability.
As experience develops you will instinctively begin to anticipate how the car will react to a given steering angle, throttle input, and changes in road/track surface.
Many of us enjoy our cars on both track and road, we don’t have time to be at the track every weekend, and we certainly do not want to see a car we worked so hard to put in the garage sat in a gravel trap, or be working out how to get home from the Nurburgring while trying to block out that none of the damage to the car is actually insured.
High-Performance Multi-Surface Coaching Programme
Three letters describe High-Performance Multi-Surface Driving, WRC.
The Engine Notes’ Driver’s Club is teaming up with Bill Gwynne Rally School to deliver a set of one-of-kind high-performance course.
The objective is to build real-world high-performance driving skill, as appropriate to piloting a Subaru through a forest as it would be a 911 GT3 RS around the Nurburgring.
In 1995 Colin McCrae became World Rally Champion, and the following year was invited to test the Jordan 196 F1 Car. Swapping his Subaru Impreza for a V10 powered prototype racing car producing 720hp and weighing only 520 kgs (comparably the Impreza weight around 1200kgs with 1/3 of the power).
It wasn't a surprise McCrae was able to lap the car around Silverstone, what was a surprise was how at which McCrae came within seconds of Martin Brundle's laptimes.
Some years later Sebastian Leob drove the Red Bull Raving RB4 at the Barcelona Winter Test session alongside full-time F1 drivers, finishing an impressive eighth-fastest of the 17 runners.
Colin McCrae, Silverstone 1996 testing a Jordan F1
This is why to support the Driver's Club we decided to develop a multi-disciplinary programme, focusing on technical skill, knowledge of how to control emotion and ''survival instincts'' that aren't always helpful in emergency situations.
Found by 5x British Rally Champion the Bill Gwynne Rally School International was the world’s first professional Rally Driving School, and has been training drivers for 35 years including 2x Production World Rally Champion Toshi Arai.