Days are great fun and can
be a mind-blowing experience.
Former racer Mike Breslin knows just
how to get the best out of them
as he explains in his terrific new book, The Track Day Manual... YOU WANT TO TAKE PART IN A TRACK DAY. But how do you know where to go
and what to do? If you want to be a part of this fantastic, fast-growing leisure
pursuit and to get the most out of your experience, you should first take a
look at Mike Breslin's The Track Day Manual.
As impossible as it might seem, you can have great fun in your car. Driving
on the road can be stressful and tiring but track days provide an escape from
speed cameras, traffic jams and 21st Century petrol-head frustrations
and you can choose between driving your own car, buying a car specially for
the occasion or renting one from those available at the track.
Starting with an introduction that blows the myths of track days, The Track
Day Manual is reassuring and tells you exactly what you'll be getting for
your money. There are obviously rules to follow, but you can drive as slow or
as fast as you please on track days and all you need is a driving licence, a
helmet and a car.
Track days offer arguably the most fun and excitement you can have on four wheels
without moving into the world of racing. Each driver has the opportunity to
drive a car to its full potential. Handling a car at speed within the safe environment
of a race track is an incredible sensation, while track experience has the added
benefit of improving a driver's ability to deal with the unexpected on the road.
The Track Day Manual gives you all the information you need to plan your
track day and would be an ideal gift for anyone thinking of venturing into this
exciting pursuit. Everything is covered from choosing which venue suits
you to deciding which format (open pit lane or session) you'd like.
The book also explains the etiquette of the track, how to overtake, a guide
to flag signals, the importance of checking your car and things to beware of
if you decide to modify it. Mike suggests that you visit a track first to watch
and speak to the people taking part to get a general feel for the day.
The Track Day Manual includes information about Airfield Days, Novice
Days, Rally Days, Hill Climb Schools, Drift Days and Track Days Abroad
couldn't you just imagine yourself driving round the famous Nürburgring track?
Mike Breslin has also included a list of track day circuits from Anglesey
and Brands Hatch to Snetterton and Thruxton as well as Track Day operators
and a list of Track Day contacts from his own personal experience.
The Track Day Manual is an essential guide to starting with track days,
which cars are suitable, what to expect on a typical day, driving techniques,
the differences between driving on road and track, the racing line, car control
and wet weather driving. There are also tips on preparation, car set-up and
maintenance (brakes, tyres, engine, suspension, etc), safety equipment and insurance
Supported by over 200 colour photographs and diagrams, The Track Day Manual
is written knowledgeably with everything the complete novice needs to know;
but the book is also sufficiently detailed to appeal to the more experienced
track day fan.
Mike is a former Formula Ford racer who has written on motoring, Motorsport
and specifically track days and driving techniques for a number of magazines
and this comprehensive book covers all the fundamental elements of track day
Track Day Manual: The Complete Guide To Taking Your Car On The Race Track
by Mike Breslin is out now in hardback at an RRP of £17.99. ISNB: 978 1 84425
"Track Days are great fun and can be a mind-blowing experience. Former racer
Mike Breslin knows just how to get the best out of them
as he explains in his terrific new book, The Track Day Manual"