Beginners Guide

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Track days give you the chance to fully explore the performance of your car in the relative safe environment of a race track. You can be sure that they'll be no pedestrians around the corner, no parked cars, no GATSO cameras and no speed limits. With the smoothest one way streets in the country, you can push you car to the limit and find how it really behaves under stress.

The TVR Car Club organises a number of track days through the year and dealers often organise days with demonstrator cars available as well.

Preparation

Obviously your car should be in top condition prior to participating. Get your car checked out a few weeks prior to the day. Particular attention should be paid to the state of your brakes and tyres which will be stressed more than they ever are on the public roads.

On the Day

On the day you should increase your tyre pressures by about 10% to stop the side-walls flexing. You'll have to put tape on all the lights on the car, so that if they break glass isn't scattered all over the track. The oil level should be topped up to maximum. This provides some protection against oil starvation when in long corners with the oil surging to one side of the engine.

Take it Easy

When out on the track, don't be tempted to stay out for too long. Depending on the organisation, you might have the opportunity to stay out for up to half an hour at a time. If you feel your brakes are starting to suffer or if you're starting to make mistakes, leave the track and cool off!

Remember most road cars aren't designed for prolonged stresses and the brakes and engine will need to be cooled between sessions. On your last lap of each session, take it easy and let your brakes cool before you get back to the paddock.

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  • bikesdelsol 18 Nov 2005

    smoothtracks.net have a free to enter competition where you could win;
    a place on their 3 day novice track training school event at Cartegena Spain, worth over £600
    3 day trackday at Cartegena worth £260,
    or a set or tyres for your bike

  • E36GUY 10 Jan 2017

    A question for commuters please. How long would you expect your boots to last?

    I'm having a bit of a discussion with a brand supplier about the state of mine after 9 months use. I ride 25 miles each way every day in all weathers but my commute is mostly open road rather than in town so I don't have to put my feet down too regularly. Oddly, the brake boot is completely worn out whereas the gear boot that gets more use isn't.

    I am happy to accept fair wear and tear. One would expect scratches etc with regular use but I can't see that the wear in the images as acceptable for only 9 months use.

    Your opinions would be appreciated.....



  • Tribal Chestnut 10 Jan 2017

    RST - you've done well to get that long out of them.

    I bought some once, sole started to fall apart pretty bloody quickly.

    st boots, put me off their gear for life.

  • Pothole 10 Jan 2017

    I am expecting 10 years plus. I've just spent £250 on Alt Bergs. I'd be proper miffed at that kind of wear after 9 months.

  • supercommuter 10 Jan 2017

    I had to keep replacing boots every 6-8 months with brands like spade/rst etc. (I do 3-5k miles a month into London). Got fed up of replacing boots so bought a decent set of Alpinestar SMX9 Goretex boots. These have just started letting water in the right hand boot now after 18 months, but still good condition on the outside. I wear sealskin socks, so don't notice the damp sole in the rain. Think they will last another 6 months before I replace.

    In the commuting game I have learned that buy cheap, buy twice really does apply!

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