Any of you hotshots ever been to Higgins "Forest Experience Rally School" in Wales? I will be in that neighborhood in next few weeks, and am thinking it would be a fun way to spend the weekend. Would like to hear any experiences that anyone might have.
I had a great time when I went in 1997. Christina picked me up at the train station and Tony took me back! Now that's great service!
David was my instructor and I did the class with 6-7 others. I'd been living in SWLondon for a year in University and hadn't driven a car aggressively for a long time so it was a bit hard to classify the amount I learned about the mechanics of driving.
What I really learned was on the ride-along with David. It taught me that truly fast drivers really don't lift!
The stages are proper forest stages that serve as an excellent training ground. The school is really a rally school as opposed to a rally 'experience'. It's classic mid Wales, if you go soon you'll likely enjoy the mostly cloudy, misty weather too!
I did the one day course about 5 years ago, great experience, and I learnt more in the one day than I could have any other way. Cost was 200 pounds for the day, which equated to about 90 minutes driving time each. If I were to do it again, I would pay the extra (400 pounds) and have a half day one on one. The one day course is geared towards drivers who have never rallied before and starts with videos, safety, wasted time etc. If you have any pro rally experience at all, I suggest you go for a one on one session. Although I came away learning a LOT, i think i could have learnt a lot more by myself with out the time wasted by others driving into ditches, spinning etc. All good fun to watch and laugh about with the others ,but if you are really keen on learning, a bit of a waste of time and money!
Based on what I've seen of your driving Matthew, you definitely have learned the "don't lift" part, which is the kind of instruction I am after. Ole, who co-drove for David in Nevada, described David's commitment to corners as "unbelievable"
I was a bit worried about ending up in a boy racer class, but it sounds like they have options based on the experience level of the driver. Unfortunately, I doubt I will end up with David instructing, based on his schedule these days.