On Saturday, I met up with Vitalone and a couple of friends. Vitalone, the international man of mystery that he is, jets in and out quickly so it is always great that he fits in time for us to get together.
We went indoor karting and then to the local Porsche centre for a capuccino and cake. My friend called me to say that he was instructing at the Mclaren track day at Kyalami and that there was, amongst all the MP4-12Cs, a F1. Having only seen a GTR in the flesh I was keen to go past and did so around lunch time.
Unfortunately the F1 had left but as there were several other exotics on the track other than the Mclarens, I asked the organiser if I could take the Diablo for a few laps. The Diablo was great in a straight line but a bit of a truck in the corners - and I am very rusty, having not done any track driving for some time. The Diablo sounded great though and I am glad I had the chance to get out onto the circuit.
After my laps, my friend asked if I would like to do some laps in the MP4-12C. I expected to go as a passenger but ended up driving myself!!!
I haven'd ever driven a modern supercar and I must say that the Macca is absolutely crazy fast but also pretty idiot proof. I had the TC on and the car was so easy to boot out of corners without any drama at all.
The laps I did were without doubt the fastest I have ever done at Kyalami and it is testament to the advances in technology.
I must say though, I would rather have a 458 than the Macca and I can understand why some people feel its a little soul-less. Also, I am certain that it is too fast for road use and the track is a requirement if the limits are to be approached in any way. In this area, my 308 is more entertaining than even my 930 and Diablo - I can get it moving around in corners and give it revs in a few gears without the looming threat of a huge accident or a jail resulting fine!!!
All-in-all a great day
Some pics of my three cars as well.
Current: '81 308 GTSi; '81 Porsche 911 Turbo, '70 Porsche 911E, '94 Lamborghini Diablo VT; '00 Porsche 996 GT3; '07 Aston Martin Vantage
Ferrari: '81 308 GTSi
Porsche: '68 911S; '73 911 RS Rep; '81 911SC; '84 Carrera; '87 928S4;
Other: '04 Subaru WRX