Best experiences to gift car fans this Christmas

Looking for something a bit different for the car-lover in your family this Christmas? Take a look at our wish list of automotive-related experiences

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner. We’ve certainly had a great 2022 here at Marc Brunel Recruitment, and are already very much looking to an exciting 2023, but before we jump ahead of ourselves, we’ve decided to put our heads together and make a wish list of experiences that we would love to find under the Christmas tree this December. Naturally, there’s a distinctive automotive theme at play here, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. From driving courses to high-octane supercar trackdays and more, here are some of the driving experiences we’ve got our sights set on for friends, family, and ourselves!

Now, driving lessons might not be the most exciting automotive experience-related gift you could get, but we all know someone – be it your friends’ children or your own – who would be thrilled to receive one. For total beginners who have never sat down behind the wheel before, Young Driver offers kids between the ages of 10-17 their first taste of driving. We think piloting a Vauxhall Corsa on a closed track with a professional instructor is a pretty great way to build confidence in a safe environment. As well as this, for the slightly more experienced learners aged 16-plus, there is also the opportunity to sit mock practical driving tests, to help better prepare them for the big day.

If you have plenty of driving time under your belt, you might prefer something that gets the adrenaline flowing a little bit more. There are countless supercar driving experiences out there to be discovered, but one provider that caught our eye is Everyman Racing. With the opportunity to drive everything from modern Lamborghini Aventadors and Ferrari 458s to classic Ford GT40 racers, we’re sure you’ll find a driving experience to get excited about – this might be the opportunity to make that childhood dream a reality, just in time for Christmas.

While supercar experiences are undoubtedly an amazing Christmas present, you might prefer something that will refine your driving skills even further. Drift Limits, in addition to offering its own range of supercar (and F1 car!) driving experiences, will teach you how to slide around in style, all within the safety of a specially converted runway drift track. Similarly, Mercedes-Benz World offers a range of thrilling driver training courses that will push you to the limit, all while teaching you something new. There are also fantastic classic car displays to take in at the impressive Brooklands-based facility, and you can even try your hand at an F1 simulator.

If you’re looking for something completely off-piste, why not have a go at driving a tank? It’s perhaps not strictly automotive-related, but we’d be remiss if we said the idea of charging over challenging terrain in a battle tank didn’t carry huge appeal. One experience we found will even have you firing a specially prepared cannon loaded with paintballs, in a battlefield-style challenge.

Of course, following our expansion into the USA, we’ve also got our sights set on a couple of automotive experiences that are within reach of our new California-based consultancy. Tickets to the Petersen Automotive Museum and its Allure of the Extreme hypercar exhibition are right at the top of our Christmas wish list. Running through to May 2023, the Los Angeles-based exhibit is displaying a selection of the world’s most exciting and exotic hypercars, including everything from the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport and Koenigsegg One:1 to the fantastically outrageous Zenvo TSR-S with its 1,177 bhp twin-supercharged V8 and innovative Centripetal rear wing.

For a more hands-on day out, a visit to the Porsche Experience Centre Los Angeles is also very much on our Christmas wish list. Being treated to lunch at Restaurant 917 – named in honour of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning 917 race car – followed by an afternoon of track driving in a selection of high-performance Porsches sounds like a marvellous Christmas gift to us.

In all honesty, being the automotive enthusiasts we are here at Marc Brunel Recruitment, we’d be thrilled to receive any of these automotive experiences in our Christmas stockings. Of course, if you’re looking to have a more permanent automotive experience in your life, by looking for a career change and wanting to break into the automotive industry, or simply by desiring a new opportunity in this exciting field of work, get in touch with us at today, or click on our website’s Candidates section for all open vacancies.

– Akash Cheeda

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