When the email came in from the eBay Motors BTCC team asking if we would like to visit Bedford Autodrome for the day with the team, you can imagine our response! The team held a day at the track, with Tom Onslow-Cole making an appearance to give some hot laps and present the trophies. Around 20 visitors attended the day, from head honchos at eBay Motors, to media partners and competition winners.
eBay motors also took the opportunity to announce some exciting new developments, with a new app coming soon and another awesome feature on the site, but we can’t talk about that just yet!
If you haven’t heard about Bedford Autodrome before, it’s a purpose built Motorsport experience centre. You get the chance to try a whole host of awesome cars, and drive on several different tracks. The cars range from 3.0 V6 Single seaters, to Aerial Atoms and across to Land Rovers – you really do get a mix of everything.
Having driven several cars before lunch, Tom Onslow-Cole showed up to show us all how it’s done! Driving cars quickly on a track really puts it into perspective the fantastic job these drivers do – you may sit at home watching it thinking “that looks easy, I drive to the shops like that” but believe us, it isn’t.. Our man on the ground James drove 6 different cars, and had off track excursions in 4 of them! Driving cars quickly on a track is a lot harder than it looks, especially when some of them had a standard gearbox rather than a paddle shift – even Tom’s eBay Motors BMW has a standard manual ‘box.
The eBay motors BMW is a pretty awesome machine, with one of the new spec turbo engines pumping out just over 300 horsepower. Tom gave all of the guests that wanted a go a hot lap around the longest track, the west circuit. Getting the opportunity to get a lap next to one of the best drivers on the grid is pretty epic, so we’ve got a full report on that coming later this week.. For now, we’ll leave it by saying that it’s a lot harder to drive a touring car than you think it is…
We’d like to say a massive thank to the guys at eBay Motors and WSR, and in the words of the Aliens in Toy Story, we are eternally grateful! Bedford Autodrome is a fantastic venue and arguably the greatest driving experience on offer on our planet (we haven’t yet seen a spaceship track day, but you never know) and if you ever get the chance to go.. DO IT!
Images courtesy of Jakob Ebrey.