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A driving holiday with a difference

I’ve just been relaxing in front of the telly watching a show called Fifth Gear, on Channel 5. This show was preceded by another automobile-based show about “Building the Ultimate …” in this case, building the ultimate racing car. (Although, luckily for me, given my actual tastes, I switched back to BBC4 TV in time to witness this amazing boy doing his thing.)

Trouble is, what with speed cameras and satellite snooping systems and politicians who just plane hate cars, except for themselves to be driven about in, there are fewer and fewer places where you can drive these monsters in the manner intended by nature.

So, Fifth Gear went looking for the answer, and they came up with Race Resort Ascari. (Either that or they were told about the answer, and they stitched the question onto the front.) The Race Resort Ascari website is long on atmospheric photography and on self-importantly waffly abstractions (“The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express” – Sir Francis Bacon) and short, as befits the website for a super-luxury product, on trivia like what it is and what it costs to buy it, so I will have to describe this place myself, based on what Fifth Gear showed. Basically what Race Resort Ascari means is that now, you can not only own an ultimate racing car; you can actually drive one at its ultimate speed, around a privately owned race track. You can now go on holiday and drive your car at two hundred miles per hour, just like in the car advers on the telly. And if that palls, you can have a go with one of the other cars they have there permanently. A grand prix car? No problem. A finely tuned rally car? Step inside and foot down.

Financially, obviously, this is one of those “if you have to ask you can not afford it” deals. (I think I heard the figure of £100,000 mentioned.) Personally I would never spend my money this way no matter how much I had. But even so, I salute the principle.

The next step is for someone to build a money-no-object private road which does not just go around in a circuit in the one little lump of land, but on which you can actually go from somewhere to somewhere else, and the further apart these somewheres are the better.

At two hundred miles an hour. In your car. Yours not mine, for once again, I would not be queueing up for this service any more than I now want to spend any time at Race Resort Ascari. Nevertheless, that I would love to see. That I would love to share a planet with.

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7 comments to A driving holiday with a difference

  • Peter North

    Of course, in Charlotte (and doubtless at other Nascar circuits) you can do this 3 days a week in your own (or a borrowed) car for $35. Americans would not consider this worth commenting on. Europeans do not know what they are missing. Asians (like my son) just keep quiet and drive.

  • I loved the excuses given by the driver of that nitrous injection mini when the presenter accused him of “admitting a rather serious driving offence on TV” when he said his speedo “went off the dial”.

    Words to the effect of “Well, I’m not sure I’ve calibrated it correctly” and “I think I might actually have been looking at my rev counter instead”.


  • badger

    Affordable motorcycles have been faster than the most exotic cars for quite some time. In order to enjoy the bikes “track days” and track based riding schools have become common, and most of the time entry fees are cheaper than a +20 speeding ticket.

    Google to find events near you.

    Going as fast as your nerves can handle on good pavement is like your first oral sex. “Do it again!”

  • I recommend a vacation over here in the States and an entry in the Silver State Classic

    All the speed your vehicle can manage, run on a public highway.


  • So Brian, when is Patrick going to start building CrozierRoad?

  • Squatt

    The price for that is 1.000.000 Euro (yes, 1 million Euro). For that price you get an Ascari KZ1 (after the name of the owner of the whole thing, the Dutch “Klaas Zwart”) and lifetime membership which means you can use the track 20 days per year (the track is totally yours those days). You could have a private party with some friends and “abuse” your private cars, or theirs.
    20 days a year doesn’t seem like a lot, but do you really think you would use all of them every year? I doubt it. And if you don’t think that is enough but can afford to pay a million for that, you can probably afford to build your own race track.

  • KB

    you are missing the point of the resort. I had lunch with Klaas (and yes he is a bit of a wind bag) but the point of the resort is for millionars to have fun with thier toys.
    (you can also hop a private helo and go skiing).
    The real story here is how the resort was accomplished in a rather ‘nature conservative’ area. He reported to the area council that the track itself was a ‘service road to his house’. The fact that the cars driving on it would be race cars and that the road conformed a disjointed loop was of course never mentioned!