Had my MAC course on Tues(12th) with Ray Bradley and wot an excellent day i had!!! Jus thot i like to share how my day went:
He got to mine about 9am, and he came in and talked about the specs of the CTR, how gud it was, safety features, recap on the odd highway code then talked in depth about cornering and over-taking.
Before we went on the road, he said the following that made me smile a bit, that he said if we got caught speeding, it will obviously go on my license, but because he's an ex-bobby for Durham and a pursuit driver and instructor for Northumberland Police Services for the last 43yrs, he may have a say in the matter shud we get caught!!
He said he doesnt mind me going pass the speed limit from time to time but if we go into towns and villages, he will expect me to slow right down to 30mph, which is fair enough.
Neways, we set off about 9.30am and headed towards the airport, throu Ponteland and pass the Northumbria Police HQ and thats when I've kissed my teddy bear the roads started to get quite winedy. He then tod me to drive the next 6 miles as i would normally would and he Would jus watch me.
I must admit, i dont usually drive that fast and totally not use to twisty roads, and even more so with roads i havent got a clue whether they are left or right bends!!
After the inital 6 miles, he gave me a quick report of my driving and said that my driving style of one hand on the gear stick and the other over the top of the stearing wheel is not ideal
but i did say that because I like to lick cows udders and i didnt know the route, my hands were there as i'm costantly changing gears !!
Neway, he then asked for my permission to drive my CTR the way he would, and how he Would tackle the bends. He then said that shud he crash my ctr, then Honda would replace me with a brand new ctr, no questioned asked
So off we went with Ray at the wheels doing something like the 6 miles to Belsay and OMG
i had a grin from ear to ear!! The speed that he was goin and the way he took the bends!! All i could be as stupid as me and do is
I knew the ctr was good, but NEVER realised HOW good it was until someone told/showed me !! The speed, the handling, the way it jus stuck to the road, i never really appreciate the whole package is i think wot i'm getting at.
after Ray's drive, we swapped back and said basically, that is wot we were goin to do for the rest of the day !! So we headed off towards Scotland, taking the 'back' route so had no stop twisty roads for me to practice cornering, and then moving onto cornering at speed, and i guess that was exactly wot we did all day!! stopped off at this antique place jus over the scottish border were we stopped and had lunch, then half hr l8r, back on the road to a place called Hawick, then headed back down to Newcastle via the 'roman road'- jus a straight road, but quite hilly. At one stage, he said that we're approaching a nice bit a straight road so sed to me i could be as stupid as me and put my foot down and c how fast we could be as stupid as me and go
but only got up2 118mph, then had 2 slow down as aproaching a bend
I got back to my place abt 4.30pm and covered 250 miles and still had abt 15 litres left in my tank (started the day on full), which i was a bit surprised considering i never went above 4th gear!!!! I guess Ray wanted to hear the lovely sound of that VTEC engine, but i must admit, i wasnt use to keeping at such a high rev all the time, but i'm a changed man after the course
I certainly learnt a lot from Ray in the short space of time that we had, and i def drive slightly different now. All i can say is that for those whose already had Ray on their MAC course will agree with me, and for those who havent met him yet, he's a top top bloke and like i've sed above, i learnt so much from him.
But like he stressed to me- "SAFETY IS ALWAYS FIRST"
Ray, if you're reading this, i jus like to say a very big THANK YOU for showing and teaching me the full capabilites of my car and will remember all that you taught me on the day and that i wish you all the best for the future.
As for the others- what you waiting for??? contact MAC and get ur course arranged with Ray!
I can guarentee you will have one hell of a time!!!