March 17, 2004
You drive the sprint cars with the option of taking a passenger for free. You only need to shift once, as the course is driven entirely in second gear. For the duration of the 12 laps you keep your foot on the accelerator and maintain a tight grip on the steering wheel rounding the corners.
I don’t know whether it was the initial adrenaline rush or getting used to the small steering wheel that caused me to be off the track for 2/3 of the first lap. This was evident when I relieved my print out indicating the lapsed time for each lap. On the other hand, I was getting progressively faster with each subsequent lap. $30
Monster 4x4 ride.
I was really surprised how exciting the monster 4X4 ride was. Although this ride was only ten minutes, it seemed longer. My usual desire for being in the driver’s seat quickly disappeared.
After driving over an old VW bug, up and down a hill, we drove into a tunnel ditch. The clearance left barely enough room for the top to clear.
What I found so fascinating was that the front wheels were controlled by the steering wheel while the rear ones by a shift next to the driver’s seat. Even when going forward the front tires were never aligned horizontally. Going over into a ditch or over an obstacle, only one front tire would begin followed by the other front tire and one of the rear ones. I felt like we always going semi sideways. I couldn’t have driven this way! My body would have been twisting as if to direct it that way. $35
From journal NZ Whitewater Sledging