Get behind the wheel of a turbo rally car and unleash its power on the Perth Hills dirt tracks at WA’s Rally Racing School. A great gift experience!
Are you the type that seeks adrenaline-rushing activities? Want to explore the tranquil countryside of Perth? Have a manual license? Got the need, the need for speed? If you answered yes to all of these (or know someone that would), look into booking some hot laps at Perth’s fun Rally Racing School located up in Bakers Hill.
At Rally School, you can choose between a turbo Subaru WRX STI or Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rally car and receive comprehensive training in their turbo rally vehicles for gravel and tarmac rallying, plus get one-on-one CO-Driver training. This whole experience makes for an awesome Fathers Day gift or birthday gift for that special male (or female – shouldn’t stereotype) in your life. Watch them zoom around the dirt tracks while you have a cup of tea and snack on complimentary lollies amidst tranquil bush scenery. Oath, mate – that is fair dinkum awesome yakka stuff, now we’re bloody talking aye! (Going into Full-Aussie mode now, don’t mind me)
Guys seem to love being reckless and going fast – so I thought it would make a brilliant birthday gift for my boyfriend. I got him an “8 Hot Lap Drive AND 1 Hot Lap” experience gift voucher on Adrenalin.com.au (there’s also RedBalloon.com.au as an alternative – both I’ve used and are same, same) – and it’s said the laps have been specially designed to give drivers an insight into this thrilling motorsport.
Perth Hills is 45 minutes east of Perth, and you’ll be driving through vibrant villages and character townships that exude a country charm on your way to Perth Rally School. It’s a scenic and beautiful drive, especially on a Sunday! If you have the time, it’s also a great opportunity to also explore other things to do in the area, like visiting the historically iconic Mundaring Weir Dam, Kalamunda Town Centre or going on one of the many bike and walk trails.
Seriously – this is a must. Make sure to stop into the locally famous Bakers Hill Pie Shop on your way to or from Perth Rally School! This is not far from the rally school compound. Bakers Hill Pie Shop offers some of the most delicious pies, pastry’s and cream cakes in WA, including their famous vanilla slice. It’s always a busy hub there. We had many pies that day! Check out their Facebook here.
Perth Rally School have signs up around the area to keep you on the right track to the area. You’ll see a gate and a waiting pitstop. New cars arriving must stop at that pitstop and wait for a staff member to drive down and collect you all. This is to keep things organised on a back-to-back booking timeslots so no collisions happen and people don’t get carried away rally driving in their cars on private property.
In summary, what you get:
- Your chosen number of laps with YOU behind the wheel of a rally prepared Subaru WRX or Mitsubishi Evo (your choice)
- Professional in-car tuition
- Full safety gear and in-car communications
Be prepared for some great excitement and new driving techniques as you take on their custom built rally track for the number of laps you have chosen in your booking.
And be warned, a taster could have you hooked on rally and wanting to learn more about motorsport!
“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough” – Mario Andretti
To get more of an insight into how it went, lets ask the driver himself – my boyfriend. I sat down with him to ask him the hard-hitting questions (see I can be a serious interviewer):
Q. What was your highlight:
A: What’s not to like. It is good fun and also educational to drive on a low traction surface at speed. Benefits are it broadens your driving experience and (theoretically) makes you a better driver.
Q. What could have made it better?
A: More time behind the wheel. Really a full day would be required to improve your skills noticeably. As the SAS say: “practice makes progress, nothing’s perfect.”
Q. What was your favourite car to drive?
A: I drove the Subaru wrx last time, and had the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution this time… I preferred the Mitsubishi Evo. Less turbo lag and it felt lighter and more nimble.
RallySchool.com.au is an “experience provider” that offers comprehensive training in your vehicle for gravel and Tarmac Rallying, as well as one on one Co-Driver training in your state. The company started in 1999 and is now directed by Mick Ryan, a qualified driving Instructor, who has over 20+ years of motorsport experience. Rallyschool operates in 5 states across Australia – QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, and our beautiful state, WA.
They have more than 20 rally cars, including a Subaru Impreza STIs, Mitsubishi Lancer Evos, Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ. Oh and here’s some trivia – RallySchool have built a Mazda2 “G2” Australian Championship car which is currently driven by Brendan Reeves.
While their prime work is rally driving experiences, drives and tuition (mostly given as gifts) they also offer corporate driving events too for your consideration. Need more convincing? Here’s an awesome POV video I came across on YouTube:
HOW TO BOOK / CONTACT
You can either book a gift voucher through websites like Adrenalin or RedBalloon, or you can book directly through their website http://www.rallyschool.com.au/. For more info, call 1800 208 000 or visit their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RallySchool.com.au
RallySchool WA, Bakers Hill
724 Leaver Road,
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This blog post is dedicated to the loving memory of my dad. He would have loved doing this with us. Happy Fathers Day to you dad, always in my heart forever.