Seems ages since the events finished in 2013, but now they are about to begin we’re a much happier bunch here at 6th Gear Experience!
In fact we’ve had two smaller events already this year which were hugely popular and dedicated to truck & junior experiences only. Both were a tremendous success – the weather at York even played ball and we had a beautiful clear day. Same can’t be said though for Bruntingthorpe where a huge downpour and galeforce winds came a little too late in the day to ruin things!
Next week (22nd Feb) sees our first adult event day of the season at Longcross, Surrey. It’s almost sold out but we’ve a few spaces left in a couple of supercars if you’re half thinking about it. The recent flooding hasn’t affected our circuit near Chertsey so it’s defo on come rain or shine!
Our first event at Castle Combe in June is also filling up fast so if you want to get behind the wheel of a supercar at this truly iconic circuit where all the legendary F1 drivers have both practised and raced – then give us a call to avoid being disappointed.
Most of our supercars have now been through both our workshops and body shop. We like to keep our supercars pristine so almost all have had their front ends repainting (stone chips are a common problem on circuits) as well as full engine overhauls. The big Lamborghini LP640 for example has had its awesome V12 lifted out while it’s manual 6 speed ‘box has been sent away for a bit of TLC. The 458′s electrical issues look like they are now sorted and our flagship Ferrari is on belting form right now! The sheer pace of that supercar never fails to amaze me. One worthwhile investment we’ve recently made is in a portable Italian diagnostic machine costing almost £20,000. Able to instantly diagnose faults on every one of our Supercars it can also usually rectify issues instantly. Well worth it when you consider the level of usage our 30 strong fleet gets.
Look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!
We hate to blow our own trumpet here at 6th Gear Experience but we’re delighted to say our direct sales are currently almost three times up on what they were in the same period last year!
It’s a great sign to see a huge amount of our customers returning to us again for 2014 – purchasing our Gift Vouchers direct from our website or over the phone.
Sure, we’ve been banging on all year about the fact we really believe if Carlsberg made Supercar Driving Experience companies then we’d be up there in terms of value for money and sheer quality. But it’s fantastic to see it all reflected in stunning sales. Just goes to show that yes Group-on might look cheaper but you really get what you pay for.
Meanwhile our supercars are currently being serviced and painted for the coming season. The huge Lamborghini LP640 is having its gearbox reconditioned and re-assembled, one of the Gallardo’s is having a new clutch and almost every supercar in the fleet at least a touch of paint to keep them all looking on top form. It’s an expensive business keeping a 25 strong fleet in tip top condition when clutches cost about £5000 for a V12 Lamborghini.
Of course the big news for 2014 is the new addition to the fleet the McLaren MP4. I’ve never been convinced it was well known enough to justify one in the line up. However times have changed and it seems more and more potential customers have been asking if we have one. So in March 2014 it’ll be making it’s first appearance no doubt proving a strong rival to the stunning Ferrari 458 Italia.
We’ve some great prices in our Christmas sale by the way so if you haven’t bought something for someone special take a look at the website. With a supercar drive starting at £55 there really is something for everyone.
Finally have a Merry Christmas from all of us here at 6th Gear Experience and a very happy new year!
We’ve gone bonkers this year and to upstage the competition we’re running our biggest Christmas campaign ever! With prices from around £50 and no weekend supplements, you can buy a Christmas Gift Voucher direct from us and be reassured your special someone will have a fabulous time with us..
The best supercars, the best circuits and far and away the most impeccably organised events are all things that always figure in 6th Gear’s operation.
Anyway plug over, and our workshops seem to be filled with Lambo’s at the moment. One of the Gallardo LP560′s is getting a full repaint in canary yellow as it was suffering from mild stone chips – the other yellow Gallardo is having a new oil pressure switch as it was showing an oil warning light. Unfortunately this meant the V10 engine coming out but it’ll be back at Elvington York for our October 11th date there later this week.
Our next job over Winter is to begin phasing out our Ferrari 360′s. They are great supercars but the later Ferrari 430 is head and shoulders above it in the reliability stakes. So we’re on the lookout for a couple of nice manual red F430′s to supplement our fleet..
The weather this year has been much kinder to us than 2012. Hopefully 2014 will be more like 2013, and with sales getting stronger by the month fingers crossed next year will be a storming one! Hopefully see you at one of our events soon!
With the season in full flow it’s a time full of deadlines as our talented lads in the workshop turn the Supercars around in double quick time ready for the next event. Every time we have an event day an established procedure kicks into action : On the Monday after the weekend the supercars are unloaded off our 6th Gear race trucks and hit the workshops where the brake pads & tyres are checked or replaced. Following this any faults noted by the instructors are attended to, then each supercar is given a full valet. It’s a tight old schedule this time of year but we take a pride in both the appearance and performance of each of our supercars.
Our website has had a few tweaks recently – it’s much easier now to navigate around and actually buying a Supercar Driving Experience from us is much simpler. Our internet sales are very strong at the moment which is great news. Without wanting to bang on about quality we are determined to be the best in the industry especially in customer service and value for money.
What is irritating is the plethora of new upstart operators in our industry who have sprung up offering ‘Supercar Driving experiences’ from venues such as large car parks for very cheap prices. every industry has it’s cowboys and ours is no different. With slick websites and prices from £20 an unknowing customer will turn up at one of these car park style venues drive a battered old Ferrari and naturally feel very aggrieved. We’d like to see these ‘operators’ stamped on as they damage the whole industry.
On a more positive note we’ve still had a strong response to both our great Tripadvisor reviews and the BBC’s coverage of 6th Gear on BBC1 recently. It’s all helped see our sales rocketing so consequently our next few event days are very busy.
Look forward to seeing you soon on one of them!
For once we’ve had fantastic weather at our recent event days. Elvington on 1st and 2nd June were especially memorable – clear blue skies, no wind, great atmosphere and to cap it all an awesome flyby by the Avro Vulcan bomber on the Saturday followed by a Spitfire on the Sunday.
We’ve had a great bit of PR recently too since 6th Gear Experience was featured on BBC Regional News in the North when one of their TV presenters came and drove our 458 Italia!
The rest of the season is looking busier. We are determined to be the benchmark in this industry for quality and customer service, so if you haven’t tried us yet then please give 6th Gear a go!
Just returned from our 4 day stint at Longcross, Surrey – what a great venue and for the 3 days out of 4 had fantastic weather too!
The Radical SR3 was almost none stop for the 4 days, it’s a popular supercar that one even if it is just for ‘hot’ passenger rides. If you come to one of our events then make sure you hitch a go it really is something else.
The hot weather though can prove tough on 6th Gear Experience supercars – we had a couple of Ferrari 360′s boil over which was unfortunate although our marvellous tech guys got them rolling again within half an hour.
This weekend we are at Elvington at York (1st & 2nd June) – looks like the weather might be ok up there too this week, fingers crossed.
If you’re from the North and fancy a drive in a Supercar you can always just drop in – we usually have spaces in many of the supercars and as long as you bring your driving license then you can ‘pay on the day’ too.
Hopefully see you there!
With the season really cracking on now we’re busy at all of the 4 locations. The weather has been changeable again which never helps on the day but hey ho this is England after all!
So what’s happening with our supercars? The lovely Ferrari 458 Italia is always stacked full of customers – it’s not surprising why though. With it’s 7 semi-auto gears it’s an awesome drive so for anyone reading who wants to give someone special a knockout Ferrari driving experience this really is the one to go for.
The Lamborghini’s are busy as always too. Personally I love the smaller Gallardo LP560 – plenty of power, lots of noise and mega quick. It’s the 458′s main competitor on the road and it shows. Perhaps as not as smooth as the Ferrari it’s like a piece of uncooked steak – raw and a bit tough!
We’re at Elvington this coming weekend, the weather is looking good too so fingers crossed! Hopefully see you there!
These last couple of months have dragged for us at 6th Gear. Only a few weeks to go before our first event at Bruntingthorpe thank goodness.
Our tech bods in the workshops have been hard at work getting the supercar fleet ready for March. In fact we decided to repaint our Silver Lamborghini Gallardo green to add a bit of colour! It looks so much better now.
Lots more to talk about when we finally kick off. But in the meantime keep up with us on twitter @6gearexperience
Roll on June. We’re all sick of this damp rotten weather but this is the UK after all I suppose..
Apologies to all our customers who were booked in to our January event. Unforseen track maintenence scuppered things but the good news is at least when you do come, it will be March and hopefully – just hopefully, we might see a bit of sunshine!
Supercar wise we’re still putting them through the workshops and paint spray facilities ready for the new season which is only two months away now.
Look forward to seeing you there!
We thought we’d take a gamble in January and run an event day to prevent cobwebs forming on our Supercars.. Hopefully it will ideally be cold and clear but who can tell, this is the UK after all..
Surrey is the location so maybe there’s a slim chance it will be a tad warmer than good old Yorkshire. We’re taking booking now for this January 18th event and we have limited space still left so why not get rid of those winter blues and come and join us for a fun packed day!
So what else is going on here at 6th Gear Experience? Well, all our Supercars are being repainted where necessary to get rid of those stone chips, but above all, all are going through our workshops for major servicing in time for the new season beginning in March 2013.
Our lovely Ferrari 458 Italia has just returned from Ferrari having had attention to its bonnet seals and other small bits and bats, its a stoically reliable bus at the best of times, quite an achievement since it has more electronic gadgets in it then any supercar I’ve come across before. Our only convertible Lamborghini – the baby blue Gallardo Spyder is being screwed back together after having it’s gorgeous V10 engine fully rebuilt as it was starting to wear. The rest of our supercars are only requiring pretty routine fettling but we’ve a few weeks yet so plenty of time.
In the meantime Happy New Year from all of us at 6th Gear and hope to see you at one of our 2013 events!