Chris Birkbeck International Rally School


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In a Nutshell

  • Suitable for ages 11-17 and any level of driving experience
  • Experienced instructor rides along
  • Fully prepared rally car with roll cage and 5-point harness seat belts
  • Finish with a high-speed lap as co-driver
  • Certificate of achievement

The Fine Print

Validity: Expires 14 Aug 2014.
Purchase: Limit 1 per person. May buy 3 additional as gifts.
Booking: Required by phone 72-hours in advance. 72-hour cancellation policy.
Restrictions: Valid Mon-Thu 9am-12.30pm and 1pm-4.30pm. Must be aged 11-17. Under 17s must be accompanied by an adult. Max. weight 17st. Max. height 6’6, min. height 4’6. £10 surcharge for additional guests/spectators; £20 surcharge for weekends which may be available.
Original values: Verified using merchant's website on 5 Feb 2014.
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The Deal

Kids aged between 11 and 17 can throw a fully-prepared rally car sideways during a half-day junior driving experience at Chris Birkbeck Rally School. The day will begin with a safety briefing and some refreshments before young guns take a seat behind the wheel for a lesson in clutch control, steering and braking. A second session in the Ford Ka will see skills develop as hoons prepare to complete a full-blown rally stage. Then, navigating varying tarmac and gravel surfaces on the rally stage as their instructor calls out corner notes and offers guidance. Student and teacher will swap places for one final session as the experienced driver shows newcomers just how wildly the car can be driven on slippery surfaces. Things will be wrapped up with a tour of the rally team's workshop and the presentation of an achievement certificate.

The Merchant

Located in North Yorkshire, Chris Birkbeck Rally School emerged from the namesake's own rally driving career, and his efforts in running professional rally effort – Team Birkbeck. The venue welcomes individuals of all driving abilities to dip their toe into the world of rally, with a range of experiences varying in length from half a day to two days. Operating since 1990 the team offer a privately owned and purpose-built compound that they use to test their own rally cars. Ford cars are fully decked out to rally spec' with roll cages, five-point harnesses, rally suspension and helmet intercom systems. Guests can also benefit from bed and breakfast accommodation at The Arches Hotel, an on-site, family-run affair.


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Details verified 10/02/2014.

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Customer Reviews

Really friendly, helpful, and great value, highly recommend.
K M. · 2 August 2017
Would recommend upgrading your Groupon voucher to half or full-day. If observing a participant take warm clothing, the viewing platform is quite exposed to the elements.
Fred M. · 29 March 2017
This was for my 14 year old grandson - he only did the experience today - he came home with a huge grin on his face - that was worth every penny. For what he got from the experience it was great value. He did three laps in the drivers seat then was taken round with a rally driver at the controls - he loved every minute
Elaine W. · 26 March 2017

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