I'm back at my desk, with the Monday morning blues, and I wanted to drop you a line after Saturday's rally experience, to say a huge thank you from Gareth and I for the biggest adrenaline rush ever.
It was the ultimate surprise birthday present and I'm pretty sure the biggest thrill you can have fully clothed! Or legally!! The pair of us didn't stop grinning all day.
Your instruction was brilliant from start to finish and it was fantastic to have so much time behind the wheel. The wet and windy weather only added to the thrill too.
I can honestly say it was the most fun ever - a chance to try something truly challenging, in a controlled environment, where you felt safe just going for it right from the off. Nothing beats hearing the instruction 'more power, more power' through a headset, as you approach a bend at high speed, with trees whizzing by, when all your instincts are telling you to slow down.
And the 'passenger ride' at the end was the icing on the cake. It was amazing to see what's possible behind the wheel of a car on that kind of track, in the hands of someone who really knows how to drive.
My only complaint is that you've now ruined all so-called 'adventure days' that follow. They will simply never compare - we racked our brains, but I don't think there'll ever be another activity that comes remotely close to being such a high.
So thank you for a truly memorable day and I hope to re-live the ride again some time. Until then, I'll just have to endure life in the slow lane.
Best wishes, Hannah
Just wanted to thank your company for the great rally experience we had on Saturday. From the start of the day Alex was so professional he put us all at ease he was very witty and a great teacher.
My husband was especially happy as he won the time trials. We will most definitely be back and we will be recommending your rally experience to anyone that that can listen to my husband telling everyone how good he was at it !!!!
Thanks again and pass on our thanks to Alex, good day had by all.
Regards Berni and Nic Sawyer
On the 20th July 2013 I brought a group of three brothers, myself one of them, and a couple of mates to Carno for a day of rallying as part of our annual lads weekend away I organise.
I am a wheelchair user, paralysed from the shoulders down and one other of our group is a non-driver. This though did nothing to stop all five of us from having one of the best days out we have had in our ten years of the lads weekend.
Graham, our instructor for the day was great, he showed everyone the greatest respect as well as his undoubted skill behind the wheel of the rally car. It was awesome, exciting, exhilarating, and worth every penny.
For me personally, I can't thank all who made the fabulous day possible enough, my disability was of no consequence at all, and I was treated to the same thrills as the rest.
After the three of the group had had their fun learning new driving skills and then their two stage race between each other, the final fast lap driven by Graham is one memory that will live with me for a long time to come. To see the forest flashing past, and to glance at the speedometer of the car and to see the needle hovering at times around 100 mph, was truly amazing.
All five of us had the greatest day yet, and thank you to the 'Forest Experience Rally School' comes a long way short of saying enough.
Dear David & Alex,
I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you to you both. It is unusual that I would follow up something like this experience with a thank you, but the day you both ran was fantastic.
Great fun, but ialso learned a lot - it was a truly authentic experience, certainly a little too authentic for one of my group. I have done a number of driving events, and this stands out as being the best.
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you all for the full day rally course as well as completing my BARS paperwork. The course was a fantastic experience, very professionally run, and David was a great instructor; supremely patient, despite my odd discrepancy under braking! Cambrian House was also a great place to stay. I was made to feel very welcome, and the rooms were very well kept. I’ll definitely be back again as soon as possible!
Just a quick mail to extend my thanks to you for an amazing day yesterday. Whilst your instruction clearly improved my technique and driving confidence, the passenger ride at the end was one of the most humbling experiences of my life to date and served as a great reminder that there is no substitute for hard work, practice and the ultimate in dedication to your sport.
I wanted to write to express my thanks to you for a thoroughly amazing half day rally experience in the Mitsubishi Lancer on Saturday morning. I can honestly say I never expected a car could go that fast through muddy terrain and was speechless with regards to your driving skills when you had your revenge at the end of the day taking me around the course as a passenger - I haven't experienced anything like it, it was absolutely brilliant.
I learnt a lot in the time we were there and it was great to get feedback from you about my own driving techniques. I was extra chuffed when I won the Trophy in the timed laps which I wasn't at all expecting!
Helen did the Thrill Ride today which she thought was an amazing experience and something to remember, so a big thank you again for allowing her to take part in this, this morning, we are very grateful. We both hope to return at some point to do another rallying experience, and spend another weekend in Wales. We had a really great weekend all round, with excellent hosts at the B&B, great food at the pub up the road (very easy walking distance!), and a great rally experience with a first class instructor.
This is something we will definitely not forget and will be talking about for years to come. We wish you all the best for your future rally championships.
Many thanks again
Steve & Helen Bell
Our full day of rally tuition was absolutely superb. We are still buzzing from it and can't wait to learn more. For anyone reading this who is doubting whether this course is worth the money, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it; you get plenty of time in the cars coupled with David's excellent approach to encouraging and teaching novice drivers, you will be amazed at what you can achieve and the progress you can make.
I'll never forget the reassuring voice in my headset telling me to "keep going... keep going"... "flat out"... "keep going... keep going... now Brake... Harder"... "2nd gear"... "gentle throttle through the bend... now flat out..."
By the end of day our driving skills were transformed. Thanks again for making my wife's 40th birthday such a memorable one. Good to see that us older folk could leave with a trophy. TOTALLY AWESOME.
Dr Malcolm and Heidi Berry
Just got back from a days tuition at your school and would just like to say what an utterly fantastic day i had. I started the day with respect for the ability of a rally driver and left in utter awe.
David took us for a passenger ride at the end of the day and this left me with two feelings, one of complete and utter amazement that a car can go that fast on gravel with trees inches away and the other of disappointment that no matter how hard I tried I would never be that good.
Anyway thanks for a brilliant day, I am coming back soon.
We just wanted to send a message to say a huge thank you for the full days rally course that we attended on Saturday.
I brought this experience for my husband for his 30th birthday and to say he thoroughly enjoyed the day is an understatement as it was one of the most memorable things he has experienced in his life.
The course gave him a great flavour of the enjoyment and skill needed to be a rally driver and the ride he was taken on at the end blew him away, plus he got to drive his all time favourite car the RS2000!!
My dad and myself were both spectators on the day and what a superb day we also had.
Thank you for stepping in at the last minute and providing us with a day that was totally amazing. We hope Graham's foot is healing a little bit and he's back on the road soon!!
We definitely hope to return in the future and will certainly recommend your forest experience to friends and family.
Many thanks once again
Jo and Adrian Safe
I'd like to say a big thank you to all at Forest Rally Experience.
Yesterday was a wonderful day and probably the best birthday present I've ever had. Graham was very friendly and helpful all through the day and when he showed off his skills in the "Instructor's revenge", well...I was speechless.
The day gave me a great insight into what the professionals do. I already had a lot of respect for them, but now...well, they must be some sort of gods!!
Thanks again guys, hopefully I'll be back again!!
To everyone at Forest Experience Rally School
I would just like to thank you so much for a great experience. It was one of the best days I've ever had.
Thank you SO much for the lesson on Saturday. As someone who spends a lot of time interviewing David and Mark during rallies, it was fantastic to get an insight into their world inside a rally car.
It was a fantastic experience, and I have never laughed so much! Great fun, great venue, great instructors.
(Jo Burgess, former National Rallying Editor at Motorsport News)
Thanks for the lesson at the weekend. I took my car out on a track day afterwards, and I could really feel the benefit of having been at the rally school. I'm planning a single venue rally soon.