Frequently Asked Questions

How many people are on the course?

There is one car per group and all people in the group use the same car. Group sizes vary depending on what type of voucher you have. The less people the more driving time! Bronze 5, Silver 3, Gold 2 and Platinum is just you a car and an instructor!

How much driving time do you have?

Depending on what course you do how much time you get in the car varies. You would be on a rotation system along with the other participants, to say exact driving time is difficult but for example on a Silver course you would get more competitive driving time than you would on a one day National Rally event. On the Bronze course we use a 2 mile forest stage and on the Silver course you get to drive a longer forest stage which has formed part of national level events. The only time the instructor drives is during the short handbrake/power-slide demonstration or for the Instructor driven fast lap! Please see our Fb page where we get great feedback about the driving time and experience.

Please see our Facebook page where we get great feedback about the driving time and experience.

What cars do you use?

We have two classic rally car types to cover rear-wheel and four-wheel drive options. None are better than the other but they are different. The 4WD Subaru Impreza is a modern day icon of rallying with lots of grunt and grip. Our rear-wheel drive Mk2 Ford Escorts are the timeless image of a rallying era for the full on hand-brake turn back end slide!

What car will I drive?

Our Bronze course has the car chosen by the instructor. For all courses from Silver upward we will discuss your car choice at time of booking. We will always make every effort to use the car chosen at the time of booking but on rare occasions this may have to be changed.

What type of surface do you drive on?

All our driving is on forest gravel rally stage roads! We are the only Rally School in the UK with 900-acres of Welsh forest complex with road conditions the same as you see on the Wales Rally GB. There is an open quarry section to practice close car control in and 7 miles of stages in total.

What days do you run?

Our primary days of operation are Saturday and Sunday and we run for 10 months of the year on every weekend except when there is a major rally as many of our staff are active participants in UK rallying (its more than a job to us). If you have enough participants to fill a full group we will put on a weekday event for you.

What time do I need to arrive?

We run morning and afternoon sessions. Registration is at 08:45 and 12:45

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Vouchers can be purchased for all our course options or you can buy a voucher to any value over £75 that the recipient can use towards any course of their choice and pay the balance. All gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

What method of payment do you accept?

BACS, Visa, Switch or Mastercard or cheques made payable to "Forest Experience Rally School".

What type of clothing is required?

You are ‘in-the-woods’ for the duration of your course – both spectators and drivers. There is a spectator cabin but please dress appropriate to the weather conditions on the day and be aware the venue is at altitude of 1,500Ft and conditions can be cooler than down in the town. Overalls are not required and we supply helmets and balaclavas.

Overalls are not required and we supply balaclavas and helmets.

What shoes do I need?

A key item to be conscious of as a driver is your shoes. Please wear a flat/thin soled shoe – ideally a sports trainer that you get a good feel for the pedals through. High Heels and platform shoes are not suitable and may stop you driving if the instructor believes these are unsafe.