SO YOU’VE BOUGHT YOUR SHINY RED FERRARI, YOU’VE SIGNED UP FOR THE SUNDAY BREAKFAST RUN AND YOU’RE READY TO ROCK ’N ROLL
Or not. According to professional driver and racing superstar Jaki Scheckter (nephew of the legendary Jody Scheckter) most amateur drivers get into their supercars and are not fully prepared for the power they are sitting on. As a result, these drivers can potentially be a danger to themselves and any unlucky souls they may run into. In addition, many owners opt for parking the car instead of risking it out on SA’s notoriously hairy roads.
For Scheckter, to whom the sight of a parked supercar is nothing short of a travesty, the only solution is to teach people how to handle these high-performance machines. To do this, Scheckter provides professional training through Pablo Clark driver training. Drivers and their cars are taken out to either Zwartkops or Kyalami race tracks while Scheckter sits in the passenger seat and gives instructions.
“It’s all about getting the drivers to relax and gain confidence,” says Scheckter. The lessons don’t come cheap, however, mostly due to the cost involved in booking the track. According to the Pablo Clark team, it can cost up to R7 500 to book out the Zwartkops track for half a day, and up to R35 000 for the Kyalami track. However, if you have already invested several million to buy the car, you might as well spend the extra cash on learning how to drive it (in Finweek ’s humble opinion, anyway). If you’re not quite ready to buy your own supercar and just want to get a feel for being in one, you can simply purchase a “supercar experience” – or in plain terms – be driven around a track at a blisteringly fast pace by Scheckter himself. The Pablo Clark team has two Ferraris on hand to take you on “hot laps”, with the whole experience lasting two hours. The cost varies, but you can easily spend R9 000 for your adrenalin fix.