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

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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.

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