If your loved one is turned on by the smell of burning rubber and the roar of a nitro’d V8, here’s a cracking idea for a smokin’ weekend that will send him, or her, into raptures. Northamptonshire is home to the Santa Pod Raceway and it’s also the location of some of smartest short-stay apartments in the region. Combine the two and you have the makings of a sensational getaway weekend that won’t cost the earth.
Santa Pod hosts one of the most exciting and accessible programmes of motorsports in the UK and the surprising thing is that anyone with a valid UK driver‘s licence can take part on their regular “Run What Ya Brung” days. Any old car will do so long as it’s road legal and won’t exceed 130mph over the quarter mile strip (unlikely in your Nissan Micra). If straight lines are not for you or your partner, their “Drift What Ya Brung” days could be just the thing….but you might just need to top up your budget for all those tyres you’re going to burn.
So here’s what you do. Book yourself into one of the luxurious serviced apartments in Northampton operated by short and long-stay apartment specialist, Cotels. For less than the price of a three-star hotel, you can stay for three nights with all the comforts of home including a fully-fitted and equipped kitchen with modern appliances, dishwasher and washing machine, a luxury bathroom and satellite TVs in the comfortable lounge and double bedroom. Some apartments also include complimentary use of the residents’ gym. Even your hotrod gets its own bedroom with secure underground parking included in the price.
You arrive at your serviced apartment on Friday evening hot and tired at the end of a long week. Take a long scented bath in the immaculately finished bathroom, and then slip into something casual for a lazy night in. If you’ve got the know-how and brought the ingredients, you can cook up a small feast in the fully-equipped kitchen, or just phone one of the many excellent takeaways in the town centre. Then curl up on the sofa and chillax. In the morning, breakfast at leisure, then fire up the hotrod and head for Santa Pod. You might want to go just for the thrill of burning up some rubber yourself, or to see one of the major motorsports events that are held there every year like the National Drag Racing Championships or the finals of the European FIA Championships and some 300mph jet fuelled monsters.
It’s then a pleasant half-hour cruise back to the short-stay apartment that’s your home from home for the next two days of motorsports indulgence. All that remains is to wash the Castrol R from your hair and pretty yourself up for a night on Northampton town with its rich night life, great theatres and wonderful restaurants.
As Toad of Toad Hall would have said: “Parp! Parp!”