In the middle of all the moaning about the weather and the taxman etc. I have omitted to tell you about a fantastic Saturday afternoon.
Back last Christmas Mrs F and I were a little stuck with ideas of a gift for Daughter-of-Furtheron, having only turned 16 a month before the Yuletide festivities she had had a new super doper camera from us and other things. Anyway I stumbled on a great idea - Young Driver at Brands Hatch - any kid over 11 who is tall enough (D-o-F does just qualify on that poor thing) can have a go at driving a car with an instructor through a course. Now this is about teaching them to drive a car not racing the thing although they do all the driving on the Grand Prix loop of the famous circuit! Anyway I bought the voucher thing but we've been waiting for the good weather before doing it! Luckily despite the regular downpours across the country in the last few days we actually did get a nice dry and reasonably sunny afternoon on Saturday when she did it.
There were four cars with three in each - apart from hers which was just her and another girl (the only two girls in the group). That was a result as they had more time actually driving each than some of the others I'm sure. We stood by the bridge on Pilgrims Drop and watched her stop, pull away, go through some cones in a slalom and do a three point turn. Out on other parts they did emergency stops and hill starts etc. She had a great time and the instructor said her last three point turn was exam standard already.
Unfortunately she now wants a Mini and driving lessons for her 17th birthday! The lessons we might be able to help with but as for running another car in the family... given I expressly never did this for our son I'm concerned about standing for equal treatment.