Unusual hobbies: Track Driving
An adrenalish rush is best when the danger is under control. An interesting way to get it going is track driving. There are more women taking up the sport, and they're said to be better track drivers as they have lighter frames...
An adrenaline rush is the name given to the total elation, increased heartbeat and freedom from fear and inhibition that you get when the adrenal gland goes into overload. Designed to keep our ancestors cool in the face of bear attack, invasion by Neanderthal tribes, or rattlesnakes hiding in the cave, since life lost most of these little surprises, people have turned to all sorts of activities in order to experience that rush. Shortness of breath, racing heartbeats and wild excitement when the danger is under control... Whether it's extreme sports or stepping into the unknown, we just can't help ourselves.
Track-driving: A somewhat safe extreme hobby
Track driving isn't ladylike, but it's alternative in that few people do it. That's why we wanted to introduce mooks who can drive to the possibilities. Track driving as a regular hobby is wildly expensive and involves garages and being elbows-deep in grease. A track day is one way to get in touch with the adrenalin felt by your ancestors. And it's one of those things you can add to the old cosmic CV. "Yes, I've done that..."
Track driving generally involves getting to take a very fast car around a real racing track, complete with your own shiny helmet and racing jumpsuit. Sometimes referred to as 'Formula One days' or simply driving experience days, a one-day track driving event is a genuine way to do a little head gardening - it lifts people out of routines, which is always a good thing. And it does it by getting them to race really, really fast cars.
Track driving from a woman's perspective
Is track driving just an experience for men? Tell that to stock car driver Julia Landauer, racer in US stock car race NASCAR. Last year, the race saw its highest ever number of female racers - although that was only four. Or to Danica Patrick, the former cheerleader currently racing in the IndyCar series. Speculations about Patrick moving to Formula One have been bubbling of late, and while some people are less than positive about women in racing cars - Jensen Button charmingly came out against any girl with 'big bubbies' racing, as she might stop the mechanics from concentrating - these women look set to change the perception that only boys like racing toys.
In fact, there's a school of thought that suggests women could actually be better racers, thanks to their light frames. It's just common sense that the lighter the car, the faster it can whizz round the track. Competitive women with partners can try the experience in a spirit of overtaking the one they love...
There's a catch. There's always a catch. You need to be able to drive, for a start. Legally, that is. Saying "I learned early to aid my survival in the event of a zombie invasion" or "Oh, I live in the Outback, everyone drives here from the age of 8" isn't going to cut it.
Or, if you want to feel an adrenalin rush in an entirely different way, you could always try fire walking...