Whether you want to take your classic car for a spin or test your skills on a legendary racing circuit, our guide to the some of the best European Track Days open to the public will tell you everything you need to know. All the information has been provided by our European Breakdown Cover and directions from the RAC Route Planner so get ready to experience the thrills of the race track.
Germany’s Nurburgring is arguably the most famous racing track in Europe. A dual-purpose circuit, it operates both as a test track and race circuit. It also has 2 layouts: the Nordschleife Circuit and the GP-Strecke. The track is open from April till October but you can only drive there during the Touristfahrten session so do check online. Once there, all you need to do is buy a card, buy the number of laps you want and off you go.
Find directions from Calais to Nurburgring with RAC Route Planner
– 10 hours 19 minutes.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
Built in 1991 and home to the Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya open days are a must for all petrol heads. For a reasonable fee the general public are permitted to bring their own cars onto the track, where they are given twenty minutes to do laps of the circuit. Before lining up on the track, drivers are given a briefing on safety and how best to drive on the track, as well as receiving a vehicle check and safety helmet.
Find directions from Calais to Praia do Guincho with RAC Route Planner
– 11 hours 31 minutes.
Circuit of Spa Francorchamps, Belgian
Designed in 1920, Circuit of Spa Francorchamps is home to the Belgian Grand Prix, Spa 24 Hours and 1000 km Spa endurance races. Known as one of the most beautiful racing tracks in the world, their 'Public Driving Experience' offers motor fans a chance to test and hone their driving skills. The season runs from April till November and drivers must confirm their registration on arrival, after which they must choose four runs and complete a driver briefing before being allowed on the circuit.
Find directions from Calais to Circuit of Spa Francorchamps with RAC Route Planner
– 3 hours 21 minutes.
Hungary’s Hungaroring is another Formula 1 racing track that offers ordinary drivers the opportunity to put their skills to the test. The season is from April until August and the circuit is open from 9 am to 6 pm in 20-minute rounds, which themselves are divided into groups of 20. The driving order is based on how many drivers are at the track and the performance of their cars.
Find directions from Calais to Hungaroring with RAC Route Planner – 14 hours 49 minutes.
Find information here on European Breakdown Cover.