Friday, October 3, 2014

Embracing my inner adrenaline junkie

This may be a surprise to a few of you, but I am somewhat of a closet adrenaline junkie. Not in the crazy I must jump out of aeroplanes or swim with sharks kind of way, but I've always had an innate love of fast cars and the idea of being able to race them. Of course the closest I've gotten to indulging my passion in the past was by watching V8 supercars, monster trucks and nascar races on tv as often as possible. Oh I forgot... I've also watched all the Fast and Furious movies a gazillion times (because fast cars + Vin Diesel = heaven). 

I know... total adrenaline junkie, right? 

Anyway last year my mum was asking me what I wanted for Christmas (like she does every year) and as usual I couldn't think of anything, so I thought what the hell I'll throw out something that I've really been wanting to do for years. I really want to do a V8 hot lap, you should get me that for Christmas. Not expecting it to ever happen of course. 

A couple of days later she told me that she'd bought me and T a V8 hot lap experience for Christmas. Holy Shit! Christmas couldn't come fast enough.

But, then I did what I always do when I get a voucher... I put off using it for ages because I kept coming up with reasons for why I couldn't go. T's working heaps this month, bub's got dr and hospital appointments next month, it'll be raining too much that month... etc etc. It's not that I didn't want to do it, I really wanted to do it. At the same time though I was letting my fear outweigh my excitement. Then all of a sudden it was mid August and I realised I better get around to using the vouchers before they expire so I finally booked our hot laps.

I was so nervous on the way to the track, but it was mainly because it was the first time we'd left bub for a whole day and this mummy was having some serious separation anxiety. Then I started freaking out that something would go wrong and she might end up an orphan - yep thats how crazy dramatic my anxiety disorder is. But of course then we got to the track and I saw the cars and the excitement went into overdrive.




It just got even more exciting when we got all geared up in our race suits... totally felt like a real race car driver haha.




When we got in the car the driver just assumed T was the rev head so put him in the front seat (that came back to bite him in the ass later). Getting strapped in I couldn't help but assume its what bub feels like in her car seat - so many straps and buckles and my feet couldn't touch the ground when I was in the seat. It was basically an adult booster seat.

The hot laps were AH-MAZING! I thought I would crap myself once we actually started moving, but it was the opposite. I got such an adrenaline rush. The only times I got scared were when he slowed down for the corners and we went from 160k/h down to 40k/h right as we entered the corner, and the corners were quite sharp. There were a few farrrrk the cars gonna roll moments, but they were far outweighed by the omg this is freaking awesome moments. And of course once we got out all I could think was can we do that again.


{post race selfie}

We paid for the laps to be recorded on a usb stick, mainly because I wanted proof I did it. Turns out that video was even better than I thought it would be. What I didn't know at the time was that T was actually really scared of the hot laps. Of course he acted all manly and tough beforehand, and I couldn't see his face during the laps because I was behind him. The video revealed all though. It's hilarious! I'm in the back with the biggest smile on my face the entire time and he's in the front looking like he's going to spew. I'm now thinking he kissed my forehead in the photo above because he was so glad to be out of the car and thankful that we didn't die. Such a tough man haha.

I've got the video and screenshots of it on my computer, but in the interest of preserving my relationship I'm not game enough to post them on here. I am keeping them as future retribution should he ever really annoy me though. Props to him for doing the laps with me even though he didn't want to. I'd really love to do it again, but I don't think I'd ever get him to do it again. Besides I have a massage voucher that expires this month so I should probably do that first.

Would you ever do V8 hot laps?


Toni x


Linking with Grace, Ann, Sonia and Bel.

38 comments:

  1. NO never and I think my hub would love it though.
    You are awe inspiring.

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    1. Haha Trish really I thought you'd be up for it. Its funny when we went back to mum's to pick up Hayley I heard her and Trent talking while I was in another room and mum's like "I don't know how she did it, I would NEVER do that".

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  2. Love this. I'm such a lead foot and I'd love to V8 hot laps.

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    1. It was AWESOME I want to do it again. Would really really love to do it with Craig Lowndes driving.

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  3. No I couldn't do it. I can't stand that feeling in your tummy when you go fast or make a big dip. Good on you though for doing it! Did you do it at the track on the way to the Gold Coast??

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    1. That's why Trent said he felt sick because of the G force feeling, but I didn't feel like that at all the whole time. I hate that feeling too, but I think the adrenaline or excitement took over and I didn't notice it. Yea it was at the track at Norwell.

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    1. Its so worth it. We can leave the kids with the guys and go do it haha.

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  5. Oh how exciting for you! Well done for taking the leap!

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    1. It was so exciting. Forgot all about my separation anxiety from bub (bad mummy haha).

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  6. Eek you would have to pay me quite a lot to do this, I'm a bit of a wimp, especially when it comes to going fast!!!

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    1. I'm a wimp when it comes to heights, no way would I ever get on a rollercoaster or a giant drop thing - anything that involves falling fast from up high I automatically assume I'd die and the feeling you get in your stomach, yuk!

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  7. How awesome is that??? How great you got to finally live out your dream!!

    I'd definitely give it a whirl. I always wanted to be a racing car driver as a kid.

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    1. I'd love to drive one, but maybe on a straighter track with less sharp turns. I don't mind the going fast part, but I don't trust myself to not roll the car taking the corner too late.

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  8. I reckon I could handle it and I know that my partner would absolutely love it!

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    1. If I can handle it I'm sure you can Tegan!

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  9. How cool is that! I'd want to do it and my boyfriend would love it too. I like to go fast, java. I'm stopping by from SITS & I hope your having a great weekend.

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    1. Going fast is so much fun. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. That looks like so much fun! I'd be all over that. :-D

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  11. I wouldn't, but my husband did and loved it!

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    1. Seems to be more of a male thing to do, we much be a backwards couple lol.

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  12. Not my thing but so glad you got to go. Laughed when I read about your husband's reaction caught on video - that would have been worth the cost alone!

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  13. That I such an awesome present. Even though your hubby was probably shitting himself, it was probably one of those out-of-comfort-zone moments for him and did some good, even though he didn't realise it at the time. Awesome that you loved it, one of those 'once in a lifetime' opportunities :)

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    1. I still dont think he can see the good in it lol, but I'm glad he did it with me.

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  14. Oh how totally cool. I would probably get car sick and puke everywhere but man i would have fun! x

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    1. Yep I reckon it'd still be fun even if you puked.

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  15. Totally do it with you!! lets leave the kids with the dads and do it. Yay you! and you totally look like a real race car driver! Thanks for sharing and look forward to the vid lol x
    Thanks for linking up for Sunday Brunch great to see you and great to see you first linker lol x

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  16. So cool!! I would love to do something like this!!

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    1. Its one of those things I've always wanted to do but never thought I'd be able to. SO glad I got to do it.

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  17. I think I would enjoy this and would probably love it more on an open road! With no traffic of course! Yikes!

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    1. Yea I think it would be even better on a long relatively straight road, as long as there's no other cars on it.

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  18. How frickin' awesome are you??!!! I would totally do V8 laps. Funnily, my husband would just watch from the sidelines :)

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    1. We can go do it and they can be the cheer squad on the side line.

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