Next up to haunt the balance sheet is racing gear. It’s an area that you really don’t want to be scrimping on either. However, there’s also no reason to go completely overboard either.
Safety equipment all has to confirm to standards and you should look at those standards rather than the price tag as an indication of being suitable for purpose.
I intend to visit Grand Prix Racewear (www.gprdirect.com) based at Silverstone once the car is built to make sure I get to try on everything. Up until then, here are the rough budgets for equipment:
- Race suit: £400
- Fireproof vest, long-johns, socks, balaclava: £140
- Helmet: £500
- HANS: £425
- Boots: £120
- Gloves: £50
- Gumshield: £30
Another £1305 to add to our total. You could go way more here, especially if you’re brand concious. You could also go less if completely frugal and willing to be a brand mongrel.
The remaining costs that I haven’t yet covered are running costs (petrol, accommodation, brake pads incidentals), insurance, accident damage, track testing, tuition and a few optional extras, like a lap timer and on-board cameras. I think at this stage, I’ll leave them. Firstly to give myself a break from the reality of how expensive motorsport is but also as I don’t have figures to put against some of those items.
For the record, we’re now at a running total of somewhere between £25.5k to £32k.