Faq’s

We have been providing expert training courses for a long time and many people have similar questions to the ones you are thinking about… With that in mind you will find some answers to common questions we are asked by clients on or before they take one of our courses or driving days below. If you do not see an answer to your question please call us on 01234 757633 or email info@catdrivertraining.co.uk and we will get back to you ASAP (within 24 hours) to answer your questions…

Do I need a crash helmet, gloves and race overalls with boots?
Where required CAT Driver Training will provide you with the use of a crash helmet (open face to ease communication for enclosed cars, full face with intercom communication equipment for open top cars). If you have your own crash helmet you are welcome to use it. Gloves are also available for your use. Race overalls are not necessary but you are welcome to wear them if you are more comfortable. We recommend comfortable casual clothing and soft soled shoes – trainers are ideal.
Are there any hidden costs
There are no hidden costs on our training days. The course fee accepted at the time of booking and paid for in full before your training commences is the only money you will be required to pay to CAT Driver Training. During your training light refreshments will be provided and if a full day, lunch will be paid for by CAT Driver Training.If you choose to take out insurance with a provider this is at your own choice and cost. When using your own car, be aware that the surfaces at Millbrook are not aggressive unlike disused airfields – tyre wear and brake wear will be minimal. Where there is a likelihood of high wear e.g. Bruntingthorpe for day 3 of the Academy Programme you will be using a CAT vehicle, with the option to use yours for 1 hour only in the afternoon.
What about food and drink?
Light refreshments are provided for your needs during your training course. On full day sessions your lunch will be paid for by your instructor. There is no requirement for you to buy anything on the day unless you wish to.
Do I need insurance?
Due to the nature of the Millbrook Proving Ground – a motor industry testing facility – there is no insurance provided on circuit and you will need to sign a Disclaimer acknowledging this is the situation. Competition Car Insurance, part of Towergate, will provide insurance cover for the trainees vehicle on our training days at Millbrook if you feel this will give you peace of mind, but each quote is based on the persons own circumstances and most importantly the value of your car. For a quote you need to state that you are attending a CAT Driver Training day and reinforce that it is one to one instruction on circuit. They suggest this key fact will generally reduce the quote by up to a half. The telephone number to call is 0844 892 1966. Please then ask for the Track Day / Event Department. Once you have completed your training, CCI offer a discount for your annual insurance policy, dependent on the car and your age. Please speak with CCI for further information.
Whats included when hire your cars?
Petrol as required for your training course and reasonable tyre wear (extreme wear during Drifting and Over Grip Limit Handling Course expected). There will be an excess of £500 payable by the Hirer towards any insurance claim.
Who are your instructors?
All are dedicated and hand picked individuals who share Colins passion for cars and driving. Our business model is to have a small team of highly qualified and experienced instructors in the disciplines we teach. We do not call on a large group of instructors just to get the numbers through the door. We offer a bespoke, quality and professional service with instruction to match. Qualifications held range from Nurburgring Industry Pool Evaluator, Motor Manufacturer Engineer Trainers, Professional Racing Drivers with British Touring Car experience, ARDS Instructors, ROSPA Gold Members, Institute of Advanced Motorists, Driving Standards Agency Fleet Trainers, ROSPA Fleet Diploma, Approved Driving Instructors, MSA and DIA members.
Are cameras allowed?
Due to the nature of the Millbrook Proving Ground – a motor industry testing facility – it is not possible to use cameras including video and bullet cams whilst on site without prior arrangement. On entering the facility, Security will remove any photographic equipment from you, returning it when you leave the site. Your mobile phone will also have a security seal placed over any camera lens on the piece.  This is to be removed only after you have left Millbrook Security at the conclusion of your training course.With prior arrangement and payment it is possible in some circumstances. A Security Minder must be in attendance at all times and this is chargeable by the hour.
What am I paying for?
The emphasis on our training is vehicle dynamics and the effect the inputs made by you the driver has on the vehicle. This knowledge is based on indepth experience of the motor industry. Our first hand experience of vehicle development, evaluation, and training to the engineers that design and develop the vehicles you drive, translates to you. This key difference accelerates your learning, reducing the need for trial and error, maximising training and minimising costly track time. Except where requested by you, all of your training is 1 to 1 with your dedicated instructor in car with you. We do not believe in making you wait for your turn or leaving you to practice new skills without an instructor to guide you. Your needs and objectives are our priority – this is one of the first questions you are asked to ensure you get the training you have paid for. Your instructor works closely with you to build your confidence developing your technique and knowledge.
Who are your clients?
Individuals & companies train with us on the road and the track using either their own cars or our fleet. A mix of configuration and power abilities from modern cars to performance and race cars including: Alvis Speed 25, Cobra, Tiger R6, BMW M3 CSL, M5, M6, Z4, 315 Coupe, 320 Sport, Mini Cooper 2, Caterham, Nissan 350z, Ferrari 360, 430 Spider & Scuderia, 246GT Dino, 458, 599 and Enzo, Nissan Skyline R32, 33, 34 and R35, Historic Rally Opel Manta, Focus ST, Honda S2000, Lotus 2Eleven, Exige, Elise 111R, 111S, Sports Racer and Elan, Ariel Atom, Porsche 911 Turbo, 3.2S Boxter, 968CS, 993, 996 GT2, Cayman S, Carrera 4 and the Carrera GT, Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi Evo 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10, Astra VXR, Lamborgini Diablo, TVR Cerbera, Sagaris and Chimera, Aero 8 Morgan, Morgan +4 and +8, Bentley Continental GT Speed, Audi A6, RS4, RS6 and S5, Volvo V40 and V70R, Mercedes E Class, VW Golf GTI, Polo, McLaren MP4-12C and a Renault Clio. Various modified vehicles with engine power in excess of 700bhp.

  • Winners of sales incentives introduced by companies to motivate.
  • Chauffeurs for major PLC’s continued to hone their skills.
  • Individuals whose confidence had been affected due to incidents on roads and motorways.
  • Reward for hard work on special projects in business.
  • Families bringing everyone together for fun but beneficial learning activities.
  • New performance car owners wanting to find out about their car and to challenge their own limits.
  • Car enthusiasts eager to experience their cars capabilities and develop their knowledge.
  • Corporate team building events and Senior Management activities.
  • Race competitors looking to focus on their technique and find improvements to their lap time through themselves and their vehicle set up.
  • Super car club members training to drive in safety.
  • Car specialists show casing performance modifications to potential customers.
  • Corporate clients reducing their driving risk whilst increasing their enjoyment of driving.
  • Special birthday and Christmas gift recipients receiving lifetime memorable learning experiences.
  • Much valued clients receiving appreciation through potential life saving skills at an awesome venue.
  • Driving instructors looking to develop their understanding and knowledge of vehicles and advanced driving for their own and their pupils benefit.
  • Winners of Fifth Gear competitions.

As word of mouth spreads we are receiving clients who are travelling from as far as the U.S., India, Russia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Norway, India, Japan, Iraq, Malaysia, Palestine, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland and Scotland – all of whom are singling us out to meet their training needs and increase their driving enjoyment.

How many trainees are there for each course?
The majority of our courses are one to one i.e. one instructor in car with you, the trainee, at all times. In some circumstances it is possible to share a course i.e. our Performance Driver Day, between two people. As this would be at your request, you would have prior knowledge that your training will be shared. Events for car clubs and corporate days have larger numbers but instruction is still given on a one on one basis. With the exception of our Drifting and Over Grip Limit Handling course and our gymkhana activity, at all times your instructor is in car with you.
What will I learn?
An example, depending on your training selected:Low, medium and high speed braking working on ABS, Threshold, Pedal Exit, Trail Braking and Heel & Toe techniques are all covered in our itineraries using the Mile Straight – it all depends on how long you choose to train with us.The need for observation looking further ahead than is generally made is visibly demonstrated during the high speed driving exercises reaching 120-130 mph on the 2 mile 5 lane banked circuit of the High Speed Bowl.Cornering techniques such as Entry, Apex, Clipping Point, J Turn, Slow in Fast Out, Weight Transfer on Turn In and Identifying the Correct Line and Driving It are explored on the Handling Circuit and famous Alpine Route, Loops 1 & 2 – depending on the length of your itinerary. As your needs and objectives are unique to you, your training will be tailored to these as we are flexible and committed to meet them.
Why Millbrook?
Millbrook is a motor industry testing facility which has many circuits hidden within its 700 acre site. The nature of the circuits created mean that as a consequence of testing vehicles they provide us with the perfect arena to challenge the driver. You are able to access this facility through our company to develop your own driving skills and/or entertain your clients with a learning experience like no other.The surfaces at Millbrook are not aggressive, unlike disused airfields – this is an important consideration when using your own car. Tyre wear and brake wear will be minimal. The circuits do occasionally get dirty depending on the nature of vehicle testing going on at the time but Millbrook has a clean track policy, using road sweepers etc. to keep the circuits in the best condition.
What vehicle will I use?
Use your own vehicle so long as it is in road worthy condition and mechanically safe or owning and maintaining our own performance fleet: track prepared Caterham 7’s; Subaru Impreza; and Nissan 350z you will use one or more of these vehicles based on your chosen training experience. Basic skills training is carried out in modern saloon cars: BMW 330d and Ford Mondeo – these are part of the current fleet.
Why use CAT for my driver training?
Where others just tell you what to do, CAT Driver Training explains why and how.  You will develop your performance knowledge understanding the messages and signals the car gives you as you drive, so you work as one with your car.  Driver Training is our business, not something we do on the side.  Training takes place 7 days a week and our complete focus is you, our client.  Trusted to develop the skills of one of the most, if not the most demanding driver types: the motor industry test driver, our reputation is unrivalled – you are in the best hands . Drawn from over 30 years in motorsport engineering and management, our experience and knowledge is shared with you to build your skills and take your learning forward. Calm clear instruction is enthusiastically given to support and encourage your confidence.
Can I get to you by helicopter?
How to find Millbrook by Helicopter:Coordinates:
N 52.039696
W 0.527939
N 52⁰ 2′ 22.9050″
W 0⁰ 31′ 40.5804″