Five high-octane experiences for adrenaline junkies

Fuel-for-thought adventures on land and up in the clouds

Goodwood’s Flying Through the Ages day includes a flight over the stunning South Downs in a state-of-the-art Cessna
Goodwood’s Flying Through the Ages day includes a flight over the stunning South Downs in a state-of-the-art Cessna

Flying Through The Ages at Goodwood

Introduced as part of the Goodwood Flying School’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Flying Through the Ages offers a rare chance to take the controls of three remarkable planes – a Harvard Warbird, a Piper Super Cub and a Cessna – all in one day (£1,195 per person). The experience includes three flights (35 minutes airborne for each), plus breakfast, lunch, a private tour of the aerodrome and a visit to the engineering and aircraft hangers – which house over 100 small aircraft – as well as a meeting with the aviation team working behind the scenes, and a bespoke set of souvenir flight overalls. goodwood.com. Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months. MARIA COOLE

The 22-day Great British Brexit Rally will take in most of the remaining EU countries
The 22-day Great British Brexit Rally will take in most of the remaining EU countries
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The Great British Brexit Rally

Serious politics aside, the UK’s historic departure from the EU is being marked with a more lighthearted event, The Great British Brexit Rally. This 22-day car run, organised by Bespoke Road Rallies, will be flagged off in Brussels on March 8 and is scheduled to finish in London’s Parliament Square on March 29 – the official Brexit separation date. During the 22 days, competitors are required to drive to all 27 remaining European Union member states (excluding Malta and Cyprus – although extra points will be awarded if teams do visit these islands). The winning team will be the one that completes the rally over the shortest possible distance, for which they will receive up to £25,000. A potential prize pot of up to £80,000 will ensure monetary prizes down to 10th place. There will also be an inaugural dinner comprised of European dishes, while a gala banquet featuring purely “British fayre” will close the event. gbbr.co.uk. Entry fee is £3,500 per car (with two people) and an additional £750 for each extra passenger. SIMON DE BURTON

The Cirrus Vision Jet is aimed at owners moving up from piston-powered planes to an aircraft that can carry more passengers, more comfortably, faster
The Cirrus Vision Jet is aimed at owners moving up from piston-powered planes to an aircraft that can carry more passengers, more comfortably, faster
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride encourages bikers to wear their most dapper vintage attire
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride encourages bikers to wear their most dapper vintage attire | Image: Robert Oliva

An astonishingly easy-to-fly private jet

The Vision Jet SF50, from Cirrus Aircraft, is a type of jet that anyone who flies can confidently pilot. It follows the same lightweight thinking as the company’s SR piston range: just one turbofan motor, unlike the two (or three or four) on most civil jets, plenty of electronic help for pilots and a whole-plane safety parachute, just in case. With a one-hop range similar to that of the company’s top-of-the-range piston plane – about 1,000 nautical miles – but a maximum cruise speed of nearly 50 per cent more, at 300 knots/345mph, the Vision is a cleverly designed package that fills a gap in the market for a jet aimed at pilots moving up from piston-powered planes to an aircraft that can carry more passengers, more comfortably, faster. But, crucially, not so fast as to intimidate. cirrusaircraft.comROHIT JAGGI

Paramotor owner Scott Ritchie flies Parajet’s Zenith over the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
Paramotor owner Scott Ritchie flies Parajet’s Zenith over the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona | Image: Scott Richie
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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

In 2012, after seeing a picture of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike, Australian motorbike fanatic Mark Hawwa created a themed ride to redress the often-negative stereotype of bikers by encouraging them to wear their most dapper vintage attire. It brought together over 2,500 riders in 64 cities and inspired Hawwa to raise money for charity. The annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is free to enter, but riders are encouraged to raise funds, with a competitive leaderboard online and the opportunity to win prizes such as a Triumph motorcycle and Zenith watch. The event has raised more than $13m for men’s health charity Movember Foundation, with proceeds contributing to its prostate cancer research projects and work on mental health and suicide prevention. This year’s ride will take place on September 30 in 95 countries across 650 cities. gentlemansride.commovember.comCHARLOTTE TOTTENHAM

Paramotoring for the thrill seeker who has everything

A paramotor is that decidedly Heath Robinson combination of a giant aerofoil kite and a motor-driven propeller that’s carried by the pilot and controlled by a hand throttle – and the most straightforward way to fly for the pure fun of it. If the idea of owning a light aircraft has long appealed, the paramotor seems to overcome all the associated drawbacks. It is relatively inexpensive to buy and simple to maintain. No special licence is required, there are no official service intervals and, perhaps best of all, a pilot can take off from any suitable flat area (with the landowner’s permission), cover significant distances and choose exactly where to land. One manufacturer enjoying particular success is the UK’s Parajet; its latest models are considered state-of-the-art within the industry. A complete equipment package costs around £9,000, on top of which you’ll need some basic flying clothing. Theoretically, you’re then ready to fly – although Parajet, and most other reputable paramotor makers, won’t sell it to you before you’ve had some formal training. I’ve booked mine in already. bhpa.co.ukparajet.com. SIMON DE BURTON

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