For someone whose exposure to the world of automobiles primarily revolves around driving to the local shops and occasionally watching Top Gear, it is quite novel to consider that people might want to take part in rally driving.
But, it seems that there are Sydneysiders who can't help but get revved up at the idea of competing in rallies.
For the uninitiated, rally driving may seem virtually indistinguishable from other forms of motor racing. Certainly, there is a degree of definitional flexibility: rallies can be held on both public and private roads, in cars you'd see on any road, or in cars made for the occasion. The distinguishing features is the fact that rally driving does not occur on a circuit - a familiar image for anyone who has cast a lazy eye over ESPN - but rather, evolves according to stages, with various start points.
If the urge to experience a rush takes you away from the television and into the driver's seat, it takes no more than a journey to Richmond to experience the thrill of rally driving. At Rally School, a number of courses are run for the uninitiated. For $555 per person, you can participate in a half day course, in which you can drive four cars - a Falcon XR8 V8 Ute, Commodore SS V8 Ute, Subaru WRX STi, and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. If you are willing to spend an extra $440 per person, you can extend the half day to a full day and drive two 4WD Turbo Australian Rally Championship Cars.
Within Sydney, Extreme Driving offers various rally courses, from Cheap Thrills, constituting a Q and A session and a 1 hour experience on the track for $199, to a Half Day for $495 or Full Day rally experience for $995, although prices vary according to the make of the car.
It is all rather perplexing for someone who gets their thrills driving on the Hume Highway.