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Steeda Driving Experience Days- North Weald Guide


The circuit we will use in the latter part of the day is shown in our Car Limits game – why not have a play to help you learn where you need to go on the day. Don’t worry, they’ve used a bit of ‘artistic license’ we don’t really have helicopters and people to mow down on the circuit!


North Weald Airfield is off Junction 7 on the M11. Follow the signs for North Weald Market and this will take you straight to the airfield. There will be only 1 gate open on the day, next to the Air Traffic Control Tower. The person on the gate will direct you to where you will need to be.

Your instructor will meet you at 9.00am at the airfield. There is no need for the use of helmets and there are food facilities located within the airfield. The course will finish at approximately 4.00pm. Spectators are allowed onto the airfield and we have a briefing room that they can spectate from if they wish.


Please note that as your vehicle will be cornering at speed, you may need to inflate your tyres more than you would normally. Vehicles such as the Lotus Elise, Caterham etc are usually ok as they are lightweight and designed for high speed cornering, but cars such as Mustangs & Focus's etc are recommended to inflate their tyres to the maximum stated on the tyre itself to protect the side wall of the tyre. There is a garage just off the M11 roundabout (on the A414 towards Harlow) where you can do this before the event. We usually have a tyre pressure gauge so that you can decrease the tyres before your journey home! 


7.30 AM plus - CATERING VAN on site for early arrivals breakfast - car prep & tyre inflation, and signing on- 7.30 might be a bit early but try and arrive at least by 8.30 so all signing on & car prep can be completed BEFORE 9am. Also a great chance to mingle and get to know your fellow drivers!


Your meeting point will be at the Airfield where you will be shown to your instructor. You will need to bring your licence with you on the day. You will then be given a safety briefing by your instructor.


Your course will begin. Once all participants have been shown the course, you will all drive the High Speed Bend, being introduced to new techniques "one at a time" taking into account your level of ability and confidence. You will use various exercises, including steering exercises and the ‘High Speed Bend’ where you can learn new techniques such as modulated braking, rotational steering, cornering, balancing the car on the throttle, the use of trail braking, trail lifting, understeer, oversteer, lift off oversteer, gear changing, heal and toe, skid control, spin avoidance and control techniques. HERE WE LEARN TO NOT FEAR SPINNING!


Lunch Break (there are food facilities located within the airfield)


Continuation of course where you will learn more techniques and put everything into practise using the "The Circuit". Usually we have a larger circuit andf small technical circuit. The larger one is good fun for throwing the back end around & the smaller one is GREAT for every tenth of a second counts time competition!


Day Finishes


If you need to fill your car up with fuel before the course, there is a fuel station on the M11 roundabout (Junction 7). You take the exit towards Harlow (A414) and its 50 yards down the road. There are garages on either side of the road (Shell & BP).


Travelodge Harlow North Weald -

Located on the A414 at North Weald. According to routefinder, that's 1 mile from North Weald which takes 3 mins. £54 per room per night, but do discounts down to £26 a room (dependant on date).

Park Inn, Harlow -

This is the closely located to Harlow, and the A414 to North Weald and according to routefinder is 3.7miles from the airfield. Rooms from £65 to £90 per night.

Travelodge Harlow Edinburgh Gate -

Located in Harlow. According to routefinder, that's 6.4 miles from North Weald which takes 15 mins. £54 per room per night, but do discounts down to £26 a room (dependant on date).

Travel Inn, Harlow -

Located just off the A414 on the Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortford Road (A1184). According to routefinder, that's 6.4 miles from North Weald which takes 14 mins. Rooms from £55.

The Manor of Groves Hotel - According to routefinder, that's 8.6 miles from North Weald which takes 22 mins.

Best Western Stansted Manor -

This is very near to the motorway roundabout, meaning you have 1 junction to travel (South) to get to North Weald. According to routefinder, that's 12.7 miles from North Weald which takes 19 mins. Twin room from £80.

High Trees Bed & Breakfast, Takeley -

Nice clean and friendly B&B. According to routefinder, that's 15 miles from North Weald which takes 25 mins. Single rooms from £29. Twin/double £45/£49.

Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club (Ware) (5 Star) -

According to routefinder, that's 15.5 miles from North Weald which takes 32 mins. Rooms from £150.


If you would like to hire a video camera for the day, please contact us for further information. The cost is £35 to hire for the day inclusive of 1 DVD or tape.


Do I need a helmet? NO

Do I need experience? NO

Do I need to turn off my traction control: YES!

On the day ALWAYS feel free to ask for help or advice from one of the Steeda staff on the day or the friendly car limits instructors. We are here to help.

*"NOISE LIMIT All vehicles attending the Day must pass a static noise test of 105dBA before they are allowed to participate. The static test will be measured at 0.5m from the exhaust at 45 degree angle from the exhaust with the vehicle at 3/4 maximum engine revs. Should the car be unable to rev at 3/4 maximum revs, the vehicle will be subject to an additional drive by test (92dBA limits measured at 50m) driven by an instructor before being permitted to be used on site. No vehicle measured or suspected of exceeding the noise limits will be permitted to operate unless rectified and retested to be shown to be within the noise limits. No refund will be granted to any vehicles failing the noise limit. "