Just over a month ago, I celebrated my 40th birthday. There were various different celebrations throughout the week, including a family party with jelly and ice cream! I got two different cakes at that party – a “Happy Forte-th” from Toni, and a BeVox van cake from my mum.
Toni took me out for a posh meal too, and I had an incredible weekend.
The BeVox singers outdid themselves in their birthday gifts to me – something I never expected, and I was utterly bowled over by everyone’s generosity. The Lincoln group, newest to the fold, had clubbed together to get me a case of wine – some gorgeous vintages that I’m really looking forward to sampling. The rest of the choir combined their resources to buy me an “experience” – two top-price tickets to see Les Mis in the West End, with hotel vouchers to make it an overnight stay. As I’m a massive fan of Les Mis but have never actually seen it in the West End, this was a really fantastic idea.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to take the Les Mis experience – there was some small print that restricted the dates it could be booked, and the only dates that it was available were dates that BeVox has sessions! However, the voucher could be swapped for any other experience provided by the same company, so I took a look to see what I could do instead. One thing leapt out at me straight away – the chance to drive supercars around a race track. I’m a bit of a petrolhead, but I’ve never had the chance to drive any top-flight cars. I’ve always fancied a track day but I’ve never been able to justify one – this was the perfect opportunity!
So, today I’ve spent the afternoon at Prestwold racing track, driving a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster, and a Porsche 911. Afterwards, Toni and I were taken out as passengers as a pro racing driving sped around the track in a Monaro VXR – a 6 litre beast of a machine. It was an incredible day, and I’m grateful beyond words to everyone who chipped in to make it possible.