Ask your neighborhood automotive journalist what a “junket” is and they’ll likely all answer with the same laundry list:
• Biz Class Flight: Check.
• Posh Hotel: Check.
• Open Bar: Check.
• Speeches With Powerpoints: Check.
• Solo Driving Experience: Check.
Typically, this last checkpoint is a great way for the journo to familiarize himself with the car, which under normal circumstances is just a nice drive around town. This trip was not under normal circumstances. This was Spain, and I was in a McLaren. Oh, and it was my birthday. Hah!
The first day was spent whipping around the countryside of Andalusia before bombing down to the Ascari Race Resort for laps around the circuit, followed by a late afternoon trip to the spa, followed by dinner at an uppity sushi joint.
Yeah. Good day.