The famous Ford Gran Torino is a renowned American muscle car produced between 1968-1976. Even though it was built and sold in the US, the car was named after Turin, a city in Italy, considered to be ‘the Italian Detroit’. In 1972 the Torino had a revamp with three new models being added to the fleet, one of which was the Gran Torino.
The particular model that we offer to book for driving experiences at venues across the UK here at TrackDays is the 1974 model, perhaps best known to fans of the popular US 70s cop show Starsky & Hutch which it starred in, and which we’ve kitted out in the same distinctive red and white striped livery as its on screen counterpart.
The experience packages we offer includes the single Ford Gran Torino Blast, or it can be driven alongside as many as five other famous cars of the big and small screen with our Movie Car packages which offer great value and an experience behind the wheel you’ll never forget.
You’ll be surprised just how powerful the Gran Torino is when you take to the wheel of it. It is powered by a large 400cc V8 engine that produces 168 bhp, which is very impressive for a car built in the 70s, with achievable top speeds of 140 mph and acceleration from 0 - 60 mph in 8.1 seconds.
You may buy a Driving Experience in one of two ways. You may either buy a 10-month open gift certificate for one of our driving experience days or book straight onto an available day using our events calendar.
If no dates are available on the voucher page, please e-mail or phone us and our customer service staff will provide you with the most up-to-date information. If you'd like to create a custom package, or if you'd want to turn one of our driving experiences into a group or corporate event, please visit our corporate days page and fill out our contact form.
Driving Experiences: Important Booking Information
If you purchase an open gift certificate for a package, the voucher's normal validity term is 10 months. Please double-check this first, since certain coupons and special offers may have a shorter or longer validity period than others.
If you schedule a driving experience on a certain day, please keep in mind that you are making a reservation request, and the date and time you choose are still subject to availability.
We typically confirm reservations within 48 hours, however we ask that you wait until you get your final confirmation email before making any plans related to your booking request. The confirmation we give you when you submit a booking request is not the same as the receipt we send you.
Another essential factor to consider when buying driving experiences is that the driver fulfils all age, weight, height, and driving licence criteria. Because each driving experience has its own set of needs, please read the essential information carefully.
If an experience is exclusively for younger drivers, we will generally indicate it in the package name, although this is not always the case. If you arrange a driving experience and the driver does not satisfy the criteria on the day of the experience, it is doubtful that they will be allowed to drive the car, and they will be given a passenger trip instead.
We provide a variety of junior experiences.
The popularity of the Ford Gran Torino’s use in Starsky & Hutch also translated into commercial success for Ford during the show’s run on air, as they released a replica model, limited to 1,000 units, during 1976. Some customers who purchased one even added extras on themselves after purchase to get it as close to the car featured on TV as possible!
Gran Torinos on the whole are very collectible amongst Ford enthusiasts, and much sought after on the second hand market even to this day. In fact, with Starsky & Hutch being the subject of a 2004 movie revamp, the replicas that Ford themselves built back at the show’s height are much rarer to come by in full working condition.
All experiences are subject to availability. The most recent information on dates when an event may be available can be checked by looking at the calendars on the website, or when you have activated and logged in with your voucher. Please note not all spaces are shown online so if you cannot see spaces for your event please call or email for dates. We will do our best to secure your preferred choice of event, venue and date, but to avoid disappointment book as early as possible, especially for peak times such as weekends and the summer months which book up very quickly. Do not purchase an experience for yourself or as a gift that has a choice of venues if you or the person it is for are only able to travel to one of the choices. Once you are booked, you are bound by the terms and conditions of the event host of which a copy can be made available upon request. In most circumstances, a cancellation cannot be made once a date has been booked.
When booking by phone or online you should not make arrangements in connection with an Event until you have received your final booking confirmation stating your date and time (this does not include the automatic purchase email you receive that confirms what you have just ordered). Your final confirmation will usually arrive within 48 hours of making the purchase. For voucher redemption see 'voucher conditions' below. Where specific elements of an Event such as vehicles or equipment are not available due to mechanical breakdown, we reserve the right to make reasonable substitutions on the day. If this is not possible we reserve the right to cancel the experience at short notice.
Voucher holders must make a prior booking and receive confirmation in order that an open voucher can be redeemed. We recommend that when you have chosen your experience you redeem your voucher at least 21 days in advance of taking your selected experience. We do not guarantee availability on all events, even if the date is showing, so if a chosen event is full or you cannot find a suitable date during the validity period of your voucher then the credit can be used towards an alternative event. Do not arrive at a venue expecting to be able to use your voucher without making a prior booking and receiving a booking confirmation. Trackdays.co.uk will not be held liable for any costs incurred in such circumstances.
Unless stated otherwise, vouchers are valid for one person only. Where necessary a top-up payment can be made to increase the value of a voucher to book a higher priced event. Note that during the out of season months the price of experience may change. If the price of the event is lower than the value of the voucher the remaining credit will be held for use until the vouchers expiry date. We recommend booking as early as possible as you must have undertaken your experience before the expiry date printed on the front of your Voucher. All vouchers will be valid for use up to the expiry date displayed, but after this date, vouchers will automatically expire and cannot be reinstated under any circumstances. Trackdays.co.uk staff are not responsible for reminding or informing customers when a voucher is due to expire. A voucher holder may book a date which is outside of the expiration date displayed on the voucher but must extend the expiry of their voucher for an administration fee. This must be processed before the original expiry date. Voucher credit cannot be used for extension fees or to pay for booking protection.