Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Queensland Australia
I can modestly claim some success here - both a son and a daughter drive Alfas (a modern 147 hatchback and a 116 Guiletta - apologies two north American readers, I don't think your market saw either of these models).
In addition, I have sometimes had four drivers (son & daughters) at motorkhanas - our equivalent of autocross. Here's a recent picture - no Alfas that day, just our home built Locost and a Suzuki Swift GTI, both fun cars.
A few observations.
1. Don't push too hard - they are there to have fun not win or to do perfect handbrake turns.
2. The girls don't get their hands dirty, just accept that.
3. Show some confidence in their ability - my girls are now licenced and often drive the tow car (Land Rover) to and from the event, I'm sure they are better drivers than me, so they may as well. Its good to have a chauffeur.
4. My son works alot on our cars - the home fleet includes his project, a Lotus Europa. So, I let him do his jobs his way. For example, he was appointed the team welder when he was in high school. One of us had to learn. Now I have to ask him to do any welding jobs.
5. Have the right car for the their abilities. Nothing too ferocious, and smaller is better for small people.
6. Don't send them out in your pride and joy if you are going to stress about them harming it (over revving, collisions etc).
7. They will probably beat you some day, look forward to that. Ask me how I know...
Hope this helps.
Berlina (1972), 156 v6 manual (last of the Bussos!), Guiletta (1982, transaxle, driven by my son), Polski-Fiat 126, Suzuki Swift GTi, Locost motorkhana special,