As fast as you dare

The VMAX200 event is for car nuts and speed freaks, a 'top speed members' club' that holds events once or twice a year at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire. And the events are getting more and more popular, with a growing amount of people keen to see what their cars can do in a controlled and legal environment.

Of course, there are not many places where you can put the pedal to the metal in Britain. But if you're prepared to travel a bit, then you'll find more joy. In Europe, you need go no further than Germany to find limit-free sections of the autobahns where you can speed till your heart's content.

But outside Europe your best bet is the States. Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and the El Mirage dry lake bed in California regularly hold land speed events. When these are not happening then road users are welcome to crank up their throttles to as far as they can possibly go.

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