One of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time is doing “hot laps” around the track at Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving here in Phoenix. The school trains some of the top race car drivers in the world, as well as a huge number of celebrities, law enforcement officials, military teams, etc. They have a huge fleet of GM cars and I was able to ride along with a driver in one of their Corvettes. What an incredible experience.
When you first start out, you feel like you’re going to fast to make the first curve and that you are absolutely going to crash. You go through all these twists and turns around the track, at speeds over 110 mph. As you take each corner, you can smell the rubber burn, the car skids and the driver downshifts. It’s an awesome experience. Even as a passenger, there’s a huge adrenalin rush.
There are classes ranging from a few hours to four days, and they offer a wide variety — from high performance racing to defensive driving; from go-karts to classes for teens. For Father’s Day they’re offering a Rapid Precision Manuevers class that runs 4 hours and will cost you $400.
Take a look at their website at www.bondurant.com. If you’re in Phoenix, it’s a great way to experience the thrill of speed.