I never got it before. That need to go really fast in a car around and around a circle. Don't get me wrong. I love cars. I like the way they look. I love the way a nice car feels when you drive. I hate driving in the city, but out on the highway, I really enjoy a great car. I have a lovely little Mitsubishi Eclipse GT-X. It' my baby. But racing? I never really thought I'd get it.
All of that changed when I visited the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving right here in Phoenix, Arizona. Wow. I can see why people become addicted to fast cars. A wonderful driver by the name of Cory took me on two laps around the track in one of the beautiful yellow Chevrolet Corvettes. I wanted to go again. That first few seconds, I was terrified. We went really fast really fast. There was a turn in front of us and I honestly didn't think we'd make it around that turn. After that first turn, though, I realized he was a professional and I just needed to relax and go with it. I would love to do it again. I'm ready to go do the full four-day driving school.
Bondurant is quite a facility. It has been dubbed the “Fastest 60 Acres in America” and it's almost overwhelming when you first arrive. Bob Bondurant started the school in 1968 and thought he might run it for a few years. Forty years later, the school is going strong. The Bondurant Road Course features a 15-turn, 1.6-mile road course. There's also a skills pad used for high performance driver training, such as Throttle Steer Circle and Handling Oval, Accident Avoidance Simulator, Slalom Course, Autocross and Skid Pad. When Bondurant opened in 1968, there were three Datsuns, a Lola T70 and a Formula Vee. Today, the fleet features more than 200 specially-prepared GM vehicles, including the Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac CTS and Pontiac GTO.
Graduates of the school include celebrities such as Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Tim Allen, Jason Priestly, Crystal Bernard, Candice Bergen, David Arquette, Brett Michaels, Dave Navarro, Sammy Hagar, Steve Miller, James Brolin, Nicolas Cage, Paris Hilton, Patrick Stewart, Tom Cruise, Tommy Lee Jones, William Shatner, James Garner, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Buddy Rice, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt…the list goes on and on.
If you have that need for speed, be sure to check out Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The website is www.bondurant.com or you can call them at 1.800.842.RACE.