For most of us, cars serve a specific purpose. They get us to work, our vacation destinations, carry groceries and kids, and are basically just vehicles for transport. Few of us have ever really tested the limits of our sports sedan or the clearance on our SUV, let alone seen what a real, high-performance vehicle is capable of. "Driving is really the only sport where people don't tend to use coaches," says Johnny O'Connell, the winningest driver in the history of Sebring International Raceway. "The best money any driver will ever spend is that which is spent at one of the country's top racing schools." With that in mind, we chose these 13 schools, events, and experiences that aim to help reconnect us the road, the dirt, and the horsepower in our engines.
As much a travel experience as a driving one, Nordic Luxury specializes in taking their clients to some of the most remote locations on earth. These include Iceland, remote parts of Scandinavia, as well as Greenland, and even the South Pole. Such extreme locations require some of the most robust vehicles on the planet and you'll get to experience what Icelanders refer to as, "Fully Grown Trucks." Made by Arctic Trucks, and made famous by Top Gear's North Pole expedition, these monster trucks feature 44-inch balloon tires, a jacked-up suspension and a widened body. Forget about the trucks (if you can) for a moment and consider what you'll be seeing. The Northern Lights, fjords, trees frozen white, and water so cold it glows blue. Haven't you always wanted to drive up and into a volcano? Now's your chance.
How to Enter
Location: Iceland, Norway, Sweden
Experience Needed: None at all.
Beware: Driving in windstorms in Iceland carries the risk of volcanic dust. You'll want to roll up the window or wear safety goggles.