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.
Learning to drive off road is no less challenging than other forms of high performance driving, but it is a lot slower. Overland Experts will take you out in 4x4 vehicles and teach you the skills needed to go practically anywhere. This is a curriculum-based training program, meaning that they give you the tools you need to not only learn to drive off road, but to excel at doing so. You'll also learn how to safely use a winch, slide over rocks, and ford streams. 95 percent of the world's roads are unpaved. You should probably learn how to drive on them. Don't forget to bring a set of HEX wrenches to remove the doors from the Jeep Wranglers.
How to Enter
Where: Connecticut, North Carolina, Virginia
Experience Needed: None.
Equipment: All is provided.
Beware: The deep mud – although getting stuck in it will provide you the opportunity to learn how to use a winch.