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.
Team O'Neil Rally School
Learning how to rally off-road is as much learning the art of car control as it is working as a team to achieve a common goal. Much more importantly, you get to bash on cars and get them filthy. All levels of Rally are covered at Team O'Neil Rally School, from the one-day course in a Ford Fiesta ST to the big daddy 5-day course where you'll learn how to communicate with your navigator in Rallying's own bizarre dialect, aka "pacenotes." Perhaps most appealing is the RWD Performance Driving course where you'll learn how to slide an old BMW around in gravel or execute a Scandinavian Flick, the sexiest way possible to get around a corner.
How to Enter
Where: New Hampshire
Experience Needed: None.
Beware: A sudden obsession with flatbill hats and energy drinks, vertigo