With just an inch of space separating pavement from pedal, the go-kart drivers at Willow Springs Racing zip around the facility's tracks, getting hands-on experience in beginner- or advanced-level racing techniques. Entry-level drivers can get behind the wheel of a 4-stroke Honda engine, which allows them to approach speeds of up to 50-mph while learning such basics as trail braking, sliding, and how to program the kart's pre-set radio stations. More advanced drivers, meanwhile, can climb into 125cc shifter cars and hit speeds of up to 100-mph or take control of full-sized Formula vehicles in courses designed to prepare racers for competition.
DriveTech provides classroom instruction for fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. The 12-lap package lets you take the reins of a professional stock car. After a round of basic classroom instruction, you'll get to take the wheel for three practice laps and nine laps of proper green-flag racing on AutoClub Speedway's two-mile D-shaped oval track, which will leave your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. The experience eschews straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns, a hallmark of stock-car racing. Check out the schedule here.
At Red House BBQ, the cooks and pitmasters are always thinking on their feet. If a new shipment of fresh produce or even wild game comes their way, they'll find a way to incorporate it into the menu or lend it to a local still-life artist. The one constant? The aromatic flavors added by the hickory-wood smoker and from-scratch sauces and rubs.
Monday's menu further nods to the Southern tradition with fried catfish, greens, and ham and beans. And on the first Saturday of each month, Red House prepares a spread of American Indian food?think venison, wild boar, and buffalo ribs?complete with a Native American drum team, singing, dancing, and the opportunity to dine in a tepee. More than two dozen locally brewed beers keep the merriment flowing into the evening and throughout the vast outdoor seating area.
In the warmer months, the runoff from the snowmelt on Mount Whitney combines with the flow of Kern River, creating a series of rapids that eventually give way to a placid lake. Kern River Rafting was created to give residents and visitors a chance to capitalize on the river's potential for fun and adventure.
A convenient shuttle service brings you to the river from the company's home base after you've been outfitted with helmets, life vests, and paddles. Tube-mounted excursions set out from the northerly reaches of the river and go barreling through rapids. Then a ferry brings crews back north for another ride or a jaunt in a Zorb globe. These 12-foot blow-up hamster balls allow those inside to run across water, performing amphibious feats that hamsters can only dream about.
A gift shop and restaurant, the charming interior of Tehachapi's Original Apple Shed beckons hungry shoppers to take a seat under the twinkling lights of the dining room or head to the impressive buffet. Specials, which rotate daily, include fresh soups made daily, such as tri tip vegetable, or the signature Taba sandwich. At the adjacent shop, browse a selection of locally made goods that include jams, barbecue sauce, and wine.
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