The Richard Petty Driving Experience allows aspiring need-for-speeders the chance to saddle into a 600-HP stock car. You'll ride shotgun in a two-seat NASCAR-style vehicle with an experienced instructor at the wheel, steering your steel steed around the 1-mile, 10-degree-banked Walt Disney World® Speedway for three laps at speeds easily exceeding 100 miles per hour. Start by zipping up in a fire suit and strapping on a helmet. Then climb through the car's window, as NASCAR drivers do, and check the car's oil pressure, deflector shields, and photon torpedoes. Once on the track, you'll accelerate through the straightaways, smoothly breeze through the tight turns, and roar to the conclusion of your third course tour. For answers to frequently asked questions, see here.
Backed by more than 36 years of commercial operational flight experience, the professional pilots at the Starr Aviation–insured Heliventures flight school shuttle passengers through the scenic North Carolinian skies. Aerial adventures launch from the Concord Regional Airport in trusted Sikorsky Light helicopters, selected for their impeccable safety record and inability to feel human emotions. The 30-minute tour whisks cloud-reachers through the serene skyways and over the Charlotte Motor Speedway and race-team shops, allowing fans to admire the tracks and racecars below, or search the skies in vain for long-lost family parakeets.
The experienced instructors at Formula Racing Experience help transform leisurely pedestrians into bona fide racecar drivers by buckling them into their choice of car and sending them off on blistering journeys around the track. The Intro to Road Racing experience begins with a fire suit and helmet fitting, followed by a 45-minute orientation that informs students of racing etiquette, the racetrack's nuances, and how to make "vroom" noises with their mouths to go faster. Participants then ride with their teachers in an SUV to experience the track's straight-aways and bends firsthand. The program's grand finale grants freshly learned drivers the keys to the car kingdom, propelling them on a scorching 15-minute orbit around the course in a Formula One Car or Porsche Boxster that can reach speeds faster than a cheetah on roller skates.
Instructors teach at a private shooting range only open to classes or for competitive events.
Practical Arms offers rental packages with guns, holsters, magazine pouches, and all of the other required gear for each of their classes.
At a Glance
A person buys a gun, stores it away, and then never learns how to use it. That scenario perplexes Practical Arms founder and director Mark Williams, because knowing how to safely store and operate a firearm requires ongoing training and practice. That's why he and his fellow instructors draw upon their wealth of expertise to train novice and experienced marksmen. Boasting multiple training certifications from organizations such as the North Carolina Department of Justice?plus experience training law-enforcement personnel from agencies such as the FBI and ATF?Mark oversees classes that adhere to NRA curricula, such as the NRA basic pistol-shooting course and home-defense classes. In addition to instructing students in the safe use of firearms, Mark and his team maintain a welcoming, nonthreatening atmosphere.
Snakes slither in glass display cases, and lizards wriggle in the hands of trained handlers as they're held up in full view of a curious crowd. This is the scene as one of Repticon's presenters educates attendees on the biology, behavior, and typing speeds of exotic cold-blooded creatures at one of the year-round shows held in cities across the country. Reptile and amphibian breeders, scholars, and handlers engage audiences in lectures and demonstrations in the midst of live reptile exhibits, family activities, and displays for exotic-pet supplies. Presentations may focus on the genetics of large snake species, the specifics of exotic-pet care, and the effect that tiny hats have on the image of arachnids such as tarantulas, scorpions, and spiders.