Students at Fast Track High Performance Driving School don't need to prove that they can parallel park—they're more concerned about taking a turn at more than 100 miles per hour. Most of them have never even felt the rumble of a 600-horsepower engine before. After plenty of safety debriefing from expert instructors, however, they usually are no longer intimidated by its purr. They'll then hop into the vibrant shell of an ARCA-style stock car, a former racing vehicle that's still capable of rocketing down the track at a blur-inducing speed of 165 miles per hour.
Since 1989, the school has been fulfilling speed-demon fantasies with its courses and ride alongs at racetracks throughout the country. The staff meets with everyday fans and aspiring competitors alike to cover racing protocol, safety, and appropriate postrace dance moves. Depending on the depth of their lesson, pupils might take the wheel during a four-car passing exercise or simply sit back in the passenger seat as a professional flies through three–five laps.
At Color Me Pottery, fledgling Picassos of all ages design custom ceramic creations with colorful paints of their choosing, within a bright, friendly environment. Select raw bisques from an extensive selection, including coffee mugs ($16–$25), dinner plates ($17–$25), pasta bowls ($16–$25), and piggy banks ($20), which are all eager to sport a representation of Grover Cleveland's mustache. Then artists can select their color palette, browse through an idea book for inspiration, or sort through a vast selection of stamps and stencils. After each masterpiece has been fully realized, the resident earthenware wizards will do the glazing and firing, returning pieces ready to eat, drink, and lick peanut butter off of in 10 to 15 days. Color Me Pottery has no studio fees, so the entire value of each Groupon can go toward your choice of blank ceramic canvas.
Across New England and the Mid-Atlantic, Circuit One provides thrill seekers the opportunity to experience an adrenaline-boosting time behind the wheel in an exotic automobile. The selection includes a Ferrari 430 Spyder, Lamborghini Gallarado and GT-R; whose power and handling easily conquers the turns and straightaways of various regional autocross tracks—each geared towards providing you with the thrill of heavy acceleration and exhilirating cornering. To make the experience accessible and safe for any driver, every vehicle comes equipped with automatic transmission and an instructor sits in the passenger seat to provide support, advice, and perspiration-blotting handkerchiefs. Circuit One's philosophy hinges on giving drivers the indescribable experience of navigating a ribbon of asphalt while seated behind the wheel of a luxury sports car, all while keeping safety a main priority.