Imagine a lifestyle in which you park a Ferrari at a private boat slip, slide onto a custom yacht, and ferry it across a waterway to a private island hosting a 20-room mansion modeled after an Italian villa. Though this may sound like a dream only attainable by the mega rich or an heir to a chocolate-fountain fortune, Imagine Lifestyles facilitates such lavish accommodations with a cavalry of luxury vehicles, vacation homes, and yacht charters. They specialize in auto rentals, entrusting cars from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW to drivers for as short as a half day or as long as several weeks. To shield these pristine and rare rides from the elements, they also deal in luxury vacation home rentals, ranging from beach mansions in Miami to chic lofts and high-rise penthouses. The service also charters air and sea transportation, including jets of all sizes and yachts for all occasions.
There's a good change most people have seen Romain Thievin drive a car really, really fast?though they probably haven't realized it. The award-winning stunt and race-car driver has worked on more than 150 films, including appearing as Matt Damon?s stunt double in The Bourne Identity. At Exotics Racing, he hopes to put the general public into the shoes of everyone's favorite leading man.
Thievin and his team designed Exotics Racing's 1.2-mile tracks themselves. A private stretch just outside of Las Vegas tests supercars with 7 turns before they accelerate down a 1,800-ft. straightaway. Their other creation waits in Fontana, California just 45 minutes east of L.A., boasting eight turns and 1,600 feet of straight track.
And those machines? More than 50 of the most powerful supercars on the planet, including models from Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari. Paddle shifters, along with Exotics Racing's attentive instructors, make the cars accessible to drivers with or without manual-transmission experience.
A driver curls his fingers around the steering wheel, takes a deep breath, and places his foot onto the peddle, bringing a mechanical beast to life. The screech of burning rubber, roar of an 500-horsepower engine, and the silent rush of adrenaline block out the rest of the world, allowing the driver to focus entirely on the run. As he battles the g-force, the realization hits that he has just achieved a lifelong dream: He is a drag racer.
Doug Foley first noticed the lack of a comprehensive drag-racing training center in 1997, and he took it upon himself to fill the void. Along with a team of instructors, Foley lets novices ride shotgun or drive themselves to taste drag racing for the first time. Once the new racers are hooked, a lineup of beginner to advanced classes licenses students for everything from junior dragsters, to door cars and A-fueled dragsters. Through these efforts, Foley and his team ready drivers to compete in professional races and fulfill a dream.
At Allen Berg Racing Schools, racers operate real formula one style racecars at courses around Southern California, including Auto Club Speedway and Arizona Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Each course features plenty of turns and straights, making it ideal for aspiring racers to experience the rush of racecar driving.