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.
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.
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.
There's no room for idle hands at Sign and Doodle. That's because the early-learning center focuses on age-appropriate sign language and art classes for kids aged 3 months to 8 years that keep brains and bodies active. Kids of all abilities learn hundreds of signs during American Sign Language classes, which include storytelling, songs, and spelling. For budding Picassos, the center offers art classes that make use of many mediums and always kick off with a creative circle in which pupils sing and dance to the week's theme.
Founded by back-to-back stock-car champion Buck Baker, Seat Time American Racing School strives to provide clients with authentic racing training. To that end, students get one-on-one attention during lessons in stock cars previously raced in the Nationwide Series and Cup. As drivers progress, the classes scale up in seat time and speed: 5, 10, 20, then 50 laps. Eventually, riders graduate to an advanced program where they practice slingshot maneuvers and other edge-of-your-seat techniques with a second car, which is more exciting than driving a rickety antique stagecoach up and down your driveway.