Former professional driver and expert instructor Randy Baker and his team have been guiding drivers toward greatness for more than 20 years; past pupils include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jeff and Ward Burton, and the shadowy pit mechanic known only as Racer X. At SpeedTech Auto Racing School, Randy combines a fleet of super-speedy rides—authentic, metal-bodied vehicles boasting 650-horsepower V-8 engines—with a serious emphasis on safety to prepare drivers for any mishap on the track. Gearheads, speed junkies, and people who still sleep in a racecar bed despite their adult children's protestations soak up Randy's knowledge during one of SpeedTech's many race programs, varying in length from 3 laps to more than 100. With the school's built-in HD video feeds, drivers can commemorate their laps or prove to the family car it's been cheating on them with the hotel's valet.
The NASCAR Racing Experience's team of driving instructors specializes in NASCAR-themed Cinderella stories: at whichever world-famous speedway they're visiting, they give civilians the chance to drive real NASCAR race cars that have actually been raced by NASCAR superstars for a few hours. That means getting behind the wheel of a real NASCAR race car that's been driven by Dale Jr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and other NASCAR favorites and putting the pedal to the medal. Unlike other racing experiences, there’s no lead car to follow here, you're driving by yourself and yes, passing is allowed! The instructors still offer guidance though, coaching those driving solo over a two-way car radio, and speed-chauffeuring racing enthusiasts around the track on ride-alongs.
It's been more than half a century since the Visual Arts Center of Richmond was founded to engage the community through art, proving Virginia's creative community is as fruitful as it is inventive. In rotating exhibits that spotlight local and nationally recognized artists, the museum makes contemporary art accessible, relatable, and rarely covered in bees. But it's not all about established artists. VisArts makes classes for the community a priority as well, and programs include an introduction to blacksmithing for adults, fabric design, letterpress printing, and weekly art classes for both adults and kids that focus on cartooning, clay, photography, and simple jewelry.
Sit shotgun at gunshot speeds in a NASCAR racing-experience pace car, driven by a professional NASCAR-racing instructor. Experienced pedal-pressers zoom three brisk laps around the Richmond International Raceway, giving copilots a blurry morning glimpse of the same track the racers will see that evening. After the ride-along, the adrenaline-drenched are invited to set up supper clubs in the parking lot for pre-race tailgating, granting them an opportunity to out-maneuver traffic, mingle with other racing enthusiasts, and crochet their own checkered flags.
The Nashville International Auto Show showcases rovers from the entire automotive spectrum, including classics and new models from major manufacturers, as well as the latest environmentally friendly machines. Feel free to mount the finely upholstered saddles of more than 200 debut motor-carriages like the Chevrolet Cruze, Acura TSX Sports Wagon, and Cadillac CTS Coupe, or pedal to the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Camaro Concept exhibit, which provides an up-close look of the ethanol fuel-powered car's custom paint job, advanced performance parts, and detachable beard.