When the Robinson helicopters at Queen City Helicopter Corp. aren’t acting as airborne classrooms for aspiring pilots, they’re whisking passengers on aerial tours of nearby landmarks. The peaks of Crowders Mountain, the sports arenas of uptown Charlotte, and the horses and buggies of the Charlotte Motor Speedway loom large in the windows of the chopper after it takes off from the company's very own private, FAA-approved heliport. On the ground at the FAA flight school, pilots safely test their abilities inside a flight simulator and study in the onsite classroom.
From behind the wheels of luxury automobiles by Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Jaguar, the Royal Limousine chauffeurs help guests to smoothly roll by miles of North and South Carolinian scenery. The company leads a variety of adventures, each designed to make it easy for customers to explore their neighboring states’ abundance of outdoor and cultural attractions. Destinations include horse ranches, football games, comedy clubs, ocean cruises, and hot air balloon launch sites, where guests arrive on time without having to consult maps or ask roadside armadillos for directions.
Detailing one’s own car can be a chore, but finding time to get it to the auto spa presents its own obstacles. That's why the minds behind Pristine Mobile Detail eliminated both tasks, bringing all the detailing equipment and know-how to customers’ homes and offices. Customers choose from four detailing packages—each include a speedy mini detail as well as a thorough full detail replete with clay-bar treatments.
At Carolina Ford Dealers, highly trained motor medics upgrade the performance of inefficient engines with the Works Fuel Saver Package, which, according to EPA estimates, can lead to improved fuel economy for most vehicles. The Works Fuel Saver Package begins with a multipoint inspection, during which eagle-eyed vehicle vets scour belts, brakes, and hoses to spot trouble areas and chase out nests of feral mud flaps. Then, grimy engine lifeblood is cleansed with up to five quarts of Motorcraft Synthetic Blend Oil and a Motorcraft Oil Filter. Car caretakers also rotate tires and check air filters to ensure the engine breathes air untainted by lint, dust, or dander from the Wooly Mammoth living in the trunk. Finally, auto jockeys test the battery’s lifespan before topping off the car’s fluids and clasping it in a prolonged goodbye hug. Customers must use their first package by February 10, 2012, and the following two within a year of their initial use. As an added perk to this deal, customers that redeem in August will get a $10 rebate through FordOwner.com.
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure places novice passengers alongside professional drivers for ride-along experiences on Talladega Superspeedway. At 2.66 miles around, Talladega Superspeedway is the largest oval racetrack in the Sprint Cup Series and is well-known throughout motorsports. Passengers circumnavigate the speedy circle at speeds of up to 175 mph aboard real racecars once owned by such drivers as Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip, and Bobby Labonte. Before embarking, riders receive safety training and suit up in a full fire suit complete with a helmet with facemask and Hans Device, the same head restraint used by professional heavy-metal guitarists. Talladega Superspeedway is located next to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is open daily to visitors.
Charlotte Party Charters ferries the fete-focused around Charlotte-area bars, clubs, events, and more in comfort and style. Groupon buyers get two hours aboard a London double-decker bus—affectionately named Clifford—with a 75-person seating capacity, standing room for 15 on the lower-level dance floor, and hanging space for up to 30 opossum gate crashers.