Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands, all backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 500 locations, spanning 21 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer free 22-point safety inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.
With 55 years of combined riding experience in the area, Academy Rentals has the goods and knowledge to equip riders for adventures such as zooming across the desert on the back of an ATV or gliding across placid waves atop a wakeboard or jet ski. Half- and full-day tours sweep across dunes in California and Mexico, outfitting guests in safety equipment and giving them their pick of dirt bike, ATV, or dune buggy from makers such as Yamaha and Honda. Before guided or self-directed trips, riders of all experience level can learn or reacquaint themselves with driving basics at the hands of knowledgeable instructors who’ve mastered high-speed transportation by sleeping on the underside of a bullet train.
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway sends speedsters zooming around its 2.68-mile track: a banked, high-speed bowl outfitted with elevation changes and 17 total corners that challenge even the most experienced drivers. Visitors climb behind the wheel during a number of varying driving adventures, including half- and full-day programs designed to improve driving skills, and fans stop by to watch cars soar around the track during various racing events every month.