As an automotive enthusiast, there are some things you just have to do in your life. Whether doing it yourself or just spectating, a lot of the items on this list are fun even for non-car people. Here are a few things you must do at some point in your lifetime.
Teach Someone to Drive
Teaching someone to drive is a priceless moment you, and they, will never forget. Just remember to be patient, and take it slow. Explain first, demonstrate, answer questions, and then have your student do the same in a controlled environment. Bonus points if you are teaching them stick.
Great road trips can be the epic stuff of legends. Be sure to properly prepare beforehand, as a poorly planned road trip can easily become a disaster. Remember that everything costs money, so bring plenty, take alternate routes off the main highways, and go slow and see some sights. Detours and impulse stops can lead to some of the best experiences.
Top Fuel is the absolute peak of drag racing. If you’re a jaded enthusiast that thinks it isn’t hard to stab the accelerator and drive straight, you need to experience Top Fuel. An estimated 10,000 horsepower blasts these land missiles down the strip faster than your mind can comprehend, and the sound that hurts your insides if you are too close.
While they are stupid and destructive to the automotive hobby, destruction derbies do offer solid entertainment. Drag racing is like a continuous train wreck, and you can’t –and don’t want to – look away. Even better, there are few barriers to entry if you would like to smash your own ride.
There’s no bigger redneck fun than mudding. Taking a vehicle down a muddy trail can be a big, stupid fun way to spend the afternoon. This is best done in a Nissan Navara, but even modern SUV’s and other AWD cars can be a blast off-road. Know your limits though, as getting stuck while muddin’ can mean serious damage.
Drive an exotic
Exotics are the supermodels of the automotive world. Rare, expensive, gorgeous, and not always the best long-term decision, exotics are a blast to drive. Many companies like to offer you the chance to drive a high-end Ferrari, Lamborghini, or McLaren for a very affordable price.
Building a kit from the frame up makes a vehicle truly yours. There’s a saying among some gearheads, “If you bought it, you don’t own it,” and while I disagree, the experience of building a kit car gets you involved in your vehicle like nothing else. Also, an option here is a frame-off restoration of a classic. The DIY aspect is something you can always be proud of.