My husband is one of the hardest people in the world to shop for. He’s not a complicated guy, quite the opposite actually; he’s pretty simple (not in the dumb sense, in the low-maintenance sense). Fancy things are lost on him unless said fancy things are firearms or fishing rods, neither of which he needs. Real talk. So when I ask what he wants for [insert all gift-giving holidays] he literally always says, “nothing”. I mean, we’re the kind of people who just go out and buy whatever we need. And, before I left my job, we always went out and bought what we wanted (within reason), too. What I love about Todd, though, is that he values experiences over things any day of the week. So when I caught wind of the Xtreme Xperience, I knew that he would love it. And I was right. Although our day at the track was just this past weekend, Todd actually received the Xtreme Xperience as his birthday gift back in March and he could barely contain himself, having to wait so long to use it. Xtreme Xperience travels a circuit around the US so they’re always somewhere different. So, we had to wait awhile for them to come back to Atlanta. Here’s how our day unfolded.
Arrival & Check-In
Our scheduled check-in time was 12:00pm. High noon in the south = hot. But we were ready with shorts, t-shirts, and sneakers. Xtreme Xperience requires that you wear closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers. The Atlanta Motorsports Park is about an hour and a half north of where we live so we made sure to give ourselves plenty of time to get there. Atlanta traffic can be ridic, even on Saturdays. When we arrived, we signed a form and received arm bands before we even parked. Once parked, we walked up to the check-in tent that had two lines. The first line was to sign waivers and receive a second wrist band. The second line was to check-in and receive our passes and directions for the day. We had to go through both but they moved pretty quickly. There were a ton of people on staff, coolers full of complimentary water everywhere, and everything was clearly marked. Literally no complaints.
Once we were all checked in, we headed into the main building so Todd could take his driver instruction class. I was a mere spectator for the day and the class was packed so I hung out in the air-conditioned lobby and surfed Instagram. The walls were glass, though, so I could see that the instructor was very thorough and animated. It was only 15-20 minutes long but Todd said he didn’t leave out a thing. All drivers are required to go to training before they’re allowed to drive.
Evo Lead Car Ride-Along
After class was over, we headed down to the pit so Todd could get ready for his Evo Lead Car Ride-Along. It’s a great way to get to learn the track before driving on it. The Evo Lead Car Ride-Along isn’t included as part of the day but Todd said it’s worth every penny because he not only got to know and feel comfortable on the track, but the driver was a semi-pro and the ride itself was a rush! Before he could get in the car, though, he had to get a headsock and helmet on. I got a good chuckle because he looked like a bank robber with the headsock on. Anyway, I hung out under the tents in the pit with the other spectators while he rode. Once he got back from his 3 laps, he said it was so fun he didn’t even need to drive. Ha!
Time to Drive
After the Evo Lead Car Ride-Along, it was time for Todd to get in line to get in the driver’s seat. When you book the Xtreme Xperience, you get to choose your car. Todd’s car was a Ferrari 458 Italia. They had it all set up in a super easy way; you just line up according to your car. Easy peasy. All drivers have an instructor with them in the passenger seat, of course. So, when Todd’s car pulled up, he got in and took off for his 3 laps around the track. I wanted to be able to see him drive as best as possible so this time I watched from the second floor of the main building to get a better view of the track.
How It Went
He was all smiles when he came back from his ride. His exact words were, “That was a really unique experience!” He had only two complaints: the first was that there was someone driving pretty slowly in front of him and the second was that he wished the track had more straightaways so he could have gunned it more. He was able to get up to about 100 mph at one point, though. Before pulling back into the pit, the staff stopped him so they could snap his photo in the car in front of one of their trailers. All in all, he loved it!
After his ride, Todd threw his headsock in the return bin, gave back his helmet, and we headed over to the media tent to pick up his video and photo. When we checked in, they gave him a bracelet that was a USB flash drive. Todd was instructed to give it to the driver before his ride. The instructor then plugged it into the GoPro (or whatever it was) to document the whole thing. What we got back was a split screen video: the top was what Todd was seeing as he drove and the bottom was a view of him and the instructor in the car. Also on screen was an speedometer showing his speed and an outline of the track with a moving dot showing where on it he was. Basically, the video is super cool.
After media pickup, we were done for the day! We were at the track for just under 2 awesome hours. We loved that everything was super efficient and organized and the staff was very friendly and helpful. It was literally impossible to get lost and/or not know where to go or what to do.
Why This is a Great Gift
It’s unique! It’s fun! It’s exciting! And, it’s something we’ll never forget, especially Todd (obvi). With your reservation, you’ll be able to download a certificate (of sorts) with a photo of the car you choose to give as the tangible gift while you wait for your track date! We had a great time and I hope y’all do, too!