Give Him the Gift of Experience: The Xtreme Xperience

Give Him the Gift of Experience: The Xtreme Xperience

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.

Classroom Training

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!

Media PickUp

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!

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  1. Lon
    June 8, 2017 / 1:23 am

    Not a mom, but I took my 12 yr old son who is a car fanatic out to #xtremexperience for a ride along in the Lamborghini Huracan. Nothing but complete awesomeness. We were at the track in Atlanta as well, and we hope to catch them again in November. It is an experience

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 9:50 am

      What an awesome gift for him!! I hope you make it out in November!!

  2. June 7, 2017 / 8:25 am

    It looked like he had so much fun! I loved following along on your Insta Stories. So cool!

    • Shannnon
      June 7, 2017 / 8:50 am

      Thanks, girl! It was a great time for sure!

  3. We're the Joneses
    June 6, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    OMG this sounds so cool!!! My hubby would love this!

    • Shannnon
      June 7, 2017 / 12:05 am

      It was such a great time!

  4. madrediem
    June 6, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I got this for my now-husband for Christmas a few years ago and he still talks about how awesome it was. I remember he was like a kid in a candy shop when we pulled up!

    • Shannnon
      June 6, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      That’s so awesome!

  5. June 6, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Totally doing this for my husband for his birthday this year!

    • Shannnon
      June 6, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Oh yay! He’ll love it!

  6. Jenna
    June 6, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    What an amazing gift, he is one blessed man!

  7. June 6, 2017 / 8:02 am

    This is seriously the coolest experience. What a great idea Shannon!

    • Shannnon
      June 6, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Thank you! It was super fun for sure!

  8. June 5, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Wow this is the best Father’s Day gift idea. My husband is the same way, needs nothing and easy to please. But he LOVES cars! Thanks for sharing. I wonder if they have one in my area.

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      You should totally look into it! Todd loved it!!

  9. June 5, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Wow, this is the perfect gift! My hubby loves cars and he would love to do something like this. I’m glad you were able to enjoy with him too!

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      You should look into it! It was fun for me, too, and I didn’t even get in a car!

  10. Bethany
    June 5, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    My husband is also hard to buy for! He always just buys things he wants or needs within weeks of any gift giving occasion and it is SO FRUSTRATING! Giving an experience would be a great solution.

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Your husband sounds like he would get along great with mine!

  11. June 5, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    How fun!! This looks like such a great experience- you are so creative in finding this for him!!

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      It was definitely a great time!

  12. June 5, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    This is awesome! Totally outside the box. My hubby would love something like this. He’s super into cars.

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Ooooh you should check it out! Maybe they’re coming to your city!

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Oooh I bet he would love it!

  13. caitcance
    June 5, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    What a cool idea! My husband is the same way- doesn’t really care about stuff, buys whatever he needs for himself. He would be so into something like this!

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Yes! I’ve pretty much given up on trying to pick out tangible gifts anymore!

  14. xokerry
    June 5, 2017 / 11:54 am

    What a neat gift!! Your hubby sounds a lot like mine. He’s far from fancy and loves hunting and fishing. He would love this!

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Yes! They sound like two peas in a pod! Ha!

  15. June 5, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Ohh. This sounds awesome not only for the husband but also my dad. I will definitely be looking into this.

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Maybe they could do it together! How fun!

  16. June 5, 2017 / 8:51 am

    This sounds like a blast! I’m sure my husband would love this experience!

    • Shannnon
      June 5, 2017 / 8:55 am

      It really was! We loved it!

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