Have you ever dreamed of living out your childhood fantasies of being a racecar driver? Or envisioned what it might be like to cruise down the Strip in a Lamborghini? Or fantasized about test driving a car worth more than your yearly salary — and your best friends’ combined?
In Las Vegas, you can do all of the above. The city is home to a multitude of attractions that let visitors play with fast and fabulous cars.
For about $600, you can rent the luxury vehicle of your choice to cruise the Strip, day trip to the Grand Canyon or head out for a night on the town. Several companies here offer similar packages, but I recommend Las Vegas Exotic Car Rental. The company rents Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris and Maclarens. They are all stunning, in good repair and a blast to drive.
If speed is your thing, head over to the Richard Perry Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to drive racecars at speeds of up to 155 mph. Experience a three-lap, high-speed ride-along in a NASCAR race car or test your skills in the driver’s seat of an Indy Car.
I took a drive in three classic muscle cars, and it was amazing. After being prepped by an instructor, I got to test the speed, power and acceleration of these beauties on a real test track, with an F1-style starting line, radar displays and braking distance markers. The thrill and sheer force of gunning a vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds is indescribable.
At Exotics Racing, $399 will buy you 10 laps in an Aston Martin, Mercedes or Corvette. To date, more than 150,000 people have suited up and experienced the adrenaline pump.
“I’ve never done anything like it,” Irish tourist Stella Guinn said after taking a few laps. “I can barely drive my own car! But this was amazing. I felt like a real racecar driver.”
Are you more of a spectator than driver? The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts a multitude of races throughout the year, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Kobalt 400, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and Global RallyCross Championship. The 1,200-acre complex includes multiple tracks for motorsports.
From Nov. 11-14, Duel in the Desert, the country’s biggest dirt track race, will land at the Speedway, and the next NASCAR Weekend is planned for March 4-6. There are dozens of other races, big and small, in between.
The Speedway is a huge draw for fans; it easily attract thousands for races. And the atmosphere is unbeatable. People are friendly, enthusiastic and ready for a good time. Even if you aren’t a racing expert or superfan — I’m most certainly not — it’s a great way to spend a day.
If you’re on the Strip, don’t miss the Auto Collections at the Linq Hotel & Casino. The attraction combines the thrills of an exotic car museum with the opportunity to buy some of the most unique and eclectic automobiles in the world.
The always-changing car showroom features more than 250 antique, muscle, famous and historically significant cars, as well as special interest vehicles, worth a total of more than $100 million. Stroll among the vehicles while listening to a free audio guide to learn the incredible stories behind each automobile.
This is among the best attractions on the Strip whether or not you are a car junkie. The history of the vehicles is simply mindboggling. There are gems from the 1950s and ‘60s, authentic mid-century military vehicles and quarter-million-dollar racing machines.
Even if you don’t have the money to buy one, posing for pictures is free.