Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Awesome Driver Experiences We Want This Year

Skip Barber Racing School

Location: Road Atlanta, Mazda Raceway Leguna Seca
Cost: $800-1,000 (One-day school), $1,200-1,400 (Two-day school)

The Skip Barber school is more than just an experience. It's the most useful class you'll find on this list. This instruction is all about learning the ins and outs of a car, learning how it behaves when you do this or that, and how to handle it, when you're hit with the unexpected. That means you'll learn stick, threshold braking, recoveries, and lane-toss in the comfort of Mazda RX-8s, Mazda MX-5 roadsters, and MAZDA3 sedans. If you want to hand out more cash, you can even learn how to "rotate" a car and learn how to drift properly.

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