I was probably 7 when I went to my first car derby. It wasn’t something I was dying to go to, but family friends offered to take me so off I went to sit on metal bleacher stands watching jalopy vehicles drive around a dirt track. To this day I’m not sure what the point was, but I think it had to do with crashing into other cars. It was like real-life bumper cars.
As a girly-girl, it wasn’t something I would have thought to go to on my own. Over the years of my youth I went to these smash-up derby car things about 10 or 15 times. Most of the time I just sat there being the well-behaved child I was. A few times, though, I realized that there were women drivers so after the event I’d go down to the pit area and ask a few questions of the ladies. I don’t remember a lot about what I asked or what was said, but it was one of those times that got filed away under “girls can do anything”.
Car racing isn’t my thing and never has been. I’ve never attended a live NASCAR even, despite it being in my own backyard and it being so well attended by women. I’ve watched the news reports about the few women who have broken into car racing, whether NASCAR or Formula-1. But both are dominated by men. So why would I have put down anything related to either of these on my “someday list”? Actually, on my Someday List is that I’d like to meet Danica Patrick and thank her for being a role model for young girls. So, why do I mention this “need for speed” thing?
On December 9th, I’m heading to Phoenix International Raceway, as a guest of Cloud-9 Living, to do a Ride-Along in a NASCAR-style vehicle on an official NASCAR track. I’ll go 3-laps at an average speed of 180mph while being fully suited up and having taken my seat only after climbing through the car’s window like a real driver would. I won’t be driving; I know my limitations right now. But for this gal who’s been stopped by a highway patrol officer for going 98 in a 75, this is going to be THRILLING beyond belief!
I’ll be sharing details and photos too, so you’ll have to come back and, if you’re on Twitter follow me there for the tweets of that day. Until then, you can enter to win your own experience, even if it’s not on your bucket list! Until December 15th you can enter to win one of 9 prizes to enjoy experiences such as learning to fly, a spa experience, golfing with a PGA pro or even your own stock car experience! Working with the people at Cloud-9 Living has been so easy and they’ve been so excited to help create the stock car ride-along experience.
So, GO ENTER! I hope you win one of these experiences. Also, if you’re looking for a gift that would be something they’ll be talking about for years, check out all the experiences available from Cloud-9 Living. They are located across the country so you can arrange the experience even if you can’t be there.
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