Car Lover’s Ultimate Bucket List

Whether you love cars as a driver or just a spectator, there are certain “bucket list” items that are more than just a to-do – they’re a rite of passage. You can tour the roads of northern Italy or take a lap on the Nürburgring in Germany, but these are the five experiences you simply have to see and do first.

Car Pushing 180 on the Autobahn

  1. The Autobahn

If you have the need for speed, you need Germany’s Autobahn. Imagine driving down a perfectly maintained freeway – and there is no speed limit. It’s no surprise this network of German roads is consistently occupied by the world’s most powerful supercars. There’s almost no other public road in the world where you can (legally) push a car, and your courage, to its limits.

Racing at the Indy 500

  1. Indy 500

The Indy 500 is pure, unbridled Americana. It’s the American Pie of races in the United States, and it takes place at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year. While most Americans have eyes on NASCAR, the Indy 500 is one of the few races where non-stock cars get the spotlight. If you have the chance to see it live, do it – everything from the sounds of the engines to the pit stops is truly unique.

Daytona 500

  1. Daytona 500

If you fancy yourself more of a NASCAR fan, the Daytona 500 is the race you need to see. But in the 35-race series for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, what makes this one so special? The Daytona 500 is held at the end of a two-week, action-packed group of races called Speedweeks, and it’s like March Madness to a NASCAR fan. But while the race on the track has raised stakes, it’s the crowd and atmosphere that make the Daytona 500 America’s favorite race to see in person.

Bonneville Salt Flats

  1. Bonneville Salt Flats

Have you ever seen a video where any vehicle breaks the land speed record? Often, the background is a solid, flat white desert with mountains over the horizon. It’s the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and it’s one of the largest, flattest pieces of land in the world. Even if you don’t get to actually drive a vehicle on the flats, which feel like they go on forever, you may have the chance to see a record attempt in action.

Driving in Rally School

  1. Rally School

There’s racing school, and then there’s rally school. And if the only roads you’ve ever driven are made of asphalt, this is a one-in-a-lifetime experience you can’t miss. Rally schools like DirtFish in Washington State will have you behind the wheel and driving a beast on some of the most intense dirt roads in the country. It’s a driving experience like no other.




Photos by: Michael PereckasJim Bauertequilamikeceajaegirl, and DirtFish Rally School/Sean McDonough

2 thoughts

  1. Wow! I am speechless. They are in my bucket list too! I own a car also, and I want to upgrade it with the things listed in this bucket list of yours. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us.

  2. don’t wait to do things, plan on doing them, then do it . I worked in a shop surrounded by negative people. my wife and I regularly went ,saw and did things on our bucket list. that mindset still directs us today, lets do that ! drive from British Columbia to kings gate Montana, staggering . Utah has the most amazing road trips that you can drive. the burning house in Utah. don’t wait do it.

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