Like everyone else on the planet, Bonduarant High Performance Driving School is looking at 2021 as a fresh start with exciting new opportunities. They spent last summer pulverizing and resurfacing the 1.6-mile road course and making improvements to the event, classroom, and entrance facilities.
Bondurant is also experimenting with new offerings on their roster of classes. One is reminiscent of the days when you could rub elbows with celebrities hitting the track while they were training for a movie role or simply looking to have fun. Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, and many more made their way to Bondurant for seat time and valuable training over the years.
Bondurant brought in TV personalities and auto celebrities Chris Jacobs and Cristy Lee for a one-day High Performance Driving class, and welcomed three-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan to host their Dodge Demon Drag Racing class. They invited Vintage Motorsport to check out the experience and as much as I would have loved to do both, I opted for the HPD class with Chris and Cristy.
Having done a few of these classes at Bondurant before, I was mostly familiar with the content, but having Chris and Cristy around was a welcome change. I had the opportunity to catch up on their projects, talk about past experiences at Bondurant, and even feel a little competitive during the timed autocross portion of the day.
In all, I found the experience enjoyable. Sunny, 75-degree weather, a 500hp RWD car, and hanging with a few fellow gearheads is a recipe for a good time. Bondurant said there are plans to do more of these celebrity classes in the future, and I’m all for keeping that tradition going.