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The Insiders: Take an exotic drive

Ben Conant, Keith Testa, Insider, Thursday, February 14, 2013.

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

Ben Conant, Keith Testa, Insider, Thursday, February 14, 2013. (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

For most of us, the closest we’ve ever come to driving a Lamborghini or a Ferrari is when we were daydreaming, staring at the posters on our walls. The Countach poster was right up there next to the one of Kathy Ireland (have we dated ourselves with that reference? Don’t worry, we’re used to it – we dated ourselves all throughout high school, and Ms. Ireland was there, too!). Well, it’s time to wake up and make that daydream into a reality, as the Exotic Driving Experience rolls into Loudon this weekend. For a small (okay, like $200-300) fee, you can cruise the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a variety of totally rad rides: Lambos, Ferraris, Porsches, Aston Martins and more. A professional driving instructor will ride with you as you drift, draft and drive around those treacherous turns, just in case you forget how to drive partway through. Try not to succumb to your natural instinct to follow Harry Hogge’s mantra from the seminal 1990 racing film Days of Thunder; while we agree that “Rubbing’s racing,” we do not encourage you to trade paint with any of the exotic cars on the track.

The Exotic Driving Experience will be at the track starting at 8 a.m. today; visit for more information or to reserve your car. If the slots fill up today, the experience extends to tomorrow as well.

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Driving sports cars on a racetrack isn’t for everyone, of course. If you don’t like passing except when it follows a slip and a stitch, check out the Capital Quilters Guild’s annual show at the Goldie Crocker Wellness Center (on the NHTI campus). Those who attend “Quilted Expressions” will not only have a chance to view the top comfy quilts created by local crafters, they will have a shot at winning several raffle prizes: a queen size quilt, a Janome sewing machine or up to 150 “fat quarters!” At $1 a raffle ticket, you can’t afford not to enter! The show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow. Admission is $6 or $5 for seniors and students. For more information, visit or call 271-6484.

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