It’s a good question!
- A high-performance driving specialist at the helm
- Professional, performance driving tips
- Pre-visited and personally selected accommodation: We never rely on reviews – instead, we stay at every lodge we recommend and pre-determine service levels, parking, food quality and cleanliness
- Undiscovered vantage points
- Video footage
- Welcome reception and open bar
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Extensively researched route planning: We know The Smoky Mountains like the back of our hands! And, all our routes are pre-planned to the mile – from surveying the road quality to assessing congestion and scoping scenery for photographic opportunities
- Enthusiasm, passion and knowledge: Spearheaded by self-driving specialist, Andy has participated in high-performance driving for over a decade and covered 10,000 miles of driving in The Great Smoky Mountains, alone.
- Branded welcome kit
- Camaraderie: Our events are as much about a specialized driving experience as they are the people. And, the friendships developed are often lasting so share your passion with like-minded sports car enthusiasts
We always kick-off with an early breakfast to fuel a full-day’s driving, starting at 9am and returning to the lodge around 5pm. By full we mean seven hours on the road. By design, you shouldn’t do more than eight, and by the time we’ve included fuel stops, lunch breaks and photo bombs, you’re looking at about five to six hours actual driving time. Any more than that, we’d be on our knees and thirsty for a cold one!
Before we drive, we briefly cover car control techniques and rules of the road. All our drives are lead/follow with Andy in the lead.
The short answer is like-minded, sports car enthusiasts, much like you!
Our events include a balance between individuals, couples and pairs – could be your partner, friend or family member – with a passion for unpretentious, adventure-fueled driving experiences.
Absolutely! Typically, our events are made up of 1/4 couples and 3/4 singles. And by couples we mean spouse, partner, friend or child (over 16 years of age please). Just no pets please (yes, people have been known to ask).
If your partner is not a driving enthusiast and would like to remain at the lodge, we provide an activities list in your room upon arrival which includes details of walking, hiking and enjoying the facilities.
It’s worth remembering that these events are about getting the most out of your sports car, learning specialized driving techniques and creating camaraderie, so we always limit participation to a maximum of ten cars.
Although we implement stringent safety procedures to mitigate risk – such as inter-vehicle communication, a convoy system and avoiding built up areas – each driver is responsible for their own vehicle insurance, vehicle checks, AAA and/or vehicle manufacturer roadside assistance.
We recommend you get a pre-event vehicle inspection (similar to a track inspection), that inspects your tires, brake pads, brake fluid boiling temperature. Your brakes will get used quite a bit and the fluid will get hot. Whether or not racing brake fluid is needed should be based on your manufacturers recommendation. We highly recommend it – taking a two day mountain driving event of approximately 500 miles into account.
To sign up to an event, click on the Book Now button where you will be given an option to pay 50% deposit (if more than 21 days prior to event start date) or full payment. Please select your ticket type (single, double, multi).
If a deposit has been made, you will receive an email when it is time to make final payment (21 days prior to event start date).
On payment, an account is automatically created and an email is sent to confirm the account has been set up.
Within the ‘My Account’ there is a section to complete the necessary waivers for the event which need to be completed before the event starts.
- Driver’s license
- Credit cards
- Bug spray
- Face masks and hand sanitizer
- Brimmed hat or baseball cap
And don’t forget to dress for the season. Our lodging locations are casual – so put away your sports coats and cocktail dresses but bring closed toed shoes for dinner and driving during the day!
It’s not uncommon for drivers who don’t normally suffer from motion sickness, to become more susceptible to it on the mountain roads. So, we’d suggest bringing an anti-nausea medication as a preventative measure, regardless. But, please validate it with your doctor first!
The short answer is, very changeable! Bring an outfit for every eventuality.
We’ve put together a little list of extra’s for you:
- Rain jacket
We drive (rain or shine) but naturally if the weather becomes dangerous, we reserve the right to cancel the day – to be fair, that doesn’t happen often!
We take both health and safety seriously. Considering Covid-19, we have implemented a number of practices and precautions, across the board. These include:
- Adherence to local Covid-19 policy throughout the duration of the event
- Sanitization packs – including hand sanitizer and wipes
- Hospital grade disinfectant throughout the lodge
The cell phone service in the mountains tends to be intermittent, so we carry a satellite phone. The lodging does not have any landline phones, but does have WiFi. Cell service is better with Verizon than AT&T.
In addition, each car is fitted with a two-way radio system – enabling inter-car communication and changes such as traffic, obstacles, low fuel or rest stops. But besides the logistics and safety they are an endless source of entertaining banter!
Our rallies are open to owners of sports and performance cars. Examples of cars that have attended include: Porsche, BMW M, Mercedes AMG, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lamborghini, McLaren, Audi S/RS, Corvette, Camaro and Mustang to name a few. Our events are geared towards drivers who live to drive and want to enhance their driving skills.
A 50% non-refundable booking fee is required at the time of booking.
Full payment is due within 21 days of the event start date.
If booking occurs within 21 days of the event start date, full payment is required.
There are no refunds of the 50% booking fee except as described below.
There are no refunds on changes or cancellations not made more than 21 days prior to the event start date.
A no show for any reason forfeits the full event amount. Refunds will not be issued for no shows due to weather or transport problems.
All bookings purchased through special offers are non-refundable.
If RS Xperience has to cancel the event due to Covid-19 or any other reason (e.g. medical), we are happy to transfer your booking to a future event within 12 months or we will refund you the full amount paid.