Drive Like an Idiot, Legally!
Whether you want to admit it or not, you’ve probably seen every single one of the Fast & Furious movies. C’mon, we’re all in this together; admit that you liked them at least for the radical cars (the musclecars, not those stupid neon-colored, fart-canned imports) and especially for the stunts that those cars pulled off. Yes, there were a lot of computer graphics (CG) employed in those movies, but there was in reality a ton of real-world stunt driving going on, and that stuff isn’t easy. Those of us who grew up watching the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show and The Rockford Files TV show in the ’70s dreamed of the day we got our driver’s license so we could practice jumping stuff, driving on two wheels, and “pulling a Rockford,” among other automotive hooliganism. (Some of which we did, just don’t tell our parents or the authorities, deal?)
If you watched those F&F films purely for the stunt driving but never had the guts to try it out on your own car, now’s your chance to learn how to do it in a controlled environment and from a true professional. The two-hour Bobby Ore Stunt Driving Experience gives you a taste of what it’s like to drive in a Hollywood blockbuster, and provides the chance to take it a step further with 1-, 2- and 3-day Stunt Schools to see if you have what it takes to have a career in the stunt driving industry.
The initial two-hour Stunt Driving Experience ($299) puts you behind the wheel (of a Mustang even, though not the ’65 shown here—that was for a music video) to learn how to drive through a slalom course, and then tackle stunt driving moves like forward 180s and, we presume, reverse 180s—The Rockford as we like to call it. The full day-long ($1,100) and multi-day classes go from more advanced stunt driving exercises all the way to the three-day Stunt School ($3,200) that is designed for both the general public and for people that are already in the industry. The first two days of this school are the same as the two-day class, but reinforces the fundamentals and then moves on to an introduction to drifting (where they cover both front- and rear-wheel drive cars). The school has dates near Sebring (Florida), Camarillo (California), and now Atlanta Motorsports Park.
Who is Bobby Ore you may be asking? He was a Hollywood stunt driver for years and in 1996 he created the Motion Picture Stunt Driving School in response to people in the Screen Actors Guild who came to him wanting to refine their driving skills and learn more about the industry. Bobby Ore Motorsports also trains military personnel law enforcement officers, and “dignitary protection specialists.”
For more information, you can contact the school directly at BobbyOreMotorsports.com or (863) 655-9292.
(Original article featured in Mustang Monthly and the website www.mustangsandfords.com. Original post launched Friday, December 11, 2015)