Father’s Day Ideas for the Car-Loving Atlanta Dad
Father’s Day in Atlanta usually means sunshine and warm weather – the perfect backdrop for car-loving dads to enjoy their vehicles. If you’ve got an auto buff in your household, forget the oh-so-typical tie or cologne gift this year, and consider these unique Father’s Day options certain to turn his gears.
LEGOLAND ‘Daddy & Me’ Lego Car Racers Event
Who says dad is the only guy in the house who likes fast cars? The Atlanta LEGOLAND Discovery Center is hosting a father and son Lego car racing event at its Phipps Plaza location on Father’s Day this year. The hands-on event is a perfect gift for a dad with young sons. Father and son will build their own Lego-based car, and enter the race for a chance to win a number of prizes – ranging from Lego kits to LEGOLAND amusement park tickets. The event is free to enter.
Race Car Experiences at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Every auto-fanatic dad has dreamed of steering the wheel of a race car, and you can help make that dream a reality at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where everything from personalized Ferrari experiences to legitimate competitive race car driving opportunities are available. Please note, it’s a good idea to check whether the programs below offer insurance; this type of excursion may not be covered under your own auto policy.
Dad can experience the thrill of IndyCar racing firsthand at the Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Andretti Racing School. For $130, pop can ride along in an authentic Indy-style race car at speeds of up to 170 mph while accompanied by a professional instructor. He can also drive the vehicle himself, for an additional cost.
If NASCAR racing is more your dad’s style, then the SpeedTech Auto Racing School at the Atlanta Motor Speedway offers just what his heart desires: the chance to drive championship-style laps in a NASCAR Sprint Cup car accompanied by a professional instructor. Choose from as few as three laps around the course, or up to a full-contest length experience for the more adventurous.
A word to the wise: Heavily discounted passes for these experiences are sometimes available via group discount sites, such as Groupon.com.
Luxury Car Rentals
Do the words “Ferrari” or “Porsche” make your dad’s eyes twinkle and his heart go pitter-patter? Indulge his exotic car love affair with a luxury car rental gift certificate from Prestige Luxury Vehicles in College Park. The selection also includes Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Aston Martin sport coupes.
Emergency Tool Kits, Auto Detailing & More
Local coupon and deals sites offer a variety of more traditional car gifts at reduced prices. Sites such as GiftRocket.com and Giftly.com offer gift cards for local auto detailing, car repair, and assorted car services. Meanwhile, a recent search on Atlanta’s LivingSocial.com page, for example, turned up a handy emergency roadside kit for just $34 as well as a nifty dual Android and Apple device charger for only $10.
If your dad likes a little two-wheeled action, consider giving him a motorcycle riding course. The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Motorcycle Safety Program focuses on safety and riding techniques, such as cornering, turns and crash avoidance. The Department even offers an advanced course designed for frequent or competitive riders.
Before Dad hits the road this Father’s Day, be sure he checks out the local traffic conditions: 511ga.org can give him a quick read on where to best enjoy his holiday ride.