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Ten reasons why Las Vegas is the perfect petrolhead destination

Love cars? Of course you do. Well, here’s why Las Vegas is the surprise new place for people like you…

Las Vegas
  • Think ‘petrolhead holidays’ and what comes to mind? Perhaps an agile sports car slithering up the Stelvio Pass, or elbowing your way through the monied masses for a view of the Monaco Grand Prix?

    Time to shift your imagination 6,000 miles to the west. Las Vegas is one of F1’s newest homes and a prime destination to get your automotive fix. And in so many different ways…. Join us for a trip to the Strip for just ten compelling reasons why the Nevada hot spot should be your next getaway

  • Visit F1’s wildest new race

    What better way to flee the UK winter than flying west to see the greatest show on earth? A bold claim given the wild entertainment Las Vegas is traditionally famed for, but Formula 1’s shiny new calendar date genuinely delivered on its blockbuster billing in 2023. This 17-turn street circuit takes in iconic hotels and venues like Caesars Palace, Bellagio and freshly opened Sphere as the biggest names in motorsport battle it out over 50 laps. Last year saw last-lap lunges and plenty of jaw-dropping action – expect its November 2024 follow-up to dial up the glitz even more.

  • SEMA motor show

    SEMA is unlike any motor show on earth. Over 2,000 exhibitors fill two million square feet of exhibit space every November as the world of aftermarket
    modification gets its moment under the dazzling
    spotlight only Vegas can provide. This is aftermarket done properly, with even ginormous global carmakers using it as an opportunity to rattle their skunkworks departments into action and prove there’s a sense of humour and true passion buried beneath their
    corporate messages. And don’t forget to make time for SEMA Fest, two days of music and motorsport thrills including action from Nitro Circus, Formula Drift and Hoonigan.

  • Get hands on with some national motorsport

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway is but a short drive from the Strip and the perfect place to sample some
    national sporting treasures. NASCAR visits in both spring and autumn for huge weekends of action while the wonderful world of drag racing headlines the NHRA Nevada Nationals. You can even lap the Speedway yourself via supercar with Dream Racing or their NASCAR Racing Experience. Yes, you really can drive a NASCAR around Las Vegas Motor Speedway, both against the clock and with instruction from a
    personal spotter over two-way radio comms. Shake and bake!

  • Those who like four wheels are often partial to two. So if you want to burn off the fabulous food from the Strip’s umpteen restaurants, why not get involved in a Tour de France event? No, we’ve not lost all grasp of geography – Tour de France experts have helped craft three different routes for L’Etape Las Vegas. Heading into the stunning Red Rock Canyon and ascending through 25, 45 and 75-mile lengths and over 1800m in elevation, the winners of the toughest route even get to wear a yellow jersey. Everyone else can push their body to the limit knowing a host of
    restorative spa treatments await them back in town.

  • Hire a muscle car – and head on a road trip

    Is hiring a Mustang convertible a cliché? Is pointing a Camaro at a canyon a bit obvious? Who cares either way – these are ‘must do’ activities for any car-loving US visitor for a good reason. An abundance of hire companies will lend you something with eight
    cylinders and an appetite for long, open roads; just up to you to choose the destination. The glorious scenery of Red Rock or the Extraterrestrial Highway are merely two of the thrilling possibilities.

  • The vast plains of Nevada provide the perfect backdrop for the sensational speeds of fighter jet training. An ideal opportunity to learn your F-15 from your F-16, or to see the F-35 Lightning II now used by Britain’s Royal Air Force practice some of its astonishing 9g dance moves. Each takes off and lands at Nellis Air Force Base a dozen miles northeast of Las Vegas. Fancy a go yourself? Visit Sky Combat Ace to hit the skies and learn aerobatics or sample lighter-hearted combat via the most thrilling game of laser tag you’ll ever encounter.

  • Fremont Street Experience

    Speed doesn’t have to mean four wheels. For those willing to hand control to someone else for their adrenaline, there’s the Strip’s world-famous
    rollercoasters. The Big Apple Coaster at
    New York-New York hits almost 70mph, while Big Shot at The STRAT gives you a taste of America’s iconic rocket launches as it fires you skyward with a force of 4g. Want to incorporate some sightseeing? SlotZilla Zoomline gives you a uniquely exhilarating view of Downtown Las Vegas as you zip through, eyes on stalks…

  • Achieve a (very) big tick on your bucket list

    The big hitter. If you’ve an adventurous spirit then a trip out of Vegas to take in the Grand Canyon isn’t just advised, it’s borderline essential. Maverick Helicopters will fly you out of the Strip for a mind-scrambling look into the wondrous cavern of the Grand Canyon and its 1.2 million acres – or simply hop back in that V8 and drive there for an unforgettable hike and a night spent gazing at a vast blanket of stars.

  • the wonderous engineering of Hoover Dam

    Closer to home (well, your hotel) is Hoover Dam, among the greatest construction achievements of the last century and the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere. Sitting on the Nevada and Arizona border, it ought to floor the jaw of any car geek – we all love vast engineering ambition, after all. Completed in the mid-1930s, this concrete
    arch-gravity dam is an astonishing 221m high – Big Ben and the London Eye stacked on top of one
    another, basically – and utilises 3.3 million cubic
    metres of concrete. Yowzers.

    So, plenty to choose from and dozens of hotels and hundreds of bars and restaurants to keep you well
    fuelled and rested for all the action Las Vegas has to
    offer. We’ll see you there…

    For everything you need to know about your next trip to Vegas, head this way!


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