My Speed Vegas Experience Was Short, Sweet and All Too Brief

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My Speed Vegas experience was also very dark, but with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS involved, I could not care less.

First off, what is Speed Vegas? Well, it’s an arrive and drive experience, located in Las Vegas, for people who want to thrash around in supercars, go drifting, or try off-road truck racing. It sounds like a car enthusiasts dream. However, before I get going on how much fun I had at Speed Vegas, I am going to start with a question. When it comes to email, are you in the “I have zero unread emails” camp, or are you one of those people that has 17,586 unread emails and growing? For me, I’m the former. Don’t want to miss anything important that may come through, after all.

I bring this up because I received an email a few weeks ago where both the sender and subject simply said “Speed Vegas.” After opening said email, all that greeted me was a blank RSVP request. I figured, how bad could anything Speed Vegas sends be, and fired off a quick reply that I was in. So it was, two weeks later during SEMA, that I hopped on a party bus at the Aria hotel and was whisked away. After a 30 minute drive, myself and several other strangers had arrived. Welcome to Speed Vegas.

The music was booming, there was a stark juxtaposition between the bright lights and darkest darkness of the Nevada desert backdrop, oh, and the alcohol was flowing freely, for those so inclined. Of course, there’s a race track in the background, and I hear supercars being fired up. The booze can wait.

 

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Soon after, I figured out what the deal was. Speed Vegas has joined up with the Vegas Off-Road Experience to offer a joint motorsport experience in Vegas. Looking further into the distance, behind the race track, and an off-road course, with several peaky jumps was poking out. Oh boy.

Soon after, I figured out what the deal was. Speed Vegas has joined up with the Vegas Off-Road Experience to offer a joint motorsport experience in Vegas. Looking further into the distance, behind the race track, and an off-road course, with several peaky jumps was poking out. Oh boy.

About three seconds after this realization, a representative from Speed Vegas pulled me aside and said I had my pick of the three different experiences that they offer: drifting, track time and off-roading. Sign me up for all three, please.

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Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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