You have the horsepower but no place to unleash it. Here, performance-car gurus divulge the best places to find out if your ride grips curves like the salesman said it would. Ian Daly
Head to Long Beach on Long Island and get on the 10-mile stretch of Ocean Parkway between the Robert Moses Causeway and the Meadowbrook Parkway. "It's as close to a public racecourse as possible," says Noah Lehmann-Haupt, owner of Gotham Dream Cars. "People push cars up past 200 miles per hour there."
Escape the traffic on the PCH by veering off at Topanga Canyon Road. "It feels like the south of France," says Michael Prichinello, who's been scoping out an L.A. location for his Manhattan-based Classic Car Club. After the first few winding miles, there are straight runs where you can downshift and bury the needle.
Sometimes the best option is the most obvious one, says James Hondros, director of Braman Motors, a rare-car dealership in Miami. In this case, that's Interstate 95. Traffic moves fast—80 to 90 mph when it's not rush hour—and there's safety in numbers if you want to gun it Sonny Crockettstyle.
Forget Lake Shore Drive—take Sheridan Road from Highland Park toward Wisconsin through a windy 15-mile stretch called the Ravines. If you have the day, head west and follow the Great River Road north along the Iowa border, says Hugh Ruthven, who plans events for the Ferrari Club of North America.