Quarter-miles are a lot of fun, but if you really want to see fast cars-those that run flat-out for top-speed supremacy-it might be time to attend some events that traverse a bit more geography. It takes a long, wide-open space to see how fast your car really is, and if you want to find out legally and safely, there is a growing list of options. One thing's for sure, there's nothing like going WTFO and letting it eat! You know you want it.

Historically, there were few places rodders could test their metal and their mettle at top speed, but nowadays sand, salt, and pavement venues exist across the country to run your rod. Some of them, like Bonneville, El Mirage, and Maxton are straight-line affairs, while others like Silver State and Big Bend, take on some serious high-speed sweeping turns on public roadways. The pucker factor is absolutely incredible, and any search of YouTube will cough up dozens of hair-raising rides.

The good news is that while you can crest 200 at any of these events with the right equipment, none require joining the 200-mph club to be part of the fun. Fortunately, there are a variety of classes for different types of cars and drivers, so you will be able to find your own comfort zone easily. If you've got a car that can handle the exertion, and if you've got the nerve to keep your foot on the floor, here are 14 events you could go 200 mph or more!

Land Speed Racing
Event: El Mirage
Organizer: Southern California Timing Association (SCTA)
Track locale: El Mirage dry lake bed, El Mirage, California
Why go? After the closing of Muroc dry lake to rodders at the start of WWII, El Mirage became the place for southern California racers to run their iron and is still an active location for racers of all types seeking "Dirty 2" honors.
Get more info: www.SCTA-BNI.org

Event: Speed Week
Organizer: Southern California Timing Association (SCTA)
Track locale: Bonneville Salt Flats, outside Wendover, Utah Why go? It's quite literally the genesis of hot rodding and is still home to some of the most innovative hot rods and hot rodders, as well as the fastest.
Get more info: www.SCTA-BNI.org

Event: World Of Speed
Organizer: Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA)
Track locale: Bonneville Salt Lake, Utah
Why go? The USFRA has 130mph and 150mph clubs for those wanting to run near stock or mild competition vehicles-perfect for getting your first taste of the salt.
Get more info: www.SaltFlats.com

Open Road Racing
Event: Big Bend Open Road Race
Organizer: Big Bend Open Road Race
Track locale: U.S. Highway 285 south from Fort Stockton, Texas, to Sanderson, Texas, and back
Why go? Big Bend lays claim to the title of "Most Challenging Open Road Race in the World" due to the amount of curves that demand driver attention.
Get more info: www.BBORR.com

Event: Bonneville 100
Organizer: MKM Racing Promotions
Track locale: Highway 93A, Wendover, Nevada
Why go? On the first leg of the race, racers climb almost 2,000 feet in altitude (4,400 to 6,200 feet), then after a short turnaround, they race back toward Wendover at full-throttle downhill.
Get more info: www.OpenRoadRacing.com

Event: Chihuahua Express
Organizer: Silver State Classic Challenge (SSCC) International Series
Track locale: City of Chihuahua, State of Chihuahua, Mexico Why go? Staged rally racing in a scenic foreign country for a reasonable price. It's like the La Carrera Panamericana without the vehicle vintage restrictions.
Get more info: www.SilverStateClassic.com & www.SSCC.us