October 11, 2012 6:15 AM |
Posted By: Secret Supercar Owner
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Of all the experiences I have had with various supercars, some of the ones that have been the most memorable are the road trips. While doing a major road trip in a great car on your own is fun, doing it with a group of fellow owner/enthusiasts can be epic. The sound and sight of a line of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Moslers cutting through a rural valley or climbing a mountain road always puts a huge smile on my face. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to be able to do road trips of varying lengths in multiple Ferraris, the Mosler MT 900S, and a couple of Porsche 911s.
In terms of a solo trip, probably the most memorable was the one I did about 5 years ago with the Ferrari F40 in Italy. Driving an F40 in Italy is probably the closest I will ever come to being a celebrity. Everyone I saw had a smile for the car and the number of camera phones pointed at it was countless. Traffic in small towns actually parted in one case to let me through and even the Carabinieri gave the car a big thumbs up. One officer, who came over to talk to me at a petrol stop, told me to enjoy the roads in Italy, but to be careful when I crossed over into France as the French police don’t like Ferraris. It just doesn’t get much better or friendlier than that.
While a solo trip can be great, sharing the experience with a group of like-minded enthusiasts adds another very positive dimension to the trip. While I have done the larger group tours, I have found that a smaller group of 6-12 cars is preferred as the logistics are much easier to manage. The ingredients for an epic trip are great cars, great roads, great hotels, great food, and great company. All of which are not hard to pull together with a bit of work and planning. While the cars and roads are the core, getting the rest of the equation right make the difference between a fun couple of days out and a highly memorable experience. On some days, we have had as much fun at the dinners as on the drive. In terms of destinations, favourite areas so far are the Alps, the Highlands, North Wales, and Northern Italy.
On all the different cars I have taken on trips, probably the two best are the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Mosler MT900S. Both have plenty of boot space for two for a 4-5 day trip, are comfortable to live in for extended periods, and are completely engaging to drive. What stands these two apart from the rest thought is their ability to be pushed hard all day long without missing a beat. You can run both up and down a mountain road all day long without having to worry about brake fade or overheating the engine. Per the old Timex adverts, the Mosler and Scuderia can take a beating and keep on ticking.
Of all the trips, the memories that stand out the most are the hugely positive reaction to the F40 in Italy, driving the stunningly beautiful and seemingly unending A832 in the Highlands in the Scuderia, and pushing a Ferrari 360 hard up and down the alpine passes. In the next group I would include running a Ferrari 512BB at dawn across the Pyrenees to Bordeaux, driving the F50 along the cliffs and coast near Sintra, and using the Mosler to carve up the EVO triangle. In fact I think it is time to stop writing and go plan another trip.
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