Luxury Supercar Weekend in Vancouver
It's a good day when I can be around cars. It's an even better day when they are supercars. It's an even better better day when they're all in one place, set against a scenic backdrop and some are so rare that there are only a few in the world.
The fourth annual Luxury Supercar Weekend and Concours d'Elegance took place at the Van Duesen Botanical Garden in BC, and I was fortunate to be a part of it.
As a judge in the Luxury and Modified Supercar category, I had the chance to check out millions of dollars worth of cars, and the extra coin people have invested in them.
Lamborghini Aventadors with carbon-fibre bodykits, a Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Wagon dolled up in Brabus bits, a 1969 Camaro built to a customer's specific taste are just a few piece of eye candy one could look at.
Winning the Best of Show title in that category was a Maserati MC12. Only 50 were produced, but this one was quite special. It was decked out in the garb of the Corsa racecar, including a paint job worth 30,000 euros. Wow.
Then there was a line-up of Porsche 911 models; it's hard to believe that this iconic sports car is but 50 years young.
Just around the corner from the GT3s and more were the Jaguar E-Types. Looking primed and polished in the sunlight, even they had me ogling.
There was one vehicle in particular that drew crowds like no other: the Pagani Huayra. Clad in carbon fibre (more than just a bodykit- it is the body!), it's estimated worth is close to nothing I'll achieve in this lifetime -- unless I'm holding winning lottery numbers!
With 720 ponies under the hood, a 7-speed sequential gearbox and the engine complements of engineering from Mercedes-Benz AMG (a 6.0L twin-turbo V12) it's heaven on wheels. Now if only they'd give me the keys...
Regardless, it's a lot of car, but more importantly it's a lot of car that looks darn cool. Who can resist gull-wing doors? Not me.
It's not always just about the cars, though they are the focal point of the event. It's a fabulous place to people-watch. The garden party-esque atmosphere has attendees dressed to the nines. Men look dapper in their linen and khaki pants, women look elegant in their dresses and hats.
Should you tire of looking at all the pieces of finely tuned mechanical bits, there's always the VIP area to lounge around in, put your feet up, and have a libation or two.
Who knows who you might run in to; perhaps motorsport legend, Walter Wolf? Oh, yes. Henrik Fisker, the Real Housewives of Vancouver ladies, and other notable figureheads (or pop culture personalities) are just a few of the faces that might show up at the event.
Oh yeah, don't forget about the amazing cars!
More about the event can be found at www.luxurysupercar.com.