"Luxury and Supercar weekend is Canada's finest luxury event showcasing the crème de la crème of automotive, fashion, art, food, wine and spirits."
This is what they claim. In reality, it is a little light on the art and culinary delights, and heavy on the "OH MY GOD is that a Pagani Huayra parked next to a McLaren P1!?!?"
In short, this little known annual supercar weekend in Vancouver has evolved to become automotive Nirvana. Entering its fifth year, the weekend is a peaceful clash of old money gentlemen that bring their treasured vintage automobiles, new money folk who come to show off their newest set of wheels on their Lamborghini or McLaren, and broke automotive enthusiasts standing in front of the gates, debating whether the $100 ticket to enter the VanDusen Gardens will be worth it.
Boy is it worth it. I was lucky enough to score some VIP tickets from a good friend that got me in late on Sunday to catch the tail end of happy hour and the front end of the hypercars firing up and leaving the gardens. What a spectacle. I'll stop talking now, and let you, my fearless readers, feast your eyes on what can only be described as Monte-Carlo, Irvine Cars & Coffee, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Pebble Beach, and Rodeo Drive coming together in one epic display of wealth. Not pictures is the priceless vintage Alfa Romeo 8C and the Porsche 917 Le Mans racer.
Before we see it in the comments spelled out ten different ways: "yes, just about all of the modified / custom supercars are driven by teenagers of Asian descent." As a result of lucrative immigration incentives for high net worth individuals over the past decade, Vancouver has become, for example, Lamborghini's second best city in North America in terms of vehicles sold per annum. It's insane here.
My favourite! A GBG (garbage bag grey) 997.2 GT3 RS with decal delete and black wheels. Only missing the buckets, cage, and 5-point harness. Stupid NA rules.
The 458 pictured above on the left is Reiko's car. She's a semi-celebrity in town as she was one of the Real Housewives of Vancouver. She also owns a 599 GTO.
Any Jalops that make it up north to Vancity and would like a tour of "supercar alley" let me know on twitter and who knows, maybe we'll even catch a local C&C or a Vintage Car Club event. And to the people in Vancouver, see you at VanDusen Gardens same time next year!
Get a load of that MC12, the longest super car in the business.
I'd take the 458 Speciale over the Huracan. But that's just me.
Formerly Drake's second-hand Bugatti until he couldn't afford the payments anymore.
An owner of a 997.2 GT3 told me that he's put his car for sale as he wants to buy a 991 Targa. Sure it's a gorgeous, ingenious car, but worthy of a GT3 trade? How you could trade an appreciating car for a hugely depreciating car I'll never understand. Especially when the GT3 is that good.
1 of 2 bare carbon Huayras in North America. You'll have some of that, won't you?
The parking lot proved equally impressive.
Old meet new. I quite fancy the new 'Stang.
A Sunbeam Tiger with 500 bhp to the wheels. Smokey till the top of fourth gear. Insanity.