• Oct 26th 2007 at 8:02AM
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You may find this incredibly difficult to relate to – if it isn't, this writer has "personal sponsorship opportunities" available – but some people don't find the existing supercar clubs exclusive enough. Enter stage left Harrods, the ritzy British department store that caters to just such a crowd, to answer their calls with the launch of the Segrave Club.

For those unfamiliar, supercar clubs are a British phenomenon that is only beginning to take root in America. Rather than buy your own exotic and having to deal with all the related costs, clubs have sprung up that buy the cars, take care of them and, for a cost, allow you to drive them. Membership is often based on usage and the fleet of cars the member wants access to, but some clubs have the most desirable exotics ever to grace God's green earth.

Segrave comes into the picture as a result of some customers coming away disappointed at the difficulty of getting time behind the wheel of the supercars they really want. To cater to those clients, Harrods sought out the talent of Nick Hancock who, together with former world champion Damon Hill, set up P1, the premier supercar club in the UK. Segrave's members pay an initial fee of five thousand pounds sterling, which covers an advanced driving school (smart), and is supplemented by an annual membership fee of ???16,000. That kind of mint opens access to such heart- and tire-melting spanking new supercars as the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Porsche 911 GT2 and Aston Martin DBS, while access to the more exclusive (but not necessarily faster, mind you) Porsche Carrera GT and Mercedes SLR McLaren requires an additional four thousand per year. While the membership to other clubs continues to grow, Segrave's pledge to its moneyed members is that the ratio will always remain at only six members for every car, which translates to more regular access for its insanely fortunate members.

[Source: PistonHeads]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      16K a year!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Err, thats 16.000 UK pounds which translates into roughly 33.000 US$ per year. Add a little over 8000$/yr if you want the big cars.

        • 7 Years Ago
        that is for 2months of driving a year.
        "6 members per car"

        so 16K US per month of driving time
      • 7 Years Ago
      For Ferrari hire and supercar club visit Capital Prestige
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the appeal for these clubs is that you can sample DIFFERENT cars for extended periods of time without having to shell out the full price for each at a dealer.

      I think it'd be pretty stupid to get a membership, if all you did was drive one of the models available at the club.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, something new to extract $$$ from stupid, rich, dilettantes. Don't want to check the oil and air? Hell, buy a new one. Next, for the truly disconnected, rent-a-wife- so much easier than all that messy alimony and lawyers. We already know what the oldest profession is, so that debate is over. The disparity between brains and money looks to be widening. I had an econ prof. who postulated that it was luck, not skill involved with truly big money. I was stupid enough to argue.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, it is really idiot, olddavid!

        It is much better to pay 10x the annual fee AND deal with maintenance costs to have just 1 of these cars. Aham!

        I reckon that these so called "rich dilettantes" are not necessarily rich. But if they are millionaires (sorry to thell you that, but there are millions all over the world, 100.000+ only in "poor" Brazil), obviously they did not become wealthy thinking that way!

        This is a great idea for the car enthusiast. Wake up!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I suppose my age is exposed every time I comment on this site, as there are widespread hoots of derision with every exe command. I guess it's the old ownership vs. use argument, which, of course, gave rise to the leasing industry. To me, the pride of ownership, while learning the cars' foibles so I can maintain it myself, is half the fun.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I do agree that owning the actual car would be better. BUT, simply being rich isn't enough to get a lot of these cars so I think it's an awesome idea for people that have a lot of money but not enough to go and buy a dozen supercars. This way you can drive many different cars without paying several million dollars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is one of these in the states also: The Otto Club. It is like a time share where you get points which pays for a day or multiple days of access.

      No more expensive then a nice country club and a nice variety of wheels. If you have the money, it is not a bad deal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      > Dodi Fayed has figured out a way...

      Don't even get me started on what Elvis was doing last week!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Doh! You're right, Dodi's FATHER Mohamed has figured out a way...
      • 7 Years Ago
      No doubt named for Henry Segrave http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Segrave, a true maniac.

      I don't see what's wrong with this idea - they've had the same thing for classic cars for years.

      The only problem I have is you aren't going to get a bunch of cheap Ferraris when the next stockmarket crash happens, since no one will own them any more.
      • 7 Years Ago
      soooo. $16K a month to drive one of these cars?
      I'm not sure about that.

      The idea is good but the execution.

      I would like a car club where its 1 car for everyperson, limit 12 or something, and you have a nice variety in the 20-30K range or something.
      Mazda 6, GM 8, Ford F150, Toyo Tacoma, Miata, Solstice,...
      cheaper than owning 2 or 3 cars but a premium on owning one.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Your sarcasm is not lost on me, Geo. Very funny. Ford F150? I'm laughing out loud.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd rather buy a GT-R, have a reliable car that's daily driveable and will perform just as well as those cars.

      but if I had tons of cash sitting around and didn't feel like having my Ferrari in the shop for 1/2 the year, I might be interested in that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Brilliant. Dodi Fayed has figured out a way to timeshare expensive cars. Next Silverleaf Resorts will start trying to sell you time in a Miata for $2500/yr + $$200/mo. maintenance fees.
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