This is going to be painful, so we'll break it down quickly. Trust us, it will be like pulling off a Band-Aid.
When you put on a car show, you can expect a little bit of traffic as people rumble into the appointed lot when the gates open. When your car show is called the Wilton House Classic Rendezvous and Supercar Day, you might expect a few more folks to show up. That's just the case here, for the third annual undertaking of this high-end and ultra-exotic car show. A record number of cars and gawking eyes arrived on scene to take in gasoline-roasted air, and that caused quite a traffic backup.
Authorities in Vancouver have impounded a total of 13 exotic cars valued at more than $2 million after the drivers were spotted reportedly street racing. Amongst others, the collection included a pair of Maserati models and a pair of Mercedes-Benz coupes, a few examples of the mighty Nissan GT-R, an Audi R8, one Ferrari and a stack of Lamborghini models. Here's the full list:
As if scissor doors, gullwings, butterflies and those crazy Koenigsegg pivoters weren't enough to separate exotics from lesser cars, Ferrari is said to be working on another new door design that is both radical and practical. Go figure.
2nd Annual Caruso Concours - Click above for our high-res image gallery courtesy Greg Grudt
Don't screw it up -- the likely mantra of any conscientious valet. Beyond that imperative, what's a carhop to do when flipped the keys to something truly exotic? A Murcielago is, of course, impressive when parked, but sliding into the driver's seat for the first time can be intimidating. Where are all the controls? How the heck do you even put it into reverse? Exotics are not like other cars, and you'll certainly miss out on a tip if you crack up Michael Bolton's Lamborghini.
The duPont Registry has listed the best cars in eleven categories, and taking the cake for 2009 Car of the Year is the Bugatti Veyron Gran Sport. Other winners, like the ZR1 for Bang for the Buck and Continental Flying Spur Speed for Performance Sedan, make up the usual murderers' row of marques and models. What isn't usual is that in just one year, the total price of all the cars jumped 200% to $4.5 million because of a certain Bug and a Koenigsegg, and that the total horsepower climbed 57%, fr
There are a myriad of choices available to the average traveler when four-wheeled transportation is required. But to the discerning car connoisseur, the prospect of being trapped within a Caliber, Impala or other nondescript people mover is as unconscionable as choosing Denny's over Per Se.
Have more money than you know what to do with? We wish we did, so we'll have to settle for gawking at the descriptions and pictures of Forbes' 10 Most Expensive Cars of 2006. It's a list that makes the Porsche Carrera GT look like a bargain at just #9 on the list, and when you don't see vehicles like Aston Martins or Ferraris, you know you're among high rollers. The winner is the Bugatti Veyron at a price of $1,192,057, with the Pagani Zonda Roadster F C12S 7.3, Clubsport version and t