Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sharing Your Ferrari, Bentley, Mercedes McLaren, Lamborghini, Etc.

The newest way to drive a beauty named Maserati, Aston Marton, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, and similar expensive exotic cars, is by joining a luxury car club.

It is certainly one of life’s great pleasures -- and luxuries, too -- to enjoy the throaty roar powerful purr, of a finely engineered, elegantly appointed performance car, which just might be the street-legal version of a racecar. Aah, but which one to buy, or even just daydream about?

Can't decide? Own a piece of many, instead.

Fractional ownership of a home or condo in a favorite resort or destination is a popular way to to take a vacation. The concept has spread to legendary vehicles.

Classic Car Club invented the luxury ride-share concept in London more than a decade ago; there are branches in several cities in Britain and Scotland. The New York City location stables more than 40 rare classics and modern muscle cars including a ‘72 deTomasso Pantera, a ’67 Chevelle Supersport, the “Steve McQueen” ’68 Porsche 911, and a current model Aston Martin DB9. Locations in Los Angeles Miami have different droolers.

Club Sportiva members include legendary race driver Mario Andretti. Like him, you can choose among a classic Morgan Plus 8 in British Racing Green and a 580hp V12 Lamborghini Murcielago. There are weekend track sessions at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with the chance to drive an authentic Formula One race car, and road rallies to Napa’s Wine Country. Club Sportiva’s main location is downtown San Francisco, with branches in Silicon Valley, Las Vegas and Munich. Have your car delivered to one location and picked up in another, so you can spend, say, a week wandering between Zurich and Geneva.

How much? Prices vary, depending on how many driving days you want with your annual membership. Rent-a-Wreck this is not.

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