It does seem strange doesn’t it, that each year, millions of people around the world flock to car shows of static displays of their favourite four-wheel objects, specifically designed to move us from one place to another.
It’s hardly what you would call the ideal environment to evaluate what is functionally, a moving object.
And the whole event is even more ludicrous when it comes to fast moving supercars, which more often than not, sound as good as they look.
What if there was a sports car show where you could drive the world’s fastest cars on the world’s safest racetrack with no speed limits. Sounds too good to be true I know, but that’s exactly what the first “International GT & Supercar Show” is all about.
The home base for this extraordinary event is La Castellet, the race circuit built by the billionaire spirit maker and motorsport fan, Paul Ricard, after he retired from making his aniseed liqueurs, Pernod Anise and Ricard Pastis.
“Paul Ricard” as the racetrack is more commonly referred to, was not only one of the best circuits in the world, but was also considered the safest. Not surprisingly, the French Formula One Grand Prix was held there from 1971 to 1990 before moving to Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.
This is a fast circuit, and the Mistral Straight, which was an 1800 metre gunbarrell section, recorded some of the highest speeds on any track in the world.
Now owned by F1 maestro Bernie Ecclestone, the circuit has just undergone a massive upgrade, including some of the most sophisticated safety aids on any race track, which could see it once again hosting the Formula One race.
Now known as the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track (Paul Ricard HTTT), due to a host of technical upgrades it is widely favoured by F1 teams for testing as it is once again the safest racetrack in the world, it is also the perfect venue for the word’s fastest car show.
What better place to try out a Bugatti Veyron, Gumpert Apollo, Koenigsegg CCXR or even the Tesla. In fact, looking at the list of exhibitors, it reads like the who’s who of supercar manufacturers.
And for those with enough cash to be looking at supercars in this current economic climate, don’t bother driving; just grab a jet direct to the Paul Ricard airstrip.