Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a supercar and to be able to drive it around for the day, showing off your wealth and catching passing glimpses of anyone and everyone on the side of the road?
Well, now you can. In fact, you can drive five different supercars in one day.
– Photos by Jarrod Moore, JRM Photography.
Octane Supercar Events is giving regular Joes the chance to experience the life of a millionaire, jumping behind the wheel of exotica collectively worth well over $1.5-million.
CarAdvice was invited to attend the Melbourne drive day which saw yours truly steer the Ferrari F430 Spider, Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi R8, Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Lotus Exige S and the Maserati Quattroporte.
The day begins at the Supercar Club’s Richmond headquarters at 8:30AM. Coffee and a banquet of pastries are devoured before the charismatic National Operations Director, James Ward, runs the participants through the cars on offer, along with the drive route and some precautions.
A pre-built schedule is prepared before arrival on the day which allocates drivers to certain cars over certain legs of the journey. In addition, each car is coupled with a drive route and CB radio which allows communication in case drivers get lost.
The route sets off from the headquarters and down Chapel Street where mobile phone cameras snap away at the cavalcade of supercars. You become instantly attractive to the opposite sex and on occasion have numbers thrown at you from other moving vehicles – and who said money doesn’t buy you happiness?
After leaving the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s onward down Beach Road and through the amazing scenery the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.
Several driver and vehicle changes ensue on the way to lunch – included in the total price – which is held at the surprisingly elegant Portsea Pub. Fittingly, the supercars are lined up at the entrance demanding attention as the drivers come and go.
Lunch is a good chance for all drivers to sit down and have a chinwag about the way each car drives and whether it’s as exciting as they thought it would be on the outset.
This type of relaxed driving gives you a chance to experience of some of the world’s fastest cars, while also taking in the scenery of the surrounds. The flowing bends also give drivers the chance to listen to the car they’re coupled to and in the case of the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo, it’s absolute aural bliss.
The pre-structured drive route also means that you don’t need to spend time looking for roads to drive on. As for the style of driving, the big talkers are quickly put in their place when they realise driving a supercar isn’t as easy as it may seem. For most it’s quite daunting to be at the helm of a $500,000 vehicle which is capable of breaking the speed limit with only a mild tap of the throttle.
At $1650 per driver, it’s an absolute bargain when you take into account the type of cars you have access to. The well structured and organised day is full of driving, with only a short break for lunch.
The age restriction of 21+ makes it accessible to anyone on their open license.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the drive days on offer, head to http://www.octane-events.com.au or give Octane Supercar Events a call on 1300 798 900. Drive days operate out of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Whether it’s through a gift certificate or your latest tax return, the Supercar Drive Day is an absolute must for any diehard motoring nut. If not for the attention the supercar convoy attracts, do it for the combined noise of five supercars at full flight, it’s the most fun you can have with your pants on, I guarantee it.