GTA Exotic Cars Tours Is Every Car Guys Dream Come True
By Nauman Farooq
We will start today with a question. If you were to buy a Dodge Viper SRT-10, a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Ferrari 360 Spider, a Nissan GT-R and a Porsche 996 Turbo, how much money would you need?
I did the math and the answer came to $540,000 plus tax. Let’s say roughly $600,000 which is a lot of money for a lot of people.
So what would you say, you can enjoy all these beautiful exotics for just $600? You might be thinking it’s too good to be true, but it is real, if you take part in an exotic car tour put on by GTA Exotic Car and Motorcycle Rentals.
Interested? Thought you might be.
This is how your day will begin. You will arrive at GTA Exotics in the morning, sign some papers and pay for your driving adventure. There are six cars in the program, but 12 participants. So you’ll be teaming up with another driver (highly recommend doing this with a good friend, so you don’t end up with someone annoying who doesn’t know how to drive too well), and will be asked to pick a car. Don’t worry too much about which car you’ll be picking because in the course of the day, you will get to drive them all.
Once everyone is seated, the adventure begins, and I choose the Nissan GT-R to start off my day with. We set off in a convoy with Stewart Wilson (owner of GTA Exotics) as the ring leader. He is on a motorbike and directs a path through some of the most scenic and challenging roads in Ontario I have ever seen.
Taking the back country roads has some advantages. There is not much traffic for a kick-off and the scenery is beautiful. Plus all the twists and turns and climbs and declines add to the journey.
Being in a convoy of exotic supercars has its own appeal. Sure you can rent these cars on your own and take your friends out for rides, but trust me, this convoy things is much more fun. It’s just car guys driving cars we all dream about. It is really like living your best automotive dream.
Along the route there are stop points for the driver changes after every 25 minutes. Some spots are nice big parking lots, while others are by the side of the road, whichever is more convenient at the time.
I was luckily on my own in the car, which meant I got to do double stints in each car, which was great. Even after nearly an hour in the GT-R, I was loving this Japanese missile and could have done more seat time.
My next car though was hardly a let down, since I then jumped into the Lamborghini Gallardo. This low-slung Italian exotic looks fantastic and makes the kind of noise that makes all your neck hair stand on ends.
However, strangely, after the GT-R, the Gallardo felt slow in comparison. But just sitting and driving in this car is exhilarating enough.
My next car was even better, the Audi R8. The R8 might be based on the Gallardo, but Audi has tweaked a tuned this car to their liking, and the end result feels even better than the original. The R8 rides better and just seems to respond to your inputs better. It has long been one of my favorite cars and it probably still holds that title.
By the time the third stint ended, we were at our lunch stop. The price of the lunch is included so eat well, you’re only half way through by this point.
My next car was the lovely Ferrari 360 Spider. Driving a Ferrari is on top of most car enthusiasts list, and a drive in the 360 Spider shows why. While this is not a new car, it still looks amazing, it handles beautifully, and the noise its V8 motor makes will put a silly grin on your face. I have driven 360′s a lot, and it is a joy every time I get in it. Yes, it has more scuttle shake than I prefer, and the brakes are not as good as some of the more modern cars, but its still an amazing car.
I can’t say that about the next car I jumped into. The Dodge Viper SRT-10 might have the looks and the power, but they don’t age well, as evident by the one I drove here. The interior looks cheap and some trim pieces were either loose or broken. The ride was choppy and the car just didn’t feel inspiring to drive quickly.
I was more than happy to end my stint in the Viper and jump in the Porsche 996 Turbo. This car was the oldest of the bunch, but it didn’t feel that way. Even after a decade of road use, the car felt tight and responsive. These cars are also incredibly quick, so if you like the rush of quick acceleration, you’ll love this car.
As the tour ends, we end up back in Oakville. The gas stop was amusing since many other drivers followed us in to see what was going on. Thankfully it didn’t attract Police attention.
If you’ve always wanted to be a car journalist, or just like driving as many nice cars in your life, this tour is a must. Even non-car people might enjoy the tour because of the route.
Some things to keep in mind though. Not all the cars are automatics, infact half the cars have manual gearboxes, so if you don’t drive stick, you might want to learn properly before doing this event. Also be sure you have some spare cash in your credit card account, a $2500 deposit is required. It is returned to you if you don’t damage any cars, so treat the cars well and you won’t go home poorer.
I recommend this tour to everyone, because life is short and such adventures have to be enjoyed, so go, enjoy!
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