Vancouver is a great place for spotting rare and exotic machinery. It's not uncommon to see a Ferrari or Lamborghini every single time you visit a wealthy area of the city centre. This has arguably caused me to become desensitized to the lowly supercar. Once in a while these cars deserve my respect and attention. Luckily, there was an event where I could pour over every detail of rare and exotic automobiles: The Vancouver Luxury and Supercar Weekend. Though this event also includes fashion, art and food, I decided to completely ignore these aspects and focus completely on the cars.
Supercars and exotics were at the show in large numbers, but they weren’t the only vehicles there. Many classics and soon to be classics were on display throughout the show. As I’m partial to automobiles of the Japanese variety, this C210 Nissan Skyline was one of my favourites from the show. This was also the first C210 imported to Canada which is pretty cool!
Continuing the Japanese theme there was an exceptional Toyota 2000GT parked beside a Nürburgring Edition Lexus LFA. I was surprised that the 2000GT was not garnering much attention even though one recently sold at auction for 1.16 Million USD. I never thought I would get to see a 2000GT in the metal so it was a welcome surprise.
Now it’s time for the supercars. To stand out at this show a car has to be a little more special than the badge that it wears proudly. The Lamborghini Countach is one such car that has etched itself into my brain. The car just screams 80’s, cocaine and opulence.
This Lamborghini Diablo SV also had immense presence and evoked memories of Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit. As someone who grew up in the 90s, the Diablo was arguably the supercar that ignited my passion for all things that go fast.
As if a supercar wasn’t enough, some cars have such high levels of performance that a new term was required in order to describe them. Of course I am talking about hypercars. These unicorns supply insane amounts of performance and I feel incredibly fortunate to witness a few in the flesh. The Ferrari LaFerrari is an exquisite automobile with a slightly silly name. Seeing one up close and personal was enough to make me weak in the knees.
The LaFerrari wasn’t the only hypercar on display, there were also two Porsche 918s. Seeing two 918s parked within ten metres of each other was nothing short of mind-blowing. This event was surely a statement of wealth in Vancouver and it’s surrounding areas. One 918 was parked next to a 991 GT3 RS which I have an irrational lust for. Track focused 911s have an unquantifiable quality that will always have me salivating.
The infamous predecessor was also in attendance commanding a large spot on the greenery. The Carrera GT is one of the last supercars built for a raw driving experience forcing you to rely on your own driving skill.
More Carrera goodness was present in form of this 964 Carrera on a perfect set of BBS wheels. Though this may not have the same value as other cars at the show it had the right amount of subtle modification for my taste.
According to Porsche there will be no GT2 model for the 991 generation so you will have to settle with the previous 997. This is okay by me with this 997 GT2 RS possessing 612hp and a manual transmission. I once had the opportunity to park one of these when I worked at a high end dealership and even that filled my stomach with butterflies. I can only imagine how terrifying it would be to drive one at full chatter.
Keeping with the Porsche theme I also saw one of Nakai-san’s beautiful creations. This particular example is a 993 named Royal Ocean. I’ve seen it in the wild a couple of times but it’s always a treat to see the quality and presence of these RWB builds. Quite possibly on the opposite side of the Porsche world there was also a perfect example of a 356 Speedster.
After all of this Porsche talk I almost forgot about what could have been the most extravagant car at the show. The Pagani Huayra is covered in carbon fibre on the outside and leather on the inside. If you were worried that exotics were getting to bland these days one look at the Huayra would change your mind.
Even on the way home it didn’t feel as if the show had ended as this Mercedes-Benz 300l effortlessly cruised by. It’s difficult to wrap your head around all the rarity and value at a show like this and it becomes surreal. What is shown here and in the bonus images underneath only capture a fraction of what was on display.