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Supercar Tour coming to Beaver Creek

Andy Stonehouse
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

Special to the Daily/Andy Stonehouse

Looking for an automotive experience that’s the equivalent of going to Space Camp? Are you a road racer hoping to live out your PlayStation driving fantasies? Or would you like the ultimate exotic car test-drive, with absolutely no dealer pressure?

The U.S. Supercar Tour, arriving in Beaver Creek on Saturday, manages to accomplish all of those goals, allowing mere motoring mortals the opportunity to spend considerable seat time in approximately $1.5 million worth of high-end automobiles.

Ever wondered what it would be like to plow through the corners in a bright-red, 611-horsepower Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, or surge through the paddle-shifted gears in a Batman-worthy Lamborghini Superleggera?

The event, organized by the World Class Driving company, has been conceived as a way for enthusiasts and dreamers alike to get some very hands-on, occasionally high-speed experience with the kinds of vehicles normally kept stashed away in garages.

Former 24 Hours of Daytona winner and three-time Indy racer Didier Theys, one of the world’s most accomplished drivers, serves as the Tour’s driving director and spotters – he’s the one leading the pack in a pace car, making sure that participants get a good, safe and fun day behind the wheel.

“We make sure that everyone comes back with a big smile on their faces,” Theys says. “At the same time, it’s not a driving school and it’s not about racing. We encourage everyone to drive the cars like they own them, with finesse and common sense.”

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And with a roster of vehicles that will all top out at nearly 200 miles per hour – the Ferrari F430 coupe, a 621-horsepower, $300,000 Bentley Continental Supersports and the awesome Audi R8 V10 – Theys encourages Tour participants to enjoy the handling, braking and overall luxury of each auto, but not expect to set a speed record.

Rather, those with a real need for speed can consider World Class Driving’s “200 MPH Xtreme” event, held at three-mile-long airstrips in Mojave, Calif. and in Miami, where participants really do get the opportunity to safely take the cars up to maximum speed.

Earlier this week, the Tour made an appearance in Denver, with a route snaking through the foothills and the Peak to Peak Highway; Saturday’s local visit will send drivers (and their passengers) on a less-busy, rural route taking in some of Eagle and Routt County’s coolest and curviest roads.

The Tour’s price point ($1,695) does add a bit of exclusivity but also guarantees that drivers get a considerable amount of time in the saddle of each automobile. Ridealong passengers are also welcome for a fee and will get their own time enjoying the right-hand seat in each of the machines.