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Gleam of the mean machines

Mumbai’s scorching sun finally served a purpose — to gleam on the polished facades of mean machines at the launch of the Supercar Club of India held at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse on Sunday. Tasneem Nashrulla reports.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2009 01:04 IST
Tasneem Nashrulla

A low growl could be heard in the distance. From a trail of dust emerged a blazing inferno. It was the Ferrari F430, red, hot and all revved up.

Jaws dropped, eyes widened and stares lingered, but not for long because in a flash, heads turned to a pristine white Porsche Carrera which glided next to the Ferrari.

In the span of an hour, the illustrious line-up was such — the Ariel Atom 3, the Audi R8, the Ferrari F355, the C63 AMG Mercedes, the Audi TT Sport, the Lamborghini Gallardo, and the Porsche Carrera F4.

Mumbai’s scorching sun finally served a purpose — to gleam on the polished facades of mean machines at the launch of the Supercar Club of India held at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse on Sunday.

The first of its kind in the country, the Supercar Club provides a common platform for India’s billionaire boys and their swanky toys to mingle over hors d’œuvres and horsepower. The club — an initiative by Raymond’s CMD and supercar enthusiast Gautam Singhania, Autocar India and Bellset Entertainment — signals the growing number of luxury automobiles in India.

Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, Porsche and Bentley have already set up shop, while Jaguar is waiting in the wings.

With three of his own racy rides in tow, Singhania said, “This is a special interest group for like-minded people to share their passion for cars. We will meet every two or three months for Sunday brunches, wine tastings and long drives to Aamby Valley or Lavasa. There will be one large-scale event every January.”

Membership is by invite only, and despite receiving 55 entries from Mumbai at the Parx Supercar show held in April, the club will handpick only 35 of these.

This elite lot will have access to concierge services, associations with other supercar clubs and car hire companies across the world.

For the Porsche Carrera’s owner and club member Dinesh Lal, this was a way to indulge in “a fun hobby.” “We can exchange notes on engines, performances and innovations of our cars,” he said.