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Friday, May 7, 2010

Recap of my Last Trip to St. Louis Motorsports


For my final blog post of this year and possibly the last post to grace this website, I have chosen to change it up a little bit and recap my latest incredible car experience instead of just one car. The experience not only allowed me to see amazing cars, but also to enhance my picture taking and editing skills (exhibited in this post) along with expanding my repertoire of car knowledge. On April 29th, I visited St. Louis Motorsports, a franchise of Lamborghini, Bugatti, Maserati, Bentley, Lotus, Rolls-Royce Motorcars, and Ferrari Service in Chesterfield, Missouri. I took this trip because I knew that there were some of the most extraordinary cars that I would ever see and be able to document sitting in the showroom.



A few days before my visit, I was driving to school and while flying past the dealership on Highway 40, I took my usual look and noticed a new black Lamborghini Murciélago sitting on ¨Lamborghini Row¨ in the windowsill. At the last second whizzing by at 65 miles an hour, I noticed it was no ordinary Murciélago. Right then and there, I knew it was a one of 350 produced, 2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce. Later that day, I emailed my contact at the dealership and my sighting was confirmed. I had seen my fourth LP670 - my favorite car of all time. I have written about this car before, but this was even more unique than the three I have seen in the past. It was finished in black over black with the optional carbon fiber lip spoiler rather than the more common wing spoiler. With this lip spoiler, the LP670 can attain a top speed of 212 miles per hour which is three more miles an hour faster than the wing spoiler will allow. It still retains all of the same performance attributes such as a 670 horsepower V12 engine and a 2.8 second zero to sixty time. When I went to the dealership to see this car, I was stunned at its true beauty. As I said, this was my fourth LP670, but I still get butterflies in my stomach when I see this amazing piece of machinery in real life. I had seen a very similar black over black LP670 in the same exact spot just 8 months before, but that one was equipped with a wing spoiler. Personally, I liked it better than this one. It turns out the man who was purchasing this car special ordered it to replace an LP670 that he currently owns because he wanted a different one. I was told by a sales representative that because of the weather, the client was not picking up his car yet but did want to see it every day as he drove by, so they put it in the window for him. Two cars behind that car in the window, was an even rarer Lamborghini.


The 2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP650-4 Roadster is a special edition of the current Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster. It is a limited run car with only 51 ever produced with only ever 50 available for sale. It has been tuned to provide 10 more horsepower than the normal car and each of the LP650s have a paint and interior scheme unique only to this car. They are all finished in a special Grigio Tolesto paint over Arancio (Grey and Orange) giving it a unique look with a black leather and Alcantara interior finished with orange accents. It is truly a beautiful car and when I found out that one of just six in the United States was currently in stock at the dealership, I knew I had to go see it immediately. As I walked in the dealership, I saw it in the corner and immediately ran to it. There are just no words to describe the beauty of this car. The paint scheme really looked amazing in the light and there was nothing like it. I took so many pictures and videos of it so that I could look back on seeing such a rare, $425,000 supercar that is a true piece of automotive history. Though the two Lamborghinis were the centerfolds of the dealership, I did see many other amazing cars.





A few years back while on my way to school, we were driving along next to this bright orange Lamborghini Gallardo with custom orange wheels. Orange is my favorite color and I love Gallardos, so obviously I was enamored with this car. After it got off the highway, I never saw it again - until April 29th. As I pulled into the dealership from the rear entrance, I saw it sitting there and could not believe my eyes. This was my favorite Lamborghini for several years and I saw it just sitting there outside the service building. I stopped the car, got out and filmed it. I took so many photos of it and they turned out so well. I took many that allowed me to enhance them through use of Photoshop by making the photos selective coloring and enhancing the colors of the cars. The pictures that I have edited so far are above and I am in love with them. The orange body over the 19 inch paint matched orange Avus rims look amazing. After departing from this car, I was in for even more surprises.







When I went inside, I witnessed them moving several cars. One car (above), was the rare, one of 190 produced, Lotus Elise Purist Edition. The Purist Edition is a stripped down, basic Lotus for a pure driving enthusiast. It only costs forty five thousand dollars and is well worth it. It has a 1.8 liter, four cylinder engine which may not seem like much compared to the V12s written about earlier, but with a car that weighs just over one ton, it provides for a very quick ride. The car sounded very nice which I did not expect, but it did not sound as good as the Evoras that they were moving. The Evora is the big brother to the Elise which I will not go into great detail about seeing as I have already discussed it in my previous post about the Maserati GranCabrio. On the topic of the GranCabrio, I saw two of the beautiful machines along with the all new 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost. The Ghost is the baby brother to the Phantom and is very luxurious as all Rolls-Royces are. Other notable exotics that I saw before the grand finale included a Maybach 57, Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe, Maserati Granturismo S with the MC Sport Shift appearance package, and two identical Bentley Continental GT Supersports.


The final piece to this amazing journey occurred when I was filming the LP650 roadster and I heard some massive noises coming from outside. I ran outside just in time to see two, very fast, very powerful, and very rare cars pull up outside the dealership. One was a bright orange Mosler MT900S and one was a Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series. The Mosler is more or less a street legal race car. It has a 600 horsepower V8 engine that rockets the car from 0-60 miles per hour in just 3.1 seconds. It is equipped with all of the handling packages to make it a true race car. They are very hard to come by as they are handmade in factories in the US and in England, but they only cost a base price of $189,000. The Mosler was the most enthralling to see because it was bright orange, had butterfly doors, and was so loud. My brother had seen one in Miami and taken pictures for me, but I had never seen one. It was truly amazing to see. The other car, the SL65 AMG Black Series, is also very fast. It has a 661 horsepower twin-turbo V12 engine which sends it from 0-62 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 199 miles per hour. It is loaded with race technology and very aerodynamic as it is the Black Series edition of the popular SL65 AMG. It is much faster and more of a racecar than the stock SL65. This car is limited to 350 units of production as well and was one of 185 in the United States according to the owner. It sounded incredible as well and was truly an amazing spot.


This is my final post of the year and it has not even scratched the surface of all of the amazing experiences I have had with exotics this year. In the future, I will continue to visit the dealership and spot these cars on the street, but for now, the writing is done. Thank you to all who have read my posts over this year and please stay tuned to my Youtube channel for more amazing cars.



*Note: All images and videos on this post were created by and are property of Ryan Cohen.

2 comments:

  1. Ryan, it has been a blast learning about these amazing cars. Thanks for your great work! Ms M

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