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Drivers' Guide to Supercar Clubs

By: Kevin Dowling BA (IMC) - Updated: 16 Mar 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
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If the thought of driving a Ferrari, Aston Martin or a Lambourghini for a day fills you full of adrenaline then you are not alone. You may, however, be pleased to know that getting to fulfil your ambition is simpler, and cheaper than you may think. There are a number of supercar clubs up and down the country that are now opening their doors to new members.

How Does a Supercar Club Work?

Supercar clubs are created by driving enthusiasts who believe that the thrills associated with getting behind the wheels of a top-performing car shouldn’t be restricted solely to the super rich.

They allow their membership to pay to drive a selection of some of the most exotic and iconic cars in the world. The cars usually belong to the club itself and the club members are able to purchase car credits to hire the car.

Drivers can pay to use a single car for a day or even a weekend, or drive a selection of supercars of their own choosing on a racing circuit. Once finished members simply hand the keys back to the club, remembering to observe all speed limits on their journey home, of course.

Why Join a Supercar Club?

Alongside the experience of a lifetime of sitting in some of the world’s most well designed and quickest cars, supercar club members can also take advantage of several other useful membership benefits.

Compared to owning a supercar, the cost of joining a supercar club will seem like a drop in the ocean. For most people, owning a supercar is simply not an option, not only because of the cost of the car itself, but also for the following reasons.

First the cost of insuring a supercar can run into the thousands depending on your age and driving history. Second, repairs and maintenance can cost anywhere between £3,000 and £10,000 a year. Finally, it is estimated that a supercar can depreciate in value by as much as £75,000 in its first two years of ownership, depending on the make and model.

Variety is the Spice of Life

It is also worth pointing out that whereas owners of a supercar just have one car to play with, supercar club members will have their pick of some of the world’s finest cars to choose from. Most clubs have at between 10 and 20 cars on their roster ranging from high specification Ferraris, Porsches and Maseratis as well as more exotic models such as Paganis and Bugattis.

How Can I Join a Supercar Club?

Most supercar clubs have websites where you can apply for membership or find contact details to apply by phone or post. There are a number of different clubs throughout the UK, so it is worth researching which clubs have the best reputations, most convenient locations and the cars they own.

You will also need to enquire about costs. Many charge a one-off membership fee and then expect you to purchase credits as and when you wish to take a car out. The costs of membership will vary from club to club, although the likelihood is that you can expect to pay between £5,000 and £10,000 a year, as the club has to bear the cost of owning and maintaining the supercars.

For this cost though, it is worth remembering that you are paying a relatively small amount to gain access to some of the world’s finest cars, at a time and location that suits you.

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