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AMG Mercedes Fins and Strakes

I was taking a look at one of the AMG Mercedes cars that was at Exotics@RTC.  This is a road car but it has clearly gone through a lot of aerodynamic development.  The front end of the car is covered in aero treatments with fin and strakes of all sorts.  I have no idea how important this is for driving the car around Seattle but it was really quite something.  I spent a few minutes just looking at them and thinking back to my aero days.

McLaren Elva

This car was at the opening weekend of Exotics@RTC and I have to admit I had no idea what it was at the time.  A couple of days later, I saw a YouTube video about it and realized that it was what I had seen.  The McLaren Elva is a strange vehicle.  No roof and not even a windshield.  Apparently, it is strange enough that they are not selling so well and the production run has been reduced.  I guess the best part of two million dollars is too much for a car that requires you to wear googles and probably a helmet!

Citroen Style

I must not be a typical Brit because I seem to have an affinity for things French.  This is something I have acquired over the years (and may be the reason I was driven from the UK!).  The French do things their own way and it results in some really interesting stuff.  The Citroen DS is just such an interesting thing.  I first noticed one when traveling on a ferry and was fascinated when it started up and the suspension inflated.  I had never seen something like that before.

The looks didn’t appeal to me then because I was used to the more familiar vehicles of the time.  Now I have come to appreciate it for being a stylish looking vehicle.  Sure, it has quirks that might make it a nuisance to own but it certainly looks very swish.  One was on display at Exotics@RTC and I was drawn to it.  It certainly didn’t hurt that the owner had applied hubcaps that looked like some sort of hypnosis device.  What a fantastic addition to the day.

BMW M1

Another supercar at the opening weekend of Exotics@RTC was a BMW M1.  This one was slightly away from the center of things but still in the premium area.  However, I suspect it wasn’t getting as much attention as some of the other cars.  I ended up chatting to the guy that owned it.  He was from Sarf London but now lives out here and was a fun guy.

The M1 came out a while before I went to university and I recall that one of my aero professors had been involved in the design team.  It has the look of a supercar from that era but that doesn’t stop it looking cool.  I was particularly taken by the wheels which were made by Campagnolo – the manufacturer of the group set for my road bike!

Cars like this showing up are what makes Exotics@RTC such a fun event.  There will always be a lot of super expensive cars on show – many of which are brought along from dealers – but there will be some unusual and interesting vehicles that are a bit out of the ordinary.  For someone that knows their cars better than me, it would be a particular treat.

Exotics Starts Its 2022 Season

After two aborts due to bad weather forecasts, the Exotics@RTC season finally kicked off in April.  The first event of the year is always a popular one with both those displaying their cars and those coming out to see them.  I was keen to be there and didn’t have a conflict so got ready early and headed down to Redmond.  It was a full showing.  They had the center of the shopping mall filled with cars as is the case for the special days – normal weekends are confined to the parking lots – and it was interesting to see what cars had a lot of attention.

Some of the more special cars are often there and don’t get so many people looking at them.  I find it strange that a Ferrari F40 elicits so little attention.  Even the Senna wasn’t getting too many people around it.  With so many exotic vehicles, I guess there is plenty to look at.  A few of the cars I saw on this day will get their own posts because they deserve it.  However, this will be a selection of the views and cars available that day.