RE: PH Photo Gallery: Supercar owners circle

RE: PH Photo Gallery: Supercar owners circle

Sunday 22nd October 2017

PH Photo Gallery: Supercar owners circle

An eclectic mix of cars on show for what is one of the greater supercar club gatherings



Previously we brought you the McLaren F1 Owners' Tour; frankly one of the greatest road trips we've ever witnessed. At the time we thought nothing could or would ever top it - not any time soon at least. However, late in the summer we found a serious contender. Supercar Owners Circle is an exclusive, Swiss-based supercar club that likes to organise get togethers with their members and their cars. Nothing unusual there. But this get together wasn't like your usual Ace Café Ford Escort night... Not even remotely.

High in the Swiss Alps, in a village called Andermatt, supercars from across Europe, including the UK, gathered. The surroundings were stunning. Snowy mountains, Alpine passes, long sweeping tunnels. The ingredients for something quite special. But would the cars live up to it? The weather was poor that weekend, and I'm sorry to report quite a few cars didn't show up. These included a Bugatti Chiron, Veyron, two Ferrari LaFerraris, a Mercedes Benz SLR Stirling Moss, a Koenigsegg Regera, and an Aston Martin DB3S. Those losses sound like a heavy blow... but if I told you that the absence of that very serious list of hypercars by no means detracted from the weekend, then you might start to appreciate just how 'next level' this occasion was.

Let's start with the quirky stuff. A car I'd never seen before, but was actually very cool to witness up close, was the Mercedes Benz SLS E Cell. It clearly held its own in terms of performance against the other cars there, however, being fully electric, and (doors down) being quite an understated design it was quite easy to not even notice to begin with. This extremely rare example of the SLS was kept company by an SLS Black Series, SLS GT3 car which was road legal, and a 300SLS. Hard to pick a winner from that list. Other interesting attendees included a G650 Maybach Landaulet - one of which recently sold for $1.4million - and a few very tastefully specced classics and supercars, such as Ferrari Dinos, 458 Speciales, and Porsche GT3s.

Now, the heavy lifters. Three Porsche 918s, one of which was matte black from factory; four McLaren P1s, one of which was matte black from factory; a white, stripeless LaFerrari Aperta from Andorra; a Ferrari Enzo, Maserati MC12, Porsche Carrera GT, RUF CTR3 and Koenigsegg CCX. Strong so far.

But that's just an average day on Sloane Street, and not a rival to 22 McLaren F1s. Except, of course, we're not done. There was a Ferrari FZ93 by Zagato, which is based on a Testarossa and supposedly the inspiration for the Enzo; a one-off Aston Martin GT12 Roadster; a Porsche 959 and 911 GT; two Ferrari 812SFs and two LaFerraris (different to the two that didn't show); a Lamborghini Miura, Ferrari 250 SWB and a lightweight Jaguar E Type.

We're still just warming up. An Aston Martin One-77 is pretty serious. So is a Porsche 996 GT1, and a Mercedes Benz CLK GTR. The knockout blow ought to have to been the pair of very special Ferraris. Not LaFerraris, I'm talking about an FXXK, the sound of which echoed through the valley, and is probably still going. But there was something even more rarefied still: the Ferrari F12 TRS. Many haven't heard of the TRS, and even fewer have had the pleasure of seeing it. It's a special topless variant of the F12 commissioned for the same man who brought us the Rolls Royce Sweptail, and finished in Liquid Silver.

So that was Supecar Owners Circle in Switzerland. Better or worse than 22 McLaren F1s in the French countryside? Well, it's close - but the Alps had incredible variety, and happens to be the only time I've ever seen a Miura and 250 SWB have a drag race! We'll let you be the judge.




































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Carnnoisseur

Original Poster:

531 posts

84 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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The white LaFerrari Aperto, F12 TRS (which I had never heard of) and the MC12. Not necessarily in that order, but wow, just wow!!

Yipper

5,964 posts

20 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Good photos and good lineup of cars. But can't think of anywhere worse to hold a car show than joyless Switzerland. They hate fast cars. Even a momentary lapse slightly over the speed limit on a clear road can get you a huge fine or a spell in jail.

JohnGoodridge

500 posts

125 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Yipper said:
Good photos and good lineup of cars. But can't think of anywhere worse to hold a car show than joyless Switzerland. They hate fast cars. Even a momentary lapse slightly over the speed limit on a clear road can get you a huge fine or a spell in jail.
Some closed sections of road may have been part of the weekend package.

numtumfutunch

2,558 posts

68 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Nurse! - my tablets please

Great pics

406dogvan

5,240 posts

195 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Today I learned there's a Zagato Testarossa - well, that's a thing then ;0
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alorotom

4,519 posts

117 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Looks awesome and a pretty spectacular lineup especially considering the distances involved for some just getting here so great to see these cars being used!!

Only critical comment it possibly the excessive use of HDR on some of the stationary pics which really isn’t needed (imo)

Agent57

445 posts

84 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Just googled some other pics of the Ferrari FZ93. What an odd looking thing. Zagato is definitely a marmite company.

thegreenhell

4,019 posts

149 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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What in the name of all that is holy is this monstrosity?



Oakman

139 posts

88 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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It's an Aston Jim .......but not as we know it !

Mikebentley

294 posts

70 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Eye of the beholder and all that, I love that Aston

ChocolateFrog

3,172 posts

103 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Draconian income based speeding fines, the authorities could have had a field day.

Not a bad collection of cars mind.

j90gta

426 posts

64 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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[quote=thegreenhell]What in the name of all that is holy is this monstrosity?



This seems to have the same front....

ThomasHowarth

76 posts

21 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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j90gta]hegreenhell said:
What in the name of all that is holy is this monstrosity?



This seems to have the same front....
Virage Shooting Brake Zagato

lucido grigio

34,246 posts

93 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Can I go next year please ?

I promise to behave myself.

epom

5,642 posts

91 months

Sunday 22nd October 2017
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Still the Carrera GT for me.

j_s14a

774 posts

108 months

Monday 23rd October 2017
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Even in that company, there is something awe inducing about that 996 911 GT1.

lord trumpton

4,637 posts

56 months

Monday 23rd October 2017
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thegreenhell said:
What in the name of all that is holy is this monstrosity?


generationx

1,802 posts

35 months

Monday 23rd October 2017
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lord trumpton said:
I was thinking more basking shark. vomit

Great photo-set though - thanks PH!

Krikkit

12,505 posts

111 months

Monday 23rd October 2017
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epom said:
Still the Carrera GT for me.
Totally agree, gorgeous.

rastapasta

315 posts

68 months

Monday 23rd October 2017
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Yipper said:
Good photos and good lineup of cars. But can't think of anywhere worse to hold a car show than joyless Switzerland. They hate fast cars. Even a momentary lapse slightly over the speed limit on a clear road can get you a huge fine or a spell in jail.
Sorry, and no offence, but this comment is guff. And Ive lived there the last 7 years. Switzerland has more 'top of the range' cars than any other country in europe. And the town of Zug has porsche and ferrari garages which sell more per head of population than anywhere else in mainland europe. So to say they dont like cars is a complete misnomer. The country has some of the finest driving roads in europe.

The penalties for speeding are big (depending on the indiscretion a percentage of the wages) but this is only due to massive wealth of the country. And bear in mind there is no penalty point system in force. Whats the point in hitting someone with a 500chf fine for 120km in an 80 zone if they have that to pay the cop in their wallet. If you get caught doing 200kmph on the autobahn well you may expect jail, but honestly (and this as a lawyer) in somewhere like the Republic of Ireland you can get jailtime for such an indiscretion, depending on the judge. In reality what will normally happen in Switzerland is that the judge will take your licence for 6 months if you are a repeat offender.