At 7 a.m. on a Sunday I’m usually asleep, but not today. Instead, I found myself in the passenger seat of a brand new, fire-engine red Chevy Camaro going 180 km/hr around hairpin turns at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The car was my uncle’s, and he was driving. As the operations director at the track, he’s got special privileges (“When you’re in charge of everything you can do anything you want,” he says), so I got a taste of a V8 at high speed, as well as a wrist band so I could be trackside of the spectator fence during the race.
Today was the final for The North American Ferrari Challenge. These cars start at $300,000. There was at least $15 million worth of sports cars in the parking lot, too. In some Canadian towns you can buy a whole house for that price. And yet these drivers – millionaires from around North and South America – are happy to pay top dollar for their fancy toy and the $100,000 entrance fee to drive it at turbo speed on a track.
Another gorgeous day in (or near) Toronto, and I was more than happy to spend it amongst the rich and daredevilish. Tomorrow, I’m off to our nation’s capital – Ottawa!
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