Another #London #Maserati #GranTurismo Trident for ya!
The trident reigns supreme. #Maserati #GranTurismo at the US Polo Open 2013. #USPOLO #POLO #USPOLOOPEN #Wellington
Forget #Abarth, This is my choice of #Italian love at first sight. #Maserati #Granturismo …with a #Porsche #GT3 back up plan just in case. (Taken with Instagram)
Countless articles about cars and motorsport are posted every day. Most of these try to pull you in with an absurd headline, or worse, a 10-page “click here to see the next bullet point” list. They’re usually pretty boring with some expert telling you why you’re a fool for not agreeing with them. This article is different. Two guys went out and bought fast cars. They had an article written about how fun it was. It’s true, short, and makes you want to go out and buy one yourself.
I’m re-posting an article from newstimes.com based off the headline showcasing one true, proven fact: really cool cars are a hell of a good time.
The joys of driving a really cool car
Published 09:49 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2012
Here’s a driving tip, should you ever get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin.
You can’t really experience how wonderfully it handles until it hits 80 mph or so.
“These cars are built for speed,” said Albert Kenney, of Sherman, who owns a beautiful, light blue 2009 Aston Martin Vantage.
Kenney — who also owns a consulting and marketing firm — once took his car onto a race track. Because he’s not a professional or even an amateur race driver, going 170 mph presents some learning curves.
“When you’re going down a straightaway, it’s hard to judge the speed,” he said. “But when you approach a curve, it comes up really fast.”
Michael Bodetti, of Newtown, owns a royal blue, very regal Maserati Gran Turismo coupe. When you punch the accelerator on a Maserati, and it’s already going 80 mph, he said, it knocks you back in your seat and holds you there.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever heard a Maserati,” he said. “But the engine just roars. It wants to go.”
This is not an issue most people will face in their lives. Most people cannot afford an Aston Martin or a Maserati, plain and simple.
Nor, unless they are lucky, will they even see one.
In England, Aston Martin only makes 3,000 Vantages a year. Italian industrial craftsmen make 3,500 Maseratis a year. The United States gets some, but not all of those cars.
So part of the thrill of owning one is to explain to people what it is.
“I say it’s the James Bond car, and people say, `Oh, yeah…’ ” Kenney said.
“Then they ask me about the machine guns and the oil slick.”
Another thrill is just watching people stare.
“I’ve been driving down Route 25, and people who are standing near the road give me the thumbs up,” Bodetti said.
“Once I got behind a school bus, one boy saw the car, and they all rushed to the back of the bus to see it. It’s not at all why I bought this car, but it is kind of fun.”
Kenney said he’d had a yearning for a really nice sports car for years. For his 50th birthday, at the urging of his wife, Laura, he went to Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, which sells a variety of luxury cars.
After looking them over, he found the subtlety of the Aston Martin’s lines held his attention. While Miller Motorcars didn’t have the blue Aston Martin he wanted, it was able to get one shipped from Washington, D.C.
Before he took the wheel, Kenney said he took the Aston Martin Performance Driving Course at the Ford Proving Ground in Romeo, Mich.
“You get a car like this and it makes you a little nervous,” he said. “You don’t want to wreck it. You do want to drive it.”
Bodetti said he decided to get himself a really nice car in 2010, after he sold his telecommunications firm, Quickcomm, to an English company. He still runs the company — he just doesn’t own it.
“This isn’t the type of thing I’d ever done,” he said. “I’m not a mid-life crisis kind of guy.”
After looking at the panoply of fancy cars, he saw a Maserati. And he fell for it. Hard.
“It was the sexiest car I’d ever seen,” he said. “I thought, `I need to have this car.’ “
He, too, headed to Miller Motorcars to get his dream.
Owning these cars comes with a few hitches. Kenney said the insurance on his Aston Martin isn’t bad, but the taxes on it run $1,200 to $1,500 a year.
“I hate getting my tax bill,” he said.
Nor are these cars you would ordinarily use to run down to the supermarket to grab a dozen eggs.
Kenney only drives his Aston Martin in the summer and only on clear days — there’s no sense in getting it muddy, he said. In the winter, he stores it in a hangar at Danbury Municipal Airport, where he also stores his small plane.
But he did drive it in a New York to Las Vegas car rally in 2010. He covered the car with stickers of the police officers who had died in the line of duty that year. He also sold advertising space on the car, and commemorative T-shirts from his trunk.
Bodetti keeps his Maserati in his garage over the winter. He doesn’t drive it over bumpy roads — Maseratis are built low to the ground. When he has to go to Costco in Brookfield, he drives his Range Rover.
On rare occasions, he lets his older children, in their 20s, get behind the wheel.
“My youngest is 16,” he said. “He’s too young. Not yet.”
But on good days, when the sun is bright and the roads are smooth and dry, there is the really deep satisfaction of driving a machine that is breathtaking.
“These are not cars,” said Evan Cygler, director of marketing at Miller Motorcars in Greenwich. “They are pieces of art.”
“It’s a different experience,” Kenney said. ” I was expecting that after six months or so it would be the same as driving any other car. It’s not.”