The supercar club

2014-09-22 18:45

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Tycoon Ashok Sewnarain has created a society where owners of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lotuses and Bentleys get together for a day of speed and thrills. Ané Theron got a taste of the lifestyle in a Porsche Cayman S  

What do you get when you combine 58 supercars and their well-heeled owners with a five-star V&A Waterfront hotel, a leisurely Sunday drive, Champagne, live jazz and a decadent breakfast at a polo estate? A gold-digger’s idea of heaven? No. You get a day in the glamorous life of an IBV Supercar Club member.

Started by the founder of International Bank Vaults (IBV), Durban businessman Ashok Sewnarain has an affinity for the finer automotive things in life and wanted to share his passion with all owners of powerful pieces of perfectly pressed metal.

So he formed the IBV Supercar Club, which includes not only cars, but the luxurious lifestyle that accompanies it.

As the convoy of 58 supercars, including Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lotuses, Porsches, Bentleys, Aston Martins, a Jaguar F-Type Coupé and a Rolls-Royce Phantom pulled away from the Table Bay Hotel with their bestial engines revving, I persuaded the owner of a brand-new Porsche Cayman S to let me drive to the Val de Vie Estate.

His friend mentioned that letting someone drive your Porsche is a bit like having to share your spouse. He eventually handed me his key as if it was a human heart en route to a transplant operation.

Soon we were out of the Waterfront and on the Du Toitskloof Pass where the guttural roar of supercar engines could be heard from kilometres away, amplified by the tunnel on the pass.

Upon arrival at the Val de Vie Estate, I was handed a glass of bubbly, but uncharacteristically took only one sip. Why, you ask? Because the spectacular new Lamborghini Huracán was waiting patiently for me in the parking lot.

Supercars wait to be taken out on the open road. Picture: Ané Theron

Giggling girl

With TV personality Marius Roberts in the passenger seat, we left the estate and, as soon as we hit the open road, I opened up the Lambo. As we were catapulted forward by 449kW of brute force, Marius didn’t bat an eyelid.

All of a sudden, I felt like a giggling, 16-year-old schoolgirl. Not because of blue-eyed Mr Roberts, but because of the angry, or rather livid, horses under the confines of the Huracán’s taut body. Thrilled and exhilarated, I reluctantly turned the beast back to the estate. As soon as we arrived, I got told off for being late. Totally worth it, of course!

Targeting a membership of 1?000-plus in South Africa alone, the supercar clubs are already on the go in Durban and Sandton and more are planned for Singapore, Dubai and London. If you and your car(s) are super enough to become members, there are plenty of benefits, such as track days at some of the world’s most glamorous circuits and special rates on insurance, accessories and tyres.

Feel-good

But the real excitement and feel-good factor lies in the IBV 1 Million Challenge, which is a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest amount of money raised for charity by a car parade.

It took place in Durban on September 21 and about 200 supercars made their appearance at the IBV Supercar Club Charity Parade.

Each car had an underprivileged child on board for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The aim of the challenge was to raise R1?million that will be donated to the Sunflower Fund, Unicef, the IBV Children’s VIP Day and Child Welfare SA.

» If you own a supercar and want to get involved, contact Marc Rosseau at marc@ibvglobal.com.

» You can also like the IBV Supercar Club page on Facebook for regular updates and info

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