It’s all about the journey, not the destination

2013-06-14 00:00

MILLIONS of rands were parked across Rawdon’s Hotel and Country Estate’s gardens yesterday afternoon in the form of super cars.

Super Car Lifestyle members made a pit stop at the hotel en route to the Top Gear Festival taking place in Durban this weekend. While the drivers went into the hotel to refuel with lunch and drinks, their cars were left out to be admired by locals.

Rawdon’s general manager David Mason was happy that the locals got a chance to check out the beautiful cars. “It is amazing to see these cars worth millions on our lawn. The locals love to come and see them. It is absolutely superb,” said Mason as he watched his staff take pictures of the machines.

For Ross Crichton, founder and owner of Super Car Lifestyle, owning a super car is all about the journey, not the destination.

“Driving a super car is just the most amazing thing in the world. [We] have arranged this tour, and what’s great about us is that we are not car-specific. We are a bunch of guys who are motoring enthusiasts, enjoy their cars and get to drive them really fast! Not on public roads of course,” said Crichton.

Super car owner Fred Arendse loves the adrenaline rush of driving a super car: “It’s a different experience [driving a super car]; it’s just awesome.”

Even though Arendse owns his dream car, a red Ferrari F430, he does not define himself by his car. “It was always a dream to own this car, and with hard work and faith I have it, but owning a Ferrari doesn’t make you a better person. I enjoy my car and see it as an accomplishment, but it is just a car.”

Whether or not their cars are “chick magnets” was difficult for the married super car owners to say, but they all agree that the cars attract a lot of attention.

“It attracts people, there’s no doubt. Whether it attracts women …,” said a smiling Crichton.

Arendse was more decisive: “It is [a “chick magnet”], but it also attracts all kinds of people, especially young boys.”

The contrast of the highly polished super cars against the tranquil lake backdrop was a source of great pride for the owners of the super cars, and admiration for the locals who came to see them.

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