April 11, 2013
CNC Motors Open House
Being in Riverside most of the time, I don't get to experience exotics or supercars as frequently as some of my fellow enthusiasts out near LA. Fortunately last week I discovered CNC Motors, a luxury/exotic dealership out in Ontario and heard they were having an Open House event. After perusing their inventory online, I knew this was an event not to be missed.
Upon arriving there were already loads of supercars and exotics both lined up out front and still coming in. This Viper was the first thing I laid eyes on. With the new generation out, one might say this one looks a bit outdated, but it still has remarkable styling and catches the eye. I quite liked its license plate.
Shortly after the Viper, a black F430 arrived as well. The driver had a tiny passenger with him who looked on as I snapped this photo. He's not even tall enough to properly see out of the window, but I bet he was excited to see all those cars just like I was.
Here's a bit of video of it going by, have a listen. That's an M5 behind it as well. (sorry about the quality)
I also caught this 458. No matter how many times I see one, it still leaves my jaw on the floor. What a beauty!
And down the street, an IS F. I think it's unfortunate there aren't more of them around. The IS F is incredibly powerful and relatively quick for its class. Not to mention it just looks amazing. And the sound? Hear for yourself in the video below.
Sounds more like a muscle car than an import!
Finally, just as I began looking at the first few cars a GT-R showed up. I knew it was going to be a good day! Even though CNC has a reputation for Ferraris, they have a fairly diverse collection of cars and customers.
The next vehicle of interest was this silver Ford GT. It was just immaculate. Even though it was vastly outnumbered by Italian stallions, it caught my attention instantly.
This car's not for speeding, it's for flying low!
You guys know me, I can't resist an Aston Martin. Normally I'm not keen on white cars, but I swear Astons can wear any color and still be drop dead gorgeous. This V12 Vantage was keeping it classy.
Next to the Vantage was an R8 V10 spyder and another F430 (they had quite a few of those). They looked really good together as a pair with the ying/yang color scheme going on with the black and silver combination.
Across the way, a Rolls Royce Phantom sitting pretty on a trailer. It only makes sense to have the finest luxury vehicle above the rest, doesn't it?
There were some serious all stars at this event, including some very exclusive vehicles the car community loves to drool over. This for example, is not only a C63, it's an AMG Black Series model with an aero kit. Apparently, there aren't too many of these running around with the kit, but man it looks mean.
As you tell from the previous photo, the GT-R had parked behind the C63, so I took some time to look over it as well.
I don't take many detail shots because I'm still practicing capturing them exactly how I'd like, but I love this one. I've always really liked the back end of the GT-R (which is not weird at all O.o).
There were only two Lambos at CNC, but some very cool ones. I love orange on the Murcielago! And if you're a fan of interesting colors, you'll probably enjoy the other Lambo I'll share later on.
Aston Martin's second generation Vanquish has generated attention worldwide, but I still love the old one. There were four of them present at CNC and they all looked great! I'd buy one (heck, I tried to).
Like I said before, LOTS of Ferraris. This is a 360 Challenge Stradale, and I've never seen one before.
The Stradale is a special limited edition version of the 360, with greater power and throttle response than the Modena model. It's also significantly lighter and faster.
And now for something completely different. You've likely never seen one of these before, and are absolutely shocked at the appearance of this insane looking beast. It's like a Frankentstein creation with an Aston Martinesque shell, tires and fog lights from a Jeep, and a back end that looks bit like an Acura TSX. I know you're wondering, "what the heck is this thing?" Let me tell you...
What we have here is a Rally Fighter, a V8 powered kit "car" with a mid mounted engine built for offroading. Its base price starts around $50,000 but what you get is a crazy looking vehicle that sounds about as nuts as it looks.
Best of all, if you like attention, you'll definitely get it. When this came barreling down the street everyone turned to look.
Inside the showroom, there were even MORE Ferraris (I told you they had a lot). It felt more like the place was a stable than a garage. But I did manage to find some other makes.
I saw a few more Rolls Royce cars, including this lovely Phantom Drophead Coupe. Most Rolls Royces I've seen are hardtops, so I've never actually seen the interior of one. The Drophead bared all. There were so many buttons and knobs I wouldn't know what to do with them all if I had one, but it was truly a work of art. I'd dare to say it was too fancy to even think about sitting in.
Hiding in the back , yet another Phantom, but this time with a dark two-tone scheme with black and red. Not exactly my style, but still pretty baller.
There were also some Fisker Karmas. Despite the news that they're having financial troubles, I still feel that these are great cars. It'll be a shame to see them go if the company can't pull itself together. It took so long for anyone to make a four door electric car that looked this good! But I guess if they go extinct we'll still have the Tesla Model S right?
Continuing down the aisles past the Karmas and such, I found four very famous supers huddled together. You've seen another Ford GT and F430 already, so let's talk about those other two.
Although this Vanquish is one of four I saw that day, it's more special because it's an S model. Not only that, but it had incredibly huge wheels. Aston by nature have large wheels, but this Vanquish was sitting on 22's! I wanted to get a side shot to highlight to hugeness of said wheels. Even though I probably wouldn't put ones that big on it, it just looks spectacular. ALL OF MY WANT.
Diagonally across from the Vanquish S, a fire engine red Carrera GT. This is a car seldom seen in the world. This is probably my second or third time seeing one at an event. I just can't get over the body style. This doesn't look like a car to me, it's a rocket ship!
After walking around the entire main showroom, I ventured out towards the back of the CNC facility, where I stumbled upon their repair shop. I have to say I'm glad I did because there was some pretty amazing stuff in there, starting with this 1986 Porsche 944 Orca, which happens to be for sale! A race-spec vehicle complete with a roll cage, gutted interior and a giant wing on the back. It's also got a turbo engine cranking out 552hp. Somebody needs to get on that!
Around the corner of the shop, two blue beauties. A Bentley Continental Coupe & a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Blue is my favorite color and I love it on cars (especially fast and expensive ones), so I couldn't resist either, but I was especially enamored with the Gallardo.
If I had the cash I would've bought it in a heartbeat, but as you can see here, something's missing...
The whole engine! It's up for sale at $60,000 as is and the rest of the body is included, but it'll need a heart transplant before it runs again. Even so, it was my favorite car there.
As the Open House came to a close, I headed back outside to leave. Suddenly, this white Boxster Spyder came screaming around the bend and I was lucky enough to catch him. My photo doesn't do it justice, but it's incredibly low and the fenders are flared like crazy. Unfortunately there's no video of this one, but it was pretty loud as well. It was a great way to end my visit.
All in all, it was an amazing day. If you're in the IE area and you get a chance, definitely visit CNC! They're a great group of people and they have beautiful cars. Thanks for reading! See the rest of my CNC photos on Flickr.