Le Belle Macchine D ‘Italia 2009 at Daytona International Speedway
This past week was Le Belle Macchine D ‘Italia, an annual event that takes place at the famed Daytona International Speedway. Every year hundreds of exotic and Italian cars from all over the east coast travel to Daytona to stretch their cars legs on the speedways’ 3.56 mile sports car course. The event lasts 3 days and includes both a Ferrari Challenge club race, as well as a driver’s education for those drivers wanting to test their personal vehicles on the track with an instructor present to keep things safe. The event also has gathered the support of manufactures and dealerships that bring out their latest performance vehicles for customers to see in the flesh, as well as experience on the track.
Lamborghini brought out their latest wares in the LP670-4 SV and LP550-2 with famed test driver Valentino Balboni providing test rides for lucky potential customers. It was truly a sight to see Valentino using every bit of the LP670-4s capabilities as he drove the car to 10/10ths using every bit of the course on a white knuckle ride for passengers.
Bentley also brought out its latest Continental GT Super Sport, a high performance version of the CGT that is ready for the track with large ceramic brakes, a deleted rear seat, and of course more horsepower. This great car not only performs like no other Bentley produced, but looks the part as well with aggressive color combinations, carbon interior package, black wheels, and updated styling to let curious onlookers know this isn’t your everyday country club Bentley.
I would also like to take a moment to personally thank Jon Miller and Eric who allowed me to experience Daytona in the passenger seat of their Ferrari 360 Challenge car, it was truly a ride I’ll never forget. It was a pleasure to see so many great cars on track being driven how they were meant to be driven, instead of collecting dust in a collector’s warehouse. It’s not every weekend you see Ferrari race cars, F40s, Bugatti Veyrons and Lamborghinis all sharing one of the most famous race tracks in America. If you get the opportunity to attend the event next year I would highly recommend it, it’ll definitely get a mark on my calendar.