Between our monthly Cars and Croissants gathering 3,000 to 5,000 people wanting to see the best supercars in the world every month, and working with Koenigsegg and W Motors for Monterey Car Week, 2015 was a very successful year for 100|OCT.
So we wanted to have a proper send off to our best year to date!
For that, I picked up the phone and wrote emails inviting our supercar owner friends to show up for our last 2015 Cars and Croissants at Santana Row, Silicon Valley’s version of Rodeo Drive, asking them to bring their cars on Saturday December 26, the day after Christmas.
And the answer was amazing. Prior to the event, we confirmed:
- two McLaren P1s (Carbon Black and Volcano Orange)
- one Ferrari LaFerrari and its matching Enzo (Grigio Titanio)
- one Porsche 918 Spyder (Onyx White)
With the Holy Trinity of supercars confirmed, we were already ecstatic. But we still had to ask for more.
So I emailed Bruce Canepa, famed vintage race car driver and Porsche aficionado, who owns Canepa in Scotts Valley.
For context, this place is amazing! In their showroom, they always have amazing exotics and classics for sale: Countach, 356 Speedster, 959, 300SL Gullwing, and other such stunning gems. In the museum upstairs, Porsche 917 and 962 sit next to a Paris Dakar Rally Porsche 959 and many other treasures. But the best part is always the shop at the back, where Bruce’s team repairs and restores amazing classics, from Duesenbergs to Lamborghinis to Mercedes to Porsches, of course. We went earlier this year, and there were EIGHT Porsche 959s in various stages of restoration.
Since we hadn’t taken our 100|OCT Club members to Canepa in over 2 years, we arranged a visit for our last drive in early December, where we ended up chatting with Bruce for half an hour.
What people don’t really know is that Bruce is also a big McLaren fan. He owns one of the 375 McLaren P1s made in the last couple of years, in a gorgeous flat dark blue. See this car in the shade and it looks black. See it in the sun and all of a sudden you realize that it is actually blue, and the contrast with all the carbon fiber bits is very very cool!
During that discussion, Bruce mentioned that his McLaren P1 GTR was coming in the following week (mid-December), so when I sent him an email to thank him for his hospitality for our 100|OCT group, I made sure to invite him to display his upcoming car at our last event of the year.
The thing is, Bruce is a busy man and rarely replies to emails or invitations like this, so my hopes weren’t very high at that point. Imagine my surprise when I get an email the day before Christmas from his transporter.
"Hi, this is Marco. Bruce told me to coordinate with you for the display of his P1 GTR at Santana Row on Saturday.”
Why yes please! Merry Christmas to me! :-)
So we added the P1 GTR to the roster on Facebook and the news spread like wild fire. RSVPs were coming in like crazy.
On the morning of the event, I even get a text from Nick, whom we put in touch with the local Pagani dealer as he and his dad were interested in seeing, test driving and ultimately buying one of the last Huayra coupes to grace our shores before they switch the assembly line to make roadsters. Nick and his dad took delivery of the Huayra a couple of weeks ago and wanted to display it at the show.
Also, out of the blue, during the event, a red Enzo shows up, which is great because the silver Enzo ended up not making it. And an extra P1 (white) shows up as well!
So we ended the year with 7 supercars, with a really strong McLaren presence. With the local dealer’s brand new and just arrived 570S demo car, we ended up having all the McLaren models that have come out in the past 5 years on display: 12C, 12C Spider, 570S, 650S, 675LT, P1 and P1 GTR.
Bruce's McLaren P1 GTR is absolutely stunning in dark green (a one off color from MSO baptized Canepa Green) with McLaren Orange accents.
All of this was greeted on a glorious but frisk day after Christmas by 7,000 visitors.
Our best year so far ended on the best note! And believe it or not, we have a few aces up our sleeves to make 2016 even better! Stay tuned!
Top Picture Credits: Mayank Parekh