On Saturday 24th March, a spectacular array of over 300 supercars worth in excess of £75 million came together at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground despite a rainy start to the day to celebrate the start of the supercar season and raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
The event is an annual ‘secret’ meet and season-opening event for members of Supercar Driver and, for the second year running, was powered by Michelin with help from other key sponsors including First Point Insurance, JBR Capital, XL Leasing, Reep Group, APM Customs, Akrapovic, MJJ Watches, Amalgam Models, Chartwell, Dymag Performance Wheels and MZR Roadsports..
As well as the now infamous group photo, this year’s event also built on the charity aspect, with the aim of raising more money than any previous season opener.
After a long winter and thick snow falling as recently as last week, members of Supercar Driver were itching to get out in their cars and travelled from all across the country, each making a donation to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice upon arrival, raising over £22,000 in just two hours and bringing the total raised by Supercar Driver to date close to £100,000.
The incredible range of cars made their way down the two-mile runway for the event before assembling for the photo. A selection of the most special cars parked in the Michelin Supercar Paddock, offering an amazing opportunity to get up close with some of the world’s rarest machines before they were moved into place on the first three rows of the photo.
The front row totalled over £20 million alone and contained some of the most special cars in the world including the track special Ferrari FXX and Aston Martin Vulcan, each worth in excess of £2 million. Other front row cars included two Koenigsegg Ageras, two Ferrari F50s, a Ferrari Enzo, Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Zonda F and Aston Martin One-77.
Row two celebrated the best of British, with a selection of the most iconic sports and supercars produced on home soil, including three Eagle E-Types, worth in over half a million pounds each, plus a TVR Speed 12, Jaguar XJ220, Noble M600 and more.
Even the third row contained cars you’re unlikely to see on the road like the Porsche 918 Spyder, the only Farboud GT in the world, Ferrari F12tdf and 599 GTO alongside a lineup of special V12 Lamborghinis as well as classics like the Ferrari Daytona and Lotus 15.
Behind that was row after row of supercars, making for a truly spectacular sight. A TriStar jet which was positioned behind the cars to finish off the ultimate petrolhead’s group photo.
It may seem a lot of trouble to go to for a photo, but it’s much more than just that – it’s a chance to bring everyone together to kick off the supercar season in the UK and all for a good cause.
The photo is the product of hours of planning, thousands of pounds, support from our key event sponsors, our team, marshals and the goodwill of all the drivers to create such a unique spectacle. We’re over the moon with the support the event attracts and we are working towards a special ten year anniversary event in 2020.