Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South Africa
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,291
There is actually something very similar to what you are talking about here in South Africa. It is not only for Ferrari owners and it is called Imola Race Resort and it's an exclusive members-only Supercar Country Club that caters for the supercar enthusiast who has a passion for driving fast cars and meeting other like minded people within a private community.
Here are some details about it :
Imola Race Resort is a totally new concept in South Africa which is modeled on similar facilities in Europe and USA where supercar owners may drive their cars without restriction at their own pace on a private world-class race track built specifically for this purpose in a controlled and safe environment. Limited membership of this exclusive resort offers the driver, whether experienced or novice, the unlimited use and enjoyment of the track and its facilities on selected days each week throughout the year. No previous track experience is necessary as the club seeks to encourage members who have previously not participated in this type of activity, due to lack of confidence in their abilities or for fear of intimidation from faster drivers, to participate. This will be achieved by dividing the driving days into different speed sessions depending on the profile of drivers attending that day.
The thrilling track design is based on the famous original Kyalami race track which is fondly remembered for its unique blend of fast, challenging corners and a long straight enabling owners to drive their cars to speeds of up to 300 km/h if they so wish. The track offers a variety of facilities including a pit complex, car storage, driver instruction, exotic car rental and medical assistance.
Unique leisure lifestyle
More than just a racetrack, Imola is a luxury destination and, together with the Vaal Riverís finest golf estate, Waterford, offer the owner an unparalleled weekend leisure retreat. Ideally the home owner can enjoy the pleasures of the track throughout the weekend interspersed with the relaxation provided by the exclusive Waterford lifestyle on the banks of the Vaal River. Residents can enjoy a host of recreational family activities in and around the surrounding area. In addition, a luxury boutique hotel will also offer a gourmet restaurant and spa.
Initial response to the Imola Race Resort has been overwhelming with many supercar brands wishing to be involved from product launches and incentives to driver training and vehicle testing. There is also interest from overseas enthusiasts to invest in the club and enjoy the sunny amenities offered by Imola during the European winters.
As for pricing, at today's exchange rate the initial membership fee is R265,000.00 (roughly $33,930.00) then with a subscription fee of R14,400.00 (roughly $1 843.00) per annum to cover the costs of the operation and management of the race resort.
And funny enough, Imola Race Resort is about an hour away from Johannesburg where I live, depending on traffic of course.