Striking Hypercar Riches as the Gold Rush Rally Lands on the First Coast
Yesterday, thanks to the fine folks at Jacksonville Car Culture and Automotive Addicts, we discovered that the Gold Rush Rally would once again be passing through the First Coast. Destined for The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island on the first leg of an epic 10-day, several-thousand-mile tour, this group of a few dozen flamboyantly wrapped supercars roared onto the island with the high-revving and deep rumbling tones other mere mortal cars can only dream of making.
The first sign that this would be an epic afternoon came in the form of a Lamborghini Aventador SJV that casually came alongside us as we merged onto 295 en route to one of my favorite roadside photography spots on the way up to Amelia Island. By 4:30, we were settled in, and not a minute too soon, as the first wave of Gold Rush Rally cars passed along the scenic marsh and old growth oak-lined A1A. Over the next hour, all manner of exotic cars made their way past, often signaling their arrival miles in advance with the banshee wale of their exhaust as they crossed Fort George Inlet over three miles away.
As we caught up with the Gold Rush Rally folks at the Ritz-Carlton, I could have sworn it was Concours weekend all over again. From a gaggle of photographers lining the resort’s entry, to a host of supercars on display in the drive, the atmosphere was electric with petrol-fueled excitement. And then there was the garage…
If the roar of the Gold Rush Rally cars was deafening when revved to the red line in the open, it was absolutely ear-splitting in the confines of the garage – but in a good way… Bentley, McLaren, Land Rover, Porsche, Rolls, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and much more were lined side by side on the bottom floor of the garage – offering a true treat for the senses. Want to see it all? We’ve put together a mega-gallery for your viewing pleasure at our site. Just click the link below! If you enjoyed this content, please give us a like and a share!
Disclaimer: Though these vehicles are loud when revved for onlookers (and especially loud when revved inside the echo-chamber of a parking garage) under normal operation or while idling, they are about as loud as your average car. In fact, while we photographed the Gold Rush Rally cars driving by on A1A, the loudest vehicle was not one of these cars but a Jeep with oversized off-road tires that you could hear continually for miles.
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