I had a dream last night that I arrived in beautiful, sunny Newport Beach, California, staying at the grandiose Pelican Hill Resort where only the elitist 1% stay and drove every car Nissan & Infiniti makes. The dream started with me being chauffeured from LAX to my own personal villa at the upscale resort. In my dream I drove every sports, SUV & every other passenger vehicle, including their right-hand drive counter parts. I even drove the infamous Nissan GTR and was driven in the GTR GT3. I met some of the most interesting people, the entire experience was so surreal that I didn’t want to wake up… ecityofautos
Being an Infiniti owner myself, Ken thought i’d be a perfect fit to represent ecityofautos.com for Infiniti’s Ride & Drive in Boston. The flight was quick, flying from PHL to BOS. As soon as i touched down & picked up my luggage, Infiniti’s PR team was there to take my bag and escort me right into their big boy QX80. From the airport, i was transported to the elegant, yet infamous Liberty Hotel. The liberty was the former prison for Boston’s most notorious criminals. The lobby itself still kept intact the shell of the prison’s layout.
Ken Panton from eCity sent me a text asking if i’d be interested in doing a ride & drive with Aston Martin. Essentially asking me rhetorical question… Shortly there after Aston Martin’s PR team was in contact with me and minutes later my trip to Buck Head, Atlanta was confirmed. I arrived at the airport and i was warmly welcomed by an older gentleman with a native southern accent, the driver that would chauffeur me to the hotel that Aston Martin was putting me up in. Once we arrived at the Mandarin Oriental, i was greeted by Janelle from Aston Martin’s PR team. Janelle was around my age, she wore a genuine smile and had a very professional way about her. She gave me a care package from AM and my room key & asked if there was anything else i needed. I had two hours to unwind before i was to arrive downstairs and join a meet & greet during their cocktail hour before heading over to a private dinner at Del Friscos where i’d meet the very intriguing Evan Orensten from Cool Hunting. After drinking all night from dinner to walking over to the W Hotel across the street to drink some more, the morning came quick…needless to say i missed the complementary breakfast that was provided for us. I was promptly assisted onto the shuttle bus they would transport us from Buckhead to Dawsonville, Georgia. Once we arrived at the track we had to sign whole slew of waivers and then was briefed on the design of this $300k work of art that i would be driving shortly after. All the driving instructors were straight from the UK, which really made the experience of driving an Aston Martin feel that much more genuine. The track was super technical and wasn’t easy to learn right away, it also didn’t help that it was raining for most of my introduction to the road course. Eventually i got the hang of whipping around a 4k lb super car with over 500hp. What was more memorable than the actually driving experience, was the people i’d meet on this trip. All the auto journalist came from a variety of backgrounds and had different views and styles on how they worked. My next ride & drive would follow this one very soon, but first we made a visit to LA…
Blondie & I took this off week to unwind and relax at the Bungalow Hotel in Long Branch,NJ. Without any pressing agenda or tight schedule to stick to, we sipped on chilled top shelf whiskey and did our best to just have fun… Fun can be relative and most of the time we are, but sometimes it’s hard to just zone out and have a minute to your thoughts. We took this opportunity to do just that and it felt amazing.