If you want to revel in unadulterated self-indulgence, perhaps you should consider a membership at the Ascari Race Resort. It will cost you a one-off payment of around $195,000 and an annual membership fee of $6,500, but that will open the door to a vintage racecar enthusiast’s paradise on earth.
What do you get for your money? Try the exclusive use of a 27-corner, 3.35-mile circuit for a guaranteed 104 days of the year. Membership is restricted to 500, hence the guarantee.
The 27 corners include a mini Eau Rouge (à la Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium) and a reasonable reproduction of the old Nürburgring’s famous Karussell. If you want to try your hand in the wet, no problem: a sprinkler system can drum up fake rain over the entire 3.35 miles of track for you. And if want to hold a race day for you and your fellow vintage racecar enthusiast friends, no sweat: the resort has 32 specially trained marshals available to it to make sure everything runs smoothly.
The resort already has an underground garage in which you can keep your racing car on a permanent basis, a luxurious trackside restaurant, a garden from which to watch cars scamper around the circuit and a swimming pool. And it will soon have its own five-star hotel, now under construction, in which to recover from a hard day at the wheel.
This dream come true is near a town called Ronda, a 20-minute helicopter ride from Malaga, on the Spanish coast. It is the brainchild of Dutch multimillionaire Klaas Zwart, owner of the Scuderia Ascari racing team and maker of the 520-hp Ascari KZR1. If you want to know more, visit www.raceresortascari.com