What is an Exotic Car, and what is not?
One of the requirements to participate in The South Florida Exotic Car Toy Rally is an “exotic car”. So, exactly what is an exotic car, and what isn't?
are a variety of definitions and beliefs of what an exotic car is.
Some think that it's solely based upon how much a car costs, how the doors
open, the country of origin, customization or personalization, performance
figures, or other various aspects of a particular car.
In some respects it is all of these characteristics, and yet sometimes it
is none of them.
the best and most common way to think about what an exotic car is can be boiled
down to one simple statement. Do you see one every day? Or, simply put, are you
likely to see one in a traffic jam, parking lot, or during a daily commute? If the answer is no, then it's
probably close to being exotic. But, there's more...
An exotic car is
also likely to be limited production, scarce, personalized or
created in an unusual way, perhaps incorporates unusual materials in its
components, has an unusual appearance or design, and is generally not intended
for a large market audience of buyers.
examples of exotic
marquees such as Ferrari,
Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lotus, Bugatti, McLaren, Rossion, Spyker,
Pagani, Maserati, etc., as well as supercars such
as a Carrera GT, Saleen S7, Koenigsegg, Mercedes SLR,
and also very limited production
boutique versions of a car
such as a Dodge
Viper, Acura NSX, or a Corvette ZR1,
Examples of cars that are NOT exotic include the Porsche Boxster, BMW M3, basic Chevy Corvette, basic Porsche 911, Mercedes SLK, Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Lexus SC, and/or other ‘mass produced’ types of cars. Although these are all great automobiles, and many individuals or groups/clubs may be enthusiasts of them, they are usually not within the general population's first thoughts when an exotic car comes to mind.
the Toy Rally, because the number of cars able to participate is limited due to the
locations, parking, food, logistics, etc, it is essential that the event maintains the requirement of an
exotic car, so that the mystique and excitement of a gathering of true exotic
cars continues to entice sponsors and exotic car owners to participate, now and
in the future.
is a sometimes very tough issue to address, and we hope that people can respect
why this is a requirement. It is certainly not intended to hurt anyone's feelings,
or turn anybody away.
However, if the event were filled with standard, basic, or mass produced cars instead of exotic cars, then the Toy Rally
could loose its luster of the general
population's definition of exotic cars, and eventually dilute the event
Hopefully, as the Toy Rally grows and gains traction each year, it will be able to include more makes/models of cars, but at this point it is necessary to prioritize and require an exotic car to participate. If you're still unsure if your car is exotic, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!
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