According to those in the know, the current financial crisis has resulted in a few of Brisbane's wealthier types having to offload a few toys in order to meet their commitments. A visit to Euromarque Ferrari, in Fortitude Valley, certainly reveals a larger number of used Ferraris than normal.
So you've sold the half-million dollar supercar, your finances are back in order, and you have a few dollars left over to cheer yourself up. What do you do? Your adviser will probably tell you to invest it, and that "now is a better time than ever", but that won't fill the hole that your scarlet red Ferrari used to occupy.
The answer arrived in Brisbane last night, with the launch of the Supercar Club. The concept is really quite basic, with members paying an annual membership fee that gives them a certain number of hours in a range of exotic cars.
What sort of cars are we talking about? Well at the launch night there was a fine selection on display, ranging from a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera for those who want their supercars to be hard and fast, through to the majestic Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead, for those who enjoy driving a car with a price tag higher than the median house price in Hamilton.
Whilst the cars on display and the free flowing drinks were reason enough to attend, the highlight was musician and Top Gear Australia host, James Morrison, getting up for a chat. Morrison is a long time Supercar Club member, and told a few interesting tales about his time with a range of Supercar Club cars.
The club appears to be a great concept and by all accounts has been quite successful in Sydney and Melbourne over the last few years. If you have a spare $50k or so and like the idea of running around in exotic supercars that are generally reserved for the very wealthy, check out the website at supercarclub.com.au or call Peter Dempsey on 02 9969 7344.