More than $10 million worth of supercars gathered for the start of the 2017 Ace Spade Rally, a non-competitive car rally that take the participants from Toronto to Montreal, Watkins Glen, NY, New York City and, finally, Ottawa in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. This is the 3rd annual rally, which was formerly known as the Blacklist Rally.
With 55 cars and 110 participants taking part, all of the exotic car brands are well represented including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Lotus, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Audi, BMW, Nissan, Ford and Chevrolet.
Saturn Ador-Dionisio and his wife, May, run the Ace Spade Rally. “We have a fantastic turnout and a sold out rally,” Saturn happily reported. Saturn and May will be driving their Lamborghini Gallardo.
From their starting point at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex on the CNE grounds on Toronto’s waterfront, the teams head to Montreal. They will arrive in time for an evening event at Lamborghini Montreal. Day two sees the teams drive to Watkins Glen International Race Track in New York State. There, they will see the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen IMSA race, a Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America race and a Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race.
From Watkins Glen, they drive to New York City for an event at Manhattan Motorcars, which is a Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti dealership. The dealership hopes to arrange for the participants to see an ultra-exotic Koenigsegg hypercar while they are there. The teams finish the rally with a drive from New York to Ottawa to participate in Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.
The group is quite proud of the funds they raise each year for charity. Over the past two years, they have raised more than $40,000 for Women’s College Hospital Foundation in support of the Orthopedic Surgery program, which specializes in treating amateur and professional athletes for sports-related injuries. They also raise money for Hand Over Hand, which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating safe and acceptable spaces within the community for and with people who have disabilities.
Before the excited and enthusiastic drivers and co-drivers headed out on the road, Saturn addressed them and reminded them that this is not a race and the group must observe and obey all traffic laws. He also reminded them to enjoy, and that not even the rain could dampen their anticipation for what lay ahead on this exotic car rally.
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