Exotic Race Car Show Benefits Boys & Girls Club
Luxury Italian, French and British cars highlighted the Sunday car show next to Les Folies.
Classic cars, exotic cars and racing cars lined Riva Road on Sunday for a Boys & Girls Club benefit car show.
Car enthusiasts from around the area gathered next to Les Folies restaurant to show off their most treasured vehicles in the name of charity, the first Le Spectacle Classique de Voiture in Annapolis.
Italian, French and British cars highlighted the show, including a Lotus 23, a Van Diemen Formula Continental, and a Lola T-340, racing cars each capable of speeds of nearly 150 mph. Also classing up the event were a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II, a 1930 Model A Ford, and more modern luxury cars such as a 2010 Bentley, Jaguars, a Porsche, a BMW and a Maserati.
Proceeds for entry to the show benefited the Annapolis Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Trust.
Treasurer of that group, Crispin Etherington, said the idea for their first car show began after talking with Les Folies’ owner, Alain Matrat, a former race car driver.
"The object is to have a unique event where you’ve got cars, food, activities, speakers and all proceeds go toward the trust," Etherington said.
Matrat said he gave up his racing career in 1973 to work in the restaurant business, but a few years later, caught "the racing bug" again, and bought a Formula racing car to fix it up. His car was among those on display Sunday.
One of the guest speakers at the event was one of Matrat's personal friends, Joel Miller, a professional race car driver for Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda series of cars. He hopes to raise enough money to enter the upcoming Baltimore Grand Prix. Matrat said Sunday's event will help them network with locals and hopefully gather enough donations toward Miller's entry fees this year.
"If not this year, then definitely next year," Matrat said.
Inside Les Folies were other activities, all preceded by a three-course lunch. After food, attendees participated in cigar rolling, a roulette wheel, and a race car simulator. Drivers of the simulation competed for race times, the winner of which will get to attend a race later this year.