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Exotic Cars Showcased at Friday's Car Show
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Pagani Huayra Roadster BC. COURTESY: Sun Valley Tour de Force
   
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Only 40 Pagani Huayra Roadsters have been made worldwide—and each is customized to the buyer’s taste, meaning no two are alike.

The exotic high-performance hypercar accelerates to 60 miles per hour in 2.6 seconds, reaching a top speed of 233 miles per hour and setting a new lap record at Spa Francorchamps.

Sun Valley-area residents will get the chance to check out the Italian-built rocket with its German engine during the Sun Valley Tour de Force ‘s annual car show on Friday.

 
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Porsche Taycan. COURTESY: Porsche
 

The free 4th annual Car Show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 23, at Sun Valley Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road. The show moved from the streets of Ketchum to that spot to allow for more social distancing, said Maya Blix, co-producers of Sun Valley Tour de Force with Whitney Slade.

The car show, sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, will also feature a fleet of Taycan models covering the color spectrum with metallics of Dolomite Silver, Carrara White, Gentian Blue, Frozen Berry and Carmine Red. The taycans are Porsche’s first all-electric car.

“Sun Valley Tour de Force delivers a world-class event for loyal car enthusiasts. We are excited to meet quite a few Porsche fans there, as well as some folks who may be new to our brand and getting their first look. For everyone, we hope to provide some first-hand thrills,” said Trevor Arthur, Vice President of Area West for PCNA.

The Sun Valley Tour de Force encompasses three days of events with proceeds benefitting the Hunger Coaliton.

  • Thursday-Saturday, July 22-24: Peterson BMW will offer ride and drives of the 2021 X3, 2021 X5, 2021 X7 50i and 2021 3 Seriesfrom noon to 4 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on Sun Valley Road. A BMW Technical expert will be on hand to answer advanced technical questions on Saturday.
  • Friday, July 23: The Car Show will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Festival Meadows.

In addition to the Pagani Huayra Roadster BC, Peterson BMW will have seven models on display, including a 2021 M3.

Sun Valley Auto Club owner Dave Stone will bring the iconic Dumb and Cumber Mutt Cutts van out of storage, along with his one-of-a-kind reimaged Porsche by Singer Vehicle Designs.

Food and beverage vendors will offer local specialties and Sun Valley Tour de Force will sell original hats, T-shirts and more.

Saturday, July 24: High-speed runs allowing sports car drivers to test how fast their cars will go will take place over a 3.2-mile stretch of Highway 75 on Phantom Hill for most of the day. Tour de Force is not selling VIP passes to the Drivers’ Pits or Phantom Hill this year because of COVID restrictions. But the public is permitted to gather in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to watch drivers.

A Cars & Comedy show will be held in the evening.

 Tour de Force Co-producer Whitney Slade said the Tour de Force was proud to partner with The Hunger Coalition.

“Even before the pandemic, 52% of Blaine County residents were food insecure or one crisis away,” she said. “The organization quickly saw what happens when that crisis hits everyone at once. Within the first month of the pandemic, the number of individuals accessing the food pantry quadrupled. Nearly 6,500 neighbors accessed services in 2020, half of them for the very first time. This partnership comes at an essential time for the organization.”

Sun Valley Tour de Force is produced by the nonprofit Intrepid Events, Inc. To learn more visit www.sunvalleytourdeforce.com

COVID PROTOCOLS IN PLACE:

Local company, Sawtooth Biodefense, will provide disinfecting, cleaning, and hand sanitizing product throughout the weekend. Penetrex spray will be used on the exterior and interior of all test cars. Drivers and passengers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 rapid test and tests will be available on site. The Tour de Force staff is fully vaccinated.

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