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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

GoldRush Rally ‘GR8EST’ Wraps Up In Spectacularly Tacky Fashion

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At best, it’s a group with a common passion for cars driving cross country, and giving various cities a look at some of the world’s most exotic machines. At worst, it’s people with too much money and too much time, driving recklessly in a number of major metropolitan areas. I’ll put it this way, the only city where the rally stops for two nights is Las Vegas. So you get the idea.

That begs the question: why would I be assigned to go check out the scene in downtown LA this past weekend? The main reason being the new Rezvani Beast that was on display. Aside from that, I wanted to get a firsthand look at the ridiculousness of goldRush and the cars behind the scenes (not so much the people).

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But first, a bit about the Rezvani Beast. It’s a fascinating machine to lay eyes on. Photos don’t do the thing justice. It’s so much more compact than it seems in photos—something like the Bugatti Veyron or new Acura NSX. The car on display, Beast #004, was a customer car on loan for the day, and Rezvani founder Ferris Rezvani told me that Beasts #005 and #006 are on the way.

For those of you that might be unfamiliar, the Beast comes in with some very impressive specs. A carbon fiber body weighing in at 1,650 pounds surrounds a 2.4-liter Rotrex supercharged 4-cylinder engine sourced from Honda. It pumps out 500 horsepower in this application, which when you consider the power-to-weight ratio, the name Beast becomes a whole lot more appropriate.

As for the look of the car, it’s definitely polarizing, but after walking around it for a few minutes, I found myself liking the F-Type mated with an Aventador aesthetic. Should look even better with a roof, which Rezvani assures me is on the way.




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After getting a full rundown on all things Rezvani, I wandered around the closed off streets of downtown LA, and did my best to keep an open mind. Supercar after supercar rolled in; Huracans, 488s, GT3RSs, you name it, it was there. Not everyone was in something they’re leasing for a small fortune, though. A Shelby GT500 “Elenor” knockoff, and a Jaguar XJ220 were hands down the most unique cars in the lineup, meanwhile a Lamborghini with a comic book character wrap, and a Rolls-Royce Phantom with various types of ecstasy pills attached gave you a better idea of the people behind the wheel.

I’m sure the owners thought it was super hilarious since the Rolls Royce emblem is called “The Spirit Of Ecstasy,” but it sort of just makes the car quite possibly the biggest cop magnet imaginable. Was it tough to stomach some of the god awful design choices owners had made? Definitely, but at the end of the day, at least these people are driving their cars instead of storing them away in a garage somewhere. How and why they’re driving them is another discussion entirely, one probably best had offline somewhere.


Photos: VisualVocab for Bold Ride.