FORMULA 3.5 ON THE RED BULL RING
For a normal road-going driver nothing ever compares to sheer kinetic sensations felt in pure racing single-seater, if he ever has an opportunity to drive one, of course. The impression stems from a contact with really uncompromising machinery, purpose-built for performance and ruthlessly maximising three parameters that count: braking, cornering and accelerating. What we’ve experienced during our trip to Spielberg in Austria escapes any comparisons. Several dozens laps made in Formula 4.0 and 3.5 Renault racing cars around the Red Bull Ring redefined our concepts of grip or speed. Sole figures (500 hp and 600 kg) are sorely not enough to describe the endless potential of these machines. If there is anything on par with sensations behind their wheel, it is the utmost professionalism the team of racing engineers and mechanics reveals at work in the pit stop. We come back stunned, delighted and… never going to be quite the same again.
SPRING IN BIESZCZADY
Finally there! The springtime greeted Bieszczady mountains bringing perfect conditions for our regular driving skills training camp. We hold it on undeniably Poland’s best driving roads and, just like every time we go there, we provide a fleet selected to find a full range of motoring impressions – from eager hot hatches through fast rear wheel-driven coupés to crushingly effective and powerful AWDs. This year there were many questions calling to be answered: a BMW M2 is a great car but will it cope with merciless twists on the Bieszczadzka loop? How our A-Group cars perform on roads known from hillclimbs held there every year? And then, is there any car capable of keeping up on a twisty bit of tarmac with our Mazda MX-5 equipped with Clobsport suspension? Time to check out!
NEWS FROM GENEVA
All quiet in the Western front – that’s what we’re tempted to say having visited the Geneva Motor Show. We came back neither astonished nor particularly delighted but still we’d like to see some of the novelties in our garage. We really liked exquisitely crafted Porsche modifications by RUF. We certainly noticed some new proposals from McLaren, now very close to leave its Southern European competition behind its back. Then, it seems the new Bentley Continental GT, at this stage developed to the utmost perfection, must find its way to our fleet. But most of all, we are now awaiting real springtime to translate the theory seen in the motor show into actual driving.
The sense of a driver’s oneness with a car, felt while driving on ice on studded tyres cannot be reproduced on any other road surface conditions. When a steering wheel isn’t used to steer any more and the accelerator takes its role, sometimes with a gentle tap on the brakes. Coming back from frozen Swedish lakes we feel awkward in the grippy rest of Europe. In wasn’t easy to come back in the first place because the way Scandinavians understand comfort in Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Åre is addicting in all its unsurpassed simplicity. And yet the impressive of all things was the level of the trainees, mostly keeping up with their Swedish instructors and sometimes pressing them hard. Congratulations, mates, we took proper revenge for the 17th c. Swedish conquest.
Any day may be really fascinating, provided it is our club’s Supercar Day. We had some of them last year and there were all spectacular. When roads leading to Warsaw get crowded, we take a couple of supercar – each slightly different then the rest – and go against the current. We know the Mazovia region has little to offer as far as driving roads are concerned, but still in fine company, driving peculiar cars, a real good time is guaranteed for all.
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THE CLUB’S CHRISTMAS EVE 2017
What happens in SCC, stays in SCC – the classic adage to justify our modest photo gallery illustrating the Club’s Christmas Eve event that summed up the year 2017. The breakthrough year 2017 to be more specific, as it witnessed, among other things, the delivery of No. 100 SCC membership card! An increasing group of the Club members – actually much more than fellow members to each other by now – has been the best gift we could wish for. Our wishes to all of you, including in particular those absent on that special evening, are very simple: live a good life! If the Club will contribute to this, we will be honoured. Merry Christmas and dynamic New Year 2018.
FAST DRIVER’S ACADEMY
It’s only one week before we go again to enjoy one of the Club’s events that attracts most interest among our members. We take over a dozen fast cars to the promised land of driving pleasure – Bieszczady mountains. We expect November to contribute roads void of holiday traffic and to paint this far Eastern end of Carpathian range with gorgeous colours of fall. Like small boys, we just can’t wait!
Is it possible at all to bring different generations together around petrolhead passion? We faced this and other intricate questions during a classic car day meeting in front of the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Fine colours of vintage cars melted with shades of a calm and warm Sunday as we shared our passion participating in a parade of classic cars along the city streets.
The first one hundred out of a limited series of 777 individually numbered watches – Atlantic Worldmaster Driver 777 – ended in and on hands of members of Supercar Club Poland. Press breakfast held in the SCC Zone attracted journalists and invited guests passionate about motoring. The event was hosted by Krzysztof Hołowczyc who was also the patron and advisor in creating this exclusive series of chronographs.
GRAN TURISMO MICHELIN 2017
When brothers Édouard and André Michelin got patent for removable pneumatic tyre back in 1891, little did they know that in 2017 we would take their smart invention to the best use possible. Following the track of Michelin stars, we drove a distance of 1500 km through Bavaria, Tirol, Italian South Tirol / Upper Adige – Alps and Dolomites, then – and back to Red Bull’s realm in Salzburg, having meals in some of Europe’s best restaurants.
Did you know that Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd’s mythical album, was also recorded as a quadraphonic mix? Few people ever had an opportunity to appreciate its full sound from an original vinyl record, because quadraphonic audio systems had all but disappeared without ever becoming widespread. This special evening we listened to that and several other iconic records during an exclusive listening session of quadraphonic music, using a Muarah turntable – all in the Club’s garage. To have good music properly accompanied, between side A and B we explored secrets of the Earth’s most complex distillate – Scotch whisky.
THE CLUB’S CHRISTMAS EVE 2016
Our annual pre-Christmas meeting is an attempt to answer the vital existential questions: which vehicles and where are we going to drive over the forthcoming new year? These and much more: the Club being mainly but not only about cars, we wonder what else can we do to attract our Members’ interest or have them interest us. In announcing our activities in the year 2017 we reached for the live presentation as the best way to move people’s imagination. The evening was a huge success, as witnessed by the time it finished: the next day around noon .
GRAN TURISMO BALKANS 2016
In order to drive fast in delectable landscape, the Apennines are the place to go… but not only! Across the Adriatic sea we found just as fine roads and equally welcoming people to match. Slovenia and Croatia greeted us with their very best in the fields of motoring, food and wine. We duly enjoyed all that, never forgetting one of our Club’s adages – no matter where you travel or what you drive, the important bit is what you experience and keep for yourself.
SAFETY FOR A MAN OF SUCCESS
People who have achieved success in their careers know only too well their efforts are not over at this point. Their above-the-norm financial standing opens up a new chapter – that of protecting what they’ve got against aggression of the outside world. While not driving our cars for awhile, we asked our friends from special services to deliver a jump-start course of overcoming awkward situations. During a two-day camp we acquired skills in shooting, hand-to-hand combat, and even repelling a car assault. Because there are no safe people – there are only trained ones.
DRIVING CAMP BIESZCZADY 06/2016
The times of school camps long gone? Not at all! As we do each year, we made out Club’s camp in Bieszczady mountains to upgrade our driving skills at the wheels of a dozen sports cars on Poland’s best driving roads. Cisna-Baligród in the new Focus RS. Dołżyca-Terka in the all-agile Clio Sport. Or, if you wish, defying gravitation on Berehy pass in a mighty Evo X. For most people it’s a “whatcha hell d’ya mean?” kind of chatter. For those who know it’s the land of motoring Nirvana.
ICE DRIVING SWEDEN 2016
You’re never going to be truly fast on dry roads unless you know how to drive on slippery ones. This is the truth you’re likely to hear from any sports driver. The skill of driving on ice is the root and essence of any driving skills. Well aware of that, we renounced sitting by the fireplace on winter days (well, on some of them we did anyway…). Instead, we boarded a plane to land, a couple of hours later, in a place where nobody holds the wheel dead straight. Much to our excitement, Sweden awaited us with a thick sheet of ice on the lakes. In AWD cars on studded tyres we basked in magic of kinetic driving. All under vigilant eye of local experts. All with joy that left us lost for words.
GRAN TURISMO TERRA DI MOTORI 2015
The homeland of most exciting and emotional vehicles tempts us with all sorts of attractions. Some of them have been spoiled by over-tourism and commercial abuse. The guiding idea for our GT Terra di Motori was to choose the very best in terms of what really excites us. While tracing the route, we carefully selected unique places full of charm and offering fine cuisine, typical to the Po Valley.
SCC’s FOURTH BIRTHDAY
In theory it’s very simple. In practice, it also takes some talent to have fun. We took our Club’s closed birthday event to a top level indeed: by holding it on 42th floor of our partner’s Cosmopolitan apartment tower. The programme included live music, fashion show (more than just fashion, actually...), live cooking and spectacular parade of supercars watched as a bird’s eye view. All this in good company of friends and – why not tell you the truth? – high-grade liquors.
GRAN TURISMO ALPINE PASSES 2014
Are Alpine passes really an ambitious driver’s paradise as some famous people say? Following our another GT trip we have some mixed feelings, but nothing can take those 2500 fast kilometres away from us. The opportunity to directly compare between some of the world’s finest sports cars and do it on this twisting road playground was truly an exceptional adventure to recall and savour for the rest of our lives.
GRAN TURISMO ITALIAN ODYSSEY 2013
The trip like a house of many rooms, combining the pleasure of driving supercars with seductive attractions Northern Italy has to offer. On our route we experienced the impressive Elmau Castle, the splendid Villa d'Este, Horacio Pagani’s dream-come-true in San Cesario sul Panaro or the Garda Lake which was all tranquillity at this time of year. Other main points to remember include outstanding food, fabulous wines and endearing warmth with which people and places welcomed us.
GRAN TURISMO ITALIA 2012
Decision where to go to our Club’s first GT trip was a no-brainer. We went to Italy in several supercars, to experience winding roads going up the picturesque slopes and down again to places in which all things exude the spirit of Mediterranean dolce vita. Indeed, Italy remains one of few countries left in Europe where – knowing where and when – one can still drive fast cars in a manner they are meant to be driven.