Utah’s largest exotic car show brought thousands together at The Gateway

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In the words of Frankie Valley, “Ah, what a night.” Last Saturday, April 2, 2022, thousands flocked to the largest exotic car show in Utah history, all thanks to a group of supercar enthusiasts, Need 2 Drive. Need 2 Drive kicks off the summer driving season every year with a special event like this one, but no one, including Need 2 Drive co-founder Ismail Utrela, could have predicted how many enthusiasts (and cars) showed up at The Gateway.

Utah's largest exotic car show brought thousands together at The Gateway
Photo: Joel Tate

“It’s crazy. Amazing. I never dreamed it would be this big,” Ismail told me as we stared at the sea of ​​those present. “The next generation of drivers doesn’t need to go anywhere else to get inspiration. That’s what Utah is now.”

As thousands of attendees converged on the 160 supercars on display, children and adults alike were grinning from ear to ear. The number of cars on display was really a sight to behold. Even more supercar owners—more than 350 to be exact—have inquired about getting a parking space, but have had to be turned away due to size restrictions. This kind of interest represents the amazing growth that Utah’s supercar community has experienced in recent years.

Utah's largest exotic car show brought thousands together at The Gateway
Photo: Tanner Seymour

work on inspiration

The event, free to the public, took months for Ismail to plan for, but with the help of the gracious hosts at The Gateway, the planning paid off and provided a night the attendees will never forget. “It’s really hard to plan for something like this, but we’re doing it for Utah, especially for kids. To see great cars and get inspired to work hard, to dream…that’s it,” Ismail said.

Ismail is no stranger to dreaming big, working hard or throwing huge parties (see our coverage of Need 2 Drive Summer Splash). Living in Peru most of his life, Ishmael came to America without anything. Now, after years of hard work and setting his sights high, he has achieved many of his dreams. Only 10 years ago he was driving a Toyota Corolla. Now, he owns two Porsche – 911 Turbo S and McCann. His story appeared in full at KSL just last year.

“Utah is a special place,” he said. “You don’t need to go anywhere else to achieve your dreams and get inspired. You can do it here.”

the cars

I’ve long felt that seeing a supercar on the road was a rare experience. At the Exotics at the Gateway event, the number of exotic cars was almost overwhelming. Of the 160 supercars that attended, many were Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren. There were also dozens of other supercars, including several C8 Corvettes, Dodge Vipers, Aston Martins, Lotus, Rezvani, Acura NSXs, BMW i8s and many more.

Utah's largest exotic car show brought thousands together at The Gateway
Photo: Joel Tate

Highlights of the show were the ultra-rare McLaren P1 HDK, Gunther Werks 400r, Ford GT and a wide-body Liberty Walk Lamborghini Aventador Roadster belonging to YouTuber James “The Stradman”.

Utah's largest exotic car show brought thousands together at The Gateway
Photo: Joel Tate

In all, there were at least $15 million worth of exotic cars lining the streets of The Gateway – definitely something you don’t see every day.

The connection that cars bring

It was hard not to be touched by the spirit of unity that pervaded The Gateway as thousands of people poured into the streets to see these stunning cars. In the past couple of years, there has been a lot of division between people in our state and our country for many different reasons, but on the night of April 2nd, those differences seemed to fade as a shared love of cars took precedence over everyday differences.

Ismail started his journey with Need 2 Drive out of a desire to bring supercar owners together. Now, he set his sights higher. He wants to get Utah together, which is what happened last Saturday night. Who would have thought they would be cars of all things that would bring together people of all backgrounds, demographics, ages, nationalities, and beliefs?

Tonight’s success raises the bar for next year, but in the meantime, car fans statewide will have plenty to dream about. Goals will be set, and the memory of seeing 30 Lamborghini cars together will be something that every adult and child will soon forget.

Utah's largest exotic car show brought thousands together at The Gateway

“This is more than just making money,” Ismail said. “If you do what you do for money, you’ll be miserable. It’s about growing, dreaming, and meeting. That’s the American dream.” “Making kids dream and say, ‘You know, I’m going to own this car someday,’…that’s it.”

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For more information on Need 2 Drive or its events, follow @Need2DriveUtah on Instagram. You can also follow Ismail’s personal account @PorscheDriver801.

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About the author: Having owned everything from a DeLorean to an E46 BMW M3 and a Toyota Land Cruiser, Jason Bell is a lifelong car enthusiast and loves to share his passion as a teacher, writer, speaker and social media manager. Contact him at jasonbellcars@gmail.com for comments/questions, or just to say ‘hello’.

KSL Cars does not endorse any vehicles. The opinions or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views or opinions of KSL.com or its employees.

_This article was originally published on the KSL Automotive Resource Center. To read the original article, click here.

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