Utah’s Largest Exotic Car Show Brings Thousands to The Gateway

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In the words of Frankie Valli, “Oh, what a night.” Last Saturday, April 2, 2022, thousands turned out for the largest exotic car show in Utah history, all thanks to supercar enthusiast group, Need 2 Drive. Every year, Need 2 Drive kicks off the summer driving season with a special event like this, but no one, including Need 2 Drive co-founder Ismael Utrilla, could have predicted the number of enthusiasts (and cars) who showed up at The Gateway.

Utah's Largest Exotic Car Show Brings Thousands to The Gateway
Photo: Joel Tate

“It’s crazy. Breathtaking. I couldn’t have dreamed it would be this big,” Ismael told me as we looked out at the sea of ​​attendees. “The next generation of pilots don’t need to go anywhere else for inspiration. That’s what Utah is now.”

As thousands of attendees thronged the 160 supercars on display, children and adults alike smiled from ear to ear. The number of cars on display was truly a sight to behold. Even more supercar owners – more than 350 to be exact – had inquired about a parking space, but had to be turned away due to size constraints. This kind of interest represents the meteoric growth that Utah’s supercar community has seen in recent years.

Utah's Largest Exotic Car Show Brings Thousands to The Gateway
Photo: Tanner Seymour

Work to inspire

This free-to-the-public event took Ismael months to plan, but with the help of The Gateway’s gracious hosts, the planning paid off and provided a night attendees will never forget. “It’s really hard to plan something like this, but we do it for Utah, especially for the kids. Seeing cool cars and getting inspired to work hard, dream…that’s what it’s about,” Ismael said.

Ismael is no stranger to dreaming big, working hard, or throwing big parties (see our Need 2 Drive Summer Splash coverage). Living in Peru for much of his life, Ismael came to America with nothing. Today, after years of hard work and ambition, he has achieved many of his dreams. Just 10 years ago he was driving a Toyota Corolla. Today he owns two Porsches, a 911 Turbo S and a Macan. Her story was featured in its entirety on KSL last year.

“Utah is a special place. You don’t have to go anywhere else to pursue your dreams and find inspiration. You can do it here,” he said.

Cars

Seems like a long time ago, seeing a supercar on the road was a rare experience. During the Exotics at the Gateway event, the number of Exotic cars was almost overwhelming. Of the 160 supercars present, many of them were Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches and McLarens. Dozens of other supercars were also present, including several C8 Corvettes, Dodge Vipers, Aston Martins, a Lotus, a Rezvani, Acura NSXs, a BMW i8 and many more.

Utah's Largest Exotic Car Show Brings Thousands to The Gateway
Photo: Joel Tate

Highlights of the show were an ultra-rare McLaren P1 HDK, a Gunther Werks 400r, a Ford GT and a custom Liberty Walk widebody Lamborghini Aventador roadster owned by YouTuber James “The Stradman”.

Utah's Largest Exotic Car Show Brings Thousands to The Gateway
Photo: Joel Tate

In total, there were around 30-40 million worth of exotic cars on the streets of The Gateway – definitely something you don’t see every day.

The connection that cars bring

It was hard not to be impressed by the spirit of unity that reigned on The Gateway as thousands of attendees took to the streets to see these incredible cars. Over the past two years, there have been many divisions between the people of our state and our country for many different reasons, but on the night of April 2, those differences seemed to melt away as a shared love of cars took precedence over daily differences. .

Ismael started his journey with Need 2 Drive out of a desire to bring supercar owners together. Now he is aiming higher. He wants to bring Utah together, and that’s what happened last Saturday night. Who would have thought that these would be cars of all things that would bring together people from all walks of life, demographics, ages, nationalities and creeds?

The evening’s success sets the bar high for next year, but until then, car enthusiasts across the state will have plenty to dream about. Goals will be set and the memory of seeing 30 Lamborghinis together is something all adults and children in attendance will not soon forget.

Utah's Largest Exotic Car Show Brings Thousands to The Gateway
Photo: Tanner Seymour

“It’s more important than just making money. If you do what you do for money, you’ll be miserable. It’s about growing, dreaming and coming together. It’s the American dream “Ismael said. “Making the kids dream and say, ‘You know, one day I’m going to have this car’…that’s what it’s all about.”

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

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About the Author: Having owned everything from a DeLorean to a BMW M3 E46 and a Toyota Land Cruiser, Jason Bell is a lifelong car enthusiast who enjoys sharing his passions as a teacher, writer, speaker and social media manager. Contact him at [email protected] for comments/questions, or just to say “hello”.

KSL Cars does not endorse any vehicle. Any views 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 originally appeared on the KSL Cars Resource Center. To read the original article, click here._

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