Weather forecasts can’t deter GMG open house
Global Motorsports Group (GMG) held its annual open house in Santa Ana, CA last weekend, just before departing for Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and the first Pirelli World Challenge stand-alone feature races of the 2015 season.
It was a challenging meeting this time around, because the weather prophets called for a deluge, enough to take all of the customary visitors: Audi R8s, Porsches of every stripe, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Ferraris, BMW and the odd Nissan GTR and force them to stay indoors in their own garages.
But the weather gods were wrong, the sun was shining and the event, from 11-4PM on Saturday, the final day of February went off without a hitch for all involved. Maybe because it was Mario Andretti’s 75th birthday? GMG owners James Sofronas and Fabryce Kutyba had people lined up for seemingly blocks, walking because there were no parking spaces anywhere near the GMG compound – no matter how fine they might have been – after about 11:30 in the morning!
There were vendors surrounding the workshops and within it, more than 25 displays of racing and road products, services and even a booth for the upcoming 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Food vendors, even beauty product demonstrations were on-site with free energy drinks and clam chowder to add warmth on the cool, California day.
During the event GMG presented their 2015 PWC Audi R8 Ultra teams – even though most of the equipment was already in Texas – gave tours of their 30,000-square-foot racing and performance tuning facility with cars on lifts to give an idea of what was available, showed off their latest GMG products, displayed their Porsche GT3 Cup and GT3R race models together with their Lamborghini Super Trofeo race cars. Fans had the opportunity to look inside the race trailers to see what goes on and to understand the breadth of what it takes to put a race team on the road.
The virtual car show on the street was a true treat for the eyes and, to no one’s surprise, one of the most popular cars out there was a finely restored Chevrolet Camaro SS done up in black. No matter that the surrounding machinery cost well into six figures, everyone stopped to ogle this particular Chevy – it was the hit of the show!
The balance of the crew departed Monday for the Pirelli World Challenge races at COTA secure in the knowledge that nothing could have spoiled their 2015 GMG open house.
Words and Photos by Anne Proffit