Cinema’s elite descend on the city this month with the arrival of the Toronto International Film Festival and stargazers are going gaga (see Screen Scene. If you’re the type who isn’t content to watch others enjoy the star treatment, an exotic set of wheels may be just what you need to feel like a celeb yourself. And while you may not have the funds to buy one of those cabriolets cruising Yorkville, renting one for the day—or even a couple of hours—will launch you, not the price, into the stratosphere.
If there’s one name that entitles you to instant automotive celebrity status, it’s Ferrari. ASG Exotic Cars (416-219-5266, www.asgexoticcars.com) offers the stunning Ferrari 360 Spider convertible for hire, and a host of other exotic vehicles, including the elegant and powerful Porsche Boxster and the incredibly muscular 500-hp Dodge Viper. The company arranges customized rental packages of varying lengths, such as a one-hour Fantasy Ride in the Ferrari for $200, and provides complimentary car delivery and pickup at any location. “There’s very little we will say no to,” says Sukhy Auluck, co-owner of ASG Exotic Cars. “It’s about the enjoyment of the vehicle,” Auluck explains.
If the dramatic look of a Lamborghini is more your style, GTA Exotics (416-253-2180, www.gtaexotics.ca) can equip you with the Diablo Roadster, plus a number of other high-end cars, like the racy Porsche 911 GT3 for serious joy rides, and the convertible Ferrari F355 Spider and Porsche 911 Cabriolet, both perfect for making the scene with the top down during the film fest. Packages start with one-day rentals and range in price from $150 per day to $1,000 per day, depending on the car and day of the week.
To rent an exotic vehicle, all you need is a credit card and a valid driver’s licence. “It’s pretty straightforward, just like going to Budget,” says Stewart Wilson, President of GTA Exotics. For more expensive cars, expect to pay extra for insurance. While weekend reservations can disappear quickly, it’s often possible to make last-minute arrangements, especially on weekdays. Now all you need to do is supply the shades!—Andrew Wheeler