So this is where those wealthy gearheads keep their prized possessions...
Car launch events across the world, special press accreditation at motoring expos and scoops on cars months before public debuts, these are just some of the perks of being a car writer, or so we're told. One of the lesser-known perks is having contacts that get you into places even folks with connections can't access. Sometimes visiting these places is the best thing about being an automotive writer, especially when they just so happen to be super secret storage facilities for rare cars.
Thanks to a combination of favors and the generosity of the owners, we were allowed to take a peek at (and several photos of) the glorious selection of cars held in this extremely secure auto lockup. And we do genuinely mean that it's a secure facility. So the identity of the company and its extremely affluent clients are protected, we had to agree beforehand that we'd edit out the number plate registrations from our photos, and we wouldn't publish any information that would reveal the firm's name or location. It's a perfectly understandable sentiment, especially when you realize this facility tucked away in an obscure corner of the world is the home of many millions of dollars worth of expensive and desirable road-going machinery.
Along with the usual flock of more modern supercars and performance models, this space is also the protector of several noteworthy and rare models. In our tippy toe steps in between the slim gaps between the parked wonders, we caught glimpses of concourse-condition Miuras and Porsche 356s tucked away in protection cocoons, old muscle cars slumbering away under car covers and even what we're told is a genuine Williams FW14B that was entered into the 1992 Formula One World Championship. Though it's probably not the exact chassis driven by Nigel Mansell to championship glory that year, and we weren't able to ascertain whether this one actually has a working powertrain underneath the Adrian Newey-designed bodywork.
Alas, our unrestrained access to this wondrous of places was sadly short lived. Almost as quickly as we got through the front door we were told it was time to go. It's a shame we couldn't have spent longer but we're especially grateful of the unique access we were given. Stuff like this is always a treat and we look forward to sharing more cool perks of the job with you all in the future.