Rev your elite engines or just relish the thought with two clubs in the car-collecting community.
Founded in 2012, the South Bay’s 100|OCT (pronounced 100 octane) is a community for exotic car enthusiasts (many of them tech executives) who gather to enjoy their Italian, British or German cars (Ferraris, Bentleys, Audis) at three-day festivals with cocktails and dinners, on road trips (for 25 cars only, to Yosemite or Carmel, for instance), and at morning events like Cars and Croissants at Santana Row every other month. No good old boy’s network here: Club officials say women make up more than a third of the membership. INSIDER’S TIP Members can register for each event separately, but monthly memberships are not only more cost-effective, but more convenient, with a one-time registration. You are also allowed to bring a guest to every event.
The Valley’s well-heeled auto collectors often keep their hot wheels in private (or even underground) garages at home, but auto enthusiasts need a place to see them. Club Auto Sport, founded in 2006 by John Davis and Ralph Borelli, fits the bill as a unique, auto-themed venue for banquets, holiday parties, black-tie galas, corporate events and even weddings. Its two buildings offer ample room (120,000 square feet) for the display of automotive eye candy in places like the Clubhouse Ballroom, the TMFC Museum & Patio (with toy cars, tools, guns and sports memorabilia) and the TMFC Garage with rare and collectible cars. INSIDER’S TIP In Bay Area traffic, deemed among the top 10 most congested in the nation, it’s worth noting: Club Auto Sport offers easy access to local airports, freeways and luxury hotels; some lodgings provide guests with free shuttle service to the club; and the club offers free parking for guests. 521 Charcot Ave., San Jose