Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, which last year saw the launch of a classic car show at its Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix, is expanding on its offerings for auto enthusiasts.

Through the end of the year, select domestic resorts are giving car lovers the opportunity get behind the wheel on excursions led by Belgian race champion Didier Theys.

For $999 a couple, guests can drive three of the world’s most famous super cars: Ferrari's 458 Italia Spider, McLaren's MP4-12C and the Porsche 911 Turbo. 

At each location, Theys gives motorists an introduction and tutorial about each vehicle, and then leads a three-hour driving tour. Drivers rotate cars along the way.

John Vanderslice, global head of the luxury brand for Hilton Worldwide, said the program "continues our legacy by offering our clientele authentic and unforgettable moments that further connect them to our properties in an extraordinarily modern and interactive way.”

Waldorf Astoria Driving ExperienceThe package was launched at the Waldorf Astoria resort in Park City, Utah, and moved to the La Quinta resort in Palm Springs, Calif. Its next stops include The Boulders in Scottsdale, Ariz., Oct. 24 through 29; the Roosevelt in New Orleans Nov. 6 through 11; Boca Raton Resort in Florida Nov. 14 through 19 and finally the Biltmore Dec. 2 through 7.

The package builds on the Biltmore’s launch this year of an Arizona Concours d’Elegance classic and exotic automobile event, which coincided with the area’s annual vintage car auction. The inaugural event in January displayed 80 classic automobiles, including Bugattis, Maseratis and Packards. Proceeds benefitted Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Next year’s show takes place Jan. 10 through 12 and will feature cars owned by Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a design consultant for the iconic Biltmore resort: a 1937 AC 16/80 “Ace” roadster that was owned and driven by the architect.

It will be first public display of the Cherokee Red sports car in more than 40 years. David and Rochelle Buice of Dallas have owned the AC since 1974, and it has been undergoing a total restoration for the past two years. 

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