Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, Lotuses and other exotic cars have a special place to shine on Saturday mornings.
They converge on Redmond Town Center for a casual gathering of seriously fine cars. It's where owners and enthusiasts can admire gleaming lines and powerful engines under sunny skies (the event is called off on rainy days).
Exotic, luxury and classic cars packed a parking lot one recent weekend. It's the largest weekly gathering of such cars north of L.A., according to Exotics at Redmond Town Center, the group that sponsors the event.
If you go
Exotics at Redmond Town Center is held 9-11 a.m. Saturdays through the fall in the south parking lot of Redmond Town Center, next to BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. The show takes place only when the chance of rain is less than 30 percent, so check the schedule before you go at exoticsat.com.
The cars featured vary from week to week, but they aren't exactly daily drivers. For owners of the high-end vehicles, the event "gives them a chance to get their car out," says Vic Tiscareno, co-founder of Exotics at Redmond Town Center.
"It's a dream to have a car like this," says Tiscareno, whose Ferrari was in the mix.
The first Exotics at Redmond Town Center gathering was in February 2009. It was 30 cars then, but on some Saturdays now, hundreds of cars show up. It typically takes place mid-February through early November. Run entirely by volunteers, it is free for visitors and car owners.
"The car guys like ... that it's informal," Tiscareno says. Cars come and go throughout the morning. Crowds gather to hear the roar as a Lamborghini is fired up to leave.
Many owners return week after week to show off their cars and visit with like-minded enthusiasts. The gathering has become a social event, Tiscareno says.
Regular visitors also enjoy the event. Stan Russell, of Lynnwood, goes several times a year. "It's just fun to see the cars," he says. "There's always a variety."
Craig and Kathy Chastain, communications director and media coordinator, respectively, for the Seattle Auto Show, come by almost every week to scout for an exotic car to feature at the fall show. Last year, they picked a McLaren.
Tiscareno says car fans from other countries have found the gathering through YouTube and often stop by when they visit the area. Iskander Osmanov, of Bothell, was doing his own brand of international outreach as he enjoyed the display.
On his smartphone, Osmanov used Skype to chat with friends in Russia while showing them a red Lamborghini. "I am a fan of exotic cars," he says.