The logistics of PCotY

Published: 24 September 2008

I think I got carried away with this year’s PCotY logistics. Tasked with getting all the great performance cars of the past 12 months together for our annual extravaganza, I went a bit mad. That’s why, in one very wet week in Anglesey, 29 cars descended on the Ty Croes circuit and the roads just south in Snowdonia.

By my calculation, and you can see the list below, the total value of all the cars was just shy of £1.9m. And that's before you consider that these were press office cars, with every option on them. There was over £25k on the SL63, £18k on the 911 and a frankly unbelievable £35k on the KTM, but it still didn't have a windscreen.

It's not just about the numbers

PCoTY is also about the passion and the chance to get all sorts of different cars together. So while the 123d and Gumpert Apollo might both have twin turbos, they couldn't be further apart, and while the SL showed off with its folding-metal roof, three of our cars didn't have any weather protection.

But it didn't matter to any of us because PCoTY is all about the passion. It's why, when I was sorting the logistics, I set it up so I had to drive to Caterham to pick up the R500 on the Saturday before, and why the KTM was delivered to me on the Sunday.

And then, at the end of it all, I volunteered to drive the Lotus 2-Eleven home. Despite the rain, the soaking seat, the lack of rear vision, and nearly being killed by a clueless Chrysler Voyager driver, it was probably the best drive I've ever had.

The cars of PCoTY

Gumpert Apollo – £275,000

Aston Martin DBS – 162,500

Lamborghini LP560-4 – £143,350

Porsche 911 GT2 – £131,070

Mercedes SL63 AMG – £102,075

Mercedes CLK Black – £100,000

Aston Martin V8 Vantage – £88,000

Audi RS6 Avant – £77,730

Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK – £72,698

Jaguar XKR-S – £70,995

Nissan GT-R – £54,200

Mercedes C63 AMG – £51,425

Lexus IS-F – £51,155

BMW M3 saloon – £49,900

KTM X-Bow – £46,041

BMW X6 – £43160

Lotus 2-Eleven – £41,180

Mitsubishi Evo X 360 – £35,499

Ariel Atom 3 300 – £34,949

Audi TTS – £33,390

Subaru Impreza WRX STi – £25,090

Mazda RX-8 £24,995

BMW 123d – £23,935

Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring – £21,295

Mini JCW – £20,995

VW Scirocco – £20,940

Ford Focus ST Mountune – £19,665

Renault Clio Cup – £14,995

Total = c£1.9m


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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy