The Diamond Rally, Vancouver to Whistler
The Diamond Rally is an invitation-only driving rally which takes a selection of truly exclusive luxury and supercars from Vancouver to Whistler via Canada’s most scenic route, the Sea to Sky Highway 99. Some drivers will however literally take it further by driving all the way to Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon on the second day of the rally.
The Diamond Rally is the brainchild of Craig Stowe, who also is the President of the reputed Luxury & Supercar Weekend, which is Vancouver’s most engaging and finest luxury event showcasing the crème de la crème of automotive, fashion, art, design, food, wine and spirits. Luxury & Supercar Weekend stages some of the rarest classic and modern supercars in the world, from manufacturers and private collections such as Lamborghini, Pagani, McLaren, Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, BMW, Lincoln and many more. This yearly event draws thousands of car aficionados and typically takes place in the month of September, in an elegant ‘garden party’ atmosphere on 25 acres of the manicured Great Lawn of VanDusen Botanical Garden. The Automotive 2015 Canadian Concours d’Elégance classes include categories such as Rolls Royce, Italian sports cars, German sports cars, British Invasion – 50th anniversary of MGA, E-type Jaguar – ‘The most beautiful car ever made’, Thunderbirds – 60th anniversary – and many more.
While the Luxury & Supercar Weekend allows visitors to admire the most extraordinary cars in a ‘static’ fashion, The Diamond Rally is more about connecting with like-minded luxury and supercar owners, and actually getting out on the road. What originally started off as a one-day event in 2013, for 51 invite-only luxury and supercars, immediately doubled in size as to the amount of cars and days involved for the 2014 edition.
The upcoming 2015 edition will also be spread over two days, whereby the participating drivers head from Vancouver to Whistler on the first day, continuing their journey all the way up to Vernon on the optional second driving day of the event. Some truly stunning and exclusive cars have again qualified for this year’s edition of The Diamond Rally. The rally is guaranteed to turn many heads when the drivers are turning up the revs of their phenomenal cars, such as the Acura NSX, Aston Martin, BMW i8 & Z8, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Ford GT40, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Lexus LFA, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Porsche, Pagani, Rolls-Royce, Spyker, Tesla and Viper to name just a selection.
Even though the actual event starts with the drivers and navigators assembling at Brian Jessel BMW dealership for a sumptuous continental breakfast on Saturday 30th May, many participants will likely have met the previous night for the traditional cocktail party. On their way to the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler – where a cocktail reception with canapés and trophies awaits them – the contestants will make pit stops at Chances Gateway Casino and Whistler Olympic Plaza.
After a well-deserved and strongly needed rest – since champagne sabering at Bearfoot Bistro lounge and frozen shots in the vodka ice room can be an exhausting Whistler’ experience – the participants can enjoy the second leg of the rally, setting off for Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon around 10am on Sunday 31st May. Some drivers and their navigators might however prefer to opt for a round of golf at the Whistler Golf Course or indulge in a spa or bath experience at Scandinave Spa.