Look At These Supercars Tearing Up Idaho at 200 MPH

One day a year, a tiny mountain town turns into a sports car driver’s paradise.

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Look At These Supercars Tearing Up Idaho at 200 MPH © Look At These Supercars Tearing Up Idaho at 200 MPH

Last weekend, dozens of supercars, sports cars, and even a race car or two assembled in central Idaho for the eighth annual Sun Valley Road Rally, a two-day celebration of speed and sexy machines that brings wealthy car owners from across America to the tiny ski town of Ketchum, Idaho. These drivers come together for a chance to do something unusual: push their cars to the limits on public roads, all with the official approval of the local police.

Don't let the name fool you. The Sun Valley Road Rally isn't a rally. It's a top speed showdown.

Admittedly, it's not much of a fair fight. As in summers past, the top dog at this year's rally was one of those 21st Century Icons of Speed, the Bugatti Veyron. In this case, a red-and-black Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse going by the name of "Hellbug," which handily cracked the 230 mile-per-hour barrier in spite of ambient temperatures in the mid-80s. (The radar gun failed on one of the latter runs, but the spectators almost universally agreed that the Veyron was going faster on that blast than it had been on its recorded 230 mph run.)

And since we at The Drive are suckers for any chance to see fast cars hauling ass, we were more than happy to book a trip out to Idaho for a chance to see the assembly of Porsches, Ferraris, Corvettes, and even more exotic sheetmetal (hello, Singer Vehicle Design) try and see how high a speed each of them could achieve when given legal carte blanche and a tank full of racing fuel.

(It also helped that it gave us an excuse to escape the tropical humidity of New York City in July, but that's neither here nor there.)

  • A small portion of the gathered sports cars lines up at the pre-event technical inspection.
  • The Aston Martin One-77 sucked in eyes wherever it went.
  • One of two McLaren 675LTs in the competition is topped off with racing fuel.
  • Thousands of Idahoans came out to check out the cars the night before the event.
  • This Singer-restored Porsche 911 would go on to hit 176 mph in the top speed run the following day.
  • The first heat of cars lines up at the starting blocks in the early morning sun.
  • One of the two 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S coupes to compete at the event prepares to launch.
  • The Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse known as "Hellbug" waits in line for the first of its 200-plus mph runs.
  • The C7-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was one of the more popular cars at the event, with several examples in attendance.
  • This 1989 NASCAR stocker was one of the loudest cars in the rally...
  • ...along with this modified '68 Ford Mustang, which was powered by a 428 Cobra Jet making more than 800-hp.
  • Edsel Ford (the second one) brought his Gulf Oil-liveried Ford GT to the road rally.
  • The Hellbug Bugatti Veyron prepares for launch. Its best run took it north of 230 mph.
  • Even in a crowd of supercars, an Ultraviolet Porsche 911 GT3 RS stands out.
  • Many of the participants signed up for multiple rounds.
  • This rally-spec Subaru WRX STi was waylaid by an oil and transmission fluid leak not long after leaving the starting line.
  • The 911 Turbo S crosses the line at 206 mph. Both 991-gen Turbos repeatedly turned in top speeds above 200 mph.
  • Hey, you try taking a picture of a Bugatti Veyron as it shoots by at 230 mph.
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