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McLaren supercars making a pit stop in downtown NOTL
Nearly a dozen McLaren supercars and a selection of vintage British and European automobiles will be on display on Saturday afternoon on Queen Street as part of a promotion for the 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa. (Supplied)
Nearly a dozen McLaren supercars and a selection of vintage British and European automobiles will be on display on Saturday afternoon on Queen Street as part of a promotion for the 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa. (Supplied)

It will be a car show unlike any that has hit the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake before.

With the Monaco Grand Prix just ended and the Barcelona F1 race this weekend, NOTL is getting its own taste of supercar vroooom-manship this weekend.

Nearly a dozen McLaren supercars – sleek, cool, super fast, but street legal – are making a pit stop in downtown NOTL on Saturday afternoon.

All of these exotic driving machines can go from 0 to 100 km/h in under three seconds, but don’t expect to see them laying down any rubber on Queen Street. It will be a slow roll and it all starts about 4 p.m.

A section of Queen Street, starting just past the Independent Grocer, will be closed for a few hours to allow gawkers and gearheads to look – but you better not touch. Though picture-taking is welcome

The visit, billed as a supercar street party, is part of a promotion for the 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa.

The McLarens, each valued at between $280,000 and about $400,000 Canadian, will be led into position by Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa, who said he’s “very excited to participate.”

He has been invited to drive the lead car.

“Experiences like this, being able to see these amazing vehicles up close, builds on the great experiences that visitors and residents come to love Niagara-on-the-Lake for,” he told The Lake Report.

“It is very creative for the group at Q124 to organize this event and I am looking forward to it.”

Several gas-electric hybrids will be among the mix of owners’ cars and dealership demonstrators that will hit to road at McLaren Toronto in Woodbridge on Saturday morning for a mini-rally trek to Niagara.

Besides the McLarens, a selection of NOTL-area owners’ vintage cars, from Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Jaguar and others, will be on display.

Fans and car enthusiasts also will be treated to street entertainment, live music, local vendors, artists and more, a spokesperson for the hotel said.

The hotel’s new NOTL Lounge will be open, offering themed cocktails like the “McLaren High Octane.”

“The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has deep ties to its British heritage,” said Alana Hurov, marketing director for Q124.

“That’s why we’re excited to partner with this iconic British brand to help celebrate a remarkable history with a special community event for everyone to enjoy.”

Hurov said one of the goals of the day is to help draw attention to and promote NOTL businesses.

“The idea is let’s bring more tourists to town. Let’s get businesses busy on a Saturday during the summer and extra busy” by organizing events like this, she said.

The hotel has also partnered with some area artists and will hold silent auctions to raise money for charities.

She said Tanya Jean Peterson of Niagara Image Gallery in Virgil has donated a print of her mother Trisha Romance’s “Candlelight Stroll” painting, artist Edward Spera has contributed a painting and another artist will be painting a McLaren live – and all the money raised by each of them will go to charity.

As well, the day is a celebration for the car company, as McLaren marks its 60th anniversary this year.

The company was founded by racer Bruce McLaren in 1963 and over the decades famed Formula 1 drivers such as Ayrton Senna, James Hunt, Niki Lauder and Lewis Hamilton have been associated with the brand.
McLaren is the second oldest F1 team, next to Ferrari.

“The full force of McLaren will be on proud display in Niagara-on-the-Lake,” said Matthew Berez, marketing co-ordinator for McLaren Toronto, one of just three Canadian dealerships.

“We’re excited to showcase our no restraints, no limitations designs that deliver the most thrilling driving experience imaginable,” he said.

“McLaren60 is a story for racing fans – it all began with our absolute love of racing and that remains true to this day and beyond,” Berez said.

The supercars will be on Queen Street for about two hours from 4 to 6 p.m.

As part of the weekend celebration, McLaren car owners will have a private dinner at Treadwell Cuisine and an overnight stay at the Q124 hotel.

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