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Thousands pack Queen Street for supercars
Thousands swarmed Queen Street to catch a glimpse of the fabulous McLaren supercars. Dave Van de Laar
A fleet of McLaren's led by Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa drove into Old Town on Saturday. They were greeted by quite the crowd. Dave Van de Laar
Cars ranging in prices up to around $2 million were on display to the public during Saturday's supercar show. Dave Van de Laar

After Saturday’s McLaren show in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you might be inspired to trade in your car – or maybe your house – to own one.

Gawkers, gearheads and F1 fans alike flooded Queen Street surrounding the 124 Queen Hotel and Spa for a showcase of supercar engineering and opulence last Saturday.

“I kind of expected there to be thousands of people, but to see it, in reality, is pretty unbelievable,” said Alana Hurov, marketing director for Q124. 

Hurov worked with the rest of the hotel’s team to put together the one-of-a-kind event in only five weeks. 

“It was a very quick turnaround,” she said.

Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa excitedly led a fleet of more than a dozen McLarens to Old Town while driving one of the luxury cars himself. 

“I’d love to get one but I’d have to trade in around 10 of my cars,” he said. 

The supercars on display included one worth up to $2 million U.S., Hurov said.

“The value of these cars is unbelievable,” she said. “So we’re keeping a very close eye on them.”

Aside from the McLarens, car fans could catch a glimpse of a live painting of a supercar by artist Darren Cranford or stop in for a bite to eat or a special McLaren-themed cocktail at the hotel’s new NOTL Lounge. 

A select few NOTL car enthusiasts also chose to show off their vintage cars, with 10 models parked along the street, including makes like Rolls-Royce and Austin Healy. 

“My goal was to get people into the streets, shopping and supporting businesses,” said Hurov. 

She added that based on the success of its inaugural run, the McLaren show “has a strong likelihood of becoming an annual event.”

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