Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS


The Targa Trophy is this weekend and to kick things off teams ran the I-5 gauntlet from Beverly Hills to San Francisco. Surprisingly no Ferraris burned to the ground and nobody went to jail.

Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS

The parking lot at Black and White Car Rental in Beverly Hills was filled with high-end machines as teams prepared for their road trip from Southern California to the Targa Trophy Bay Area Rally Fest official start at the W Hotel in San Francisco.

Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS

To make things particularly easy for Johnny Law each team camouflaged their street cars as racecars.

Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS

After covering their expensive car's expensive paint jobs with inexpensive stickers (NOS Energy Drink, BR Racing, HRE Wheels to name a few of the decals that covered nearly every inch of real estate on our car) drivers headed down the twisty curves of scenic Sunset Drive on their way to the open freeway.

Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS

The Targa Trophy Bay Area Rally Fest promises to take drivers and navigators along some of the best Bay Area back roads. Teams will be scored on their ability to stay on a predetermined route (through checkpoints and mileage confirmation) and by completing the rally within a certain time.

Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS

The route is unknown by the teams until their front wheels hit the start line and they are handed the route instructions.

Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS

Coverage of the event for Jalopnik will come from the bucket seat of a 2011 Ford Shelby GT 500. The number 38 entry, representing all that is good about America (540 horsepower!) in a rally filled with European exotics, will be driven by Shelby Mustang racers Krider Racing.

Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS

Outstanding photography by Mo Satarzadeh.

Lambos and Ferraris Let Loose on California Roads. Welcome to Targa TrophyS