The ride of a lifetime

Maybe that Ferrari F430 or Lamborghini Gallardo is a bit out of reach as a permanent fixture in your garage-but thanks to Gotham Dream Cars (212-957-4400, www.gothamdreamcars.com), getting behind the wheel of a coveted car doesn't have to be a mere fantasy.
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Maybe that Ferrari F430 or Lamborghini Gallardo is a bit out of reach as a permanent fixture in your garage-but thanks to Gotham Dream Cars (212-957-4400, www.gothamdreamcars.com), getting behind the wheel of a coveted car doesn’t have to be a mere fantasy.

The company, with a showroom in Englewood and offices in New York City, rents out a fleet of exotic and luxury automobiles for all occasions from birthdays to weddings. Its offerings include the Bentley Continental GTC and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, plus a number of Ferraris and Lamborghinis-the company’s two most requested cars. (One-day rentals of the F430 and Gallardo start at $995.)

"I enjoy seeing clients’ faces when we hand the keys over-knowing they’re about to have one of the best experiences of their lives," says Noah Lehmann-Haupt, Gotham Dream Cars’ founder and president. Customers can pick up their cars or have them delivered; included are one-on-one instruction, an EZ-Pass, GPS navigation, 24-hour roadside assistance and a no-refueling-necessary policy when you return the vehicle.

For the ultimate driving day, sign up for a "Dream Car Tour," which puts each participant at the controls of a sequence of six exotic cars during a 150-mile, more than four-hour trek through the tristate area (starting at $595). "We’ve hand-picked New York and New Jersey’s best highways, back roads and twisty mountain passes," says Lehmann-Haupt. After a brief orientation on operating each car, drivers leave from Englewood solo or with a partner. Open roads await!

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