Monticello Motor Club

I Learned How to Rally on a Snow-Covered Race Track—Here’s What Happened

April 4, 2019

A freshly coated Monticello Motor Club track and a special Mazda Miata form the ideal pair for learning rally basics. BY SEAN EVANS ON APRIL 3, 2019 Photo: Chris Szczypala/Monticello Motor Club “You stuffed it good,” Chris Duplessis laughed while giving the Mazda Miata one final, futile push. “The wheel’s too packed with snow to even turn.” I wedged my large fram...Continue Reading

Baruch Shemtov learns to drive

March 18, 2019

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Like many New Yorkers, Baruch Shemtov doesn't know how to drive. Baruch grew up in Manhattan and in his teen years, he was more focused on the 6 train than a 6-speed. But now, he's determined to get his license.  Continue reading...Continue Reading

Video of 14-Year-Old Snow Drifting a Ford GT Directly Targets My Jealousy Gland

March 16, 2019

I had a good 14. I knew my hometown back to front, and my bike took me everywhere I needed to go. At least that’s how I remember it now. Maybe my 14 was trash. Certainly I wasn’t sliding someone else’s Ford GT around a snow-covered race track. This is Monticello Motor Club, both in that it is the club’s track and it’s the club’s boss’ personal Ford GT, as the club’s shooter/me...Continue Reading

The Porsche Ice Experience with Monticello Motor Club

March 8, 2019

XOJET’s President of Commercial Operations, James Henderson, recently had the chance to partake in Monticello Motor Club’s exclusive Porsche Ice Experience. Spending four days with the crew, he received a thrilling introduction to the Porsche 911’s handling techniques on ice and snow, inspiring him to recap the one-of-a-kind experience for XOJET Arrivé:   It’s a picturesqu...Continue Reading

Trading Fairways for Straightaways at Automotive Country Clubs

February 28, 2019

Some people like to hit the links; others would rather do laps. For those affluent people who feel that a great drive involves a Porsche instead of a tee time, a different breed of country club is eager to cater to their hobby. In a 2017 piece for Automotive News, Robert A. Lutz, the outspoken retired auto executive, lamented the inevitability of driverless cars. “Automotive sport — using th...Continue Reading

After 2018 Growth, XOJet Eyes Expansion Under New Owner

February 28, 2019

XOJet closed out 2018 under new ownership with an 8 percent bump in total revenues, 17 percent rise in brokerage revenues, and expansion in its membership programs and fleet. Acquired by Vista Global Holding in the fourth quarter, XOJet surpassed 1,000 members last year, a milestone reached in a little more than 18 months after the Brisbane, California–headquartered firm rolled out its Access S...Continue Reading

Watch a 1967 Jaguar E Type Playfully Drift Around an Ice Track

February 28, 2019

A fresh dumping of snow in upstate New York meant one thing to Monticello Motor Club track director Chris Duplessis: make an ice track. The former four-time rally champion took three days to painstakingly groom a chunk of the track to get a slick but manageable surface. The next step? Invite the private track’s members to bring their toys and hoon. Only 1.6 miles that comprise the South Co...Continue Reading

Safe driving tips even the most experienced drivers need to know

February 28, 2019

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Traffic accidents can be a big problem expecially when the weather turns snowy and icy. To avoid being 'that guy' who makes the rest of us late for work, I caught up with Chris Duplessi at the Monticello Motor Club for tips on winter driving. The private racetrack is the place where those with money in their wallet and gasoline in their veins go to have fun in cars like...Continue Reading

Watch a Jaguar E-Type, a Ford Raptor, and Porsches Galore Dance in the Snow at Monticello Motor Club

February 7, 2019

Apparently, the folks at Monticello Motor Club are getting antsy for spring. As the calendar turned over to February, New York’s MMC threw open its gates for the inaugural “track day” of 2019, despite ski-worthy conditions at the Catskills-area road course. Track director and former rally champion Chris Duplessis spent a few nights plowing MMC’s 1.6-mile South Course to create a slippe...Continue Reading

All-New Defender Coming to America in 2020!

December 28, 2018

Land Rover is ringing in the new year a little early this year by announcing that the next Defender will be coming to the shores of North America in 2020 after making its debut in 2019. You may have seen on Instagram and Facebook recently that testing of the new Defender in camo is already underway in multiple locations around the world. The first of the all-new Defender prototypes started test...Continue Reading

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