Monticello Motor Club

Monticello Motor Club’s BMW M2 Racing School Is the Ivy League of Driver Training

December 5, 2017

Lawrence Ulrich from The Drive once again writes in with an incredible profile of our BMW M2 Race School. Within the piece, Ulrich details what you'll learn at the camp, what makes it unique to MMC, and the many many perks that come with graduation from what he calls "the Ivy League of driver training". Continue Reading

Patrick Long Wrestles with a GT3 Cup Car at MMC

December 5, 2017

Patrick Long knows his way around a Porsche 911, being Porsche’s only American factory driver, and he does not hesitate to get this 997 GT3 Cup into working shape. Be sure to check out the in-car video filmed for Turnology from his lap at MMC! Continue Reading

Polaris RZR Drifts Entire Karting Track With Precision

November 6, 2017

Monticello Motor Club track director Chris Duplessis is at it again, this time fitting a set of street tires on a two-seat, short-wheelbase Polaris RZR XP Turbo & ripping around on Monticello Motor Club's infield karting track. Of course, this lead to some absolutely incredible action, which you can now view on Road And Track. Continue Reading

A Professional Rally Driver Tried to Kill Me in a Polaris RZR

November 6, 2017

Monticello Motor Club Track Director Chris Duplessis recently took The Drive's Kyle Cheromcha on an of-road trek utilizing MMC's off-road course and a Polaris RZR XP Turbo. As the two rocketing across the dusty landscape, annihilating small bushes and sending gravel into the stratosphere, Duplessis refused to slow down, even for a 25 foot cliff. You can check of the point-of-view video experience over at The Drive, being described b ... Continue Reading

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – 3 Biggest Surprises On Track

November 6, 2017

Torque News recently utilized the track at Monticello Motor Club to complete a few laps in the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Within, they break down the transmission, power, brakes, and more. Their results from the day may surprise you! Read the full article ► ... Continue Reading

2018 Fiat Spider Abarth vs. Mazda Miata RF Track Day Comparison

November 6, 2017

Torque News recently utilized the track at Monticello Motor Club to run the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and the Mazda Miata RF back to back. Within, they break down the engine, transmission, handling and more. Their results from the day may surprise you! Read the full article ► ... Continue Reading

Classic Racers Can’t Stand Still at Art in Motion Concours

October 10, 2017

The Drive's Lawrence Ulrich breaks down the history and majesty of some of the featured cars at our 2017 Art In Motion Concours event, including the Porsche 911 police car, an extremely rare Aston Martin Vulcan, and a restored Porsche 917-30. "In only this second year of Art in Motion, organizers and drivers envision the event as sowing seeds for a homegrown version of England’s renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed – minus the accents, and the spectacular manor house of Continue Reading

School for students with disabilities opens in Cornwall

October 3, 2017

Hudson Valley newspaper The Times Herald Record writes in about the opening of the Abilities First school in Cornwall-on-Hudson. "The anticipated opening of the New Windsor site is summer 2018. Abilities First acquired the property, the former Devitt’s Medical Arts Building, through a major gift of $3.2 million from Ari Straus and Dr. Marc Straus." Continue Reading

Aurora Straus Profiled On Jalopnik’s “Black Flag”

September 5, 2017

Jalopnik staff writer Alanis King recently profiled MMC Member Aurora Straus on the site's "Black Flag" section. She explores Straus' early career at age 13 to participating in events at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, King interviews Straus to gain insight on being a female racer in a typically male-dominated sport. Read the full article ► ... Continue Reading

Straus Family Wins Abilities First 2017 Community Leadership Award

September 5, 2017

Kathy Welsh at Hudson Valley News Network writes about our very own Ari Straus and father Dr. Marc Straus being awarded the 2017 Community Leadership Award from Abilities First. “We are honored to assist Abilities First with expanding into Orange County where so many families are in need of their services.” Read the full article ► ... Continue Reading

BMW M2 Racing School At Monticello Motor Club

July 28, 2017

Nate Risch at BMWBlog writes about the new BMW M2 School here at Monticello Motor Club. "This is your chance to fulfill that dream of pulling on that racing helmet, sliding into the driver’s seat and strapping into a BMW race car." Read the full article ► ... Continue Reading

PCA Competitors Enjoy First-Class Racing, Service at Monticello Motor Club

July 24, 2017

Adam Sinclair of Speedway Digest writes about the Riesentöter Stuttgart Challenge at Monticello Motor Club after sharing some time on the track with Porsche of Conshohocken race chair Chris Karras. "More than 100 drivers took part in the annual event at the exclusive 18-turn, 3.6-mile asphalt road course about 90 miles north of New York City. The automotive country club's staff gave competitors, family and friends the ultimate member experience with delicious meals and first-clas ... Continue Reading

Please Excuse the 2017 BMW M2 For Smoking

May 4, 2017

Roger Garbow of Men's Health writes about the BMW M2 after sharing some time on the track with MMC Track Director Chris Duplessis. "The M2 immediately felt more nimble and less harsh than its big brother M3 and M4. The seats are excellent, providing enough adjustability and comfort for all-day cruising while delivering the rib and thigh-gripping support needed for clipping apexes. In pursuit of those G-forces, I headed to Monticello Motor Club." Continue Reading

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford Focus RS

March 29, 2017

Lawrence Ulrich of IEEE Spectrum shares his thoughts on the Ford Focus RS, which he first experienced on the track at MMC in a test with Ben "The Stig" Collins, formerly of the popular BBC show Top Gear. "Ford’s little beastie is designed to handle the dirt and snow of rally racing, or your best simulation—including a 447-kW (600-hp) version that superstar racer Ken Block will drive in the FIA Rallycross series. But my first taste of it comes at the Monticello Motor Club, the ... Continue Reading

I drove the fastest Jaguar sports car in the world — and it was incredible

March 20, 2017

Benjamin Zhang of Business Insider reviews the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR after taking it out for a test drive on the track at MMC. "At New York's Monticello Motor Club, the SVR took to the racetrack like a fish to water. In twisty sections, the Jag's active aerodynamics and adjustable suspension kept the car stable. When pushed hard in corner, you can feel the rear end push out only to be brought back into line by the all-wheel-drive system. Exiting the bend, the SVR's 575 ponies come to life as th ... Continue Reading

This is Why We Love ATVs

March 2, 2017

An article by Ezra Dyer on details time spent with seven of the best ATVs available on MMC's off-road track. "To navigate the landscape of today's ATV, we assembled seven of the best all-terrain vehicles we could get our hands on at Monticello Motor Club's off-road park ninety miles outside Manhattan. The three hundred acres included tight, wooded trails, deep mud and water obstacles, and wide-open gravel roads that proved to be the perfect setting to assess the state of ... Continue Reading

How to Get the Most Out of a Porsche 911

December 28, 2016

Hannah Elliott of reviews the Porsche 911, recommending you take it to the track to maximize the driving experience. "Joining a track club isn’t cheap, but it does offer the chance to push your car to the very edge of physics. The 911 Carrera I drove comes with Porsche’s unique flat-six twin turbocharged 370-horsepower engine. It has 331 pounds-feet of torque. (Or so they say.) How do you really know? It would be a shame not to put those numbers to the test. At places such ... Continue Reading

These Private Clubs Will Let You Shred the Track in a Supercar

December 23, 2016

Hannah Elliott of features MMC in an article about places around the world where you can "unleash the beast" and shred the track in a supercar. "Set in beautiful upstate New York, the club includes storage for your own cars, one-on-one instruction, race car rentals, and food on site. It's very family oriented as well, with Go-Karts and kids' activities during the day." Continue Reading

The McLaren 570GT Is a Supercar for Grown-Ups

November 30, 2016

Lawrence Ulrich reviews the McLaren 570GT after taking it out on the track at Monticello Motor Club. "As we learned in a back-to-back test of the 570S and ultra-hardcore 675LT at New York’s Monticello Motor Club, it basically takes a racetrack to expose the 570’s performance handicaps versus McLaren’s pricier Super Series models. Dropped onto public roads like a British commando, the 570GT assaulted anything in its path, until I wanted to pin a medal on its aluminum chest. With settings ... Continue Reading

Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Expands to Eight Rounds for 2017

October 27, 2016

The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series has grown from six events in its inaugural season to eight events for the 2017 season, including a new addition in Canada. The series announced the tentative 2017 schedule at the championship celebration banquet on Sunday evening at Daytona following the last race of the 2016 season. Barber Motorsports Park, Monticello Motor Club, and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be three new additions, increasing the series’ growi ... Continue Reading

Monticello Motor Club welcomes 100th Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car

September 9, 2016

Monticello Motor Club, North America’s premier automotive country club and private race track, welcomed the 100th Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car ever produced to its fleet of high-performance vehicles on Friday, Sept. 2. “MMC is an incubator for driving enthusiasts who wish to fulfill their childhood dream of competing in a professional racing series,” said Ari Straus, MMC’s CEO and managing partner. “The MX-5 Cup car is the ideal vehicle for aspiring racers. We’re so pleased to i ... Continue Reading

Test Drive: 2017 Audi R8

August 25, 2016

Katharine Erwin of Cool Hunting attended Audi's all-women track day held at Monticello Motor Club to celebrate their new 2017 R8. "It's an unfortunately rare sight to see more women than men at a racetrack, but that was the case when Audi held an all-women track day at Monticello Motor Club to celebrate their new 2017 R8. Track days aren’t always the most friendly events—there can be lots of jockeying for position—but there was very little posturing at the track day, rather the opposite ... Continue Reading

Top Gear shows signs of chemistry in season finale

July 4, 2016

Brandon Turkus of reviews the finale episode of Top Gear's 23rd season, featuring a segment with filmed at Monticello Motor Club. "This is a jam-packed episode... Chris Harris takes a spin around Monticello Motor Club in an Acura NSX before sending it on a lap of the test track." Read the full article ► ... Continue Reading

100th Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar Sold

June 22, 2016

An article from details the sale of its 100th Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar - ordered by Monticello Motor Club. "While the MX-5 Cup teams were competing at Road America this past weekend, the 100th order came in, this one from the Monticello Motor Club (MMC), the world’s premier private race track and country club located 90 minutes from New York City. MMC currently boasts the largest fleet of MX-5 Cup cars, and has its own member race series utilizing the MX-5. The 100th car i ... Continue Reading

The BMW M2 is the perfect sports car for everyone

June 7, 2016

Jason Harper of The Verge reviews the BMW M2 after testing it out at Monticello Motor Club. "I posited that it would be enjoyed equally by all measures of drivers, from the novice to the highly experienced. And so the three of us and a video crew trundled to the New York Catskills to the Monticello Motor Club (MMC) to test that theory. The M2 is not a track car. But MMC is a safe facility in which to test the limits of the BMW. We can open it up on the long back straightaway and push har ... Continue Reading

The Dodge Viper is dying, but it’s going out fighting

May 12, 2016

Jason Harper of The Verge shares his experience in a Viper GTC model after taking it out on the track at Monticello Motor Club. "Could there be a car less "today" than the Dodge Viper? Of any vehicle found on a production lot, this two-door, two-seater is the most throwback; the most analog. It will never be associated with any semi-autonomous driving feature, it will never have a digital screen the size of a Tesla’s, and you won’t be able to summon it from your garage via an iPhone. ... Continue Reading

Country club racetracks evolving to offer more than just track time

May 4, 2016

Kirk Bell of discusses the way "country club racetracks" such as Monticello Motor Clubare growing to offer more services, such as garages, driving schools, and more. "We’re all pretty familiar with the concept of the country club racetrack. Starting about a decade ago these members-only tracks started popping up across the country. Instead of golfing, they offered racetrack facilities where well-heeled members could take their toys to do some unfettered performance drivin ... Continue Reading

Pushing sports cars to the limit in the Catskills

April 12, 2016

Fox 5 NY reporter Dan Bowens shares his thoughts on a trip to Monticello Motor Club for the day. "When you crave velocity and live to accelerate, Monticello Motor Club is a place without speed limits -- a place where auto enthusiasts come to play. In the Catskills, 90 minutes north of New York City, the club is where owners of elite sports cars can harness the power of their vehicles, says co-owner Ari Straus. Track manager Chris Duplessis squeezed the 3-day course into about 20 minutes fo ... Continue Reading