Monticello Motor Club

Subaru WRX STI at MMC [video]

March 2, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: Winter sucks. There, I said it. Sure, there are some positive aspects to the coldest of seasons. The holidays are always nice. It gives us a chance to drink hot cocoa, and an excuse to stay inside and binge-watch TV or binge-read books. But in terms of activities, the only thing winter is good for is sliding around. Pretty much every winter sport revolves around this in...Continue Reading

Living with the 718 Cayman

February 19, 2018

Courtesy of MultiBriefs Exclusive: I took delivery on my 718 Cayman on July 1, a little more than six months ago. The next weekend, I drove 150 miles to Monticello Motor Club for the Stuttgart Challenge in a monsoon. Within weeks, the Northeast was hit by two successive heat waves of nearly 100 degrees, and now more recently we've seen as many subzero cold fronts. I think it's safe to say tha...Continue Reading

Supporting the 2018 Spec MX-5 Challenge

February 19, 2018

Courtesy of Turnology: Yokohama is proud to announce its affiliation with Spec MX-5 Challenge, a new category which spans the bridge between club Spec Miata and professional series like the Battery Tender MX-5 Cup. These sorts of series help make the world of professional motorsport slightly more egalitarian, and in these days of extremely high barriers to entry, they’re a breath of fresh ai...Continue Reading

2018 Trackhawk Review at MMC [video]

February 7, 2018

Courtesy of FoxNews: The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a real time-saver. If you don’t mind pushing your luck with the law. That’s because the latest version of the cargo-hauling, trailer-towing, family-friendly all-weather SUV is the most powerful and one of the quickest utility vehicles in the world. It has the same 707 hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found in the Dodge Challenger and C...Continue Reading

Chris Duplessis; off-road expert, iPhone hero

February 2, 2018

Courtesy of Road & Track: Just yesterday, we shared the tale of the Mercedes G550 4x4², the most unstoppable off-roader we've ever tested. During that test, we also discovered that the iPhone 8 might be the G550 4x4² of phones. Part of our test involved driving up and down a river, partly for photography, partly for shits and giggles. R& contributor Roger Garbow was riding in ...Continue Reading

Off-Roading the Most Ridiculous Factory SUV on Four Wheels

February 1, 2018

Courtesy of Road & Track: Week With a Car is a recurring look into the garage and multiple outdoor parking spots of Sam Smith, R&T's globetrotting editor at large. Expect it to hold magazine test cars, vintage race cars, whatever he's driving that week. The form—everything from road diary to rambling brain dump—varies, but it's always interesting. It doesn't always make sense, but the...Continue Reading

PCA Club Racing returns to MMC in 2018

January 11, 2018

Courtesy of Speedway Digest: The Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing Trophy East series is undergoing several exciting changes for its 2018 season, welcoming in GTC Cup cars, including the 991.1 and 997.2 versions of the 911, to join the Cayman GT4 Clubsport entries at each race event. The series will be traveling to six events for the 2018 season at some of the United States' most challe...Continue Reading

Hellcat-powered Jeep launches (Quickly) at MMC

January 10, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: People either get the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, or they don't—as Facebook commenters proved in our video from Monticello Motor Club of the madcap, 707-horsepower, Dodge Hellcat-powered Jeep. Either you think it’s awesome that a family-friendly Jeep can launch to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and through a quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds (at 115 mph); or you wonder why anyone...Continue Reading

What’s More Fun on MMC’s Off-Road Course, a Truck or a UTV?

January 3, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: Let's face it: The Ford F-150 Raptor really doesn't have any true competitors. The Ram Rebel may look the part, but it's not nearly as badass as the Baja-bred Blue Oval; on the flip side, while the Chevy Colorado ZR2 may be able to keep up off-road, it's at least one size too small to truly take on the full-sized Ford. No, to find something really capable of keeping up wi...Continue Reading

MX-5 Cup 2018 schedule released, finale at MMC

December 23, 2017

Courtesy of Racer: Mazda has announced the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires schedule. The schedule features four INDYCAR weekends, including a return to the popular Portland International Raceway, in Portland, Oregon, for the first time since 2008. The championship season will conclude in October at the Monticello Motor Club, just 90 minutes from New ...Continue Reading

Trying to Make a PB+J On Our Off-Road Course

December 13, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: Here's the second installment in our series in which video editor Erica Lourd attempts to make a sandwich while I drive like a jackass. The first was: a Caprese sandwich, around Lime Rock Park's autocross course, in a Subaru WRX; here, I'm behind the wheel of a Subaru Crosstrek, while Erica attempts to make a PB&J, as we fly up and down and over the off-road course a...Continue Reading

MMC member and PWC TCA champ puts fun first

December 5, 2017

Courtesy of Racer: Matt Fassnacht made a decision. In 2016, Fassnacht was splitting his time between Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup and Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car A, racing two generations of Mazda MX-5 – the ex-MX-5 Cup third-generation car in PWC and the current car in MX-5 Cup. As the season went on, he discovered the intensity of spec racing wasn't quite his cup of tea, so ...Continue Reading

Patrick Long Wrestles with a GT3 Cup Car at MMC

November 25, 2017

Courtesy of Turnology: Driving a Porsche 911 on the limit is usually a pretty busy process. The driver must manage the odd weight distribution, the heavy steering inputs, and the challenge of managing a light front and a snappy rear. Those are all generalities, and not necessarily true with every 911, but they’re more likely to be seen when a 911 is running on very cold slicks. Patrick Long k...Continue Reading

Something big is happening next door to MMC

November 20, 2017

Courtesy of Hudson Valley News Network: KIAMESHA LAKE–They’re doing a lot of boasting in Sullivan County at the 100-day mark. That is when the Resorts World Catskills Casino is opening for business. As the first of the 2,150 state-of-the-art slot machines were being wheeled in on Monday morning, those behind the $1.2 billion project bragged on what it is and what it will become by the time ...Continue Reading

MMC’s BMW M2 School Is the Ivy League of Driver Training

November 10, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: What could be better than a BMW M2? Try an M2 with its back seats ripped out, a roll cage and performance mods added in, and a crew of racing pros to instruct you in the ways of speed. The M2 is one of our favorite attainable cars, and likely the best pure driver’s car in BMW’s current portfolio. It’s smaller, more engaging and attainable (at about $55,000 to star...Continue Reading

Bugatti goes for a spin on MMC’s track

November 8, 2017

Courtesy of Forbes: Not long after Bugatti's new Chiron set an official world record for the quickest time for a production car to accelerate to 400 kph and then brake back to a dead stop (41.96 seconds), another supercar set another world record, one that Bugatti had held for years. On an 11-mile stretch of straight public road near Las Vegas, NV, the Koenigsegg Agera RS averaged 277.9 mph for...Continue Reading

Polaris RZR Drifts Entire Karting Track With Precision

November 6, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: Side-by-side vehicles like the Polaris RZR are fun four-wheelers used mostly for off-roading through wooded trails and generally having a good time away from the pavement. This Polaris RZR, as you're about to see, is a little different. Someone at the Monticello Motor Club thought it would be a good idea to fit a set of street tires on one of its two-seat, short-wheelbase...Continue Reading

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth vs. Mazda Miata RF at MMC

October 26, 2017

Courtesy of Torque News: A long time Miata fan and owner weighs on the debate over which is the better track car, the Miata or the 124 Spider. The reason for the win is the biggest surprise. This past week, Torque News had the opportunity to run the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and the Mazda Miata RF back to back on the track at the beautiful Monticello Motor Club in New York State. MMC is on...Continue Reading

3 Big Surprises on MMC’s Track

October 25, 2017

Courtesy of Torque News: We take the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk around a track and come away surprised by three things. Torque News was fortunate enough to have a chance to lap the incredible Monticello Motor Club in the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk this week. The good folks at FCA America and Dodge have made the Hellcats available to us in the past, so the amazing 707 hp ...Continue Reading

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

October 23, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: We're rocketing across the dusty landscape, annihilating small bushes and sending gravel into the stratosphere, when I see the cliff. The rough two-track we're following appears to end at the edge, and I'm just starting to calculate how we can possibly slow down in time as reality strikes with an awesome, terrible clarity: Chris Duplessis is not going to stop. The Drive's...Continue Reading

Watch Chris Duplessis Drift A 2018 Trackhawk

October 22, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: Monticello Motor Club track manager and driving "jedi" Chris Duplessis spent the majority of his day with The Drive this past Thursday at Monticello Motor Club. Although Chris has an extensive WRC background, he doesn't shy away from the pavement. After spending a full day of ripping Polaris RZRs through the Monticello off-road course and ensuring everything on the tr...Continue Reading

Classic Racers Can’t Stand Still at AIM Concours

October 7, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: Fifty years from now, when the masses are shuttled in autonomous UberPods, and drones hunt the last rebels who dare to drive, tracks like Monticello Motor Club may be the only sanctuary for holdouts who can’t let go of their keys, or the good old days. Overly apocalyptic? Perhaps. But as I drive in a road rally at the Art in Motion Concours d’Elegance, it’s clea...Continue Reading

Students with disabilities school opens in Cornwall

September 7, 2017

Courtesy of Times Herald-Record: The Abilities First School opened its doors in Orange County on Sept. 6 and welcomed 22 students, age 5-21. The school, which provides programs and services for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is the school’s first location in Orange County. The school location at 340 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson, is a temporary site, while a recen...Continue Reading

Aurora Straus Profiled On “Black Flag”

August 29, 2017

Courtesy of Jalopnik: At 13 years old, Aurora Straus enrolled in racing school. Things weren’t going well early on, so an instructor offered extra help. He soon declared to her that it wasn’t Straus’ fault she was developing a little slower than others—“because she was a girl,” he said, she’d never be as aggressive as she needed to be. Straus was crushed. Being from New York, she ...Continue Reading

Straus Family Wins 2017 Community Leadership Award

August 25, 2017

Courtesy of Hudson Valley News Network: Abilities First has announced the 2017 annual award recipients to be honored at their nightclub-themed Signature Event on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 2017 Community Leadership Award will be awarded to Dr. Marc Straus and Ari Straus. Most recently, the Straus Family donated the former Devitt...Continue Reading

BMW M2 Racing School At Monticello Motor Club

July 27, 2017

Courtesy of BMW Blog: One of our favorite things to do is attend M School at one of the BMW Performance Centers. But what if you want to take your driving to the next level and get behind the wheel of a BMW race car? Well Monticello Motor Club, a premier 4.1-mile race track just 90 minutes from New York City and which has recently partnered with BMW of North America, has just the thing for you ...Continue Reading

PCA Competitors at Monticello Motor Club

July 21, 2017

Courtesy of Speedway Digest: Porsche Club of America (PCA) CLub Racing competitors enjoyed fast, competitive racing in perfect racing conditions Saturday and Sunday at the Porsche of Conshohocken Presents the 2017 Riesentoter Stuttgart Challenge at Monticello Motor Club. More than 100 drivers took part in the annual event at the exclusive 18-turn, 3.6-mile asphalt road course about 90 miles nor...Continue Reading

Please Excuse the 2017 BMW M2 For Smoking

May 4, 2017

Courtesy of Men's Health: BMW would love for everyone to believe they’re building “The Ultimate Driving Machines.” Whether that’s true, of course, is a matter of opinion. Some agree that the German company is producing peak performance beasts. I’ve been taken by a few models—namely the new 7 Series, the M6 Gran Coupe and the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon—but largely been uninterested in ...Continue Reading

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford Focus RS

March 29, 2017

Courtesy of IEEE: Back in the 1980s, when Volkswagen birthed the hot hatchback with the GTI, owners like me thought 110 horsepower was a big deal. Things being what they are today, we now have the Ford Focus RS, which spins up a borderline-ridiculous 261 kilowatts (350 horsepower) and 475 newton meters (350 foot-pounds) of turbocharged torque from a dinky 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. That...Continue Reading

I drove the fastest Jaguar sports car in the world

March 20, 2017

Courtesy of Business Insider: The Jaguar F-Type is one of my favorite cars. I like the F-Type so much that I nearly swayed my colleague Matt DeBord into handing the Jag Business Insider's Car of the Year award in 2014 instead of the game-changing Corvette Stingray. Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of spending hundreds of miles behind the wheel of roughly half a dozen versio...Continue Reading

This is Why We Love ATVs

March 2, 2017

Courtesy of PopularMechanics: FOUR MEN (AND A BOY) FIND OUT IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO HAVE TOO MUCH HORSEPOWER. I grew up riding ATVs. My pre-driver's-license formative years were spent traversing the Maine woods aboard a Kawasaki Mojave 250 and a Honda 250X. These 1990s sport machines had manual transmissions, kick-starters, and a top speed just beyond 50 mph, which seemed fast enough when you were c...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 sa...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." Read the...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 570G...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...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 man...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 o...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 la...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 ...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 scr...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...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-o...Continue Reading