Country clubs where drives up to 150 M.P.H.



"We want people to be lucky enough to be there like Augusta is," said Mr. Gehani, referring to the home of the Masters golf tournament.

What distinguishes Autoland clubs from racetracks is the convenience. They're not just for the wealthy gears that want to talk about their cars. They are for their spouses and children to make the experience more luxurious and to give car enthusiasts the opportunity to step back and do a little racing.

In addition to the racetrack, the Concours Club has a 7,000-square-meter clubhouse where the restaurant is run by Brad Kilgore, a popular Miami chef. The inner field of the track has a football field-sized shadow structure for people who want to dine with the roar of racing. There is an 11,000 square meter garage where the racing cars can be serviced and, of course, cleaned and detailed.

Other tracks have inspired the Miami Club. The Thermal Club outside of Palm Springs, California has four tracks spanning 450 hectares, two restaurants and a BMW Performance driving school. The club has 48 bungalows for overnight stays and 268 home places with a view of the race track. The inauguration is $ 85,000 with monthly fees of $ 1,200.

The Atlanta Motorsports Park has two race tracks and a third track for kart racing. There is also an on-site pool, conference center, outdoor cooking and putting green.

As with Concours, memberships are staggered. A first group of 10 founding members paid $ 200,000 to join. Top membership now costs $ 50,000 for 180 days and up to $ 10,000 for 60 days. A kart membership costs $ 2,500. (Monthly fees range from $ 150 to $ 225 per person plus a daily fee of $ 30.)

The grandfather of these clubs, the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, began with a man's desire to recreate the golf clubs of his youth for cars only.