The movie “Where The Wild Things Are” is out in theaters. I’m sure it’s a fine movie, and I’ll probably see it, but when I think of “wild things,” two things come to mind. One is not appropriate for this blog, and the other is cars.
So I got to thinking: Where in the USA are all the wild cars? My first guess of course was California. Last time I was there I was passed by a Lamborghini, a few Bentleys, and a Maserati. On one highway.
I figured the best way to get an idea of where the wild cars are in our country would be to find out where the dealers are. I used this map from NewCars.org. Turns out we’re surrounded by wild cars (by my definition, cars that cost at least $100K) with not much to speak of in the middle of the country.
1st Place: California
Check out these numbers: California has five Ferrari dealers, five Lamborghini dealers, five Maserati dealers, seven Bentley dealers, five Aston Martin dealers, and 17 (!?) Maybach dealers. Oh, and three of the 9 U.S. Bugatti dealers. I could end this blog right now, because California is no doubt where the wild cars are. Nearly all of them. But I’m curious, so I’ll keep going.
2nd Place: Florida
I should’ve known. Florida is basically the East Coast’s California, but with more Buicks. The state does have some impressive wild-car numbers, though: Five Bentley dealers, five Aston Martin dealers, two Lamborghini dealers, four Ferrari dealers, four Maserati dealers, and even the elusive Bugatti dealer.
3rd place: Texas
Oil millionaires have ample opportunity to spend their cash and fuel their oil addiction with two Aston Martin dealers, two Bentley dealers, three Ferrari dealers, one Lamborghini dealer, three Maserati dealers, and three Maybach dealers.
4th Place: The Northeast
I guess it’s the winters and the mountains that keep the money-saturated Northeast out of the Top 3. Who wants to drive a Lamborghini on a frigid Boston day? Still, the Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts area combines for some decent numbers. Between the states, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Maserati, and Lamborghini are all represented.
5th Place: Tie between Arizona and Washington
Believe it or not, rain-soaked Washington and sun-spoiled Arizona are pretty similar in numbers. In Washington you can find one dealer each for Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, and Maserati. Arizona also has Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, and Maserati. Neither has Lamborghini. Arizona’s tiebreaker could be the presence of Bugatti in Scottsdale.
Dead Last Place:
Everywhere from Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The only wild cars here are the trucks used to hunt the real wild things: hogs, elk, and bears.
Where do you live, and have you ever seen a real exotic car on the road in your area?