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I Saw a LaFerrari and a Porsche 918 Spyder Driving Down the Street

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2018

I was recently sitting outside, at a little cafe, enjoying a chocolate croissant, when I looked up and noticed a LaFerrari and a Porsche 918 Spyder driving down the street. This was not at a car show, or during Monterey Car Week, or anything like that. I was just sitting there, and I looked up, and there was a LaFerrari and a Porsche 918 Spyder.

With that said, I must admit it wasn't just a random street: I saw these cars driving down the Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, California, which generally has nicer vehicles than, for example, your local street that has a gas station, a Costco and an Outback Steakhouse. But still, I hadn't planned to see them, and I wasn't expecting to see them, and I was very surprised when I did see them.

As soon as I processed what I was seeing, I took the picture you see above, and then I had a nearly instinctive reaction: I started running, like a 14-year-old boy at Pebble Beach who just saw his first Koenigsegg. I haven't run after a car since I myself was the aforementioned boy, but how often do you see a LaFerrari and a 918 Spyder just driving down the street? Never, is the answer. So I had to check them out.

Unfortunately -- and not surprisingly -- the LaFerrari and the 918 Spyder drove faster than I could run, and I gave up on catching them after a block or two. Still, it was a pretty cool sighting: I've only seen one LaFerrari on the road, in Monaco, and two 918 Spyders -- one in Monaco, and one cruising along the highway on a random summer day near Greenwich, Connecticut. Seeing both in one moment was pretty exciting.

Upon posting the picture to Instagram, I received several replies telling me that's "just another day in California" -- but as someone who spends a lot of time in California, I can assure you it isn't. Yes, when you're in California, you stop noticing Huracans and R8s and 488s -- but a LaFerrari and a 918 Spyder is still a special combination. Special enough to abandon a chocolate croissant in order to chase, apparently.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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