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Best Places to Spot Exotic Cars

Oct 09, 2012

Written by Austin M. (Ferrari F4 0)

Many of us like to go spotting. We may walk downtown, sit on a curb for a few hours or even chase down cars. The problem is, you never know what you might see. Some days you may have a good day, with lots of spots, or some days you may be out there for hours and not even see a Corvette. Here is my guide of where to spot.


Car Wash:

Car washes are great for spotting, because everybody wants their cars looking nice and clean. The best time to go is on a nice, warm day. Sometimes you may have to wait, but hey, it will be worth it if a Gallardo pulls up. 

Lamborghini Gallardo 

Spotted by JesseStephens


Fancy, Expensive or Famous Restaurant:

The more money you have, you can eat at some famous restaurants. If you are ever driving around with nothing to do, check out some restaurants on the weekends. Sometimes the owner has an exotic, when I was in Switzerland the owner of a restaurant had a Aston Martin. Every night I would walk down to the Restaurant, some nights an Evora, some nights a Ferrari F430. You never know what you might see. 


Aston Martin DB9

Ferrari F430

Spotted by FerrariF4 0



Hotels are a great place to spot, every night there might be something different. If you live in a place where the exotics only come around on the weekends, go on a Saturday evening. Also look for big name Hotels, not a $50 per night hotel. Some hotels don't like people walking around taking pictures, so be careful.


Bugatti Veyron

Spotted by andrewo


Aston Martin Vantage

Spotted by FerrariF4 0


Certain Street:

Every town/city has that one certain street where an exotic car is always parked. These streets are either:

1. A very busy, popular street where people will see his/her car and get attention or

2. The opposite of the above, a side street, where its not very busy and people don't see his/her car, so people don't take pictures, or touch the car. 

To see these cars in these places, you often have to go a certain time of the day, usually on the weekends. 


Bentley Continental

Porsche 911 GT3

Spotted by FerrariF4 0


Other Vintage

Other Vintage

Spotted by DjShift


Major Highway:

Highways are a great place to spot, but they often require lots of patience. I like to sit and wait for cars to drive by, as I find that if you wait long enough, the cars will come. It also depends on where you live, maybe sitting beside the highway just doesn't work for you. Another option is if you are a passenger in a vehicle, always keep your camera ready, pointed at the opposite side of the highway. If that's a great way to spot for you, always keep a spare pair batteries handy.


Lamborghini Murcielago

Spotted by ferrucio


Ferrari F430

Spotted by Bugattifan15


Golf Courses:

Golf courses are a great place to spot. Here you are more likely to find a luxury car, such as a Bentley or Rolls Royce, but you never know what you may find. Try to go on a weekend. Every man loves his golf!


Dodge Viper

Spotted by PaMotorhead

Bentley Arnage

Spotted by Bugattifan15


So please keep these tips in mind, but remember, you are never certainly going to spot a car in these locations, because we have good days and bad days. Good luck!

Comments (173 total)
I agree ThePattonTank, but in my (minimal) experience, it scares the drivers of Ferrari 458 Speciales, when they have Marine Veteran plates, and you hop out of your car at a stop light to thumbs-up them! We were cruising on the highway, and to my suprise, my friend says "Ferrari!". I lean over to see whats going on, and behold!, there's a Ferrari staring back at me! For the next two miles, we tail it, because heck, its a Ferrari 458 Speciale, and we're on a highway. Its what you do! Then a miracle happened...THE LIGHT TURNED RED! I had forgotten my camera, so I asked my friend if he had a cellular phone on him. He didn't, but undeterred, I leaped...not out of the car, ran over, gave him two thumbs, and then when the light turned green, I got back to the car, and tailed him some more. Once we passed WalMart, he frantically found a gap to pass the Chevy Envoy blocking him (I imagine that an Easter-egg-blue minivan following you with two gleeful men, and the woman who owns the 'Easter Egg', as I shall refer to it, could be worrisome), he hit the throttle, and rocketed out of sight. A bit too fast for The Easter Egg to keep up.
Posted:  01/13/2017 18:51:33
Posted:  07/15/2016 02:11:18
I recomend spotting on the street in front of a car show such as montray car week especialy in big citys
Posted:  06/19/2016 01:23:07
Surprised no one mentioned taking pics of the cars on the roads leading to the coffee and car events. In big cities, there's almost one every weekend.
Posted:  06/18/2016 00:18:01
If you can safely chase down an exotic car without endangering yourself or other motorists or pedestrians, I say DO IT. You will be amazed by how nice exotic car owners tend to be. I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Southeast part of the state, about an hour from Philly). Last week I followed a BMW i8 into a gas station and it turns out the owner, a gentleman in his 50s or 60s, and his wife had driven all the way from Pittsburgh (about 5-6 hours from my area by car) and were looking for a brushless car wash. The guy gladly let me photograph his i8 and I directed him to the nearest brushless car wash to clean his beautiful automobile.

I also chased down a Maserati Ghibli limo while running an errand for one of the bouncers at the bar where I work. To date it is my highest-rated spot!
Posted:  06/13/2016 16:34:24
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Here in, Nafplio, Greece, there are two 5* hotels: Nafplia Palace and Amfitryon, but they rarely have something to spot (once per month or rarer). When they do, though, there is pretty good stuff like Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and many more. The biggest combo I could remember is almost ten years ago in Nafplia Pallace, where there was a Continental GTC, Vantage, yellow 996 turbo, probably a DB9 and a Lamborghini too, as far as I can remember. In Amfitryon, there was a Corvette C6, Phantom Drophead Coupe and 2003 Techart Magnum a few days ago. Except for the hotels, the most supercars can be found in the town's harbour.
Posted:  05/21/2016 11:06:10
London in the uk, not Canada
Posted:  01/09/2016 23:33:04
In London. My nextdoor neighbour owns a rolls Royce and an Audi R8
Posted:  01/09/2016 23:31:18
What are good Monterey spotting place?
Posted:  01/02/2016 01:46:34
any good spots in portland, or?
Posted:  08/31/2015 03:42:48
For some reason I always see exotics in King Soopers parking lots ??????????
Posted:  05/05/2015 17:34:53
I spotted a Ferrari 458 Italia in a Movie theater parking lot and a Diablo in a Burger King lot.Within 2 days.
Posted:  02/18/2015 16:20:26
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Go to Puerto Banús, Spain. You'll see loads, especially on summer evenings.
Posted:  02/07/2015 02:06:30
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Know any streets or restaurants in Pittsburgh
Posted:  01/04/2015 00:28:55
near a place with lots of restaurants or shops.
Posted:  12/29/2014 18:54:17
Anywhere in Toronto other than the hazelton or avenue road?
Posted:  12/23/2014 11:20:48
In California, near SF, go to Menlo Park. In Menlo Park, theres a luxury hotel called the Rosewood and i go every so often. Yesterday, i went and saw an orange 650S McLaren, a yellow Aston Martin Rapids S, a red Aston Martin Vanquish and next to the vanquish, a matte black Bentley Continental. And thats when there barely anybody there. Ive seen rolls royces there, hurricans, lambos, along with a few Bugatti’s every so often.
Check out my flickr:
Posted:  12/18/2014 15:37:01
It's worth talking to owners of exotics sometimes. I've had a ride in a DB9 and a Lotus Evora before from talking to the owners! (Beats the cab I was going to get), especially if the owner doesn't often use their car and is very proud of it!
Posted:  11/01/2014 03:24:10
Anybody know any streets in Cincinnati
Posted:  08/18/2014 21:11:29
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Good guide, and as noted the only thing left out is fancy shopping centers.

But aside from the various kinds of places to check out, I'd recommend getting to know your territory. In every major urban area, there will be a few hotspots. Until you find them, your spotting will be slow. Yes, they tend to coincide with fancy restaurants, but ask yourself, where are the biggest, most expensive homes concentrated? Usually out in the country a little bit. Then, where is the closest concentration of fancy restaurants and shopping that all the people in the expensive homes will be driving to? What roads will they therefore use? Drive up and down these roads, and you'll see a lot.

Also, time of year, at least for me in a northern climate where salt and snow keeps exotics off the roads for a good part of the year. The very best spotting of the year will be the first few nice days in March-April, after some rain has washed the salt off the roads. A sunny 65 degree Saturday is perfect, and head out in the morning. Also the last few nice days of the season, Oct or so for me, when owners fear it may be the last chance they have to drive their cars until next spring. I find, looking at my Flickr uploads, about 3 times as many spots on those early and late days than midseason days.
Posted:  07/18/2014 21:55:28
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