Lexus Brings Sunshine To The Pacific Northwest
It's a fact that the Pacific Northwest is known for its cold and rainy days but that wasn't the case this weekend in Seattle. Lexus brought some badly needed sunshine to Washington State this memorial day weekend, but it came in the form of their Pearl Yellow LFA supercar!
Instead of just shipping the Pearl Yellow LFA to the Pacific Northwest, one person was commissioned to bring the Pearl Yellow LFA. Paul Williamsen, National Manager of Lexus College was chosen for this task and the Pearl Yellow LFA was commissioned to be brought up to the Exotics @ Redmond Town Center event and their annual "Chateau Staycation" Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. This is actually the second LFA visit as Paul was in charge of showing Black LFA #032 around for its inaugural visit to the Evergreen State last year.
When Paul started his trip from Oregon, a storm started to come through, but luckily the LFA's "WET" Drive Mode Select feature ensures max grip to the Bridgestone Potenza S001 tires once the roadway gets slick. As the clouds began to part, Paul continued north on Interstate 5 with the Lexus sunshine car.
It is true the LFA is the only production Lexus vehicle without cruise control! So how does one manage to keep the speed within limits? Paul managed to tame the 552 hp beast within the speed limits to Seattle. It's unlikely he experienced any drowsiness going a leisurely 70mph on the highway, but if it did occur, all he had to do is crank up the sounds on the 12 speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system. Or better yet, a quick mash of the throttle sends 400 hz of Yamaha tuned sound into the cabin allowing for pure sensory satisfaction. Who needs caffeine when you have F1 inspired sounds to tickle the eardrums!
Exotics@RTC is a Saturday morning gathering of the brightest and loudest super cars in the Evergreen State. Our own member "TommyJames" is one of the key organizers for the Exotics event which pulls in hundreds of super cars from all over the area.
To sum it up, Lexus brought the Sunshine to the Pacific Northwest...well not quite, but we would like to think so. This Memorial Day gathering with the Exotics@RTC was a success. Great weather and awesome cars and the LFA. You can't ask for anything more.
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Photos Courtesy of Dewhurst Photography & Paul Williamsen:
Leaving Portland, OR:
Redmond Town Center, Redmond, WA:
Somewhere in Washington:
Center Stage At The Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery: