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March '20

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MARCH 2020 THE SHOP 69 and Resort Community," located in Thermal, California, next to Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, east of Palm Springs and just south of the site of the Coachella music festival. Thermal is billed as "an all-inclusive private destination for the distinguished motorsport enthusiast," and has three circuits designed by prolific track designer Alan Wilson. Surrounding the tracks are villas that range in size from 8,000 to 15,000 square feet with three to five bedrooms and a large garage tall enough to house a trailer or stack cars. Garages have room for up to 15 cars and an optional mezzanine that offers an elevated view of your collection as well as views of the tracks. We spoke to Shelby legend Allen Grant, who is very familiar with Thermal. "It's a fantastic place," he says. "It's the perfect environ- ment with great architecture and impeccable tracks, which they have just extended. For those who can afford it, it's wonderful." AUTO-CENTRIC HOTELS On a much smaller scale, but nonetheless enticing for an auto buff, we found auto-centric boutique hotels in both Germany and England well worth a visit if you're traveling to those regions. Near Berlin, Germany, we found the Down Town Garage oper- ated by husband and wife Christian and Antje Blaudschuk and their families. The business was stared almost 20 years ago by Christian, an avid enthusiast of all things American, as a one-man hot rod shop. In 2003 they opened the American Diner, and in 2011 they opened the six-room Down Town Motel where the American-themed rooms are reasonably priced at around $90 a night for two people. Thermal is billed as "an all-inclusive private destination for the distinguished motorsport enthusiast," and has three circuits designed by prolific track designer Alan Wilson. (Photos by Eric Figge Photography)

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