Welcome to another edition of our LFM Spotlight series and we are excited to introduce you to Mr. Jason, who owned not only a couple of Lamborghinis, he is the founder of one of the thrillest private car clubs in the US, NEDC (Northeast Driver’s Club)!
Having a passion for Lamborghini at a young age, he worked tremedously hard in order to own his first Lamborghini. During that time, Mr. Jason and his friend also had an idea of doing a car club which includes all performance cars. After couple of car meets and contact exchanges, NEDC (Northeast Driver’s Club) was born. Today, this private club is very active and still growing in members. This interview will motivate you to get the car of your dreams and put your mind to a goal, just like what Mr. Jason has done.
1) When was your first exposure with a Lamborghini that inspired you to get one?
My first exposure with the Lamborghini brand was when I was 8 yrs old. I had a Countach 25th Anniversary poster hanging on my bedroom wall. It was white on white and it was something completely out of this world for me. It was the ultimate supercar and was merely a figure of my imagination. Looking at the shifter and pedals I had no idea what I was looking at but I knew I liked it.
2) What made you get the Lamborghini Murcielago?
Much like with the Countach poster, I had a Murcielago poster hanging on my bedroom wall. It was a gated manual and I was mesmerized by the smooth lines and wide aggressive stance of the Murcielago. I still have that poster to this day in my garage as a reminder that if you put your mind and heart into something you really want then anything is possible. I was in my early 20’s when I got that poster and got my Murcielago when I was 35.
3) What made you get a Gallardo?
The Lamborghini Murcielago was my first choice for a Lambo but because of financial reasons I was only able to afford the Gallardo at the time. It was a 2006 Special Edition in Arancio Borealis (metallic orange). I’ll never forget the day the car was delivered to me from the moment the delivery driver cold started the engine to backing it off the trailer in slow motion and watching the bright sun glisten off that beautiful metallic orange paint. It was a surreal moment and will always be instilled into my memory for life.
4) What were your favorite aspects about your Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo?
For the Lamborghini Murcielago, the list goes on and on. In no particular order, what made me love the car was that it’s a naturally aspirated V12, gated manual, scissor doors, the exhaust note is intoxicating, it’s rare and exotic looking, it’s road presence is staggering and also because it’s one of the last cars to be designed by Lamborghini (Bizzarrini), not Audi, although they did have some input in its production. The car is so low and wide it barely fit though my garage door.
My Gallardo was also a real joy to own as well. I was fortunate enough to own both the 2006 as well as a 2013 LP560-4 Final Edition which I had the pleasure of driving it all the way from Utah back to my home in New York with my good friend Ben. The Gallardo is less intimidating to drive than the Lamborghini Murcielago. It’s smaller, more nimble, more reliable and more modern feeling than the Murcielago. It too had great road presence and was a rolling circus wherever I went with it. Lots of thumbs up and pictures taking from random people.
5) How many times a week did you drive your Lamborghinis?.
I’m a little embarrassed to say this but only about 3-4 times a month. Mainly due in part that I have other vehicles that I drive as well.
6) If you have to choose, which Lamborghini(s) is(are) your all time favorite(s)?
Hands down, my all time favorite Lamborghini is the LP670-4 SV. I love that car so much I tried my best to make my murci look like it with an aftermarket body kit. It was close in looks but there is no substitute to the real thing. I have no regrets though. The car is a work of art and is absolutely perfect.
7) You also started NEDC(Northeast Driver’s Club). Tell us a bit more about how it all started.
NEDC began as an idea with my friend Joe aka @nedc_Joe while we were members of an exotic only car club. I have nothing but fond memories with that group but I felt the calling for a car club specifically geared for the non exotic sports car owner and in my mind I felt it was lacking within the NY/NJ tristate area. The only groups I came across were model specific groups that stemmed from car forums and then there were the public groups hanging out in random parking lots during the late evenings which was not my cup of tea, so I wanted to start a club open to all types of performance cars with some form of structure. Most of us are not able to afford an expensive exotic sports car and they shouldn’t be treated any better or worse because of it.
The way NEDC began was quite simple. It was an idea of mine that came to fruition. At every local cars and coffee event I went to, I would exchange contacts with the owners of all types of cars and would invite them out to a Sunday morning drive. One of those guys was Ed aka @GTR_Ed. Ed was excited about the club and saw its potential in becoming something great. By talking with him often about the club, we (Joe, Ed and I) came up with some great ideas on how to make it grow and became great friends. That’s when Ed became a co-founder of the group because I knew the club would be better with him in charge. I couldn’t imagine nedc continuing on without Ed and Joe. We really work great together as a team.
Managing a car club is in itself a full time job. I’m so blessed to have Joe, Ed and our amazing group of members. Each and every one of them I consider as my brother and sister. Even after all this time and countless events, I still look forward to seeing them as if it was our first day together. Not only do we enjoy our time driving together, we also enjoy meeting new members and welcoming them to the NEDC family. Because that is exactly what NEDC is all about, the people. The cars are just an added bonus.
8) What makes NEDC (Northeast Driver’s Club) different from the other car clubs?
I have nothing but respect for other car clubs. I am friends with many of their founders as well. It’s really a fantastic network filled with common ground. There is a certain universal bond we share with each other because of the cars. But to answer your question about what makes NEDC different than other car clubs and that is, we are open to mostly all types of performance cars and that we are a private car club with membership. We have specific requirements before accepting an applicant. We take pride in consistency so our members will always have a busy event schedule to look forward to. We offer an array of different styles of events from car shows, to track days, rallies and social gatherings such as weekly dinners. We treat everyone with the same respect and make it a point that politics, racism, gender inequality and any form of prejudice has no place within this club.
9) To anyone who wants to own a Lamborghini, what would you say to them?
My advice to anyone that wants to own a Lamborghini for the first time is to look at the entire picture. As amazing as the car is to own, headaches will follow too ( If you buy it, buy it for you and only you. Don’t stretch your budget because you think it will impress others. I’ve seen people try too hard to keep up with the Joneses at the expense of losing their hard earned money. Live within your means because happiness can be found anywhere you look if you look hard enough.
Once that is all sorted out then make sure you do your due diligence before signing on the dotted line. Get the car inspected (Pre Purchase Inspection) by a 3rd party mechanic and get an insurance quote first. Patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait. So if the deal doesn’t feel right then be strong enough to walk away because there will always be another great deal to come along. Owning a Lamborghini is not the end all, be all. But it is pretty darn cool to experience.