Posted On: Apr 29th, 2016 By: Alissa Barry Tyler
Rezvani Motors landed their first female buyer! Terri Gardner of Chicago is the proud owner of her first Beast super car – Rezvani’s first model of the car before the Beast X came out. She is one of only three people in the world to own the original Beast with 500 HP. No stranger to sports cars, Terri talks with CFAWP about why she chose Rezvani for her latest super car craving.
As Rezvani Motors first female buyer, Terri is the proud owner the third and final original Beast ever made. Residing in Chicago, she is the owner who is the farthest-east in the U.S. Other owners include west coast Beast owner, Chris Brown, and the other owner, not surprisingly, is in Dubai. If you want an up-close look at the extremely rare car, Terri says she plans to show her Beast at Chicago Car Shows in order to share the car with fellow car fans.
Terri came to know about the car by flipping through TV channels one night when an image of a grey sports car caught her eye. “They were rolling it off the back end and I thought, ‘I have to find out about this car!’” Turns out it was Chris Brown’s car that was being covered on some show. “I was looking to get a sports car at the time; I was looking at the R8 or the Californian, and they’re not sports car-y enough for me anymore. I reached out to the Rezvani website and said, ‘where can I get one of these!?’”
Terri worked directly with Ferris Rezvani about building her Beast, traveling to Orange County. “Then I went to Chicago to wait”, she laughs.
“After months it shows up and you’re like, ‘wow this is cooler than I thought it was gonna be.’”
Beast super cars are custom as hell. “When you see how much it takes to do the car, it’s very labor intensive. They need every bit of the 3 months to make it”, Terri explains.
Terri went with charcoal grey interior and secure orange exterior.
“It was love at first sight”, Terri admits. “I loved the 6 speed, the carbon fiber.”
I’m excited for Terri that she went with a bright, bold color for her Beast.
“When it comes to color, who doesn’t have a red sports car? Even my daughter said, ‘yeah mommy don’t get the red one.’ This is an exotic, you gotta go there.”
So what’s it like in the seat? “Can I just say I actually have hips? I don’t have the narrow body of a European race driver”, Terri lays it out. Of course she wanted to be comfortable in her super car so Ferris crafted her a custom seat. “Ferris said we can do a concept seat, so we did that…orange stitching on the dash and doors, it’s all custom so it’s hand-sown. He sent me a picture of the wheels when they came out of the oven. I wanted a darker wheel, the grey has a certain kind of Thunderdome vibe to it”, Terri says.
She got to see them making the actual carbon fiber panels for the car, too, “there’s 35 major panels they have to make for the whole car, it’s not just a single carbon fiber outside.”
“We were down for more of the experimental foreign car experience in ’60s and ’70s.” Her car passion influenced by her parents who always had station wagons and vans with 3 other siblings. Her parents had a business and the cars where utilitarian. “We had a 1971 Oldsmobile Tornado, also had a Hillman Husky, it was like a little baseball cap.” She says her father got his money’s worth out of this car. “It was a little tank”, she professed. “When you went over a puddle it would splash into the car.”
“I remember where I was when I saw my first 911, I was about 13. I was in my 20s when I had my first 928.” She was in the Porsche Club with her 911, “I loved that thing, it was just a little tic. I would take myself to the track with it and roll it off with a wench.”
“I have a couple antique cars, too, Packard limousine and I had a ‘56 Mark II Continental. I’ve gotten the Packard restored, No bondos on that car period. Everything’s metal. I just like cars!”
Terri gets giddy talking about her new ride, “I’m gonna be like, I need to go mail a letter, I need to go to the post office! It’s almost like driving on the track on the road, it’s really reminiscent of being on the track but I think I will at some point. The feeling of it, the way the car responds, the sound of it.”
The vibration of the car, feel of the car, visceral experience is really what’s enjoyable about it. When you have a car that has 2 inches of sound dampening, and power this, power that squishy steering, ABS which is counter intuitive to what is happening to my butt, you just miss the stab and steer concept you get on a track car.
“You can go to any race shop and get the parts and some cases even a regular dealer to get parts, even a regular shop for the oil change. It’s very user-friendly that way. You get all the benefits of a super car in terms of the way it looks, the way it handles but you have a much more user-friendly vehicle and there’s so few bells and whistles. It’s not like you’re AC is gonna break, there is none! It’s very simplified!”
Terri had a Ferrari Modena, but she says she had to trade it in when her daughter came, because she couldn’t get the baby seat in the car. “I tried”, she admits!
“Someone’s interpretation of the road is given to you, when all those electronic things are on the car, the temperature of the tires, all of that is so computerized and taken into count, the chip takes car of taking subtitles out of the driving experience. And that’s great because there’s times you’re really not trying to do all that not to just get somewhere. But if you really like a driving experience and getting back to feeling the road and having an accurate translation of what the tires is doing to your steering experience. It’s like it’s special now.”
“Remember the concept from 90s called high tech high touch. Notion that tech taking more and more place in our lives that we crave a more human, organic experience. And the Beast reminds me of that. Tech has taken cars so far that you really long for to sit low to the ground, and have that vibration come from the steering wheel, the engine in your ear, being out in the wind, have this panoramic view of everything. Even at night you can see the star and the sky (open wheel) and it’ s like oh that ‘s much better. And for me it goes back to the basic notion of a race car that’s built to go fast.”
Terri says she’s all done with business stuff and is spending her days raising her daughter, volunteering for non-profits. She lives more of a quiet life now, but clearly, still in style like a badass in her super car.
Terri says some unknowing souls confuse her Beast with a kit car. Yeah. “I’m like, what do you think a kit car is? I didn’t go in my basement or garage and build this car. This is a well-made car… it’s a race engine from Honda.”
“For people who might not be familiar with a lot of details about super cars or race engines or track cars, they’re not gonna really get it. But for people who are, it makes a lot of sense”, Terri testifies. No truer words for super car fans have ever been spoke. Amen to that.
Check out her owner video, here: