Roads & Rallies: The Corsa America Seattle-to-Vegas Rally

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PFS is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Corsa America Rally, the brainchild of our longtime client Thomas Heinrichs, who serves as Corsa’s CEO.

Corsa America is one of the largest exotic sports car rally series in the United States, with more than 100 vehicles participating. Corsa coordinates events, plan excursions, and brings people together to travel across North America and Europe’s most renowned open roads. Rally participants travel to unique destinations, stay at luxury resorts, and often party until the sun comes up, while building lifelong friendships along the way.

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Image Source: 2019 Corsa America Seattle-to-Vegas Rally (Thomas Heinrichs)

Corsa America consists of separate events over the calendar year, each one with its own unique characteristics. As an example, here are some highlights of Corsa’s Seattle-to-Vegas Rally, a 2,000 mile, 9-day, “sold out” event that ran from April 30 to May 8:

  • Thirty 2-person teams participated, coming from as far away as New York and Florida.
  • Corsa guests enjoyed multiple private events, ranging from a kickoff dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Seattle, to private dining at Morimoto’s in Napa, and an old-fashioned BBQ with smores by the firepit in Bend, Oregon.
  • The rally route consisted primarily of scenic back roads, allowing guest to experience the country, and to enjoy their cars the way they were designed to be driven.
  • Rather than traveling directly from Seattle to Portland, the rally took a detour for an amazing lunch stop at Cannon Beach, followed by a trek through Oregon’s Tillamook dairy region, where guests could smell the cheese in the air.
  • The drive from Portland to Bend featured a highway stretch along the Hood River, which then crossed over the Bridge of the Gods, to experience the north side of the river before dropping down into Mt. Hood for some amazing pizza along the river.
  • The stay at Brasada Ranch was a highlight of the rally, surrounded by snow-capped mountains while having a BBQ by the firepit. Another highlight included the police-escorted drive from downtown across the bridge to Napa, where guests mingled with the locals and took photos at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Image Source: 2019 Corsa America Seattle-to-Vegas Rally (Thomas Heinrichs)

  • In Napa, guests enjoyed a private barrel tasting in the caves at Del Dotto’s with a private lunch, capped by a dinner at Morimoto’s which was more food than most guests could handle.
  • Before venturing to Monterey, guests were given a private tasting and an unforgettable tour of the infamous Castello Di Amorosa in Helena. Built stone-by-stone to mimic a 15thcentury Italian castle, it not only featured fine wines, but also housed an armory filled with knights armor, weapons, and even a torture room.
  • The rally was capped off in Vegas with another police-escorted drive at dusk, down the Vegas strip 4 times, before having our finale dinner and closing party at Omnia Nightclub. Rally guests stayed until the club closed and enjoyed having multiple tables, and signs everywhere welcoming the Corsa America Rally.
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Image Source: 2019 Corsa America Seattle-to-Vegas Rally (Thomas Heinrichs)

This Seattle-to-Vegas rally was followed by The Tail of the Dragon, which ran from May 30 – June 3, traveling epic mountain drives in the heart of music country in Nashville, and ending in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Corsa America’s next event is scheduled for August 8 – 10 in Florida; launching from Tampa, then traveling through the Miami area – where guests will spend their first two nights on the ocean front at the 5-star Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne – before heading to Orlando, where they will stay at the Ritz Carlton Orlando.

Corsa America will wrap up its 2019 schedule with a Vail-to-Vegas rally in November, and has already begun planning for 2020, which will include a European Rally in September of that year. For additional information visit www.corsarally.com.

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Image Source: 2019 Corsa America Seattle-to-Vegas Rally (Thomas Heinrichs)