Ferrari provided air travel from Washington, DC, to Monterey, California, and two nights in a hotel for this story.

It's certainly true when it comes to cars, where having a telephone number bank balance opens doors to machinery that the rest of us only ever get close to in video games.

Recently, I got a chance to take a peek behind that curtain at the historic Laguna Seca racetrack in California.

Gallery: The most expensive cars you can’t drive on the street

Carbon fiber hybrids with around 1,000hp on tap and seven-digit price tags became the new apex predators of the car world, but for some, even these are now too common, too pedestrian.

For a certain kind of person, the answer is, you call up Ferrari and ask about its Corsa Clienti program.

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