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Aug 09, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

In the shadow of the Santa Rosa Mountains, a private playground for some of the nation's wealthiest gearheads is rising out of the desert heat.

A refuge for classic Maseratis or screaming new Ferraris, the Thermal Club will stretch over 344 acres of land, half an hour from Palm Springs. A 4.5-mile ribbon of asphalt snakes through the grounds, punctuated by a half-mile straight that begs for 150-mph passes.

Surrounding the track will be hundreds of multimillion-dollar villas, each des...