Living large in Sin City
If you’re looking to rent from a veteran Turo host in Las Vegas, there is no one more experienced than Edmund C. Over the three years Ed has been sharing cars on Turo, he has completed over 1,300 trips, fueling responsible and (reasonably) debaucherous adventures alike in the City of Lights.
Ed went to high school and college in Las Vegas, and has easily lived there long enough to call it home. He knows the lay of the land and he’s seen some things, but today he is in the real estate business and balancing hosting duties with raising his young family — more than enough jobs for two lesser men.
With Turo, Ed was hosting early in the game and quickly gained a strong foothold in the Vegas market. As many big car enthusiasts do, Ed finesses his earnings from Turo into a fleet of cars he wouldn’t otherwise have access to. He has eclectic tastes and keeps everything from hybrids to supercars, but everything is luxurious and well-kept. “Anything with four wheels, I like,” he says.
His most popular vehicle is a 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, Turo’s number one car in all of Las Vegas with over 330 trips completed. Since Ed bought the drop-top 911, he and his guests have put 60,000 miles on it without a single mechanical issue. “It’s a pretty darn reliable car,” says Ed. The 400-hp tanning salon has only required routine upkeep like oil changes, brakes, and tires. Not bad for a convertible that can hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
Ed also offers a handful of luxury SUVs for the larger groups and families that visit his neon oasis. A Lexus GX, BMW X1, Tesla Model X, and most recently, a Maserati Levante keep visitors nice and comfortable in the sweltering desert heat.
Ed’s most exciting car, however, is his Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT. In addition to Aston’s throaty 4.7L V8, this sleek coupe rocks the GT package inspired by the GTE and GT4 racing Vantages. A lightened body, stiffer suspension, and tasteful exterior graphics make Ed’s Vantage GT a worthy expression of the Aston Martin heritage.
He takes it on a good drive every week to keep up the battery — an onerous chore no doubt. With a stripped-out interior and hydraulic steering, the V8 GT is the Vantage in its rawest form. Out of the 12 vehicles Ed currently has listed, the Aston is his favorite car. “Or the Prius. I drive the Prius a lot.”
Ed treats his cars as personal cars, because, well, they are. “I don’t see my cars as rental cars,” he says. “I always take them to the dealership to get serviced, and I only hand wash them.” He pays strong attention to the condition of his cars, not only for his guests but for the cars’ own sake. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Porsche or the Prius, he takes good care of them all.
Many of Ed’s guests stick to the strip, but the road out to Hoover Dam is a nice scenic drive. Ed reckons his 911 cabrio is the perfect car to visit the dam, and he encourages any of his guests with an extra morning in their stay to cruise out there.
But Ed says that “for a sports car, the best drive around Las Vegas is through Red Rock.” Red Rock Canyon’s Scenic Loop is a popular destination less than a half hour’s drive from the strip. It offers beautiful views in any direction and is a prime place for capturing the colorful desert mountains, as seen in most of the photos in Ed’s listings.
Las Vegas is a small town, and Ed regularly sees his cars around, especially on the strip. He very much enjoys that he has become such a big part of the local Turo community by sharing his unique cars with travelers. “It’s the best part of all this,” he says. “Sharing great cars that people can’t get anywhere else makes people’s visits that much more special.” Next time you make a trip over to Vegas, make it a special one by borrowing one of Edmund’s cars.