Our club ran the All Ireland Italian motor gathering yesterday (Sat).
Now I didn't know what cars etc would come along but the last car I dreamt of seeing there was a California.
It started off with a kind of sereal chat with a lady in a gold Peugot around 10 am.
I was arranging cars as they were arriving when the Lady in the above car pulled along side.
"Excuse me", says she.
"Yes, how can I help" says I.
She "What's the event your running"
Me "The all Ireland Italian Motor day"
She "Can any Italian car enter"
Me "Of course, what were you thinking of bringing"?
She "Oh not me, my brother. He's just bought one of those Ferrari's".
Me. "We'd be happy to have him along, have you any idea what type it is"?
She "Oh it's some new car just out, a California".
It took about 10 seconds for me to lift my jaw off the ground and blubber out, "If your brother brings a California I'll personally guard it all day myself"!!
She, totally oblivious to what this means to me, "I'll ring him and mention this is on then, Bye".
I watched every car entering at the top of the hill the rest of the morning, but nothing. I told the guys doing the entrance to find me no matter were I was if it appeared.
Then at 2.30pm I happened to look up to check again and there it was!
It was at that point I turned into a kid again.
I needed to move the Alfa Mito from it's spot to make a space for the California but I hadn't the keys as I'd given them to one of the guys, so off I went in search of him, thankfully not far away, and Mito, nice as it is was put to one side.
Then it arrived. It made the day perfect. The owner and his Wife were lovely people and were took a lot of time to talk to everyone. And to demonstrate how the roof works.
After a long chat with the owners Wife, or probably more from boring her to tears about my love for Ferrari and about how it was great to see a car as special as this in the flesh, she called her Husband over. Next thing I knew I was invited to sit in the car! I could hardly contain myself.
What a beautiful car. It's proportions are just about perfect.
As I was sitting there it began to spit a little with rain. The owner handed me the keys, told me how to start it, and how to put the roof up.
This moment probably means little to a lot of people but to me it was a special moment as I doubt I'll ever get to see another California let alone start one and put it's roof up.
And here's the photo's
There was another highlight to the day. One of our club members who owns a 355 also owns this Fiat Punto Super 1600 WRC car and took me up the hill for a run. It was a completely mad car with serious excelleration for something with only a 1.6 engine.
I wonder what the 2010 event will bring.