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Ed Niles

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of conducting an on-camera interview with Ed Niles for the third time. It seems that, even in revisiting familiar topics and anecdotes, there is always something new that emerges that keeps my interest piqued and I always come away from talks with Ed wishing we had more time.

I've known Ed since the first time I attended a Ferrari Owners Club meeting in Los Angeles. I had already owned my Ferrari Lusso long enough for it to have made the transition from silver-blue to red after the blue kept fading and I tired of having it resprayed. That evening I also made the acquaintance of Bob Bondurant who was a guest speaker and saw, for the first time, the Ferrari Breadvan owned then by Asa Clark. At some point, in the middle of the proceedings, Matthew Ettinger made a grand entrance being wheeled in with two broken legs. A memorable gathering for reasons too numerous to count.

It is only a small exaggeration to say that I don't recall seeing Ed in the same Ferrari twice though some of them he owned as many as five times buying them back from subsequent owners. He had more Ferraris pass through his hands than anyone I know. Race cars, production models, one-of-a-kind specials--he owned them all. Most memorable for me were the 250LM (which he sold to Sonny Bono) and the stunning Nembo spider designed by Tom Meade which some regard as the most beautiful Ferrari ever. Everyone familiar with the famous Breadvan will know the part Ed played in bringing this historic car to the USA but new details are revealed with each telling. Did you know that the car was originally destined to a buyer who wanted to remake the iconic rear portion of the car to look like a GTO?

Ed has been a model enthusiast over the years working as a turn marshal at races, a judge at concours d'élégance events, president of the Ferrari Owners Club and has been a very good friend to those who share an interest in all things Ferrari. He is one of the few people I can speak with who has also met Enzo Ferrari. Ed will appear in my documentaries about the Carrera Panamericana and the Ferrari GTO but I really believe he is worthy of a documentary dedicated solely to his experiences and observations--he is the gold standard.
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It is always with utmost pleasure to read your threads on any topics because they are indeed so fascinating that something I can only dream of.
As for Mr. Ed Niles, ever so little that I know of him, he is the platinum standard. To be able to follow thru with your passion and live a life as his, what more can you say. He is like the superstar of rocknroll.
Needless to mention that you are in that league too, Krasnavian. Thank You for fascinating a lowly soul like myself. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Thank you, Jimmy--hope to see you again in Los Angeles. Maybe you'd like to compare Ferrari notes with Ed...
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Thank you, Jimmy--hope to see you again in Los Angeles. Maybe you'd like to compare Ferrari notes with Ed...
Looking forward to our next rendezvous, hopefully soon. Cannot even begin to think like comparing notes ! I would be like a nursery child trying to talk to a professor emeritus in nuclear physics.

I presume you are heading to the Continent soon again. w/ smiles Jimmy
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I presume you are heading to the Continent soon again. w/ smiles Jimmy
Anticipating a trip to Cannes with two documentaries to introduce.
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Anticipating a trip to Cannes with two documentaries to introduce.
That should keep you busy. Glad to know that it is not ALL pleasure ?!?!
Have fun. w/ smiles Jimmy
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nice first post darth. but keep the fagchat crap on fagchat. thanks.



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Hey Ed! Yeah, I saw my join date and thought the same thing!

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