"Victory By Design"
I just took out a home equity line of credit (second mortgage on my home) so I can buy my 328. But that's not what I had in mind to talk about here.
Has anyone else seen the videos that are played on the Speed Channel here in the U.S. called "Victory By Design"? I bought the entire series on DVD's. It's a really competent survey of the history of famous European marques that have a decent racing history. So far they have done Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. The format is, a collector, racer and otherwise upscale enthusiast named Alain de Cadenet drives the cars and narrates these videos, wherein the significant cars of a given marque's history are borrowed from collectors and driven, some at 9/10, in beautiful settings and each car's contribution to the marque's history and the history of racing itself is narrated. The videos were produced by car-minded people so the cognicenti wouldn't be disappointed with what's said and shown, and the sound and sight of some of these absolutely irreplaceable cars is magnificent in surround sound and digital big-screen! The Ferrari one starts with an Enzo, paddle-shifting out of a corner a bit sideways and making its music, segued into a 166 MM at speed. It's a wonderful series and worthy of any enthusiast's attention, if only for the sights (closeup and at speed) and the sounds of these wonderful cars. I particularly loved the Alfa Romeo one- the prewar Alfas were so completely beautiful and proportioned in their style in such a way as to connect with some really deep wiring in my spirit that touches me in an almost embarrassing way (Enzo himself felt the same way as mentioned in the video). But the Ferrari one, a particular favorite of Alain because he owns some of the cars he drives in the video, is the best example of the value of these shows as a capsule history.
There's never been anything like this series available to us and I am constantly entertained by the DVD's I bought. I installed a 6 speaker surround sound system and a video projector in my living room that produces a sharp, bright picture that's 4 by 5 feet or so. Every one of the cars Alain drives fills the room with its shape, sound and beauty, and it's almost like being there. I can't think of anywhere else one could experience all of Ferrari's history, one car at a time, in such a potent fashion.