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post #1 of 21 Old 07-30-2013, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to fill the missing part

Purchased the Trailex racing trailer Stilo cf helmet and all the goodies to go with both.

Headed to Elkhart Lake - taking the 16M on our first track weekend

It's time to pick up a track purpose ride - looking at the 360 / 430 Challenge cars and the Porsche but prefer F1 shifting.

Any words of advice would be greatly appreciated - would like to get it right the first time.
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Doug- You would be amazed how cheap a 458C can be, even a new one. You might check it out.

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Doug- You would be amazed how cheap a 458C can be, even a new one. You might check it out.
Thanks Terry - Mark suggested the same - so I will add that in the mix.

Trailer arrived a few minutes ago - loading up the 16M at night for the first time seemed like a bad idea.
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Really depends on your purchase budget and then expectations on running costs.

On a value basis, most bang for the buck will be a 360 Challenge, A 430 Challenge will be a bit more to buy and a lot more to run (ceramic brakes) with the 458 to be another step up in purchase price but likely less to run.

For something a bit more unique, a 333 SP is a phenomenal car or any of the early/mid 90s F1 cars would provide plenty of excitement.
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Really depends on your purchase budget and then expectations on running costs.

On a value basis, most bang for the buck will be a 360 Challenge, A 430 Challenge will be a bit more to buy and a lot more to run (ceramic brakes) with the 458 to be another step up in purchase price but likely less to run.

For something a bit more unique, a 333 SP is a phenomenal car or any of the early/mid 90s F1 cars would provide plenty of excitement.
I am headed up to Elkhart Lake for the Ferrari Event and bringing a check book just in case

Safety first - upfront and running costs don't bother me as much as reliability.
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Hey Doug,

Look for Ed (Wetpet). While some may say he's a provocateur of sorts (at times), he's truly a super guy who would literally give you the shirt of his back.

That said, also look for this guy too, he will probably be hanging with Wetpet

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Maybe hire FerrariGuy to show the girls around town?

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With all the models to choose from ferrariguy had to choose a 360. Please, never show this to my wife....

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I am headed up to Elkhart Lake for the Ferrari Event and bringing a check book just in case

Safety first - upfront and running costs don't bother me as much as reliability.
If upfront and running costs are a non issue, FXX is a great choice.
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I'd recommend a tube frame racecar or a Miata set up for track. Or you can pick up a used Formula car for the cost of a fender on a Ferrari and have something that will go much faster and handle better. I've tracked a lot of Ferraris in my time and I let a couple guys drive the Formula C car in my profile pic that I paid about $18k for and when they got back in the Ferrari track cars they declared them a piece of crap. One guy went home and put his car for sale the next day. Last time I saw him he had a 962 Porche

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The Formula Ford class looks like a lot of fun if you are up for open wheel racing Doug.
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Even if you don't want to go open wheel racing you can buy one hell of a bad assed tube frame racecar for $60-to $80k that will blow away any exotic street car and be more reliable and fun to drive. Nothing like have a car that has real racing brakes with pads that last a few weekends at the track vs one weekend and knowing they will work when you hit the pedal plus the racing stuff is much cheaper than Ferrari parts

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Doesn't Norm race a Radical? That's one sweet race car.

The east coast dealer has a "try before you buy" program

Try Before You Buy - Radical East USA - Authorized Distributor of Radical Sportscars for the Eastern USA!

I've seen a previously owned and sorted race car for as little as $35k
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+1 on Kevin & 360 Modena recommendations. Track support, regular part availability and the overall driving experience are an important considerations too when selecting a car. With Doug having a trailer he's got the option of a street or track only car and as much fun as a FXX might be, at least in the region I live, a track day with that much hp would be frustrating as a lot of the events have passing rules.

If a challenge car is considered, might I suggest a 355, iconic.

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Met the Admiral and his son - wonderful people.

Missed Ed will most likely see him Tomm.

After seeing the Challenge cars it's the way I want to go. Ran into some wonderful people one has a 430 challenge car in Canada

I will for sure be the first guy with Ferrari Life on my car vs all the Ferrari chat stickers!
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If it comes down to a 430 Challenge vs. 360 Challenge, having driven both a few times, the major difference are CCB vs steel brakes and the extra 100 bhp on the straights.

If you do opt for the 360 Challenge, I would expect that finding one that has not been ragged might be a tough at this point.
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With the cost of running CCB's I would think all 430C cars have been converted to steel by this time. Yes?

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If it comes down to a 430 Challenge vs. 360 Challenge, having driven both a few times, the major difference are CCB vs steel brakes and the extra 100 bhp on the straights.

If you do opt for the 360 Challenge, I would expect that finding one that has not been ragged might be a tough at this point.

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With the cost of running CCB's I would think all 430C cars have been converted to steel by this time. Yes?
Some have some have not. A few have even been converted back to CCBs.
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After having the 16M out all weekend long - there is no way I won't go with a Ferrari.

The 16M is insanely fast and the Capristo added sound / hp made some drivers slightly jealous

There are no words to describe the 3 days of running the 16M hard and deep into the corners then pulling acceleration at WOT

The Challenge cars were running all weekend the fastest guy was in a 430 and spent 38k to run for the weekend - my guess is others ran for much less.

I think it's a matter of finding the right one but as Boxer said most of the 360's for sale seem to be pretty well beaten up.

No big rush but gathered a couple of leads to pursue

Ferrari Event was phenomenal - couldn't count how many guys had Ferrari Chat Stickers

One of the best moments was seeing the Admiral along with his son.

FWIW - that Gentleman can drive his lil blue car very very well!

4 cars were wrecked ... which was the only down side of a spectacular weekend.
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Doug- Glad you had a good time. Hopefully you got some photos.

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Doug, why not something different like an Ariel Atom or a Bac Mono? This could give you some fun

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