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post #241 of 562 Old 08-14-2012, 08:07 PM
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Great story indeed - all those carburators! All those curves! Fun memories...

Cheers, Ben ( Too many toys, not enough garage space! )
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I forgot to add that 4th street in Santa Rosa was the street you cruised to pick up chicks, of course my luck wasn't so good driving the golden turd. The plum colored 250 California looked like an SR-71 compared to my golden opal turd, but that car built a dream for me and I'm sure many other young men.

I'm off to Monterey for 5 days of cars cars cars!
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Great story indeed - all those carburators! All those curves! Fun memories...
+1, this is one of my favorites.
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As was the case with so many other members, I'm certain there was some Magnum P.I. influence. I started out with Triumphs eventually getting into Porsches and then finally bought a 328 GTS a few years ago. I know it's totally subjective but, along with the XKE, I think the 328 GTS is one of the most beautiful cars in the world. OK, I'm shallow -- I bought it for its looks! I even have a canvas of it hanging in our dining room (my wife is very tolerant!). The 328 GTS has now been replaced by a F430 F1. It's a lovely car as well, but it offers the performance that was missing from the 328. I still have a Porsche 911 and probably always will. This particular 911 is a Turbo S and it's a bit faster than the F430, at least on paper, but the Ferrari... well, it's a Ferrari. And there's nothing like a Ferrari.
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You have a very tolerant wife. I suggested placing a window into the garage from the living room.......and it was not well received.
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I caught the virus at the age of 13 in Italy in 1960. I was on holiday with my parents and we were driving back across Italy to the UK. It was a hot afternoon around the middle of August. We stopped on the Autostrada del Sol to fill up the car and to give my Dad a break from driving. The motorway petrol station was on a flat stretch of road not far from a tunnel exit and the road then dissapeared into another tunnel. I think we were somewhere in the Genova region, but despite many trips I have never been able to refind the exact location.
I was eating an icecream and watching the lorries and overloaded Fiat 500s going past, when an indescribable noise started to come from one of the tunnels rapidly building to a creschendo. A light blue car shot out of the tunnel, flashed accross my field of vision and disappeared into the second tunnel, leaving the sound of its V12 engine reverberating off the hillsides and buildings. It was truely on full song.
From car magazine photos, I later identified it as a Ferrari 250GT Pinin Farina Coupe.
Over 50 years later, I still have the sound of that 250GT ringing in my ears and it is no accident that when I finally eneded up owning a Ferrari it is a V12 front engined GT that sounds as near as d-mn it like the first one I heard..

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I caught the virus at the age of 13 in Italy in 1960. I was on holiday with my parents and we were driving back across Italy to the UK. It was a hot afternoon around the middle of August. We stopped on the Autostrada del Sol to fill up the car and to give my Dad a break from driving. The motorway petrol station was on a flat stretch of road not far from a tunnel exit and the road then dissapeared into another tunnel. I think we were somewhere in the Genova region, but despite many trips I have never been able to refind the exact location.
I was eating an icecream and watching the lorries and overloaded Fiat 500s going past, when an indescribable noise started to come from one of the tunnels rapidly building to a creschendo. A light blue car shot out of the tunnel, flashed accross my field of vision and disappeared into the second tunnel, leaving the sound of its V12 engine reverberating off the hillsides and buildings. It was truely on full song.
From car magazine photos, I later identified it as a Ferrari 250GT Pinin Farina Coupe.
Over 50 years later, I still have the sound of that 250GT ringing in my ears and it is no accident that when I finally eneded up owning a Ferrari it is a V12 front engined GT that sounds as near as d-mn it like the first one I heard..
Childhood holiday, Italy, Ferrari.

Exactly how I contracted the F bug too.

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I caught the virus at the age of 13 in Italy in 1960. I was on holiday with my parents and we were driving back across Italy to the UK. It was a hot afternoon around the middle of August. We stopped on the Autostrada del Sol to fill up the car and to give my Dad a break from driving. The motorway petrol station was on a flat stretch of road not far from a tunnel exit and the road then dissapeared into another tunnel. I think we were somewhere in the Genova region, but despite many trips I have never been able to refind the exact location.
I was eating an icecream and watching the lorries and overloaded Fiat 500s going past, when an indescribable noise started to come from one of the tunnels rapidly building to a creschendo. A light blue car shot out of the tunnel, flashed accross my field of vision and disappeared into the second tunnel, leaving the sound of its V12 engine reverberating off the hillsides and buildings. It was truely on full song.
From car magazine photos, I later identified it as a Ferrari 250GT Pinin Farina Coupe.
Over 50 years later, I still have the sound of that 250GT ringing in my ears and it is no accident that when I finally eneded up owning a Ferrari it is a V12 front engined GT that sounds as near as d-mn it like the first one I heard..
It is a magic sound!

Thanks for your story, I can't wait to hear others, I love this thread!
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Should we move the thread to the Member Introduction section?
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When I registered to F-Life, I wrote I got the bug as a three years old child in a parking lot by a 308, but maybe it really reached me on an Italian autostrada a few years earlier. I was on a bus tour (Budapest-Rome) with my grandmother, heading back to the capital of Hungary. I was pretty bored, looking at the maps when I spotted Maranello. I knew it as the home of Ferrari, but at that time, I wasn't such a big car maniac, so except a few models, I didn't know much about Cavallinos. We were about 80 kilometres far from the dreamworld near Bologna when I heard an interesting "noise" which was getting louder and louder and suddenly a black Ferrari overtook us, leaving back the songs of the orchestra...I couldn't have blinked, couldn't have said or heard anything, I was just wondering of that Ferrari. What could it be, what could it be, it seemed to me, this journey never ends. All I wanted was, to get know, what that Ferrari exactly was. Finally, I found out, it was a 275 GTB. Maybe that car is the reason why I love better the Enzo-era Ferraris than modern ones, despite of my young age. Icing on the cake, my parents told me later on, we are going to have our holiday in Italy, which was a possibility to take my first trip to Maranello...

And that's it! I'll be a Ferrari fan forever, never get out of that bug.

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Attila- Another great story. Someone should write a book. How my Love for Ferraris Began.

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Attila- Another great story. Someone should write a book. How my Love for Ferraris Began.
Could be an other Ferrari Life book. It would be a nice collection.

"Seize the Day, putting as little trust as possible in the future" - Horace, Carpe Diem
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Could be an other Ferrari Life book. It would be a nice collection.
Perhaps when we get 200 personal stories we can talk Andrew into putting together a book.
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Hi Boxer,

I always had a love for automobiles. Ferrari kind of represented an icon that was "out of reach" or unattainable. I was put off a bit by the rumored high maintenance costs of the older models, etc. I remember a few years back when I was on holiday in Rome I spotted a 360 Spider parked by the Spanish Steps. It was love at first sight. These cars are really like rolling sculpture. I've been through many BMWs ( I owned 6 of the 8 series cars), Jaguar (trying to forget that one), and Audi (great cars) but Ferrari brings out a visceral response that none other can match. It might be that I am of Italian heritage but I think its more because I appreciate the form matching the function of the automobile. I looked for months for the car I currently own and am really happy with it. I will be taking delivery of a 458 Italia in April 2013 and can't wait. I'm new to this forum and appreciate you contacting me. Thomas

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In 1970 beside the hotel we were staying in Venice, Italy is a Ferrari dealer. A red 365 GTB was on display and the rest is history.
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In 1970 beside the hotel we were staying in Venice, Italy is a Ferrari dealer. A red 365 GTB was on display and the rest is history.
Did you ever end up owning a Daytona?
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Boxer, It's amazing that of your collection of gems you should refer to the 355. The one and only I ever had the pleasure to own. It is a spectacular sports car indeed. I still dream about her. The lines, the sound, everything. I may not ever have the chance to own one again, but I can tell you it was a thrill of a life time. I still still shed tears for this car. Is this crazy or what? I'm in Arizona, semi retired. Bored as heck. I have only seen a couple of Ferrari's in Scottsdale. So sad. Hope you are well. Post some pi's of your latest.

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Boxer, It's amazing that of your collection of gems you should refer to the 355. The one and only I ever had the pleasure to own. It is a spectacular sports car indeed. I still dream about her. The lines, the sound, everything. I may not ever have the chance to own one again, but I can tell you it was a thrill of a life time. I still still shed tears for this car. Is this crazy or what? I'm in Arizona, semi retired. Bored as heck. I have only seen a couple of Ferrari's in Scottsdale. So sad. Hope you are well. Post some pi's of your latest.
I am sure another F355 will come your way in the future:

Here is the latest garage shot of the Ferraris: http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/fe...-2012-f50.html

also still have a couple of others but the K'egg is gone: http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/fe...ether-f50.html
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I've been kicking around this site for a while now, but just now I'm getting further past the midwest section. Here's how I got into Ferrari's.

It started when I was about 10 years old, I became fascinated with Corvettes - they were "the" car for me at the time, and so I started going to car shows around town. I was at a show one year, and someone had brought a (then) brand new 355 out, and I had never seen anything like it before, and like any 10 year old would do, went home, got on the internet, and dreamed over that car. After years of going to shows, dealerships, meeting people, etc., I joined the FCA, and my passion grew from there. Although I'm not an owner yet, I've had the opportunity to be around some great people and see some great cars in the past 5 some odd years since I've gotten more involved around town, and I'm just counting down the days til I'm an owner. Kind of a short story, but that's how I got hooked.
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Hey Christiana, nice to hear from you again! Too bad you had to let her go but the memories are priceless.

Scott - nice to hear you can join the FCA without being an owner. We have that in the Netherlands too, and the non-owners add a lot of enthousiasm and passion to the club.


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