Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,860
I bought a subscription to Road & Track in 1962 and the Bonds were big Ferrari fans. My father was a car freak and owned a 1961 Corvette when we lived in Palos Verdes, CA from 1961-65. We would spend weekends haunting the LA dealers and Shelby American factory on Aviation Boulevard. We actually leaned towards 300SL Gullwings at the time. I remember the first Ferrari I actually saw in around 1962. Looking back I realize it was a turquoise LWB California or early Pininfarina spider. I remember thinking the wire wheels were really wide, so it was probably a California. Most cars had 5" wide wheels back then, and some were even narrower. My brother loved GTOs and my favorite was the 250 LM and we each built a 1/25 plastic model of our favorite. We listened to Wide World of Sports for LeMans and select Grand Prix races. That was all there was until I got a subscription to Competition Press.
I went through a long sequence of Porsches and Corvettes, 1957 356A, 1961, 1963 (FI), 1967 (427) Corvettes, 1969 911E and 911S before deciding I had to have a Ferrari. Loved the Daytona, but could not swing one as a Lt in the AF, so bought a Dino 246 GT in 75. Traded for a Daytona in 78 when they were just used cars. Had a 308 GTS while stationed in the UK flying F-111Fs. More Corvettes for 20 years, 1987, 92, 01, 02, 03, 06, 08, the last five being Z06s. Retired in 2007 to consult and figured it was time to get a Ferrari again.
I was offered all kinds of TdFs, 250s, 275s, 330s, an LMB bodied 250, etc back then, but being young wanted the new stuff. Time travel would be wonderful.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
Every day I look around, and if nobody is shooting at me, it is a pretty good day.