When I was in my mid teens I would collect 1:18 models of exotics, at the time my father had a Porsche 944 S2 Cabrio and a 911 hardtop and I would join him on cruises and eventually joined the local Porsche car club with him.
We did track days where I got to fulfill my dream of racing a car (the 911) but this ended when my father decided to respray the car to return it to it's former glory.
Around that time Porsche got stale (IMO) with it's designs and with the release of the Boxster it seemed to head in a less masculine direction which didn't appeal to me.
My loyalty started to drift towards Ferrari, I had always loved the look of the 308 and the 328, at the time the 348 and Testarossa really sparked my attention. I saw photos of the F40 and it was just so wild I couldn't get enough.
Then on an interstate family holiday we stopped off at a local prestige car dealer so I could do some window shopping (and take photos). I convinced my father to take me inside so I could get some better photos and whilst inside I happened to speak to a sales person and mentioned that I loved the F40. To my surprise he took me into their service department where a F40 was just waiting for me to admire her.
From that moment I was destined to buy a Ferrari. For many years I resisted buying a 308, 348 and the 355 never did it for me. I decided to save my money to buy something a little newer and invest in my property and my business to make this possible. I also wanted to keep the Ferrari just out of reach for long enough to inspire me to work hard and stay focused on my goals.
I watched the 360 get replaced by the F430 (and the $ drop) and then when the 458 was released I knew my time was getting closer. I watched the 360 Spider drop around $80-100k AUD further whilst I decided on interior configuration etc (I knew my first Ferrari had to be Rosso Corsa) and in December last year I finally pulled the trigger and purchased myself a Rosso Corsa 360 Spider F1
with Crema Interior.
My dream of Ferrari ownership was a reality and the emotional experience has been equally enjoyable as the incredible driving experience which far exceeds my expectations.
I am not as fortunate as some of the forum members here with the wonderful car collections, but coming from a hard working middle class Australian family the Ferrari has helped to inspire me to work hard and achieve my goals (one of which is building such a collection).
Next on my list of goals is purchasing an adjoining property to build a vehicle showroom (and other additions to our home) and to fill it with a Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640, 57 Corvette, MG TD, Austin Healey 100 and a few other nice toys (including more F-Cars). Somewhere I read a quote "nothing motivates for success like a Ferrari" and I completely agree.