The first was the best
The day I drove my first Ferrari was the best drive ever.
I became an owner that day. I had spent the last 17 years fascinated with the Ferrari F 355, ever since my 1st day on the job as a valet. I saw one for the first time and it blew my mind.
Ever since I dreamed of the car (literally, dreams of driving one, waking up bummed out it was only a dream, multiple times). I collected die-cast models, went to a 355 Challenge race, and it made my day when I saw one on the road. I read every article on them...talked peoples ears off about it when cars were the topic...
I had gotten rides in 3 different 355's. two were F1, both TDF blue. The other a Blu Chiaro Berlinetta...One was on the track at Limerock. (WOW!) Another time in 1999 I chased down a fellow driving a 355F1 in traffic whilst riding my sport-bike. I caught up to him, complimented him on his car at a red light, and he offered me a ride to my shock. I said yes of course. I already knew where the hidden doorhandle was and he was surprised when I opened the door without saying what every new passenger says: "Ummm, ok, so where is the doorhandle, how do I get into this thing?!" I looked him up a year ago. He helped me through the buying process...we chat often. (Thanks Jeff) We plan to meet up in the Spring and compare cars to bring it all full circle. His recently threw a code for a bad shock-actuator.
So I found my car online. Flew out to Cleveland from NJ. I bought it after a test drive. Sat in the car until the wire transfer went through.....sitting there....staring at the interior. "Wow. I cant believe this day is here. " Off I went.
500 miles of pure bliss. Daytime, nightime, terrible fog for the last 200 miles. The feelings that I went through....amazing. Hitting that super long set of tunnels on the PA turnpike....amazing. Rolling the throttle on and off, downshifting for fun just to hear the RPM range talk to me, matching revs. I still remember feeling like I was in a dream again...but this time it was real. And it was mine. And it was blue. And it was a screaming deal, and it has super-low miles, a new clutch, a full tank and a new owner who can't believe any of it...
Friends were constantly checking in and monitoring my drive home..."Where are you now? "
I had the weather plotted for every town, every 100 miles. I was outrunning rain...but hit terrible fog...HORRENDOUS. Talk about white knuckles. I was wide-eyed. Scared. Very nervous. I couldn't see more than 25 yards. Scary.
To have my first drive (testdrive not included) ..and put 500 miles on her the first day I owned her....sort of like going on a week-long date with a supermodel; she subsequently becomes your high maintenence wife....and you wouldn't trade her for anyone.
Now she is in the spa, uh, I meant Ferrari of Long Island...new belts, new exhaust, headers look fine, leak-down test was good, has a new clutch and battery, master cylinder, resprayed front bumper (thanks previous owner...$5200 service receipts) Just waiting for Nouvalari to ship my Sport Exhaust...and waiting for this snow to go away.
I loved snow for 38 years. Now...not so much.