Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ferrari Life Posts: 735
Since you asked for the motivation behind the decision I will share my thoughts.
As a 24 year old bachelor living in the 1960 Northern California car culture I enjoyed driving my MGA on local autocross courses and SCCA driving school on the Cotati race track. When the opportunity arose to be able to acquire a more powerful racer with a Ferrari name badge, I did it without any thought of the cost consequences of trying to put such a car back in drivable condition. Although the Navy moved me around the globe, I did get to race the car on both coasts, which was the basic reason for buying it in the first place. By 1968 and a move to Hawaii, the car clearly was no longer competitive, and was stored and not driven. In 2000 a family discussion arose concerning what to do with this old race car. Since 1986 we had tried to piece together the history of the car and as a result of the conversation decided to bring it back to as close to original condition as possible. That conservation effort took all my savings and eight years of work. (Do you notice a pattern of financial naiveté here?) When the car was finished we took it to Pebble Beach where wonder of wonders it took 1st in Class of Comp Ferraris and the Enzo trophy for best Ferrari on the field and was judged as a 100 point car. Unbelievable! Since that premiere show it has entered 17 more concours events and earned 31 trophies including six best of show awards. The best part of the shows is the opportunity to do what Peter Mullins calls “educational outreach” as so few people know about the early Ferrari history of the four cylinder race cars. In the past several years I have been able to track the car at places like New Jersey Motorsport Track, Road America at Elkhart Lake and most recently over two hours on the great Laguna Seca racetrack. Locally I drive to the Cars and Coffee in Santa Fe or Tesuque. Driving in city traffic is becoming more tense and problematic as the value of the car has gone up, and the insurance cost is considerable. These things have changed since 1963 when I drove it nearly 3,000 miles from Oakland, California to Bayonne, New Jersey.
Looking back over the past 58 years I have done more than I ever had imagined with this car and about a year ago came to the conclusion that it was time to move on. Now someone else needs to take over the custodian role to enjoy and care for this car.
It is time.
Past & Present: 500 Mondial S2 0556(0446)/MD since June 1960