Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ferrari Life Posts: 735
The following are my son's comments on another forum but thought they should be included in this thread as they paint a super concise picture of my life as a Ferrari owner from a perspective other than mine. I agree with most of it except the bit about a stupid son as I didn't raise any stupid kids.
"well, let me give another possibility for why you wouldn't drive a car for 20 years - ok, make it 40 . . .
Initially; you've raced it for 7 years, and it is now 12 year-old racing technology. Your lunch is being eaten by Lotus 23s and Birdcage Masers every weekend. You try to sell it for $4k, but no one wants a drum-brake race car in 1967. Think about dropping an Offy v-8 in it and going to discs, but that's about a year's salary. Park it.
Later; you like racing, so you get something that whets your amatuer racing hunger on a Navy salary - fix up a derelict Mini Moke, stuff the 1275 S motor in it and put on Penske Can-Am qualifying tires. By 1974 you've won an SCCA championship in a Hillclimb Series. Ferrari still sits under a bedspread in the garage. Your kid leans his bike on it all the time.
Later yet: Stop racing because your wife doesn't much care for it. Start restoring some british sports cars. Also wonder about the Ferrari's history; immerse yourself in the Factory records you got in 61 and in the late 70s. Spend weekends in the microfiche room at Library of Congress going thru every Italian Sport Newspapaer to compile results; start creating a mammoth spreadhseet of 4-cylinder Ferrari race results, serials, drivers, internal motor numbers, etc. Write articles. And help build your stupid kid's house so your unruly grandkids don't live like Willy Wonka's grandparents.
Later still: Saved your retirement pennies for many years so you start restoring the old beast. You rebuilt the motor several times when you were in your 20s, so do it again. Recondition/rebuild/conserve everything you can yourself, put the car back together w/ David Carte. Win your class at Pebble Beach (which seems to have become a bad thing on this forum?) and get to discuss the car w/ Enzo's little boy. Do all the green grass shows you ever wanted to do; preach the gospel of Ferrari history to every tifosi who cares to listen while you're there. Start putting the car on the track for 80% (ok, 85%, but don't tell the wife) drives; you like it and the car really likes it. You and the car are both senior citizens w/ nothing to prove, so no wheel-to-wheel racing.
Every car and owner has its own story."