It takes a team to achieve Platinum especially at Cavallino, one of the worlds top Ferrari concours, which is what we are going for in January. The Team has already begun work as it is never too early to start.
Tim and Tom Stanford, the finest 328 mechanic team in the country, have completed all the mechanical work on the beautiful 26,000 mile 1987 328GTS. Everything down to the cigarette lighter works flawlessly. Every part is Ferrari original and correct from hoses and clamps to screws, and the car is running better than it was when it rolled off the assembly line.
However, that was only part one. Just as critical and sometimes more so is part two, the body and interior. The reason being, this is what most people see and judge a car on. While everyone that has seen the car comments on its superb condition, we need to strive for perfection and equally as important, originality.
In order to achieve a perfect, original, Platinum condition one needs a detailer that goes beyond polishing and even beyond the complex, sophisticated, multi-step paint correction and interior rejuvenation. Yes, the paint and interior need to be flawless, but what is necessary is to find someone that does what I call a complete through “noninvasive period correct restoration”.
I was fortunate to find Eddy Fiuza, a master at noninvasive period correct restoration. Eddy has the knowledge of the exactly colors and finish of everything on the car that was being used at the factory. More importantly, he has the knowledge and skill to recreate them, using techniques just as they did at the factory, if necessary. I have waited patiently to have him personally work on the car. So far, I have had the pleasure of working with him for over a week and finally, we are entering into the final stages. It is a slow process that takes time. In fact, on one occasion, I spent over 3 hours inspecting the car, and that was mostly the undercarriage!!
What is exciting is that you can join us on the journey at https://www.facebook.com/FiuzasAutoDetailing
we are at part 11 of the series. I look forward to seeing many wonderful Ferrari owners and craftsmen that have become my friends at Cavallino. Stop by and say hi and stay tuned I will keep you all posted.