Am I crazy?
I have been lurking on this site for a long time, trying to gain as much knowledge as I can about the "Ferrari Life". A long time ago, my folks lived next to a guy who had a black 308. I can still hear the sound that thing made when it would roar down our street. From the first day I saw it, I swore I would own one of these magical cars. The style, the elegance, the poor driving experience was all I ever wanted.
In the time since, I have driven several Ferraris, both from friends and from various driving schools around the world, and my passion is greater than ever.
I am a proud father to Nathan. Nathan is 4 years old, and has a genetic condition called velocardiofacial syndrome. It has various ways of manifesting itself, and I won't bore you with the details. One of Nathan's biggest challenges though is the ability to speak (or lack thereof). He works tremendously hard and has come a long way in his four years. One thing that Nathan does love is cars, specifically Ferraris. He will go through my Forza magazines or Road and Track magazine and pick out all of the Ferraris...if vintage models (Daytona, Dino, etc) And, amazingly, Ferrari is one of the words that Nathan can say. A match made in heaven! He uses sign language and his "talk box" to tell us about how he will own a Ferrari someday. And I want nothing more than to give him that wish! More than just loving the cars, Nathan has an amazing technical aptitude - evidenced by his ability to help me dismantle and re-assemble the lawnmower this last weekend.
Now, here is the part where I might be crazy. Despite how hard my wife and I both work, most of our income is funneled right back into Nathan's medical expenses. As a result, the odds of owning a Ferrari are somewhere between slim and none. But, as I am an engineer and mechanic for a large aircraft manufacturer here in Seattle I am pretty technically inclined and have worked on my own cars since I was 14, working on my Z28. I was wandering around the internet when I found several sites touting salvage cars, either wiht collision damage or with flood damage, etc...my wheels started turning.
What if I were to somehow acquire a salvage Ferrari - any year, model, etc (or one needing a ton of work) for cheap and then over time used my experience - and that of this fine forum - to restore the vehicle with my son and ultimately enjoy it with my son. I would blog the progress and post pictures, etc. All I would ask from this group is help in sourcing parts and knowledge and perhaps pointing me in the direction of a car that would be a good fit for my little project.
I know this is a long post, thanks for reading. And thanks in advance for helping Nathan's dream become a reality.