The Ferrari Club of America National Meet for 2013 wil be at Elkhart Lake, WI at the end of July going to the first Sunday in August. The track will be Road America.
There will be a planning meeting in Chicago the first or second week of December. I expect to go and am hoping that Andy will join me. If anyone else is interested in this let me know and I will get you the meeting details when I have them.
I didn't know all the specifics, but I do know there were a LOT of top men from the Big 3 that had Ferraris. Chuck Jordan had a lot. In fact, Bill Mitchell had his team buy a Ferrari V-12 engine and put it in a Firebird saying, "That's how our cars should sound!" They named this car "Pegasus," and apparently this car still exists today.
Pegesus is an interesting (strange?) story. Not just a Daytona motor but a full Comp Daytona motor plus transaxle bought from Luigi Chinetti. Friend drove the car and said that it was a wierd sensation to hear the Ferrari motor but press the Pontiac labeled pedals.
Pegesus was protected from the press for a long time as it was considered too excessive. It showed the power of Bill Mitchell to have his company paid toys.
What was the story with Ford trying to buy Ferrari and later competing against Ferrari.
FWIW - I should have bought a Ford GT at 130k prices have gone up 10 -20% and still climbing.
The story of Ford almost buying Ferrari is interesting to say the least. It will be one of the factoid poanels I do for the Annual Meet. Basically it comes to how Enzo Ferrari was willing to sell to get a stable financial footing for the company. Henry Ford II wanted to have a performance side with a spectacular international pedigree. It all fell apart when Enzo was not going to get complete control of all Ferrari racing efforts without oversight from Detroit.
There are some contentions that Enzo's manuevers with Ford were a ploy to get Agnelli/Fiat to step up and save the company from the crass Americans.
The aftermath of the collapsed talks is clear. Henry Ford II wanted to crush Ferrari in international racing. The Ford GT program was started. The Shelby Cobras were supported in FIA racing. Cosworth was funded to create the F1 engine. Ferrari ultimately got the deal he wanted from Agnelli and a secure future without interference in the racing side - the production side became more and more of a Fiat defined operation.