Fantastic story and welcome to FerrariLife.Back in the day I was a SCCA racer in F2000 and decided to take my just purchased Ferrari GTS 328 to Waterford Race track in Michigan for an Italian Happening Event. Had a great time running the track. Naturally, my best friend and good racer came along for support. Being the stand up guy that I was I said take a spin. Well, he sure did. After many hard driven laps he lost it re-entering the home stretch and started to spin & spin. He missed the guard rail, by inches and crossed the finish line exactly backwards for a great lap time! The track photographer got a great picture of my Ferrari correctly crossing exactly over the finish line in reverse. The only hint of this trauma is the very long skid marks and smoke in reverse. Later, when he stopped shaking I asked Larry what he would have done if he clipped the guardrail? He answered.....rather than have to sell my house to repair your car David, the car would have been torched in downtown Detroit. Just another day at the track!
Ah, the plot thickens. After being lovingly covered to avoid the Michigan Winter it was finally Spring and a wedding was planned in Grand Rapids. Perfect for a nice Ferrari drive. Tuxedo, insurance and top removed the drive was memorable....but not as one might perceive. About a mile from the church while I was proceeding through a green light my "red love" was t-boned by a 21 year old stripper running the light at speed. The Ferrari came to rest after spinning and damaging all four corners. Got to say, sure drew a crowd. Half with sympathy and half with envy or jealousy. As this occurred just after Mr. Ferrari died, car prices were spiking and my insurance company elected to repair the car. Later I found out it was the most expensive one car payout my it at the time. So the car was shipped to the east coast and finally back to the factory. After visions of it being used by the shop sweeper for lunch duty I got it back some 18 months later. Everything was replaced. The car was dismantled to the frame and completely restored. Way to go Ferrari! As luck would have it the car was drop shipped to my door one week before the August Ferrari Concourse at the Ford Estate in Dearborn, Michigan. No track time this year. Learned that lesson, but the show entry was a must. Took first prize and the judges could not understand how a car, street driven, with miles could be so well maintained. Not even a stone chip or road dirt near the engine. My response was...actually the car was hardly driven over the past year & a half!!!!
Follow-up, eventually racing took over my passions and the car was purchased by the Architect of the Smithsonian. Wonder if he enjoys and loves that car as I did and still owns it?