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Hi. Does anyone know or have experience with San Francisco Motorsports? They have a few cars I'm interested in. Thanks.
 

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Hi. Does anyone know or have experience with San Francisco Motorsports? They have a few cars I'm interested in. Thanks.

I would recommend SFMS in San Rafael anytime. The guys were first hired by Ferrari SPa, San Francisco Ferrari, when the Factory owned that dealership.

They do very reliable work and stand behind it not to mention their posted prices, like say for majors etc. are very very decent if not low IMO.

I have had two different Ferraris serviced by them. Tell John or Evan, Hi from Rik Granucci when/if you see them.
 

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Kind of like the Admiral on page one of this thread, mine involves a X-country trip. Back in the 80's I bought a GTC in Savannah. While driving home to Calif. I was on Hiway 50 in Eastern Nevada. I stopped for gas at about 6AM, (I was having vapor locking problems & had to drive at night.) Anyway, I asked about Hiway Patrol & was told that "Harry" was off that day, and that the next 100+ miles were unpatrolled. I literally blew the windows out of the car at an indicated 150. That was a bit scary; the frames were so light that they bent out because of the low pressure. It wasn't a real problem because they reseated when the speed dropped, and then I just lowered the windows and pressed on.
 

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My most memorable Drive in the Ferrari California

I'll never forget my grand tour of Route des Grandes Alpes. A mountainous stretch through the Alpine chain of France, Italy and Switzerland. I took this grand tour with my girlfriend at the time, quite the poet, she said it was "a journey of luxury on the open road".

Driving the Ferrari California, I starting out in Geneva. The Ferrari made a wonderful and enigmatic travelling partner. Like a charismatic and charming friend, we flew down the highway in jovial spirits.

En route, I past by the Les Trois Vallees, known for its world class resorts and intimidatingly expensive ski chalets. Deciding, you only live once, we spent the night at an exclusive resort in Courchevel 1850.

Driving the California was definite motivation to get up and out early the next morning. Passing the day through Italy and the quaint villages of Oulx and Bardonecchia, the California supercar convertible was elegant, sporty and light. I remember we spent that night in the 17th century township of Briancon.

The town of Sospel, was a real treat. Well known between motorists for the wonderful scenic sights, twisty turns and tight curves in the road. I must say, the twists in the road were thoroughly enjoyed in the Ferrari!

After two weeks on the road we finally reached our destination at menton where we spent the weekend swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.

While the girlfriend didn't last :cry3:, memories this good stay with you forever:thumbsup:!
 

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Good point Onno, my preference generally goes to the 458 for a few reasons,

a) The 458 is built on Ferrari's F1 racing technology. It's a supercar, that if not anything else, it delivers on speed, nothing is mundane and practical about the 458, it gives me that slice of feeling like an F1 legend. :)
b) Generally a faster and more powerful car than the California (its a difference of 46bhp, but you can feel it) it has that additional edge of excitement and status.
c) I like the look of it that little bit more, I think its design is a bit more futuristic and racier which I like.

That time I took the scenic route through the Route des Grandes Alpes, I organised to rent a Ferrari at the last minute but it was in the middle of peak season and it was a challenge to get the 458 . The closest I came to getting to what I wanted was through Europe Luxury Car Hire, (who I would recommend), and they were able to supply me with a California. At the time, I thought I was compromising by taking the Cali. In the end though, I think it was a better fit for the occasion. Because of the steep hills, downward slopes and switchback turns, the route is not a racing track, you can't travel at maximum speeds. It was really much more about enjoying the ride, which I think the California is better for.
 

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I have to - politely - disagree with your views on the 458, Joe. I've been on the road in it for more than 3 weeks with two people. It is as practical as a California, with a big boot and some space behind the seats.

And it is not a supercar in my opinion, it is a very fast GT with the engine in the back. It has a very comfortable ride and very comfortable seats and is in fact a better GT than my 550 Maranello with much less noise.

The only real issue with the 458 as a GT is the gearing - when travelling on the autobahn for 1000kms I wish it had an overdrive.

This is the amazing thing about the 458, it can act like a hooligan but also like a sedate GT. The only difference is the position of the manettino. I love that Jekyll and Hyde character of my car.


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Best drive or driving?


Drive is easy. Not only in a Ferrari it was the best time driving. I was somewhat spoiled. My Dad had a private plane and hangar space at an local airport. The airport was very large, former WWII training base. I wasn't really into flying that much. To get me out of the house and at the airport, my Dad bribed me. I could drive around the airport while he was off flying around. He did this because whenever he came back, the plane got cleaned. We also did mini vacations frequently. On those trips, my Dad had no problem with me playing with a rental car in the hotel parking lot. I should mention, was only 13 and no license!


Being a Magnum PI fan, being a car nut, I wanted my Dad to buy a Ferrari. It wasn't out of the question, he drove a new 928, mother had a new Jag, both near $80k new, 308 was around $75k then. So one spring break in 1985, family headed off to Maui. My Dad was warming up to the idea of a Ferrari. He saw an exotic car rental agency. Snuck off and rented a 308. Surprisingly his letting me play with rental cars extended to the Ferrari. Even more crazy, we found out the driving age in Hawaii was 14. So could go off the hotel property. So my older brother, 15 at the time and I took turns driving all over Maui. It was a blast.


Like most 928's, my Dads was automatic. All the other rental cars also automatic. I had to teach myself how to do drive manual. Biggest reason, never buy a former rental car!
 

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Crossing the alpes last summer with a group of enthusiasts, the pictures stand for themselves.
I met the group in St Moritz/Switzerland and driving all the way through Germany and Switzerland alone in my "Yellow wonder" with great music coming out of my "Fuchs" mufflers and real music from the old cd player was the highlight.

Greatings from the old world
Ulrich
 

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Not counting my times on a race track, I would have to say my most memorable drive was in the spring of 1963. That was back in the days of no major interconnecting interstate highways. Route 66 in the West was just a two lane road. The trip was from Oakland, California (just across the bay from SanFrancisco) to Bayonne, New Jersey (just across the Hudson from New York City).

Since the Mondial has no speedometer nor odometer I have to estimate the distance as just a few miles short of 3,000 miles. This is not the place to tell about the blizzard I encountered crossing the continental divide at 7,263 feet elevation in New Mexico or other tales of that road trip.

To my knowledge no other Lampredi four ever made that trip.

The photo was taken a couple of weeks before starting the trip.

Best regards,

Robert
Okay, Lieutenant, were you wearing that get-up for this drive? ;-)
 
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