Celebrating its 26 year, the Colorado Grand continues to captivate all involved with its scenery, roads, cars, people and all-absorbing atmosphere. This magical event was originally inspired by participation in the Mille Miglia Storica by the late Bob Sutherland and Mike Dopudja who sought to showcase Colorado at a somewhat more leisurely pace and raise money for Colorado charities. Recognizing the need for event support they recruited Captain Larry Tolar of the Colorado State Patrol and our primary charity, the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation was adopted.
The recipe breaks down like this; gather 85, pre-61 sports and racing cars of distinction piloted by sporting enthusiasts from around the world. Coordinate these participants to rendezvous in Vail and armed with a world-class route book, navigate a thousand miles of stunning scenery and roads over four days. Add a dash of Colorado culture with lunch stops at various small towns along the route that include local homemade food and hospitality. Gently fold in the fall weather and turning leaves and allow to set up. Top it all off with our unique Concours d' Non-Elegance, nestled in the Switzerland-inspired Lionshead area with the cars displayed wearing their road wear proudly.
As for the 85 total cars, 16 of them were some of Maranello's finest. The earliest Ferrari was the 1949 166 MM Touring Barchetta, S/N 0022M owned by David Seielstad who brought his wonderful Barchetta from Hawaii (which also solidified David for the long distance Ferrari honors). The Barchetta is noted as the first Ferrari ever shown at a concours taking first in class at the Concours d'Elegance Lido in Venice in 1949, presented in its original black with green goat-skin upholstery. The car raced in 11 events in Italy, Monte Carlo, and Portugal, placing 10th overall and 3rd in class in the 1951 Targa Florio.
Other Ferrari cars of note include Jimmy & Lisa Dobbs III's 1952 212 Inter Vignale Coupe, S/N 0239 EU-0292 MM which was decorated in its 1952 La Carrera Panamericana Sinclair livery, back for its second time. We had two 410 Superamericas stuffed with Lampredi 4.9-liter power plants including Jack and Debbie Thomas' Series I, S/N 0479 SA, a 1956 Turin show car that wound up with the Saudi Arabian royal family, and Lammot DuPont's fascinating Series II Superamerica, S/N 0713 SA built on the short 2600 mm chassis. Ordered for Richard Wolfe of Columbus, Ohio a Mercedes-Benz collector, who had the factory fit some unique features including 300SL bumper guards and taillights, steering damper, and rear-view mirrors. He also ordered a compass, a Blaupunkt radio with reverberation unit, a Halda trip computer, and dual rear-window wipers. The car was shown at the 1957 Chicago Auto Show and the Sebring 12-hour race.
Filling out the monstrous 4.9-liter entries was my personal favorite, Wayne & Graceia Golomb's 375 MM Plus PF Cabriolet Speciale, S/N 0488 AM. Delivered on New Year's Eve 1954 to King Leopold II of Belgium, this strikingly beautiful Cabriolet is also quite startling when running. It is a magic moment when expect to hear a mild-mannered touring motor but instantly you are transported to the pits at Monza when the belching 340hp is lit up.
Repeat Granders John & Heather Mozart brought their Testa Rossa 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder, S/N 0770 TR, a factory team car, driven by Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien, Dan Gurney, Tony Brooks, Wolfgang Von Trips, Richie Ginther, and Pedro Rodriguez. In it, Hill set the fastest lap at the Nürburgring in 1960 (the long course). 1960 it finished second overall in the 1960 Buenos Aires, 1000 Km with Von Trips and Ginther at the wheel.
Longtime Granders Michael and Katharina Leventhal brought their 1956 250 GT LWB Alloy Berlinetta, S/N 0555 GT. Notable races include seventh overall in the 1957 Mille Miglia and fifth overall in the 1957 Trieste Opicinia Hillclimb. It would enjoy considerable success at Italian hill climbs and races from 1958 to 1961, including the 1959 Targa Florio, where it garnered a ninth overall and first in the GT class.
Another rare sight was Lee Harrington's 1958 250 GT Speciale, S/N 0853 GT. Finished in Swedish Blue by Pinin Farina for Prince Bertil of Sweden, is one of five, Ferrari-built stunning bespoke 250 PF coupe Speciales; this final one is considered to be the PF Coupe prototype. There are numerous unique features including the ¾ glass window treatment and rear tail light treatment. Lee, a perennial concours participant chose the Colorado Grand for his touring debut.
Additional 250 GT's included Hugh Ruthven's 250 GT Drogo, S/N 0977 GT that completed its 25th Colorado Grand and Robert Kauffman's 250 GT Boano Coupe, S/N 0609 GT, the 14th of 18 low-roof alloy-bodied coupes. There were two, 250 GT Series II PF Cabriolets brought by Parker Hall with S/N 2703 GT and S/N 2099 GT brought by Chris Marsico.
Finally, we had five 250 GT SWBs, including three early alloy cars; Joshua Feiber's 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Alloy, S/N 1813 GT, a repeat Targa Florio entrant from 1960-1962, and a third in class at the 1960 Trieste-Opicina Hillclimb; Chris Andrews' 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Alloy, S/N 2033 GT the 30th of 167 such cars constructed, raced in Italy by its first owner in 1960 and 1961 before being sold in 1962 to race-car driver Lorenzo Bandini and Jerry Lynch's 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Alloy, S/N 2095 GT. Jerry's SWB had an extensive racing career beginning a week after delivery primarily in enduros, finishing third overall at the 1961 Mille Miglia and second overall at the 1961 Coppa Sant'Ambroeus. Long events such as the Coppa Intereuropa, Targa Florio, Nürburgring and Spa were its specialty. Jerry bought the car in 1974, had it restored, then raced it at the Monterey, Road America, and Steamboat Springs for many years. Lawrence Bowman brought 250 SWB Berlinetta 61/Comp, S/N 2767 GT, one of only 21 SEFAC Hot Rods built, enjoying an illustrious racing career in Europe in 1961 to 1962. And last, but not least, Randy Reiss' late 250 SWB Berlinetta S/N 3695 in stunning fly yellow.
This year's 1,000 miles were primarily focused in Northern Colorado with our day 1 start from Vail, through the Yampa Valley, over Gore Pass and down into a Lake Dillon for a much welcomed hot lunch to take the edge off a soggy ride. The afternoon was highlighted by ski resort tour including the trek up to the Loveland Pass summit, elev. 11,990 ft. and past Arapahoe Basin (which will became the first ski resort to open this year) and Copper Mountain on our way to Leadville, America's highest city (10,152 ft.) for a coffee stop at the historic Delaware Hotel. We continued on over Tennessee pass, past Ski Cooper and the historic Camp Hale, established by the U.S. Army in 1942 as a winter-troop training base and back down into Vail for the end of our first day.
Day 2 began with a beautiful day's run over Vail Pass to Breckenridge, over Hoosier Pass and into Salida for lunch. The afternoon was highlighted by a stunning drive by Twin Lakes and up Independence Pass (12,095 ft.), the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide and into Aspen to ultimately end our day in Snowmass.
Our third day headed us north through Glenwood Springs and through the Piceance Creek Basin and into Meeker for lunch. We continued on to Craig through the Yampa Valley with a coffee stop at the Carpenter Ranch, a 1,000 acre ranch operated by The Nature Conservancy for our evening's destination in Steamboat Springs.
Our final driving day included a route over Rabbit Ears Pass to Kremmling, through the Arapahoe National Forest with a short coffee stop respite at the C Lazy U Ranch, an incredible 8,500 acre, luxurious dude ranch. The remainder of the morning took us over Willow Creek Pass and into Walden for lunch where we were treated to among other things, local wild game faire appetizers highlighted by pheasant crostini! With only 134 remaining miles, we collectively reflect on this glorious week of our enchanted forest adventure and cannot hold back a big smile as we high-five our successful completion of another Grand (my twentieth). Our final evening's banquet provides platform to present our awards, thank our sponsors, volunteers, motors and devoted organizing team. Up early on Saturday we prepare for the concours d' Non-Elegance and display our bug-splattered vehicles in the European-styled Lionshead mall for all to see. Thanks to our very generous participants and sponsors, all indications are showing that we will have another record year of returning much needed support to very deserving charities.
Melbourne would again prove to be a great shake down test for the F1 teams. Qualifying was disjointed at best with a rain delay necessitating a postponement to complete the final qualification rounds. Despite a crash in qualifying, Massa was able to drive the F138 back to the pits and would ultimately land in fourth position with Alonso in the 5th spot.
With the surface still damp. Massa and Alonso would both have great starts, both picking up several spots. With the boys battling for the top positions throughout the race, Alonso would eventually land a podium position in second place behind Kimi Räikkönen who would claim the victory. Vettel would fill the third place podium spot, with hard-driving Massa in fourth place only 11.2 seconds behind. This great result for Scuderia Ferrari has placed them in the first position in the all important constructors standings. The F138 looks strong, planted and reliable and is off to a great start.
|2013 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX|
|2||3||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||58||+12.4 secs||5||18|
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||58||+22.3 secs||1||15|
|4||4||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||58||+33.5 secs||4||12|
|5||10||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||58||+45.5 secs||3||10|
|6||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||58||+46.8 secs||2||8|
|7||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||58||+65.0 secs||12||6|
|8||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||58||+68.4 secs||9||4|
|9||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||58||+81.6 secs||10||2|
|10||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||58||+82.7 secs||8||1|
|11||6||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes||58||+83.3 secs||15|
|12||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||58||+83.8 secs||13|
|13||12||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||57||+1 Lap||18|
|14||17||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||57||+1 Lap||16|
|15||22||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth||57||+1 Lap||19|
|16||20||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||56||+2 Laps||22|
|17||23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||56||+2 Laps||20|
|18||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||56||+2 Laps||21|
|Ret||11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||0||Fuel System||11|
The Evolutionary F138
Ferrari has publically released its 59th single-seater Formula 1. Yet another evolution of the original F150 and last year's car, this "Modificato" has reportedly had most of its approximetely six thousand parts updated to increase performance and reliability. The F138 will bear the 8th and last variant of the V8 engine before the drastic change coming in 2014. With few 2013 regulation updates from last year, the Scuderia Ferrari has optimized on what can be proclaimed as quite a sucessful F2012, particularily in terms of reliability. There are various aerodynamic modification thought the package including updates to the air box and rear of the car.
Find out more about the F138
Ferrari has publically released its 58th single-seater Formula 1. An evolution of last year's F150, employs dramatic aerodynamic modification thought the package including a stealthy front nose that appears to be an open box from the front because of the unique flat-bottom employed on the high nose. Noticeably slimmer in the rear and sporting an amazing air induction package which includes two induction slots and a killer spine down the back. This slimming has required relocation of the cooling components, which presumably assists front / rear balance. It is thoroughly amazing how they can produce this track fighter that when all is said and done weighs 640 kg (1,408 lbs) with water, lubricant and driver.
What appears to be quite an interesting customization of a F355 Spider is up for auction in Roswell, GA on July 16-17th. From 50 ft., it appears to be as standard spider other than the chrome stock wheels, but the interior an engine bedazzeling makes you pause.
Someone raided the local ostrich farm, and went crazy outfitting all Schedoni surfaces with various colored ostrich hydes. In addition, most of the paintable surfaces in the engine compartment have been painted to match the body color.
Communication to to the auction company to verify the background of the car has yet to yield any information yet.
Formula One has confirmed that it will finally allow team orders in 2011. It’s about time to end this madness, as it has just become silly recently, forcing teams to commit Mickey Mouse stunts to not raise the ire of the officials. I had a feeling that this was going to happen this year when Bernie made passing comments this year after the German Grand Prix, when the Ferrari team sent a message to Massa to allow Alonzo to pass. These strategies have occurred since Formula One and multiple-car racing teams have taken place.
While the full 2011 regulations are not fully published, they also are introducing driver adjustable rear wings, as in the Can Am days. This additional control will be added to the driver’s operation in addition to adjustable brake bias, etc., giving the driver more control and additional distractions. Double diffusers are also verboten, and they are requiring that the gearboxes last through five Grand Prix weekends, up from four from last year.
Additionally, a peek into 2012 regulations reveals the introduction of biomass-derived fuels and the availability of complete team communications to the broadcasters. Keep an eye on 2013, as it will bring the most dramatic change when the 2.4 liter V8s will be replaced with 1.6 liter four-cylinder power plants. Expect wildly different body styles, possibly back to the cigar-shaped style perhaps? A inline four-cylinder block would dramatically reduce yaw forces allowing for more stability, just a thought. Regardless, it will be a very interesting change to Formula One as we know it today.
Ferrari is broadcasting the 2010 World Finals on Sunday November the 29th. They are a hoot, and will be entertaining with the Ferrari Challange World Finals, other support races and a salute to both the entire team and the fans. It’s free for all.
Ferrari releases new Mugello track map for their amazing Ferrari Virtual Academy online driving simulator. If you are a driving simulator gammer and have longed for a proper PC-based simulation game, FVA is it. The game launched in September with the Fiorano circuit, and it is great fun.
You can race online against fellow Tifosi around the world. And this is no standard game, as there are weekly prizes for the top five drivers both for Italy and the rest of the world. Mugello is the the current track with the Nurburgring coming in the future. If, at the end of the season, you are part of the five fastest drivers, you will win a trip into the heart of Ferrari: to Maranello. There is a charge for each track, and currently they are running a special for 19.95 Euro, about $28.00.
I lost a great friend today.
Gerald got me truly revved up about Ferrari cars 20 years ago. And when I mean revved up, I’m not talking about introducing me to the cars that had graced my walls many years ago or the stories I read endlessly in Road & Track, but he really opened my eyes to the world of Ferrari. He had a way about him that fascinated me in a way that no one had done before. His voracious appetite for preserving the history of the marque allowed the magic of Ferrari to be unfurled before my very eyes. My initial introduction was via a phone call to find out the pedigree of my first Ferrari, a wonderful 1984 308 GTS QV S/N 52623. Not only did he take the time to provide me with the skimpy background that this 7,000 mile car had, but spent tons of time educating me on the model, how many had been identified as being built and suggesting additional research material. Additional teaching sessions further exacerbated this fascination to the disease phase that I was slowly slipping into.
Gerald thrived on other individuals taking a keen interest in the prancing horse minutiae as did he and with his teaching background he stoked the fire to the point that I became interested in tracking and preserving the mark as he was. He encouraged me to start the 330 register and track all 330 series cars, when he probably got tired of me asking questions on this model. To this day, I can’t visit a dealership without recording what I can which has led into my current fascination of tool kit research & documentation, new car documentation and the 456 Register. He must have chosen the coolest profession ever, I’ve thought to myself often. Being able to get up early in morning with his coffee, and head downstairs into the lair and document the stories of these cars and the lives of those that were lucky enough to strap on and play caretaker to these great automobiles. I could spend endless hours listening to his and Carol’s stories that make these cars different from all others. I’m sure all marques have their share of enthralling tails, but Ferrari cars have attracted all types of owners, dealers and drivers. I’ll treasure my time strapped to a good scotch and listening to stories ranging from playboys like Porfirio Rubirosa, swapped serial numbers, past flamboyant dealers like Don Fong, mysteriously appearing non-existent models, precious cars buried underneath the ground for dozens of years, torched up into pieces and hidden in barrels of oil, burned to the ground, unceremoniously retrofitted with snakeskin or alligator seats or roofs, transplanted Chevy small blocks and gifts for mistresses. These are the real legends behind these fascinating vehicles. Yes, they were very successful at the track and under the stylistic brush of the likes of Pinin Farina, Vignale & Zagato, but how can you compete with these tales. You just can’t make this stuff up.
First and foremost I fully believe that his integrity as a Ferrari historian he was second to none. I began to learn his methods of tracking and documenting serial & model numbers, Ferrari internal codes, etc. He thought me well on documenting reports from multiple corroborating resources and not from hearsay and continually pointed out errors in documented works . Consistently recording factory nomenclature and deciphering installed components from original documentation was of particular joy to him. Much of his historic note taking has become accepted practices for many a Ferrari serial number geek. His early-on efforts of record-keeping set the standard for future Ferrari knowledge preservation that we are all grateful of.
Gerald was to become one of the coolest guys I had the pleasure of knowing. His love of Carol and his family, Southern rock, Auburn football, old goofy English cars, cooking & good food, wine, scotch, grappa, Italy, the Mille Miglia and of course Ferrari cars was infectious. He was the insiders guide to Monterey week, which we were privileged to have shared with he and Carol for many years which filled us with memories for a lifetime. We talked he and Carol into bringing the MG Tojeiro, Leonard-Special LOY 501 to the Colorado Grand in 1995 (probably after liberal amounts of Grappa), and in spite of spending a glorious week in Colorado, Carol’s idea of a week vacation didn’t include sliding around in a hot, oil slick laden aluminum-floored, sporty car without a top. Gerald returned the following year with Jim Arnieri as co-piloto in the gorgeous little green racecar.
Thanks Gerald for your friendship and wisdom over the years . You will certainly be missed by the Ferrari world and those of us that knew him. So, as I listen to the Allman Brothers, Traffic and Freebird and nurse a 35-year old wee dram, I raise a toast to you my friend. “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me? For I must be travelling on, now, 'Cause there's too many places I've got to see.”
From Sniff Patrol
Looking for a derilict 330 project car? A very rough example has shown up in Lynchburg, VA. No word on the chassis S/N yet.
According to the dealer, "the car just arrived from Riverside CA, where it had been sitting in dry storage since the 1980's." As you can see, the car is missing it's engine and transmission, but still has it's radiator, alternator, fan, etc.
For the most part, the interior is complete, but very rough. The passenger door has a serious rust issue and pressumably running throughout the chassis. The site also claims that the the car was originally silver. Offered at $29,000.00.
When was the last time you saw a barn-find Ferrari? 330 GT 2+2 Series II S/N 7607, with black plates and 81,000 original miles came up for sale on ebay and sold 12/23/2009 for $68,100.00. There was an amazing 74 bids before the bidding was exhausted.
Originally delivered to Bagley in the USA, 638/PF (according to Hilary Raab's Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I, revised).
The 330 was claimed to be off the road and stored inside since 1982! The lising states "One owner from 1970 till 2009, an unmolested , damage & rust free super straight California black plate car, motor has been recommissioned and runs perfect , no smoke, no overheating , rebuilt carbs and distributors, new battery and fuel pump, flushed gas tank and fuel lines, motor has excellent compression on all 12 cylinders, motor was rebuilt in 1973, this Ferrari has ultra rare rarely if ever seen factory removable headrests for front seats and all factory belly pans, owner’s manual, no tools or jack, interior is all original tan leather, front seats are dry rear seats and door panels are in great shape, this is the way you hope to find them. Title is California 1970’s pink slip." Seller claims that air cleaner is included with the car.
Marvel in the patina, the untouched console and passenger headrest. Also note the leather headliner.
Ok, the stage is solidifying for 2010 to be a banner year for the series struggling for kumbaya between owners and the elf. At last check, the opener Bahrain is a mere 71 days away and I would bet that there are engineers in Maranello as we speak working 24/7 sweating out details. While we are not at the grid yet, we will be enjoying 13 teams in 2010, including four new entries with Lotus (currently based UK, backed by a Malaysian consortium), Campos (Spain), Virgin (UK) and our own team here in the states, USF1.
Peter Windsor, Ken Anderson and Chad Hurley, the co-founder of YouTube have settled down in Charlotte, NC to hatch the US's first Formula One team since Dan Gurney's Eagles in the 60s. While probably not approved by Hurley, http://www.crash.net is presenting videos giving you a peak of the team's progress.
They are promising a team line-up after the first of the year.
Fresh from a team and driver championship, Brawn GP now taken over by Mercedes has offed the providential Button to carry the luggage for Sir Hamilton freeing space for miraculously recovered, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. The anointed one joins his mate Brawn for a one-year soiree. Scuderia Ferrari have also done some house cleaning dumping personality-less Kimstser. I really enjoyed this recent rally footage where Kimi demonstrates a perfect pirouette for his new team. Note the complete lack of post-crash class, where without checking the condition of his now dizzy route caller, he dons his thug-shaped ball cap and exits stage uphill.
The Kimster at Play
Stefano Domenicali will have his hands full with Alonso adding his special flavor to the team. It will be great to see Felipe back in the driver's seat.
2010 Rules & Regs
The most drastic changes in year will tax the race strategists by banning refueling during the race, modifying the points system to include the top 10 finishers, reducing the width of the front tires, adding more weight to offset the advantage of the vertically challenged KERS drivers. Now that the teams all agreed to not run KERS, this will just add additional poundage for the design teams to pile on to the mass required for the additional fuel. Banned are those goofy wheel fairings that proved to be more of a headache. Oh, and they added the M. Schumacher rule, that it the team chooses to substitute a driver that has not participated in an F1 race in more than two years, they will be granted one day of track testing. Gee, thanks.
Did you catch Bernie's Christmas Card?
CNBC Presents Shift Into Overdrive on Ferrari - Thursday, Oct. 1st 10p ET
Ok, this is ultra cool and a nifty toy, when you don't have to go anywhere fast. In a way, a fairly Obama-friendly, green transport, assuming you still have some dough left.
A 2008 Italian design excercise between Yacht maker Wally and Hermès, it boasts a 14 knots maximum speed, can withstand up to Sea Force 4, and has a long range autonomy 4 Atlantic crossings.
Of course, the question arises, "Why?", to which a quick response is returned, "Why not?
Nicholas Cage's new movie Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice experienced an unexpected stunt featuring a black Ferrari F430 that skipped a curb in front of a Sabarro restaurant. As the set was closed at the time, so no diners were harmed in the making of this "Drive-Through" scene.
Only 5 Ferraris are crossing the block at the 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island, all should be somewhat good bellwethers of the current state of the Ferrari marketplace.
1959 250GT LWB California Spyder
The Cal Spyder is of LWB ilk, which I prefer to the SWB actually. This LWB spyder is fitted with open headlights, side vents and a hood scoop and it's original contrasting Silver color top looks stunning with its deep blue exterior. The wonderfully presented two-headlight 330 GT is the only one of the three that is being presented as a no reserve car. As the last Ferrari in the auction, it will probably do well.
Lot 253 1959 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spyder S/N 1307
Lot 280 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 S/N 6363 - No Reserve
Lot 258 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta S/N 9363
Lot 279 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS S/N 7655
Lot 265 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi S/N 47747
1964 330 GT S/N 6363
What are you doing July 29th through August 2 in 2009? Attending the Ferrari Club of America's Annual Meeting in Elkhart Lake, WI, featuring Berlinetta Boxers from 365 through BBLMs and a special 333 SP Reunion. As you can well imagine, the track, just 10 minutes from the host hotel the AAA Five Diamond resort Osthoff is the famous Road America. Road America is one of the premiere road-racing circuits in North America. This (4.0 mi) track has the big corners, long straights and elevation changes just made to exercise your Ferrari.
The Meet includes the internationally recognized FCA Concours d'Elegance, a road rally, three days of racetrack activities, a vendor market (Mercato di Ferrari), seminars, receptions, charity auction and banquet with award presentations.
The site can be located at http://www.fca2009.org.
Ferrari will release a new 599 variant labeled the 599XX at the 79th annual Geneva expo in addition to a new handling package for the 599 GTB Fiorano. The laboratorio tecnologico 599XX features the new dynamic Handling GT Evoluzione (HGTE) Package, a new three-layer metalic Rosso paint which matches the color of the new F2008.
599 GTB with HGTE
Notice the new 20" wheels, redesigned grill, what you don't see is the upgraded dynamic suspension components and other goodies. My question - do they add another position to the steering wheel controls?
Also the Geneva display will feature the new Scuderia Spider 16M, 430 Scuderia, the new California and 612 Scaglietti.
If you own or fancy a Ferrari 288GTO, put Monterey on your calendar this year for the 25th year of one of the most awesome prancing horses to come out of Maranello. Saturday, August 15, 2009.
More information can be located at http://www.joesackey.com/
Ferrari has released photos and specifications of this year's contending car. Rebadged with numbers 1 and 2 thanks to last year's championship, Kimi's car is displayed in all it's glory.
As previously stated by the team, the F2008 car is an evolution of the 2007 car, with the same basic layout with some clean-up of the aerodynamics and adjustments.
There are some new appendages and different airflow techniques presumably to clean up the flow, vent the heat and provide more down force. With the deletion of traction control, the watchword this year has to be handling, and the aerodynamicists I'm sure have been busy perfecting the car to its current state.
You can tell a lot from studying the overhead views, as presented here with comparisons to the F2007 car:
1. The nose has been integrated into the front wing assembly, which is a dramatic change from the past, but it makes a bunch of sense.
2. There is a new shark fin up front. Now the F2007 had a fin, or more of a vertical board, but the F2008 has a more pronounced and aerodynamic version with horizontal wings, much like a keel on a boat.
3. Many aerodynamic changes on front of the pod. The larger flare has been cleaned up and has a prounouced horizontal split. There is a strange protrusion towards the bottom that is new that looks like a redirector of airflow that moves more air to the bottom of the side of the car, where new fins create even more down force.
4. The front of the pod has also benefitted from the wind tunnel in relieving frontal pressure and a bit more side wing.
5. The exhaust platform has been reconfigured with more exit vanes, longer exhaust pipe extensions and the wing mounted behind this area appears to have been swapped end to end and moved forward. In addition, a stunning curve has been added to the top of the air box. While this no doubt cleans up the air, it makes a dramatic visual statement as well.
6. The front of the rear wing has been sculpted to increase down force, but I wonder if this will stay in place for long circuits such as Monza.
What a stunning achievement in not only evolving the car to a new level, but actually improving the design and appeal of the car.
Ok, this is a little geeky, but I have transposed the F2007 car over the F2008 (in red here). You can see here how much the car has been cleaned up.
Ok, the famous Rendezvous, created by the infamous French director Claude Lelouch has been lovingly mashed up with a Google Map display. Very cool.
Ok, you've put off investing in a new gaming system because there have been NO worthwhile racing simulators. You only have to wait until January 2008. Good timing don't you think?
System 3 is busy crafting this Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli simulator (official by the way), after the current Challenge series and looks to be a wonderful reason to make the leap to these new platforms.
System 3 has employed handling consultant, Bruno Senna, F1’s legend Ayrton Senna’s nephew to assist in its realism. Having driven and won System 3’s own Ferrari 430 Challenge car at Silverstone, he should be a fitting consultant.
From their website: "On Sony PS3 version, 16 players can compete on LAN or online, testing their nerves on 16 different circuits. However, the online experience isn’t just limited to racing - thanks to the extensive online support, new vehicles and tracks associated with the Challenge series can also be downloaded or swapped with friends via your Virtual garage. Game modes such as the Ferrari Challenge season, Arcade or Quick Race modes ensure variety and quick access to play. You also have a built in tutorial that shows you the correct line to take and braking points around Ferrari’s test circuit at Fiorano. In the Nintendo DS version, up to four players can duel each other in a wireless game share mode. Both Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 versions support the “Official Ferrari Steering Wheel” from Thrust Master."
Hmmm. should be worth the wait!
Alert! RM Auction's July 2007 Maranello Italy Auction will be shown in back to back episodes, Monday November 26, 2007 at 8PM EST on Speed Channel.
For further information and times, please check your local TV listings.
More to come, but here are pictures from the 2007 Colorado Grand:
1938 8C 2900B - Miles Collier & Scott George
1961 Ferrari 250 SWB - Malcom Welford & Mark Donaldson
Good Friend, Co-Piloti, ace photographer & Girard-Perregaux Brand President Ron Jackson
1956 250 GT Boano Alloy - Jack E. & Debbie Thomas
1953 166MM/53 - P.B. Bachman III & Ferrari Historian Keith Bluemel
1961 250 SWB Berlinetta 61/Comp PF - Bruce McCaw & Hans Wurl
1960 Ferrari 250 SWB - Tony Singer & Randy Reiss
1956 290MM Jon & Erick Shirley
1952 340 MM Comp Le Mans Spyder - Michael & Katharina Leventhal
1952 340 Mexico - Bruce & James Lustman
1953 250 MM Berlinetta PF - Thomas & Will Mittler
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti - Bud Lyon & Bill Neale
1954 Ol' Yaller I - Jim Edwards & Adam Martin
The Author in a 1957 XK 140 MC - Neil Jones & Seth Rollert (who gave up his seat for me for the run to Hotchkiss)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Ok, here it is, to ultimate chair. Designed by Pininfarina and manuafactured by Ares, near Venice. Fashioned in Aluminum with Dynatec seating surfaces, this dynamic seating system is awesome.
It comes in 4 colors including Ferrari red and Maserati Blue. See more at http://www.xtenchair.com
As we follow our new teammate Kimi, a fan pointed me toward this site dedicated to the homage of the Finn. Go here to not only get current news, but pick up your Kimi avatars, signatures, gaming skins and goodies.
Amid virtually no fanfare (wait until tomorrow), they posted new photos of the F1 challenger for the post-Schumacher era. Internally known as the 658, the F1 2007 represents the 53rd single seater Scuderia Ferrari has produced.
The chassis is much different than the 248 of 2006, and is a reflection of the new rules for 2007 which have to do primarily with safety upgrades and added weight (reportedly up 10kg.). 2007 regulations concern a more stringent front and rear crash tests. In addition the wheelbase of the F1 2007 is 85mm longer than the F1 248. While the technology is undoubtedly upgraded from 2006, the remaining specifications on the car are identical to last year. The type 056 engine continues with a rev limit of 19,000 rpm and includes piston cooling jets.
The front wing continues to grow in size and surface area with the configuration now in a bi-wing layout. There are two new appendages that have grown around the front of the side pods.
2006 F1 248
Ferrari will attend the 2007 North American International Auto Show with 3 vehicles on display including a 599 GTB Fiorano, 612 Scaglietti and a F430 GT.
In celebration of its 60th year of operation in 2007, it will present a 60th anniversary event named the Ferrari 60 Relay which will last 148 days and 50 countries culminating with a celebration in Maranello on June 24th.
Ferrari also announced delivering 5,658 cars in 2006 which is a 5% increase from 2005.
Mark your calendars for January 14th as Maranello introduces the car that Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen will strap in to for their challenge amongst the F1 ranks for 2007. It has been reported that the design elements will be very different from previous versions and Felipe will test the car at Fiorano on Monday the 15th. The unveiling will happen in Maranello on Sunday the 14th.
After running 20,000 miles from Brazil to NYC, the two Ferrari F599 GTBs crossed the ceremonious red carpet in front of the New York Stock exchange. Covering a 15-leg circuit, forty-eight journalists sampled the latest of Ferrari's stable on real roads, most of which were more brutal than any most F599s will be covering any time soon.
A true testament to the reliability, durability and daily-driver capabilities, the red and blue F599s are sure to receive a refreshening. Congrats to Ferrari for this great feat!
Mark your calendars for May 20, 2007 at Ferrari S.p.A., Circuito di Fiorano in Maranello, Italy for the Ferrari Auction, Leggenda e Passione.
This exclusive sale is dedicated to the most significant Ferrari and Maserati sports and racing cars spanning the company’s 60 years of legendary history, as well as a selection of the finest examples of Ferrari and Maserati road going GT cars. The sale to be held at Ferrari’s Maranello complex houses is limited to feature no more than 35 significant Ferrari and Maserati automobiles including some from Ferrari’s factory, along with more than 50 lots of treasured original Ferrari memorabilia.
Swiss-born, Clay Regazzoni's career with Ferrari spanned 73 GPs from 1970 through 1972. After Luca di Montezemolo was hired to run the team in 1973, he hired Regazoni and Nick Lauda from the BRM team and Regazoni stayed on the team from 1974-1976 chalking up 4 victories for the Scuderia and finishing as high as 2nd in the championship points behind Lauda in 1974.
Regazoni's Formula One racing career was cut short by an accident at the US GP in 1980 which broke his spine and paralyzed him from the waist down. Fitted with hand-controlled vehicles, he continued to compete again in events such as the Paris-Dakar Rally and the 1993 Sebring 12 Hours, and last raced in 2000 in the London-Sydney Marathon Rally. He was killed in Parma Italy, December 15, 2006 in a car accident.
The former Swedish video games executive and ex-mafia boss Stefan Eriksson trial has ended in an announcement of a mistrial for charges of fraud and grand theft. Eriksson was originally arrested after crashing a Ferrari Enzo during a drag race with a McLaren SLR. This very strange story has made its rounds on the Internet and created a fire storm of attention after destroying the car.
The jurors were deadlocked in a 10-2 case, and now is left with a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm that was found in his Bel-Air home. It appears the LA County DA will attempt to retry this very strange case.
Seen as the brains behind the many successes of Michael Schumacher, Brawn announced his departure from Scuderia Ferrari and the F1 sport as a whole to focus on his personal life. The new Ferrari CEO Jean Todt will take on the interim role as Managing Director. In addition, the enginie director Paolo Martinelli will be leaving for a role withing Fiat. The Sporting director will be headed by Stefano Domenicali and Brawn's departure will be filled by Mario Almondo. It seems that we will see a completely new chapter in the history of the Ferrari team.
Jean Todt has been appointed as the new CEO of Ferrari S.p.A. Taking over the General Manager role is Amedeo Felisa, who was previously the Vice-General Manager. This signals another step in the impending announcement of Ross Brawn's fate. With the new Kimi & Felipe team, expect more announcements later this week.
In a surprising turn of events, Michael Schumacher experienced another mechanical failure in the final qualifying session. After being first out of the pits and setting a fastest lap in the 2nd qualifying session of 1:10.313, Schumacher slowed immediately and limped back to the pits. The team worked for the full 15 minute time period to no avail and Michael was relegated to starting in 10th place. Massa is starting on the pole position with Räikkönen to his side, who is suspected to running a light fuel load. How will Michael's swan song end? We're about to find out.
|P||Driver||Team||Qual 1||Qual 2||Qual 3|
|10||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||01:11.6||01:10.3||no time|
After a wonderful registration and “concours” day, we had a brief encounter with the brisk weather that would greet us for Monday Morning. Registration day is always a ton of fun. I’ve known folks for so many years, it’s like coming home. As I have been known to say about many of the super car events, “yes these cars are great, but it’s the people that bring folks back to an event.” So many wonderful cars and people are joining us for this 18th adventure in the high altitude of
John Mozart's Alfa 8C 2900
Pictures copyright GP Purist
Tom & Susan Armstrong's Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe
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The Machul's Alfa 8C Monza
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Pictures copyright GP Purist
This year’s car that Ron Jackson and I are sporting is a lovely white Chrysler Sebring Cabriolet (convertible). You see, we are and more importantly Ron Jackson tasked with recording the weeks events in digital photo form, and we tend to take many shots from the back and side of the car, thus our “cabriolet” is essential to the task. Ron has come completely equipped with everything produced for digital photography by Nikon. Rumor has it that Nikon’s stock has risen substantially since Ron began collecting these fine instruments.
Blast off from the Vail Cascade Monday was a balmy 25 degrees F, and of course top-down is the only option for these open air vehicles. We headed east along I-70 towards Silverthorne and then North in search of the town of
Herford Traffic Jam
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We headed back over the long stretch of pavement allowing the entrants to stretch their ride’s legs. Along the road we were greeted by a 730-head cattle drive replete with cattle boss and their trusty dogs. Circumventing these beasts required that a patrol lead the way flashing his lights and swerving back and forth to motivate them to give up the right of way. Now we were frightfully aware of what we were driving through and around for the previous 2 miles! What a sight.
Unfortunately there were three fatal breakdowns along the way, a red Porsche caught on fire, a Jaguar D-Type just quit and Decker Swan’s BMW 328’ clutch “froze”. So, all of the back-up cars were now fully utilized with participants. We arrived after experiencing a couple of construction zones and one stop by a sheriff of one our participants, Jan Tegler a freelance writer riding with Auto Aficionado Publisher James Lopez in James’ brand new Audi A6. The Sheriff was hidden in a valley and the end of a curve and there was no chance to slow down. Ron and I were right behind them, so of course we took pictures… We arrived in Steamboat Springs once a
Did I mention that my partner in crime came equipped with two prototype watches that will be produced with for the Colorado Grand??? As it turns out, one is strapped to my wrist and I’m quite enjoying it. For its size it is much lighter than I expected and is oh so comfortable. This is going to be a winner and I understand that orders have already been placed. Thanks again to Ron Jackson & Girard Perregaux for their unbelievable sponsorship this year. With out too much help this will no doubt set the high water mark for sponsorship for the charities this year. We successfully avoided the rubber chicken meal and located a local steak establishment and event tried Black Bear sausage! Ok, I’m ready for tomorrow. Oh, don't forget to check out the GP Purist's Blog at http://www.gppurist.com for more information and more importantly photos!
Following up its years of support for the Colorado Grand, Ron Jackson and Girard-Perregaux will produce 100 limited and numbered edition pieces to celebrate the partnership of the event and the prestigious Swiss watchmaker.
This unique Vintage XXL Chronograph will feature a unique dial emblazoned with the Colorado Grand logo. The steel case and rubber strap and the sporty dial echo the spirit of this very important automotive road rally. All of the hands including sub dials pick up the red and blue colors from the Colorado Grand logo and work nicely with the waffle-patterned dial. The XXL case features a see-through case back and is wrapped around the wonderful GP033CO movement. The in-house, automatic movement beats at 28,800, has 63 jewels and a power reserve or 46 hours and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
The watches will be available first to the 2006 Colorado Grand participants and will then be available for purchase through authorized Girard-Perregaux retailers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Colorado Grand to support local Colorado Charities.
In addition, Ron Jackson and Girard-Perregaux will present and donate two one of a kind watches to be auctioned on the final evening of the event with the entire proceeds to benefit the Colorado Grand. These unique 1 of 1 watches (one for the men and one for the women) will be presented during the Grand and in the past years have been highly sought after as highly desirable timepieces.
These unique watches follow-up this successful partnership that began in 1998 with Ron Jackson’s intense involvement with this worldly event that brings 75 of the most important pre-1961 sports and racing cars and their owners to the beautiful roads and scenery of Colorado. Founded by Bob Sutherland in 1989, the Grand is recognized worldwide as the finest event of its kind. In its 17-year history the Grand has raised more than $2 million dollars for small Colorado charities and towns. The Colorado State Patrol provides motorcycle escorts for the event, and local residents pitch in to help serve lunches. The Grand creates an unusual synergy among automotive enthusiasts, the police, and local residents.
Ron Jackson and Friends in Ouray, Colorado
Pre-war entries, which are encouraged, include Alfa Romeo, Peerless, Mercedes-Benz, Delage, BMW, Bugatti, and Talbot cars. Post-war cars include Allard, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati, HRG, Porsche, Lancia, Kurtis, Jaguar, even Bristol, HRG and Pegaso.
You may find more information at the Colorado Grand’s website at http://www.coloradogrand.com
The PanAmerican journey continues as stage 1 is complete as they leave Sao Paulo and head to Calama Chile.
Image from Ferrari World
Two 599 GTB Fioranos will be driving from Rio to New York to showcase their reliability begining on August 24th. One in Rossa Corsa and one in Blue TDF. They will cover 16 countries on their way to New York for a scheduled date of November 17th. 50 different international journalists will have their turn at the wheel during the 84 days.
You can find more info at:
Schumacher dominated the race from the begining pulling away from the pack as Massa held off Alonso's advances and now pulls withing 17 points of Alonzo with 7 more races to go.
It's apparent that this year is a race of tires with Bridgestone gaining an edge. It's hard to fault Ferrari's team race strategy, Ross is boss!
|1||Michael Schumacher (GER)||70||-|
|Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro|
|2||Fernando Alonso (ESP)||70||10.131|
|Mild Seven Renault F1 Team|
|3||Felipe Massa (BRA)||70||22.546|
|Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro|
|4||Ralf Schumacher (GER)||70||27.212|
|Panasonic Toyota Racing|
|5||Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)||70||33.006|
|Team McLaren Mercedes|
|6||Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA)||70||45.265|
|Mild Seven Renault F1 Team|
|7||Pedro De La Rosa (ESP)||70||49.407|
|Team McLaren Mercedes|
|8||Nick Heidfeld (GER)||69||1 LAP|
|BMW Sauber F1 Team|
|9||David Coulthard (GBR)||69||1 LAP|
|Red Bull Racing|
|10||Scott Speed (USA)||69||1 LAP|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso|
|11||Jacques Villeneuve (CAN)||69||1 LAP|
|BMW Sauber F1 Team|
|12||Christian Klien (AUT)||69||1 LAP|
|Red Bull Racing|
|13||Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA)||69||1 LAP|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso|
|14||Nico Rosberg (GER)||68||2 LAPS|
|Williams F1 Team|
|15||Christijan Albers (NED)||68||2 LAPS|
|16||Franck Montagny (FRA)||67||3 LAPS|
|Super Aguri F1|
What was very evident is this is going to be a very close season with all of the cars closing the gap between the top dogs. Kimi had an impressive drive, coming from 22nd spot to finish on the podium in third place. IT's too bad his impressive drive doesn't add to his personality. Rookie Nico Rosberg had a phenomenal debut, picking up points in his first F1 race. This also included an unscheduled pit visit after only one lap for a new front wing after a collision on the first lap. Our American, Scott Speed picked up 13th place for the Toro Rosso team for a nice first race as well.
All in all, it was an impressive debut for the 248 F1 and a much needed boost to the team's ego.
|1. Fernando Alonso (E)||10 pts|
|2. Michael Schumacher (D)||8 pts|
|3. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)||6 pts|
|4. Jenson Button (GB)||5 pts|
|5. Juan Pablo Montoya (COL)||4 pts|
|6. Mark Webber (AUS)||3 pts|
|7. Nico Rosberg (D)||2 pts|
|8. Christian Klien (A)||1 pts|
|9. Felipe Massa (BR)||0 pts|
|10. David Coulthard (GB)||0 pts|
|11. Vitantonio Liuzzi (I)||0 pts|
|12. Nick Heidfeld (D)||0 pts|
|13. Scott Speed (US)||0 pts|
|14. Ralf Schumacher (D)||0 pts|
|15. Rubens Barrichello (BR)||0 pts|
|16. Jarno Trulli (I)||0 pts|
|17. Tiago Monteiro (P)||0 pts|
|18. Takuma Sato (J)||0 pts|
Unbelivably good news - the now infamous Tommy Hilfiger 355 Challenge stolen from Plaistow, NH last fall has been RECOVERED!!!
The full story can be found here, along with a video clip from the news:
Luckily the car was not parted out and will be returned soon. It seems that the thief who was caught cutting up Subarus' had pictures of the Ferrari on his cellphone!
Please keep your eyes open! It is a Tommy Hilfiger team car (one of three), pics below. It has an open exhaust and is very loud. Possibly seen on a flatbed heading South on I-95.
Anyone with information should call the Plaistow Police Department at 603-382-1200.
This year's field only included 6 Ferrari cars (one of the lowest number of Ferraris in recent memory on the Grand) including:
1952 Ferrari 212 Barchetta S/N 0158ED - Bill Jacobs
1958 Ferrari 250GT Drogo S/N 0977 GT - Hugh Ruthven
1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Alloy Berlinetta S/N 0555 - Michael Leventhal
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta S/N 2617 GT - Gary Schaevitz
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Berlinetta “14-louvre TDF Prototype” S/N 0425 - Bruce Lustman
1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta S/N 3695 - Randy Reiss
This years Grand was one for the books with the roads, weather, cars and people as nice as you can ask for. Our route focused us in the Southern half of the state of Colorado allowing us to explore some of the often reached locales in the beautiful state of Colorado. The Grand always starts and ends in Vail with different stops each evening in different localles. Departing Vail, we headed over McClure Pass on our way to our first super lunch stop in Paonia, known for their local wineries and fruit gowing capability. After lunch, we skirted the rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Ridgway and onto our evening stop in Telluride.
Day Two was a short day backtracking to Ridgway onto our first ever lunch stop in the awesome mining town of Ouray. Our only encounter with weather was over the Red Mountain Pass via the Million-Dollar Highway (my personal favorite pass), where Colorado Butterflies fluttered down to cool things off. It was a beautiful site and our first brush with Fall and Winter of 2005. Our stop for pie / Jerky in Silverton allowed us to visit this quaint town (also one of the ends of the Durango Silverton Train line) and rest up from our 50 mile trip... 53 miles later we arrived at our evening destination of the suburb (ok, resort), north of Durango named Tamarron.
The third day we were starring down the barrel of a 282 mile tour which included a trip to the most Southern Colorado town of Arboles andf beginning our Northern trek past Chimney Rock, Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek Pass and through Slumgullion Pass replete in its turning leaves where we drop in to the very cool remote town of Lake City for Lunch. Did I mention that these lunch stops are the recipiants of a donation from the Colorado Grand and one Scholorship for a lucky student? In turn, the townspeople unveil their Emeril-like cooks to feed us top-notch down-home cooking and hospitality. Just Wonderful. We head to Gunnison and ultimately into the town of Crested Butte to finish our day.
Our final day requires us to return to Gunnison as there's only one road in and out of Crested Butte, over Cochetopa Pass and into Salida for lunch (a favorite of the Granders). Our efforts are very visible here with much of our donations going to the outdoor bandshell. A very welcome suprise was previous Granders, Bud and Terry Spratlen hauling their 250 LWB Spyder up from Denver to display with us and greet old friends. It was wonderful to see them. After lunch, we headed through Buena Vista, Granite, Leadville (the hightest incorporated city in the US) and reluctantly pulled into Vail to end our 1,000 mile oddessy. Friday evening's banquet is centered around the Silent and live auction and the killer slide show presented by Girard-Perregaux and closet-photographer Ron Jackson. One of the links below points to Ron Jackson's photo collection. We were successfull in raising over $70,000 during the evening's events, thanks to many generous donors and Girard-Perregaux whoch donated one mens and one ladies 1 of 1 watch to the Grand to be auctioned off during the live auction. The watches alone brought $35,000! The Colorado Grands purpose is to raise money for Colorado charities and this year should see the Grand top $2m in donations over the 17 years, with last year generating over $200k alone.
Saturday's final event is dedicated to the Concours d'Non-elegance, where the Grand Cars are displayed still in their bugs, dirt and grime. Over 60 cars were displayed including many different car clubs from Denver. How can I sum up this event? Shock and Awe? Overwhelming Pleasure? Hard to describe really, but its the most amazing combination of people, cars, roads, weather and hospitality going. Its a chance to meet up with old and new friends, talk about cars, watches, wine, good food and all things nifty. A hugh round of applause goes to all involved in pulling off this incredible event. Below are galleries from a few folks, many thanks to their contributions.
Felipe Massa, previously a Ferrari test driver still had a contract in place that allowed Ferrari to set him up as a full-time driver for the team.
It's a little strange for the early departure, but seeing that Ferrari has been struggling this year, it may be a good time to make the leap.
Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.
The FXX's intent is a pure track car as is not homolgated for road use and will not be a competition product but primarily a development and research vehicle. Thus, for 1.5 million euro (excluding taxes), you can have the best track car for the Ferrari Club of America track events!
The 6.2 Liter V12 produces over 800 hp at 8,500 rpm connected to the next generation paddle shifter technology. The aerodynamics bar has been raided again wtih a claimed 40% higher downforce than previously achieved and the piloti will be able to adjust the FXX’s mobile spoiler. Slowing this beast down will be assisted by extra large Composite Ceramic Material disc brakes (I can imagine not too cheap) and a special brake cooling and pad system.
Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.
Ok, you may ask why. The FXX package also includes participation in a series of international-level track events that will be organized by Ferrari over the coming two years. Gentleman racing.
The client cars can be stored in Maranello where you can fly in for private sessions with your car as well as it being transported around to the various European track venues. Included with the purchase of the car is a driving school in Fiorano by professional instructors.
The first FXXs will be delivered buy the end of 2005, so it appears that Ferrari is serious about it Clienti programs.
Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.
The latest derivative of the 575M Maranello designed by Pininfarina is packed with cool features such as the Fioravanti-patented rotating roof with a Saint Gobain-developed electrochromic glass surface and a boost in horsepower to 540.
The Superamerica can also be fitted with the new trick GTC Handling package including carbon ceramic brakes.
The world debut will be at the Los Angeles Auto show on January 7th -16th, 2005 and Detroit January 15th-23rd, 2005.
The carbon-fibre roof structure allows the driver to go from Berlinetta to convertible in 10 seconds. The combination of the rotating roof and the electrochromic technology in the glass has been named Revocromico. The use of electrochromic glass allows the driver can control the level of light entering the cockpit using five tint levels that can go from dark to light in under a minute. Pretty fab.
Ferrari F430 Video
A new killer production car innovation includes what Ferrari calls "the electronic differential (E-DIFF)" which is an adaptation of the F1 single-seater's steering wheel-mounted commutator switch which allows the driver to select the vehicle dynamics. Very Piolota like.
Other great toys are the optional carbon-ceramic disc braking system and new underbody aerodynamics with enourmous rear diffuser and front spoiler openings large enough to swallow a deer. Nice job S.p.A.!
All photos courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A.
Elegance in Motion Trophy
1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California owned by Jeffrey D. Mamorsky from Greenwich, Connecticut
Luigi Chinetti Trophy
1967 Ferrari 330 P4 Drogo Spyder owned by Lawrence Stroll from London, United Kingdom
Class M-1 (Ferrari Open)
1st 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Spyder California owned by Larry Carter from Los Gatos, California
2nd 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California owned by Jeffrey D. Mamorsky from Greenwich, Connecticut
3rd 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa owned by Jim Clark from Vancouver, Washington
Class M-2 (Ferrari Speciale Closed)
1st 1955 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta Speciale owned by Manny Del Arroz from Diablo, California
2nd 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Coupe Speciale owned by the Caballeriza Collection located in Redondo Beach, California
3rd 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato Coupe Speciale owned by Lee and Joan Herrington from Bow, New Hampshire
Class M-3 (Ferrari Competition)
1st 1953 Ferrari 340/375MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta owned by Jon Shirley from Medina, Washington
2nd 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Berlinetta Prototype owned by Bruce and Jolene McCaw from Bellevue, Washington
3rd 1955 Ferrari 121 LM Scaglietti Spyder owned by Peter G. Sachs from Stamford, Connecticut
Class M-4 (Ferrari Major Race Winners)
1st 1959 Ferrari TR59 Fantuzzi Spyder owned by John and Gwenn McCaw from Seattle, Washington
2nd 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 Drogo Spyder owned by Lawrence Stroll from London, United Kingdom
3rd 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Berlinetta owned by the Caballeriza Collection located in Redondo Beach, California
All of this comes three days after the recent death of Umberto Agnelli and now it appears that in light of the Morchio resignation the Fiat board will be going back to work to hatch a plan to buffer the shock of the recent announcements. The Scuderia wore black armbands at the Nuerburgring in memory and respect of the passing of Agnelli.
BAR and Renault show well for the 2nd straight GP relegating some of the top teams such as McLaren and Williams as also-rans. It seems that McLaren has been trading engine technology with Minardi of late. In fact Kimi has yet to finish a GP. The new rules for 2004 have been playing to the teams that have focused on consistency and reliability.
Thanks to the finishes of Truli and Alonso the Renault team is in 2nd place with 22 points behind the daunting total of Ferrari with 51 constructor's points. It was another convincing win for Ferrari at this first ever Bahrain GP.
|8||Webber||Jaguar-Cosworth||(M)||+ 1 lap|
|9||Panis||Toyota||(M)||+ 1 lap|
|10||da Matta||Toyota||(M)||+ 1 lap|
|11||Fisichella||Sauber-Petronas||(B)||+ 1 lap|
|12||Massa||Sauber-Petronas||(B)||+ 1 lap|
|13||Montoya||Williams-BMW||(M)||+ 1 lap|
|14||Klien||Jaguar-Cosworth||(M)||+ 1 lap|
|15||Heidfeld||Jordan-Ford||(B)||+ 1 lap|
|16||Pantano||Jordan-Ford||(B)||+ 2 lap|
|17||Bruni||Minardi-Cosworth||(B)||+ 5 lap|
|Provisional Australian Grand Prix Race Results|
|12||da Matta||Toyota||(M)||2 laps|
|Fastest Lap: M.Schumacher, 1:24.125, lap 29|
|Not Classified / Retirements|
|World Championship Standing, Round 1|
|World Championship Standing, Round 1|
|All timing unofficial|
|Ferrari||Michael Schumacher||Rubens Barrichello||Ferrari||Bridgestone|
|Williams||Juan Pablo Montoya||Ralf Schumacher||BMW||Michelin|
|McLaren||David Coulthard||Kimi Raikkonen||Mercedes||Michelin|
|Renault||Jarno Trulli||Fernando Alonso||Renault||Michelin|
|BAR||Jensen Button||Takuma Sato||Honda||Michelin|
|Sauber||Giancarlo Fisichella||Felipe Massa||Petronas||Bridgestone|
|Jaguar||Mark Webber||Christian Klien||Cosworth||Michelin|
|Toyota||Cristiano da Matta||Olivier Panis||Toyota||Michelin|
|Jordan||Nick Heidfeld||Giorgio Pantano||Ford||Bridgestone|
|Minardi||Gianmaria Bruni||Zsolt Baumgartner||Cosworth||Bridgestone|
|Round||Date||Grand Prix||Circuit||Laps||Local Start Time||GMT Start Time||Track Links|
|4||4/25/04||San Marino||Imola||62||14:00||12:00||San Marino|