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December 8, 2014
Colorado Grand 2014

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.

March 17, 2013
Scuderia Ferrari Strong at Melbourne

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.

17Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault5830:03.2725
23Fernando AlonsoFerrari58+12.4 secs518
31Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault58+22.3 secs115
44Felipe MassaFerrari58+33.5 secs412
510Lewis HamiltonMercedes58+45.5 secs310
62Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault58+46.8 secs28
715Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes58+65.0 secs126
814Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes58+68.4 secs94
95Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes58+81.6 secs102
108Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault58+82.7 secs81
116Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes58+83.3 secs15
1218Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari58+83.8 secs13
1312Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari57+1 Lap18
1417Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault57+1 Lap16
1522Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth57+1 Lap19
1620Charles PicCaterham-Renault56+2 Laps22
1723Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth56+2 Laps20
1821Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault56+2 Laps21
Ret19Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari39Exhaust14
Ret9Nico RosbergMercedes26Electrical6
Ret16Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault24Spin17
Ret11Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari0Fuel System11

February 2, 2013
Ferrari Releases 2013 F1 - F138

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

February 4, 2012
Ferrari Unleashes F2012

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.

Explore the new F2012

July 2, 2011
Unusual Ferrari F355 up for Auction

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.

Check out the ostrich F355 for auction here.

January 20, 2011
Ferrari to Launch 612 Replacement on January 21
Ferrari to launch the new V12 4-seater replacement for the 612 on January 21st at 6:00 am eastern time on You must be pre-registered to view the photos. According to Autoblog who posted some spy photos will be a swoopy coupe, hopefully without the bungie cords!

December 12, 2010
Formula One 2011 Regulations to Finally Allow Team Orders

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.

November 26, 2010
Ferrari Broadcasting the 2010 World Finals from Valencia

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.

Click here to view on the 29th.

October 31, 2010
Ferrari Virtual Academy Driving Simulator

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.

Click here to find out more 

May 22, 2010
Gerald Roush 1941-2010

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.”


February 6, 2010
Caution: Sudden Acceleration / Deceleration May Occur in your Toyota

January 1, 2010
Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Project Car

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.

You can check out the car here. 

December 26, 2009
Barn Find Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Sold

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.

Michael Schumacher Return Great for F1 Circus

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, is presenting videos giving you a peak of the team's progress.

USF1's First Day

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?

Bernie Eckelstone's Christmas card

Forza Ferrari!

October 1, 2009
CNBC Presents Shift Into Overdrive on Ferrari

CNBC Presents Shift Into Overdrive on Ferrari - Thursday, Oct. 1st  10p ET

September 26, 2009
The Why 58 Motor Yacht

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?

Check out the Why 58.

May 5, 2009
Ferrari F430 Opens First Sabarro

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.

March 8, 2009
RM Auction at Amelia Island Features Five Ferraris

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

Click here to view go the RM Auctions site for Ameilia Island

March 7, 2009
FCA 2009 Annual Meet Website Live

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

February 28, 2009
Ferrari 599XX and New HGTE Package for the 599 GTB Released at Geneva

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.

February 5, 2009
Ferrari 288 GTO Reunion at Monterey

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

January 6, 2008
Ferrari F2008 F1 Released

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.

Forza Ferrari!

December 6, 2007
Rendezvous Now Available as a Goole Map Mashup

Ok, the famous Rendezvous, created by the infamous French director Claude Lelouch has been lovingly mashed up with a Google Map display.  Very cool.

Click here to view the Rendezvous Goggle Mashup

November 24, 2007
Ferrari Challenge Game Coming to PSP3, DS & Wii

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.

Click here to go to the Teaser Site

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!

November 23, 2007
Speed Channel Broadcasts RM Auction's Maranello Italy Event

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.

September 29, 2007
Colorado Grand 2007

More to come, but here are pictures from the 2007 Colorado Grand:

Registration Day

1938 8C 2900B - Miles Collier & Scott George

All Registration Day Pictures

Day One

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

Tennessee Pass

All Day One Pictures

Day Two

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

Loveland Pass

All Day Two Pictures

Day Three

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

All Day Three Pictures

Day Four

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

McClure Pass

All Day Four Pictures

April 26, 2007
The Chair of my Dreams

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

January 15, 2007
Kiki Raikkonen Fan Site

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.

January 14, 2007
Ferrari presents F1 2007

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

January 9, 2007
Ferrari Presents 3 Vehicles at Detroit

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.

January 8, 2007
January 14th Marks Unveiling of Ferrari's 2007 F1 Car

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.

December 26, 2006
Ferrari Panamerican 20,000 Finishes at Wall Street

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!

December 24, 2006
RM Auctions to Handle the Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione Auction

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.

Click here to go to RM Auction's website for more details

December 16, 2006
Ferrari Formula One Driver Clay Regazzoni Killed

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.

Exoto just released commorative Clay Regazonni models that can be pre-ordered

November 4, 2006
Ferrari Enzo Destroyer Stefan Eriksson Mistrial

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.

October 27, 2006
Ross Brawn Retires From the Sport of F1

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.

October 26, 2006
Jean Todt Promoted as New Ferrari CEO

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.

October 22, 2006
Final Race Set for Michael Schumacher

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.

PDriverTeamQual 1Qual 2Qual 3
1Felipe MassaFerrari01:10.601:10.801:10.7
2Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren-Mercedes01:12.001:11.401:11.3
3Jarno TrulliToyota01:11.901:11.301:11.3
4Fernando AlonsoRenault01:11.801:11.101:11.6
5Rubens BarrichelloHonda01:12.001:11.601:11.6
6Giancarlo FisichellaRenault01:12.001:11.501:11.6
7Ralf SchumacherToyota01:11.701:11.501:11.7
8Nick Heidfeld Sauber-BMW01:12.301:11.601:11.9
9Robert KubicaSauber-BMW01:12.001:11.601:12.1
10Michael SchumacherFerrari01:11.601:10.3no time

September 19, 2006
Colorado Grand Day One

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 Colorado.  This year’s event is a week later than normal, allowing the leaves to turn to their peak for our trip.  It appears that there is a lot of moisture still, and it’s become cold early.  I’m imagining a cold, hard and wet winter.

John Mozart's Alfa 8C 2900
Pictures copyright GP Purist

Tom & Susan Armstrong's Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe
Pictures copyright GP Purist

The Machul's Alfa 8C Monza
Pictures copyright GP Purist

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 Walden.  A typically brisk and beautiful zigzag across northern Colorado included a memorable ride over highway 125 and Gore Pass.  The colors were particularly spectacular.  Our intended destination is a quaint little town in the very northern Colorado where we stopped at the town park surrounding the courthouse.  This town is very proud of this fixture and after a renovation from last year it looks great.  When arriving into town we were met by a large number of new sports cars adorned with matching decals.  Porsches of all flavors, Corvettes, Ferrari 430 Spider, 288 GTO and a Gulf-liveried Ford GT were displayed and took up every available spot along the town’s main drag.  The Peak to Peak rally was responsible for all of this loitering.  The Peak to Peak is the brainchild of Harry Mathews, a long-time Denver fixture on the car scene.  A major eclectic collector of many different cars such as a gaggle of important McLarens, Corvettes, Ferraris and other fine racing and sport cars.  Harry is an alum of the Grand and I even sold him my 1961 Ferrari Series II Cabriolet (S/N 3055).

Herford Traffic Jam
Pictures copyright GP Purist

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 Mecca for Colorado racers to meet every Labor Day for the Steamboat Vintage Races.  Arriving in town brought back a flood of great memories of this great event and car guy’s weekend.  It seems that the condo owners got the best of things and shut down the races a number of year’s back.  I heard an unsubstantiated rumor that someone has resurrected the concours.  As we pulled into the Sheraton we were all looking forward to a shower and some vittles.

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 for more information and more importantly photos!

September 2, 2006
Girard-Perregaux to Produce Limited Edition Watch for the Colorado Grand

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

September 1, 2006
Panamerican 2000 Reaches Stage 2

The PanAmerican journey continues as stage 1 is complete as they leave Sao Paulo and head to Calama Chile.

Image from Ferrari World

August 25, 2006
Monterey 2006

July 26, 2006
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano to Be Tested Over 20,000 Miles

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:

July 16, 2006
Is Ferrari Back?
Schumacher wins Magny Cours for the eight time, setting a new record for the most wins at a singe Grand Prix. Massa claimed the third spot for Ferrari as they gained much needed points for the Constructor's Championship.

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!

1Michael Schumacher (GER)70-
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2Fernando Alonso (ESP)7010.131
Mild Seven Renault F1 Team
3Felipe Massa (BRA)7022.546
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4Ralf Schumacher (GER)7027.212
Panasonic Toyota Racing
5Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)7033.006
Team McLaren Mercedes
6Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA)7045.265
Mild Seven Renault F1 Team
7Pedro De La Rosa (ESP)7049.407
Team McLaren Mercedes
8Nick Heidfeld (GER)691 LAP
BMW Sauber F1 Team
9David Coulthard (GBR)691 LAP
Red Bull Racing
10Scott Speed (USA)691 LAP
Scuderia Toro Rosso
11Jacques Villeneuve (CAN)691 LAP
BMW Sauber F1 Team
12Christian Klien (AUT)691 LAP
Red Bull Racing
13Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA)691 LAP
Scuderia Toro Rosso
14Nico Rosberg (GER)682 LAPS
Williams F1 Team
15Christijan Albers (NED)682 LAPS
MF1 Racing
16Franck Montagny (FRA)673 LAPS
Super Aguri F1

March 12, 2006
Ferrari and Schumacher Grab 2nd Place at Baharain
Despite an all Ferrari front row (first time since Hungary in 2004), Ferrari made a statement by showing that their time off during the winter was very productive. However, Felipe Massa mustered up a ninth place finish after dueling with Alonso and spinning, flat-spotting his tires which required a stop in the pits. His release from the pits was not smooth as the right rear tire was stubborn in releasing adding un-needed pit time.

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.

Driver Points
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

March 4, 2006
Ferrari Club of America F1 Fantasy Game Open
The F1 Fantasy game is open for business at

March 1, 2006
Enzo Crash Updates
More drivel on the very strange exploding Enzo story.

February 24, 2006
Enzo Destroyed in Malibu
A very interesting story yet to be completely unfolded in Malibu. The owner stayed with the vehicle and only sustained a cut lip. A mystery passenger named Dietrich fled the scene. Very strange...,0,1692414.story

February 23, 2006
The Stolen Tommy Hilfiger Ferrari Challange Car is Recovered
This from Dennis Liu:

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!

November 2, 2005
F355 Challenge Car Stolen
Ferrari Challenge F355 Serial # 104321 was recently STOLEN in New Hampshire, NH plate "Anglina".

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.

click here for a local new report and story

October 1, 2005
Ferrari Cars in the Movies
I just ran accross this site. This is the link for Ferraris, but they have a ton on other cars.

For Ferrari cars in the movies Click Here

For other cool cars in the movies Click Here

September 22, 2005
The 2005 Colorado Grand
For the un-initiated, the Colorado Grand is the finest 1,000 mile tour in the United States. In it's 17th year, the Colorado Grand was the first of it type patterned after the Mille Migla in Italy sans the insane atmosphere. Limited to 75/85 cars, the entrant vehicles are limited to "1961 and Prior Sports and Racing cars of Distinction", which affords some amazing vehicals. Many of the cars are one of a kind and/or have serious racing heritage. We raise money for many Colorado Charities including the Colorado State Patrol Widows and Orphans Fund, the Robert Sutherland Memorial Foundation and many other deserving local organizations. We are accompanied by the Colorado State Patrol Motorcycle Unit (The Motors) and Sergeant Tim Keeton and as always enjoy getting to meet the motors. We are truly blessed to be able to put on this event here in the state of Colorado and trust that it will continue to operate for many years.

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.

Ron Jackson's Gallery

Eddie O'Brian's Pictures

Paul Gilpatrick's Photos (Day One & Two)

Paul Gilpatrick's Photos (Day Three)

Paul Gilpatrick's Photos (Day Four)

Paul Gilpatrick's Photos (Day Five)

The Colorado Grand Web Site

August 3, 2005
Massa to replace Barrichello at Ferrari
After six years with Scuderia Ferrari, Barrichello is leaving one year early and is expected to join Jensen Button at BAR.

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.

July 30, 2005
Ferrari and Schumacher Grab the Pole in Hungary
In a jaw dropping qualifying session, Schumacher ripped pole away by almost .90 of second. After Germany's dismal showing in the tire department, Bridgestone has gone back to the drawing board and has brought a new compound and design the Hungaroring. Rubens is in 7th position and in Schumacher's words on the best side of the track. Montoya took second place with Truli in third. The jury is still out for fuel loads, but the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team looked strong. So, does everyone want to make a change to their fantasy choices???

July 28, 2005
5% of Ferrari SpA Sold
In preparation for Ferrari SpA’s impending IPO, Mediobanca SpA, Italy’s largest investment bank and 34% owner of Ferrari sold 5% of Ferrari SpA to Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Co. Abu Dhabi recently purchased a $1 billion stake in DaimlerChrysler AG as well. Ferrari still owns a 56% stake in the company, but Mediobanca has pared down its stake to Commerzbank AG, Lehman Brothers Inc., Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna and Compagnie Monegasque des Banques, a unit of Mediobanca.

June 15, 2005
The Ferrari FXX Prototype - 6.2 Liters of GT Fun


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.

March 22, 2005
Free Ferrari Stickers!
Shell is giving out free Ferrari stickers, just click here and complete the form.

February 19, 2005
Fiat Buys Maserati Brand
Just three days following the $2 billion dollar payoff from GM, Fiat announced on Wednesday 2/16/2005 that it will purchase the Maserati brand from Ferrari. It appears tht Fiat is interested in the technological and marketing strategies (or lack thereof) for the Alfa Romeo line.

December 11, 2004
Ferrari Releases the Fastest Convertible Berlinetta the Superamerica
The Superamerica, which thanks to a 320 km/h top speed, is the world’s fastest convertible berlinetta.

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.

November 22, 2004
Ferrari Announces Marc Gene as new test driver
Marc Gene joins Luca Badoer as test driver with Ferrari. Previously he was in the same role with Williams for four years and took over for Ralf Schumacher after his crash at Indy with a full drive.

October 6, 2004
Ferrari F-430 Press Commercial
Awesome video on the F430, but not for the faint of bandwidth...

Ferrari F430 Video

August 24, 2004
Ferrari's 360 Modena Replacement F430 Released
The replacement for the 360 Modena has arrived. Much as with previous follow-up models, Ferrari hits it out of the park with a major engine and aerodynamics upgrade. The 4,300cc V8 motor puts out 490 hp attributing to 0-62 mph acceleration times in four seconds flat and a top speed in excess of 195mph.

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.!

Click Here to View Technical Specifications.

All photos courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A.

August 18, 2004
2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Ferrari Class Judging Results

Special Awards

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 Awards

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

May 30, 2004
Montezemolo to Head Fiat
The other shoe drops in the Montezemolo saga. Amongst a controversial resignation of Fiat SpA chief executive Giuseppe Morchio today, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was announced as the new head of FIAT. Recently Montezemolo was chosen as the powerful Chairman of Confindustria and suspicions were running wildly as to the fate of Ferrari and who was going to be the visionary for the Maranello-based firm. Jon Todt was recently kicked up the ladder to take over both the Ferrari racing and GT departments. In addition, the rumors have been running rampant that if Fiat was going to be purchased that the Scuderia Ferrari would be in different hands and subject to new oversight.

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.

April 4, 2004
Third Straight Win for Ferrari at Inagural Bahrain GP

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.

Pos Driver Team-Engine Tires Time
1 M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1h 28:34.875
2 Barrichello Ferrari (B) + 1.367
3 Button BAR-Honda (M) + 26.687
4 Trulli Renault (M) + 32.214
5 Sato BAR-Honda (M) + 52.46
6 Alonso Renault (M) + 53.156
7 R.Schumacher Williams-BMW (M) + 58.155
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

Pos Driver Place
1 M.Schumacher 30
2 Barrichello 21
3 Button 15
4 Montoya 12
5 Alonso 11
T Trulli 11
7 R.Schumacher 7
8 Sato 4
T Coulthard 4
10 Massa 1
T Webber 1
Pos Team Place
1 Ferrari 51
2 Renault 22
3 Williams-BMW 19
T BAR-Honda 19
5 McLaren-Mercedes 4
6 Sauber-Petronas 1
T Jaguar-Cosworth 1

March 18, 2004
Fire at Ferrari Factory Damages Prototypes
An electrical fire damaged two prototypes and a couple of laptops on March 16th. The fire took place in a hangar in the experimental area and was contained in one hour. Sources at the factory said that nobody had been injured in the fire.

March 11, 2004
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo Chosen as Chairman of Confindustria
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was chosen as the incoming chairman of Confindustria where he will assist in the negotiations with institutions and trade unions to further development in Italy. Umberto Agnelli felt that this announcement would heal the divisions between grass roots and management in Confindustria.

March 9, 2004
Ferrari Wins 1-2 at Opening F1 Race

Provisional Australian Grand Prix Race Results
Pos Driver Team-Engine Tires Time
1 M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1h 24:15.757
2 Barrichello Ferrari (B) + 13.605
3 Alonso Renault (M) + 34.673
4 R.Schumacher Williams-BMW (M) + 1:00.423
5 Montoya Williams-BMW (M) + 1:08.536
6 Button BAR-Honda (M) + 1:10.598
7 Trulli Renault (M) 1 lap
8 Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1 lap
9 Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1 lap
10 Fisichella Sauber-Petronas (B) 1 lap
11 Klien Jaguar-Cosworth (M) 2 laps
12 da Matta Toyota (M) 2 laps
13 Panis Toyota (M) 2 laps
14 Pantano Jordan-Ford (B) 3 laps
Fastest Lap: M.Schumacher, 1:24.125, lap 29

Not Classified / Retirements
Driver Team-Engine Tires On Lap
Massa Sauber-Petronas (B) 45
Heidfeld Jordan-Ford (B) 44
Bruni Minardi-Cosworth (B) 44
Webber Jaguar-Cosworth (M) 30
Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth (B) 14
Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 10
World Championship Standing, Round 1
Position Driver Place
1 M.Schumacher 10
2 Barrichello 8
3 Alonso 6
4 R.Schumacher 5
5 Montoya 4
6 Button 3
7 Trulli 2
8 Coulthard 1
World Championship Standing, Round 1
Position Constructors Place
1 Ferrari 18
2 Williams-BMW 9
3 Renault 8
4 BAR-Honda 3
5 McLaren-Mercedes 1
All timing unofficial

February 29, 2004
2004 F1 Schedule

Team Driver Driver Engine Tyres
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
1 3/7/04 Australia Albert Park 58 14:00 3:00 Australia
2 3/21/04 Malaysia Sepang 56 15:00 7:00 Malaysia
3 4/4/04 Bahrain Sakhir 57 14:30 11:30 Bahrain
4 4/25/04 San Marino Imola 62 14:00 12:00 San Marino
5 5/9/04 Spain Barcelona 66 14:00 12:00 Spain
6 5/23/04 Monaco Monaco 78 14:00 12:00 Monaco
7 5/30/04 Europe Nurburgring 60 14:00 12:00 Europe
8 6/13/04 Canada Montreal 70 12:30 16:30 Canada
9 6/20/04 USA Indianapolis 73 12:00 17:00 USA
10 7/4/04 France Magny Cours 70 14:00 12:00 France
11 7/11/04 Britain Silverstone 60 13:00 12:00 Britain
12 7/25/04 Germany Hockenheim 67 14:00 12:00 Germany
13 8/15/04 Hungary Hungaroring 70 14:00 12:00 Hungary
14 8/29/04 Belgium Spa 44 14:00 12:00 Belgium
15 9/12/04 Italy Monza 53 14:00 12:00 Italy
16 9/26/04 China Shanghai 56 14:00 6:00 China
17 10/10/04 Japan Suzuka 53 14:30 5:30 Japan
18 10/24/04 Brazil Interlagos 71 15:00 18:00 Brazil

January 31, 2004
Ferrari's F2004 is Launched
With the F1 season just around the corner and the first race in Melbourne, Australia on 7th March, Ferrari officially presented the F2004 on January 26th in the Vecchia Meccanica hanger at Maranello.

Antonio Ghini, the Ferrari Director of Communication and Brand Management, opened the F2004 presentation ceremony and then invited the General Director of the Gestione Sportiva, Jean Todt, onto the stage, who then introduced Luca Badoer, Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.

You'll probably not notice many changes from the F2003GA, other than front wing shape and the rear side body sculpting. However, word on the street is that this may be the interim car, with a little more radical presentation after the first few races.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.

F2004 Specifications

Type 053, V10, cylinder block in cast aluminium
Total Displacement:
2,997 cm3
Timing Gear:
Pneumatic distribution, 40 valves
Fuel Feed:
Magneti Marelli digital electronic injection
Magneti Marelli static electronic ignition
Ferrari longitudinal gearbox. Limited-slip differential. Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox, 7 gears + riverse
Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
Ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
4545 mm
1796 mm
959 mm
3050 mm
Front Track:
1470 mm
Rear Track:
1405 mm
Weight with water, lubricant and driver:
605 kg
Wheels (front and rear):

January 13, 2004
6-Liter Maserati to Compete in FIA GT
A new six-litre Maserati debuted in a test format at Fiorano, driven by race test driver Andrea Bertolini. The car will participate in the 2004 FIA GT championships. The car with the moniker MCC will make a public debut at Geneva in addition to a new Maserati GT car code named MCS.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.

January 10, 2004
612 Scaglietti Debuts at Detroit Motorshow
The Detroit Motorshow marked the Public Worldwide intro of the Scaglietti 612. The 612 Scaglietti on display was in Burgandy and looked marvelous. Also on display was a Formula One car, Challenge Stradalde and 360 Spyder. This also marks for the first time in the history of Ferrari, that a US setting has been chosen as the international launch for a new model.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A. website.

November 22, 2003
Schumacher Collides with Soccer Goalie
Michael Schumacher was scheduled to train with the Manchester United soccer team, but has cancelled due to a knee injury playing for his local club.

Schumacher, has been told to put his feet up for two weeks before his January program begins for the 2004 Formula One season.

French Grand Prix Cancelled
The 2004 French Grand Prix, has been cancelled due to a lack of funding. It follows a two year run of red ink for the Magny-Cours race.

As we wait for official confirmation from the FIA, it is expected that the British Grand Prix set to take place on July 4th will move to the now vacated July 11th date, which would be more advantageous because of some conflicts with several other sporting events such as Wimbledon.

November 9, 2003
Dream Italy Trip - Final Day - Finali Mondiali - Finals at Mugello

Our day begins with a bus ride from Florence to Mugello located near the sleepy little town of Scarperia in the hills. The Mugello track is beautiful situated in a stunning setting and is first rate in its layout & design. Access is a different story as this massive track is located amongst houses and other fields with only two access roads. This is a large day for Mugello and it was about to be inhabited by 60,000 rabid Tifosi, sort of a Woodstock love-in without the booze & drugs. No doubt about it, this show is squarly focused on the fans. Sure, the Ferrari Challenge, SuperTrofeo Maserati and Ferrari Historics finals culminated their 2003 season here, but this is a huge party put on by the factory as a celebration. It's a good thing that we had the factory tours on the prior day as nobody would have been at the factory, let alone the entire town of Maranello. The entire Formula One team was in attendance including all drivers, the mechanics, John Todt, Ross Brawn and Luca Cordero di Montezemelo.

Myself, Pietro Innocenti, Rick Race, Theresa Gilpatrick and Alberto Fraticelli

Our factory hosts included Pietro Innocenti and Alberto Fraticelli who posed with us in front of the MANY stunning transporters at the track. We then got settled in the Ferrari North America suite where we had an awesome view of the track. All of the USA Ferrari Challenge drivers were there as their season was over. Also spotted in the suite were FCA SouthWest region members Murray and Rose Cogan and Steve and Tere Pruitt from Salt Lake City. Challange Manager Maria Homann was on hand with Girard-Perregaux President Ron Jackson to present the top three finishers with their trophies and GP watches.

Jim Kenton's 360
Photo courtesy Bruce Miller

Maria Homann & Ron Jackson Presenting Jim Kenton with the Top Award
Photo courtesy Bruce Miller

The Hardware
Photo courtesy Bruce Miller

Trofeo Pirelli Ferrari Challenge Final Standings
Place Driver Team Points
1 Jim Kenton Ferrari of Washington 217
2 Emmanuel Anassis Ferrari of Quebec 205
3 Doug Peterson Shelton Sports Cars 203
4 Michael Louli Ferrari of Quebec 89
5 Steve Earle Ferrari of Houston 60
6 Pierre Schroeder Ferrari of Long Island 52
7 Dan Kennedy Shelton Sports Cars 48
8 Brad Egna Ferrari of Long Island 47
9 Jeff Segal Ferrari of Washington 45
10 Joel Quaid Ferrari of Orange County 43

This Banner at the Track Says it All

Myself and my Lovely Wife

Ron Jackson and Myself

Now is the time for the Formula One Exhibition and the entire team is in the pits posing with the four cars for photos. Then, one by one they bring all of the cars out to be placed on the Grid. Schumacher and Barrichello are up front with Schumacher on the inside with Badoer and Massa lining up 3rd and 4th respectively. Each car is attended to at the start of the exhibition with what seem to be about 30-35 folks per car and then, they all fire up and all complete a smokey, flaming burnout and complete one circuit around the track before coming to rest for the lights again. This time, they take off in anger and like a well rehearsed blue angel show, they perform maneuvers with Barrichello and Massa coming in for pit demonstrations. At the end of this display, they all come around in a grouping of four, and I caught them in the camera's eye. When they came across the finish line for the last time, they all jumped out and met up with Todt and Montezemelo and walked up and down the side of the track waiving to the cheering crowd for 10-15 minutes. Then, once they were done, the team came out and lined up arm to arm, and bowed to the crowd and then competed an Italian version of the wave. It was a pretty amazing display.

As we left the track to board our bus we visited the club display in the nearby parking lot filled with about 200-300 modern Ferraris and Grid B Historic Challenge cars. What an amazing day, a complete Ferrari overload. Thanks to our hosts it was a wonderful experience.

You can click on the link below to view all of the photos from the Final Day at Mugello.

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Forza Ferrari!
Paul Gilpatrick

The Entire Team being Tarted around the Track

Felipe Massa & Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello on his way to a Pit Demonstration

The Four Drivers Roaring down the Pit Straight

John Todt and the Four Drivers Waving to the Crowd

The Entire Team Completing the "Wave" for the Tifosi

250 TR Spyder Scaglietti 0738TR

375 Plus 0384 AM

Club Car Display

The Four Ferrari Piloti Escaping in the Van

November 8, 2003
Please add the Acer Ferrari 3000 to my Wish List
To celebrate another championship for Ferrari, Acer (F1 team sponsor) is producing a nifty little laptop using another F1 sponsor, AMD for the chipset. The product has yet to be released but has some great features such as:

Acer Ferrari 3000

  • AMD processor
  • 512MB of DDR SDRAM
  • 60GB hard drive a DVD writer
  • 15in screen and ATI Radeon Mobility 9200 chip
  • Integrated 802.11g wireless networking adaptor
  • Bluetooth support
  • 10/100Mbps Ethernet and 56Kbps modem
  • Four-in-one memory card reader, USB and 1394 ports
  • S-video output



Supertrofeo Maserati Finals

The Trofeo Vodafone Maserati Final Race

Trofeo Vodafone Maserati Podium
Sergio Rota, Emanuele Smurra and Alberto Cerrai
Photo Maserati S.p.A.

Trofeo Maserati Final Standings

Pos. Driver Country Points
Smurra Emanuele Italy 146
Cerrai Alberto Italy 93
Rota Sergio Italy 83
Tirella Vincenzo Switzerland 74
Vescovi Alberto Italy 57
Orts Michael France 54
Wilson Rob Great Britain 53
Mountain Frank Great Britain 53
Coldani Marco Italy 47
10° Cattori Max Switzerland 44
10° La Vecchia Nunzio Switzerland 44
12° Panacci Enzo Italy 41
13° Alessi Diego Italy 35
13° Gay Edi Italy 35
15° Bozzetto Paolo Italy 30
15° Thurn Und Taxis Albert Germany 30
17° 'Gedol' Italy 28
18° Notter Hans Switzerland 24
19° Luglio Renato Italy 23
19° De Megni Andrea Italy 23
21° Colombo Vittorio Italy 20
22° Vetter Udo Germany 19
22° Barisone Mauro Italy 19
24° Biaggi Lucio Switzerland 18
25° Romeo Alessandro Italy 17
25° Vergani Alberto Italy 17
27° Giovanardi Claudio Ita 14
28° Battaglin Alessandro Ita 13
29° Audebert Guy Lucine France 10
30° Vetter Micki Germany 8
31° Zanettin Riccardo Germany 3
32° Zonca Stefano Italy 2
33° Pfannschmidt Heinz Germany 1

November 6, 2003
Ferrari Wins the First GT Manufacturers Championship ever in North America

Team Manager Glen Marquis, Cort Wagner & Brent Martini
photo by Juha Lievonen

The Girard-Perregaux / Scuderia Ferrari of Washington F 360 GT completed a two year sweep of the GrandAm sports car racing series by taking the title at the famed Daytona Speedway. Ferrari 360 GT drivers Cort Wagner and Brent Martini won the GT race, and tied for the GT Drivers championship. They took the GT Team Championship as well as the GT Manufacturers Championship for Ferrari.

Ron Jackson and Cort Wagner
photo by Juha Lievonen

Allie Ash and Ron Jackson
photo by Juha Lievonen

Girard-Perregaux has been a part of the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington and its successes from the very beginning. “When Ferrari of Washington formed this team in 2002 we saw a lot of potential,” explained Ron Jackson, President of Girard-Perregaux USA. “Girard-Perregaux has the exclusive license for Ferrari watches, and this team presented a unique opportunity. We created a special chronograph which we felt conveyed the spirit and excitement of the Ferrari 360 GT racer, and then used a portion of the proceeds of that watch to sponsor the team. This was far more than simply a racing sponsorship; for example, Cort Wagner and the 360 GT appeared at the 2002 Concorso Italiano, a major Ferrari event. Ferrari enthusiasts, and those are our customers, were able to get up close to Cort and the Ferrari, and to be a part of the program. That excitement generated watch sales.”

33 on the Track
photo by Juha Lievonen

October 26, 2003
Dream Italy Trip - Day One - Ferrari Factory Tour
Once we completed the Maserati factory tour, we jumped on the bus and headed to Maranello to visit the factory. Now, you must understand that I have visited the factory twice before, but we were in for a treat. As we traversed the gorgeous countryside, and made our way from the Autostrada to the little town of Maranello, the rain began. As with my tours before, we were on our own to explore the town, take time for pictures, etc., but that was not on the schedule today, thus, the pictures below were taken from the bus.

The Ferrari Factory

Stoplight in Front of Factory

The Famous Arch

I was able to snap a few shots miraculously of the front of the factory, but our bus continued on to take the right which passes many if the independent shops and the factory museum, Galleria Ferrari.

Galleria Ferrari

Our guides had told us in Modena that we would be having lunch in Maranello before the tour, and I made the assumption that we would be dining at the famous Ristorante Cavallino across from the factory. This would have been an obvious choice, but as we pass the Cavallino at mach speed it is evident that we have other plans. Now, the best way to see Maranello is on your own slinking around the back streets, shops and peeking through the fence at the Fiorano track, but this time is different as my heart jumps as we head to and through the gate to Fiorano. On display is the Starfigher jet plane donated to Enzo Ferrari by the Italian Air Force next to a 2003GA. We park in the square which includes the Hospitality center, Enzo Ferrari's private residence and the garage buildings. All buildings are original to the area (including the hospitality center) prior to the track being built and other than the hospitality center have been maintained as they were. Currently Enzo Ferrari's residence includes his original private office (at the track), timing and A/V center and the top floor is dedicated to Schumacher as his private work out center.

Enzo Ferrari's House Inside Fiorano

Rick and Suzanne Race in front of Ferrari's House

Paul and Theresa Gilpatrick in front of Ferrari's House

We had a delightful lunch in the Hospitality center which is graced by some great memorabilia including a 2002 F1 car sans engine, hanging from the wall.

Fiorano's Hospitality Center

Our Lunch inside the Hospitality Center

The Garages Adjacent to the House

The New GES Logistics Pavillion

The Ferrari Store

The F1 Wind Tunnel

As we left the track we headed to the factory, and since it was Saturday, we entered from the back of the factory next to the F1 wind tunnel. Once inside, we were greeted by our guides at the final delivery area. Our group made things a little difficult as there were many languages that spoken. Our group was split up by German, Italian and English speaking guides.

As you will probably be disappointed that I have no photos inside the factory, I felt an obligation to abide by our host's wishes to not bring cameras inside. The lines have not changed much in many years, still very structured, hospital clean and very efficient. There are two assembly lines, one for V8s and one for V12s in addition to the Enzo Ferrari line, which is separate. Our first stop however was to the coveted rarely seen prototype area. This large room is perpendicular to the V12 line and housed the brand-new 612 Scaglietti 2+2. This car's image was released to the public two days prior to our visit, but we saw approximately 10 cars in various stages of assembly. They were gracious enough to allow us to crawl all over one of the completed vehicles. These cars are wonderful. The lines are beautiful and do a great job of hiding the fact that this is a fairly large car. Some of the lines echo the 375MM Rossolini car, the 456 and the daytona. It has great weight distribution with the engine being set back a little farther in the car. Still, most of the weight is in the back. We saw the car in some awesome colors including the proverbial dark blue, a burgundy, numerous silvers and black. Unfortunately, there was a yellow and red car that just didn't look right. Much like many of the large cars like the 456 GT and the 330s, the cars don't look good in yellow or bright red. This was indeed a treat to see the cars and the lead manager for the 612 was on hand, beaming like a new papa.

We then walked through the interior department, where virtually everything is done by hand on large sewing machines. We were able to spot the carts that followed each car that encased many of the custom configured interior parts such as the dash, seats, door panels and steering wheel. They are very proud of their customized personalization program that allows the client to custom order any aspect of the car such as stitching, various trim bits and leather and carpet. Also on display was a brand-new machine that they were very proud of, a new leather dying machine just being installed. Now, they can control the quality and colorations of their leather. We then wrapped around the lines and came onto the Enzo Ferrari line. This was spectacular, as it was a line separated from everything else like a secure area. This short line had 6 cars in various states of build from the tub through the finished product. It was awesome to see the progression of the assembly, and our guide stated that they have three workers per car, per stage and can now complete a car in one (1) day from start to finish! They are just now into number 214 of the 399, and this line should be finishing up soon. Adorning the wall was an enormous posted of an Enzo with the signature of every owner that had been there to be fitted for their car. It was quite a site. We saw the dynos and the final assembly and delivery area. It was a magical day, not to be forgotten and I thank our hosts for their over the top hospitality. The next log will cover the day at Mugello for the finals.

Click on the link below to view all of the photos from the Ferrari Factory

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October 25, 2003
Dream Italy Trip - Day One - Maserati Factory Tour
If you follow my blog, you know that myself and Rick Race were offered a unique opportunity to represent the Ferrari Club of America in an International gathering of all clubs. Twenty two clubs made the journey to Italy to meet with Ferrari S.p.A. I will provide a chronicle of these amazing events. This is the first blog of the trip.

In case you missed it, here is The Mission.

We were whisked by bus from Florence to the industrial portion of Modena where we were greeted by the staff to begin our tour. Ferrari/Maserati has spent untold millions of dollars renovating the original factory to bring it up to spec. As our guide told us, when Ferrari purchased Maserati, the factory conditions were horrible with most everything being built by hand lending to absolutely any consistency or quality control. The mechanics were running around in grimy overalls, and looked more like a one-off carrozzeria. The automation, testing and quality areas were top-notch and everything was in it's place.

The initial presentation area

The "parking structure"

Maserati has made a parking structure into art. The side panels are graced with enormous renditions of Maserati's finest specimens.

The Showroom

Finished but one week prior to our visit, Maserati built a very impressive showroom with a large blue swoosh to display several cars in a very dramatic fashion. No clue as to how they got these vehicles mounted upon the display.

The Quattroporte

We were allowed to play with the new Maserati Quattroporte, itself a beautiful car. Yet to hit the US shores, deliveries have begun overseas. This is a large car, intended to compete with the BMW 745 and the Mercedes "S" Class. They have created "Officine Alfieri Maserati": an exclusive personalization service where the car can be ordered by specifying virtually any combination of colors, textures & options. You can choose from the 16 paint standard finishes (4 solid and 12 metallic), plus out-of-production body colours that were used on the 3200 GT model but are no longer in production. If that still doesn't trip your trigger, you can order a custom-blended color to match a sample supplied by the customer. After approximately four weeks the client will receive a metal plate, painted in their custom-blended colour for approval. They claim over 3,000,000 possible combinations allowing the future owner to customize all of the minute details. You can even order snow chains! They had samples of many of these items in the showroom including door panels painted in every color, large swaths of leather and big blocks of the 4 different woods tht are possible.

New Factory Buildings

The Quattroporte Beginning Assembly

The Quattroporte Powerplant

A Completed Spyder Awaiting Delivery

We were all impressed with the Maserati factory, and even though we were there on a Saturday, there were still several workers assembling cars. They had a nice compliment of testing stations including the dyno rooms and dyno "carpets" as they called them (chassis dynos). We must now mount the bus now as we are headed to Maranello for the Ferrari Factory tour, Stay tuned, you won't be dissapointed.

I will be uploading all of the photos from the trip to Ophoto, where you can view them by gallery. Ophoto is the awesome service owned by Kodak that allows you to not only view the images, but order very inexpensive prints. The first gallery of the Maserati factory is located by clicking on the link below:

Click here to view the Ophoto gallery

October 17, 2003
Live Streaming of the F1 Exhibition at the Finali Mondiali Ferrari Maserati
For those with access to the Ferrari Owners site, the F1 exhibition will be provided via streaming video on Sunday 19th of October from the Finali Mondiali Ferrari Maserati and of the Supertrofeo Maserati starting around 1 pm (CET) on Sunday.

The 612 Scaglietti Photos are Released!
The 612 Scaglietti is the newest 2 plus 2 and it is stunning! As with the 456 GT, the first images are released with a blue car and I love it. It wieghs 60 kg less than the 456 thanks to the weight saving technologies such as an all-aluminium space frame chassis and bodywork construction. This high-tech product comes from the Scaglietti light-alloy technologies facility.

It sports a 6 liter V-12 which puts out 540bhp at 7,250 rpm. The six-speed mechanical gearbox is available with both a manual and a new generation electro-hydraulic set-up, known as the F1A, designed to marry fast manual gear shifting with comfortable automatic use.

The design echoes greatly the 375 MM bodied by the Turin coachbuilder for Rossellini and used by Ingrid Bergman. This is a beautiful car. I will provide more details when I return from the Challenge finals at Mugello.

October 12, 2003
Ferrari and Michael Schumacher World Champions!

Well they did it and by the skin of their teeth. Rubens scored a dramatic victory at the Japanese Grand Prix. Michael has become the winningest Formula One World Champion of all time, surpassing the record with 6 championships. Michael is arguably the best Formula One driver of all time, whether you believe this to be true. Yes, I know I wasn't around when the first champions were running such as Tazio Nuvolari, Alberto

Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio, and certainly the technology is light years away from the pre-war buggies, but you have to admit that this is one talented man.

I would have given anything to watch the Flying Mantuan fly around some of the now defunct circuits shod with a short sleeve shirt, possibly with a tie and a leather beanie. Nuvolari is my personal driving hero, slaughtering everything in sight with a gentlemanly flair. The 30s & 40s were a great time in racing history, and I which I had been there to witness the sparing. Because of the blatant disregard for safety or sense, the drivers of this era had shorter careers (and lives), and swapped seats as often as we swap stories, thus never had a real focus as a team like they do now. It astronomically more difficult to pull off wins let alone a championship in this day and age. For Ferrari to score a 5th team championship speaks volumes about each aspect of forming and maintaining a team from the mechanics, aerodynamicists, marketing types to the drivers, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt and the 600+ other members. Ferrari is loosing Massas services as a test driver to fill a full-time seat for Sauber for 2004.

Congratulations Scuderia Ferrari, we are immensely proud of you!

Forza Ferrari!

October 11, 2003
Formula One Championship - For All the Marbles
Think back to before the 2003 Formula One season started. Scuderia Ferrari and Michael Schumacher had such a dominating Championship season in 2002, that Ferrari was a shoe-in. Then the season began and it would not be until the 4th race (San Marino) that Michael would see his first win. This race season has been silly, inconsistent, wrought with controversy and well, actual racing! I can't remember a season that has been more exciting with thrilling qualifying sessions and great racing. I believe the qualifying format has had a profound effect on this year's results truly leveling the field.

Saturday's Japanese qualifying was another great installment with timing having EVERYTHING to do with the results. As it turns out, Ruben's 7th place in Friday's session was a godsend for him as he completed probably the last run on Saturday before the rain began. Rubens had a stunning run and in his words "My best ever qualifying at Suzuka". He is perched next to Juan Pablo Montoya whom he joked with at the Saturday press conference about clean racing between them.

Michael's timing was bad as he was forced to run in the wet, and miraculously kept the car from attracting the crash barriers. It was an unbelievably tense run, but ultimately he ended up more than 2.6 seconds behind Rubins on the pole.

It is crucial that both Ferraris finish in the points with Montoya up front and Ralf Schumacher starting from the pits as he and Truli were caught in the final moments of the session in the serious rain forcing them to abort their runs.

So, here we are deciding both the drivers and constructors championship in the final race. I can't wait. Two hours to go!br>

Forza Ferrari!

Formula One Japanese Grand Prix Final Qualifying Results
1 Barrichello Rubens Ferrari 01.31.713
2 Montoya Juan Pablo BMW-Williams 01.32.412
3 Da Matta Cristiano Toyota 01.32.419
4 Panis Olivier Toyota 01.32.862
5 Alonso Fernando Renault 01.33.044
6 Webber Mark Jaguar-Cosworth 01.33.106
7 Coulthard David McLaren-Mercedes 01.33.137
8 Raikkonen Kimi McLaren-Mercedes 01.33.272
9 Button Jenson Bar-Honda 01.33.474
10 Wilson Justin Jaguar-Cosworth 01.33.558
11 Heidfeld Nick Sauber-Petronas 01.33.632
12 Frentzen Heinz-Harald Sauber-Petronas 01.33.896
13 Sato Takuma Bar-Honda 01.33.924
14 Schumacher Michael Ferrari 01.34.302
15 Firman Ralph Jordan-Cosworth 01.34.771
16 Fisichella Giancarlo Jordan-Cosworth 01.34.912
17 Verstappen Jos Minardi-Cosworth 01.34.975
18 Kiesa Nicholas Minardi-Cosworth 01.37.226
19 Trulli Jarno Renault -
20 Schumacher Ralf BMW-Williams -

October 10, 2003
2004 Formula One Schedule Set
The World Motor Sport Council has agreed the following calendar by fax vote:

Date Name of the Event
March 7 Grand Prix of Australia (Melbourne)
March 21 Grand Prix of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
April 4 *** Grand Prix of Bahrain (Bahrain)
April 25 Grand Prix of Europe (Nürburbring)
May 9 Grand Prix of Spain (Barcelona)
May 23 Grand Prix of Monaco (Monaco)
June 6 Grand Prix of San Marino (Imola)
June 20 Grand Prix of USA (Indianapolis)
July 4 Grand Prix of Great Britain (Silverstone)
July 11 * Grand Prix of France (Magny-Cours)
July 25 Grand Prix of Germany (Hockenheim)
August 15 Grand Prix of Hungary (Budapest)
August 29 ** Grand Prix of Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 12 Grand Prix of Italy (Monza)
September 26 *** Grand Prix of China (Shanghai)
October 10 Grand Prix of Japan (Suzuka)
October 24 Grand Prix of Brazil (Sao Paulo)

* Provisional (subject to contract)
** Provisional (subject to tobacco law)
*** Subject to circuit approval

Japanese Provisional Qualifying Results
Trulli tops the field for the provisional Japanese Grand Prix, with the top 9 positions withing 1 second of each other! Should be a great final qualifying session on Saturday.

1. Jarno Trulli Renault 1:30.281
2. Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:30.343
3. Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.464
4. David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.482
5. Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.558
6. Fernando Alonso Renault 1:30.624
7. Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:30.758
8. Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:31.201
9. Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:31.305
10. Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:31.783

2004 F1 Qualifying Session Rumors
It appears that rumors are leaking out about the 2004 qualifying sessions. It appears that the powers that be want to kick the excitement up a bit, playing off this year's qualifying shakeup. The rumor mills are talking about a 90 minute qualifying session broken up into two separate phases with a "half-time" period. The first session would have the cars going out in the order in which they finish the previous race, then the second session beginning with the slowest qualifiers from session 1 through P1. It would take the excitement generated this year in qualifying and compress the time. Oh, the first session would also allow them to run on light loads.

I don't know if I jive with everything I hear, although some pieces seem plausible. For example, what would the running order be for the first race of the year? Anyway, I think they can capitalize on the success of this year's format, but as is typical, Bernie will throw some ludicrous items at the teams such as running the session with air conditioning, no mirrors and a parachute. Time will tell...

October 6, 2003
Ferrari Posts 360 Challenge & Historic Challenge Dates for 2004
Ferrari Maserati North America has posted the schedule for the Challenge & Ferrari Days events for 2004.

January 23-25 Cavallino Classic - Moroso (Historics only)
February 20-22 Homestead, Miami FL - Ferrari Days with 360 Challenge, Ferrari Customers and Ferrari Club of America
March 19-21 Sears Point, CA - 360 Challenge, Shell Historic Challenge, Ferrari Customers and Ferrari Club of America
May 14-16 Road Atlanta - 360 Challenge, Ferrari Customers and Ferrari Club of America
June 25-27 Mont Tremblant - 360 Challenge, Shell Historic Challenge, Ferrari Customers and Ferrari Club of America
July 8-9 Lime Rock Park - 360 Challenge, Shell Historic Challenge, Ferrari Customers and Ferrari Club of America
August 14-19
(Tentative Dates)
Laguna Seca Raceway - 360 Challenge (W/FCA), Shell Historic Challenge

For more information, please contact Maria Homann at

September 29, 2003
Schumacher Scores an Emotional Win at the USGP
Michael won his 70th Grand Prix and edged his spread to 9 points in the driver’s championship by truly out driving the field in Indianapolis. The weather was on-again off-again rain throughout the event but the rain master prevailed, despite a bad judgment decision by the team to go out on slicks with the rain pouring. Collectively at our Formula One party we all yelled "What are they thinking!” So, two laps later, they were back in putting on intermediate tires.

It was not a good day for Williams with Juan Pablo only managing 6th place, putting the preverbal nail in the coffin if you will, for the BMW team. Montoya also experienced a fuel rig problem and on lap two, he punted Rubens Barrichello off track and was given a drive-through penalty.

With still only three points separating Ferrari from Williams, it is crucial that Ferrari finish both cars in Japan to also take the constructor championship. It's up to Kimi to spoil Ferrari's day as he is the only one left that can dethrone Michael 12 days from now. Stay tuned.

Place Driver Team Time
1 Schumacher Michael Ferrari 01:33.35.997
2 Raikkonen Kimi McLaren-Mercedes +   00.18.258
3 Frentzen Heinz-Harald Sauber-Petronas +   00.37.964
4 Trulli Jarno Renault +   00.48.329
5 Heidfeld Nick Sauber-Petronas +   00.56.403
6 Montoya Juan Pablo BMW-Williams + 1 lap
7 Fisichella Giancarlo Jordan-Cosworth + 1 lap
8 Wilson Justin Jaguar-Cosworth + 2 laps
9 Da Matta Cristiano Toyota + 2 laps
10 Verstappen Jos Minardi-Cosworth + 4 laps
11 Kiesa Nicholas Minardi-Cosworth + 4 laps
- Villeneuve Jacques Bar-Honda Retired
- Firman Ralph Jordan-Cosworth Retired
- Coulthard David McLaren-Mercedes Retired
- Alonso Fernando Renault Retired
- Button Jenson Bar-Honda Retired
- Panis Olivier Toyota Retired
- Webber Mark Jaguar-Cosworth Retired
- Schumacher Ralf BMW-Williams Retired
- Barrichello Rubens Ferrari Retired

September 27, 2003
My Dream Trip has Been Set!

The tickets are purchased. Rick Race, the Ferrari Club of America President, and my self (as Chairman) have been invited to a meeting of the International Ferrari Owners Clubs on the occasion of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari-Maserati 2003 (Ferrari-Maserati World Finals) to be held in Mugello, Italy, October 16-19.

A day will be dedicated to meetings with the Ferrari clubs. In addition tours of the Maserati and Ferrari factories and the factory test track Fiorano, we of course will be attending the finales of the three Challenge finals.

The weekend will see the finals of the Ferrari Challenge, Historic Challenge and the all-new Trofeo Maserati. Also, the participation of Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Luca Badoer, and Felipe Massa is expected. The Scuderia Ferrari-Marlboro line-up will be completed by the presence of Luca di Montezemolo and Jean Todt.

I can't wait. I'll attempt to blog from Italy with pictures!

USGP Final Qualifying

AMD put together a killer visual ride around the USGP circuit. Click here to view

Raikkonen takes the pole at Indy with Rubens + 0:00.124 behind in second. Michael Schumacher, complaining of a lack of grip came in seventh on the fourth row right beside David Coultard. Rubens also complained of the back end feeling loose. This short track is proving to be difficult, and Ferrari must be sacrificing down force to gain straight-line speed.

With Kimi and Juan Pablo griding ahead of Michael who is barely leading the championship, Ferrari must figure it out. I do find the .524 second GP between 1st and 7th unbelievably tight, and there is a potential that Michael is running a slightly heavier fuel load. So much has come out in the last two weeks about the whole "team orders" issue, and Max Mosely is claiming to uphold his determination to evaluate all transpirations in the last two races. That doesn't probably cover a little "blocking" does it???

U.S. Grand Prix - Provisional grid positions

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) McLaren 1:11.670
2. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Ferrari 1:11.794
3. Olivier Panis (France) Toyota 1:11.920
4. Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia) Williams 1:11.948
5. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Williams 1:12.078
6. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 1:12.087
7. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari 1:12.194
8. David Coulthard (Britain) McLaren 1:12.297
9. Cristiano da Matta (Brazil) Toyota 1:12.326
10. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Renault 1:12.566
11. Jenson Button (Britain) BAR 1:12.695
12. Jacques Villeneuve (Canada) BAR 1:13.050
13. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Sauber 1:13.083
14. Mark Webber (Australia) Jaguar 1:13.269
15. Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Germany) Sauber 1:13.447
16. Justin Wilson (Britain) Jaguar 1:13.585
17. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Jordan 1:13.798
18. Ralph Firman (Britain) Jordan 1:14.027
19. Jos Verstappen (Netherlands) Minardi 1:15.360
20. Nicolas Kiesa (Denmark) Minardi 1:15.644

Remember, the race coverage begins at 1:30pm Central Standard time.

Colorado Grand - Day Five
Ok, It's now time to get to work. My responsibilities are surrounded around the Concours d'Non-Elegance. It's been 15 years ago when founder Bob Sutherland found the cars that completed the first Grand resting after the tour replete in mud, dirt, etc., and he knew that this was the display method of choice.

Five of the Six Big Bentleys on the Grand

I remember sitting on a bench with Bob in Beaver Creek overlooking the finishers of the event years ago, and you could just see the joy (maybe it was a little exhaustion as well...) when he exclaimed "this is the way cars should be displayed all dirty, muddy and maybe a few sheep guts". It was a messy ride for Bob one year when his Miller took the life of a local rancher's sheep. He located the owner, paid for his sin, cut off the pants legs of his khaki pants (now shorts) and continued down the road. Thus, our mantra year after year is to not wash the cars and display them as sort of a badge of honor. This tradition continues to this day.

In addition, one of my goals is to expand the Colorado car clubs participation in the event. We had one of the largest gatherings ever with super participation from the Rocky Mountain 356 Porsche Club (thanks to Gary Moschetti), the Alfa Club of Colorado (Thanks Curtis Mannisto), the Rocky Mountain Maserati Club, ZSCCA (Bob Blackwood), the Rocky Mountain Jaguar Club (Rogers & Trish Willett and the SAAC (Cobra Club). Also, thanks to John Warner and my wife Theresa for the help in putting on the show.

A huge gathering from the Rocky Mountain 356 Porsche Club

The RMMC (Rocky Mountain Maserati Club)
had a Great Turnout

Here are the pics for Day Five.

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Colorado Grand - Day Four
Our final day has arrived sadly. It's strange how every year we get to Wednesday and we say "we're only half done!", until Friday arrives and the mantra turns to "This is the final day ;(_ ...

It's an English Car... If it Isn't Leaking, you Need to Fill it Up!

We head out early today as we have about 300 miles to cover. There's only two ways out (paved) of Telluride and thus, we double back through Sawpit and back to Ridgeway passing Ralph Lauren's stunning ranch again. And now it hits us, if we're going back through Ridgeway, we should be able to find more Cherry Pie! Sure it's 8:30 in the morning, but maybe the restaurant is open... We cruise through town only to find the True Grit Cafe, closed. Thinking quick before the pre-sugar rush subsides, we spot a bakery/cafe across the main street! No, they don't serve pie at 8:30 in the morning, but they do serve Cherry danishes made by the same people that made the pie! As we are shoving down our fuel for the morning, more granders arrive and we pose with Geoff Goldberg & Lynne Remington and Herb Wolfe and Elliott Rabin.

The Gang at the Ridgeway Bakery
(l-r - Geoff Goldberg, Lynne Remington, Ron Jackson,
Elliott Rabin, Paul Gilpatrick & Herb Wolfe)

We are now back on the road towards Montrose as we approach the Blue Mesa Reservoir / Dam, which is at the mouth of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, one of the least known and most amazing features of Colorado. We've done the Black Canyon route before on the Grand, but it still takes your breath away. While this 2,000 feet deep 53-mile canyon doesn't equal the size of the Grand Canyon, I think it's more beautiful.

The Black Canyon

Hilary Raab's Wonderful Atlantic

We swapped cars again, this time I was offered a ride in Hilary Raab's 1935 Type 58 Atlantic. What a great experience. This original 3.3 liter example underwent several chassis and body transformations ending up with the gorgeous Atlantic body and supercharger along the way. It makes all the right noises and smells, whining, crunching and whizzing along the way to our lunch destination Paonia. The car must weigh nothing (all in the motor) and gets along very well. I enjoyed this ride very much and we were even passed by the 1960 Ferrari TRI-60 Fantuzzi Spyder. Was this how the other competition felt when they were passed by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien in 1962 as they went on to win Le Mans? Thanks Hil, for the great ride.

The Le Mans Winning TR S/N 0780/0772/0808
Sucking the Headlights out of the Bugatti

Paonia is another classic lunch stop for the Grand and the hospitality and food were wonderful. As I leap back into the 300 SL for the final leg of the Grand, Tim Allen is looking for stick time in the SL, and the right seat is offered to me. I'm thrilled to have the time with Tim and we head out of the city park parking lot, and immediately send us off course navigating the local's explicit directions to "meander down this road..." We meandered as best we could and lo and behold, we located the highway. We followed the jaunt through the old coal company, which is a neat little back road and returned back to the main highway now aimed at one of my favorite passes, McClure Pass. The leaves were really turning on this pass and as we passed Marble and the dilapidated Redstone Castle we marveled at the stunning Colorado scenery. The afternoon was magical, I enjoyed one of the best afternoons I've every had. We talked about many things and found we had many like interests, not just cars. Turns out he's a computer geek too, an artist, grew up in Denver and enjoys Grand Lake. We discussed politics, family, health, but kept coming back to cars... Thanks Tim, now let's find you a Grand car.

I-70 and the Glenwood Ganyon bring us back to the sharp reminder that reality exists just ahead, somewhere past Kobe Bryant's currently despised hangout of Edwards. Our finish line comes with the fanfare of flags and cheers and a bit of sadness that this day must end.

The final banquet is held at the top of the mountain, and after a ride in the gondola to the top, our dinner is followed by the photo presentation that Ron and I worked on throughout the event. The crowd seemed pleased and Jim Salestrom joined us for the final night and serenaded us with three songs. He announced that he has officially joined the Dolly Parton band again and his songs brought back a flood of memories from when he played for us for the first time in 2001 after we experienced the tragedy of 9-11. The silent auction raised over $50,000 for Colorado charities, which is what this is all about.

Here are the pics for Day Four.

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September 23, 2003
Colorado Grand - Day Three
Day three was the best route of the four days, although it was very short (101 miles) traveling from Durango (Purgatory Resort actually) to Ridgway for lunch and on to Telluride.

Our SL55 ride ended when Tim Allen wanted to drive the SL, so we were replace in a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing provided by MB's Classic Center. This 41,000km very original car was wreaking with patina and a ton of fun to drive.

Ron and Paul in the 300 SL

Right out of Durango we headed up Coal Bank Pass (10,640 ft.) to Molas Pass summit (10,910 ft.) which is an absolutely stunning pass, which ultimately leads to Silverton, the final stop on the current Durango/Silverton train ride. We had a 20 minute stop for construction and had some great opportunities to snap some shots. Here is Cliff Singer, Jerry Sienfeld and Ron Jackson behind Jerry's Porsche RSK.

Sienfeld's RSK>
(l-r - Cliff Singer, Jerry Sienfeld & Ron Jackson

You can see Silverton from up here plus the hills at the top are lined with expired silver mines and tailings.

Red Mountain Pass

We bypassed Silverton and headed toward Ouray where we stopped at the Bear Paw coffee shop where an ex-Denver construction worker has planted him self in the stunning town of Ouray to build an awesome coffee shop. This bookstore/coffee shop is well worth the stop where in 2002 it was chosen as one of America's 50 best places to live by Men's Journal Magazine. We then headed off to Ridgway a mere 9 miles away and we lined up at the park in the middle of town. This town was the location for the movie True Grit and the True Grit cafe (which provided our lunch today), is filled with memorabilia from the movie. A classic stop on the Grand, we rammed down a killer lunch with our choice of fresh Peach, Apple or Cherry pie. Bar none the best pie any of us had ever had. The parking folk were even dressed up in period dress to welcome us in style. As we leave lunch, we pass Ralph Lauren's 13,000 acre ranch which is the epitome of the perfect ranch. It was huge and included many different terrain features including stunning snow-topped peaks. The car swapping has begun, and my cohort Ron Jackson has bummed a ride in Herb Wolfe's 166 MM S/N 0050M, and Elliott Rabin came with me choosing to drive our 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.

Herb Wolfe's Ferrari 166 S/N 0050M

Herb Wolfe

Elliott had a great time with the car and drove us into Telluride to end our grueling 101 mile journey. Hard to express in words the scenery, roads and weather we experienced this day. Final day tomorrow with our bogey being Vail.

Mountains above Telluride

The 300 SL after a Great Day

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September 19, 2003
Colorado Grand - Day Two
The second day was remarkable beginning in Snowmass, we rolled through the town of glitz and glamour - Aspen. Did you realize that Aspen has a rush hour at 8:00 in the morning? We headed out early to score a great spot just into the start of Independence Pass. We found a great corner with perfect sunlight and like any good stakeout guys, we prepared to relax for a while. One by one, they flew by in packs and singles. The cars are great by themselves to look at, but to hear them go by was indeed an earful. The 50s Ferraris and 30s Alfa Romeos were awesome rasping up the hill. After watching most go by, we took off to chase some cars over the pass.

The weather was stunning and about 64 degrees. I was hanging out in a polo-type shirt at 8:30 in the morning! The pass had very little traffic which allowed for a glorious ride up and over this twisty and narrow road. We followed several cars including the SL55, Maybach and the 1960 Ferrari 250 TRI-60 Fantuzzi Spider. Everybody made it to the top of Independence Pass fine with the exception of Hilary's Bugatti, which ran hot, necessitating a refresh of radiator fluid & water gathered from a nearby pond. This turned out to be a great place to shoot several of the cars including the TR and the 375 Plus. Now I witnessed something the Italians probably never thought of. Wayne Golumb's 375 was built for King Leopold and such was equipped with many special features such as an altimeter. It was evident that they never thought their car/altimeter would run up to over 12,000 feet, as at that height, the gauge stopped!

We then traversed down the pass enjoying the stunning scenery, the changing of the leaves and witnessed the late summer fisherman attacking the calm waters nearby. We headed for Twin lakes, and then on to Salida for lunch, passing several of Colorado's fourteeners (14,000 ft. mountains) off to our right. Salida is a favorite Grand stop as they always pull out the stops when we come to town. They have a great park in the middle of town and many of the townsfolk drop by. The lunch fixings are all homemade and this year the high school jazz band entertained us in the nearby band shell. If memory serves me right, the Grand donated funds to help with the shell.

The afternoon drive was very long taking us deep into southern Colorado passing through Pagosa Springs through the country side and even dipping into northern Nevada as witness by our drive by in Arboles which sports a large casino. Ron swapped into the passenger seat of Geoff's Lancia as we then headed north. The roads were long and deserted and without a passenger to scare, I took a few liberties with the AMG and had a few seconds to take a few choice shots. I caught a few pictures of some wonderful old train cars and a switcher on the side of the road. After passing through Durango and event spotting the Durango & Silverton train on it's way back from Silverton twenty more miles later we ended at the Purgatory resort and after a frigid tent dinner with entertainment, we retired to the pub for more car stories. Tomorrow we embark on probably the best route on the Grand where we hear over the pass to Ouray on to Ridgeway for lunch and end in Telluride.

Here are the pics for Day Two.

September 16, 2003
Colorado Grand - Day One

A glorious day was had by all. The weather could not be more perfect, between 70 & 80 the whole day. Here is the steed with my co-driver, Ron Jackson at our lunch stop at Steamboat Springs.

Ron Jackson at the Steamboat Lunch Stop

Tom Horan & Michael Brendle on Gore Pass in the AC

The Shirley's Ferrari 375MM in Steamboat

330 miles to cover today, 120 of them in the morning, leaving a long afternoon. We got an early start (at least mentally and physically we were prepared, but after a time to search for our keys to the SL55, we started later than we would have liked. Our un-official role is that of digital photographers and we prepare a presentation for the Friday night banquet. Our typical M.O. is to arrive in front of a vehicle either by waiting one the side of the road and punching it when a Grand car is spotted, or while moving, we slow down and take our snaps, allow the car to go by, then work on the next one. As many cars run in a pack, we tend to get numerous cars fairly quickly. We had a great day, catching many cars and saving them to memory.

Some of the great cars spotted today were Stephen Block & Ross Cummings' 1953 Pegaso Z102BS Le Mans Spyder, Dennis & Natalie Machul's 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 Monza (awesome!), Bruce & Leslie Male's 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato, Wayne & Graceia Golomb's 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus, Eric Zausner & Steve Moal's 1950 Studebaker Doctor's Coupe, Richard Procter & Ron Hetherington's 1936 HRG Le Mans, Glenn & Linsey Mounger's 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, Jon & Mary Shirley's 1954 Ferrari 375 MM, Miles Collier & Scott George's 1937 Delahaye Type 135 MS Special Roadster, Graeme Revell & Tony Schwartz's 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Spyder, Jim Spiro & Jim Lindsey, 1960 Ferrari 250 TRI-60 Fantuzzi Spider, and Herb Wolfe & Elliot Rabin's 1950 Ferrari 160 MM Dino Scaglietti Spyder and Dennis Varni & Tim Allen's 1957 Maserati 200SI. We got to meet Tim Allen today, who is also a watch geek (who isn't on this trip?!) and we beat him up about his Maurice Lacroix. Herb Wolfe ran into a fuel pickup problem and had to bypass the oil cooler system once he got to the lunch stop. Ron and I helped Glen & Linsey Mounger in Rifle, CO, whose battery lost all electolites and necessitated a trip to NAPA. 15 minutes latter they were off with Linsey at the wheel.

New sponsor, Mitch Katz and Larry Stanton with Premier Financial Services enjoyed a spirited romp through the backcountry in an identically prepared black/black SL55. Just imagine the farmers sitting on the back porch along the road with all of these rare cars and two identical Mercedes-Benz convertibles whooshing by at light speed. We noticed many a folk enjoying the show unfolding right before their eyes. I suspect that work productivity suffered for many of these businesses along the route.

I'm hoping to see many of the other cars that I want to see tomorrow such as the two Mercedes-Benz 540Ks, the Bugatti Atalante & Hil Raab's Bugatti Atlantic. The weather is supposed to be turning tomorrow as we head to Salida for lunch and ending in Purgatory.

I'll be posting MY photos daily, Ron's will come later. Click here to view Day One's gallery.

Colorado Grand - Day .5
Registration day is here. Ron Jackson and I arrive in Vail and enjoy lunch with Geoff Goldberg & Lynne Remington prior to checking in at the Marriott Mountain Resort. Everyone is arriving, and it is very apparent that this is going to be a fantastic year. The weather is unbelievable, about 70 degrees and pure blue skies. It will probably hold through Thursday night or Friday morning.

This year is probably the best we've experienced for pre-war cars, six pre-war Bentley's alone. Herb Wolfe has his Ferrari 166 MM Spyder S/N 050M/308M here. This car spent a portion of its life in Colorado, vintage racing in the hands of Dan Collins in the many local event in the 50s. There are three Ferrari 375s including Jon & Mary Shirley's 375 MM, Wayne & Gracia Golumb's 375 Plus (The Rossellni car), and Graeme Revell & Tony Schwartz's 375 MM Scaglietti Spyder.

There are many very rare cars such as the 1953 Pegaso Z102BS Le Mans Spyder, 1936 HRG Le Mans, 1956 Maserati 350S, 1950 Studebaker Doctor's Coupe, two Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolets, 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Bertone and an Austin Healey 100S. Simply awesome.

Jerry Seinfeld is on the Grand again in his Porsche RSK, and Tim Allen showed up at dinner, although we have no idea what car he's in and with whom... About half of the entrants are new this year, so we should have some interesting events unfold.

Ron and I are starting out in the SL55, a black on black stunning beauty. The Girard-Perregaux stickers are placed on the car and look beautiful. It should be an awesome day as we head to Steamboat Springs for lunch and end up in Snowmass in the evening. I'll post photos tomorrow.

September 15, 2003
Ferrari Wins at Home!
Ok, the tire wars come to the battlefield, although this battlefield was on Ferraris home turf. This abrasive, high-speed track was a great equalizer for the teams.

Ferrari was dominant at everything they did. Michael Schmuacher pulled strong all day, but Montoya and Barrichello were not far behind. I thought Barrichello alone did a fine job.

And, my call for carnage at the first turn really didn't take place, all folks behaved well. Michael scored his 69th win of his F1 career, and extends his lead to 3 points over Montoya, but Scuderia Ferrari still trails by four points behind Williams.

The contest continues in two weeks here in the United States and down force will be the rule of the day.

September 14, 2003
The Colorado Grand Adventure is About to Begin!

I'm preparing to head out for the Colorado Grand, a 1,000 mile trip around Colorado in 4 days. We head up to Vail tomorrow about noon, and start in earnest on Tuesday. We start from the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in the morning. There are 14 Ferraris entered in the event so far, and here is the Ferrari entry list:

#41 - 1958 Ferrari 250 GT (Drogo)
Hugh Ruthven
Barrington, Illinois

#50 - 1960 Ferrari LWB California Spyder
Jeff Mamorsky & Martin Emmison
Greenwich, Connecticut

#59 - 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France
Michael & Katharina Leventhal
Chicago, Illinois

#64 - 1952 Ferrari 340MM
Sherman Wolf & Terry Herndon
Amherst, New Hampshire

#81 - 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet
Glenn & Linsey Mounger
Bainbridge Island, Washington

#88 – 1957 Ferrari SWB Spyder California (Substitute for Ferrari 340 Mexico)
Bruce Lustman & Mike Dopudja
Aspen, Colorado

#89 - 1954 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France
Richard & Geoff Mattei
Shoreline, Washington

#110 - 1950 Ferrari 160 MM "Dino" Scaglietti Spyder
Herb Wolfe & Elliot Rabin
Englewood, New Jersey

1955 Ferrari 375 Plus
Wayne & Graceia Golomb
North Muskegon, Michigan

1959 Ferrari 410 Super America
Bruce McCaw & TBD
Bellevue, Washington

1953 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Spyder
Graeme Revell & Tony Schwartz
Hidden Hills, California

1954 Ferrari 375 MM
Jon & Mary Shirley
Medina, Washington

1960 Ferrari 250 TRI-60 Fantuzzi Spider
Jim Spiro & Jim Lindsey
New Orleans, Louisiana

Here's the schedule:

Tuesday, September 16th
Vail to Steamboat Springs (lunch) to Snowmass

Wednesday, September 17th
Snowmass to Salida (lunch) to Purgatory

Thursday, September 18th
Purgatory to Ridgway (lunch) to Telluride

Friday, September 19th
Telluride to Paonia (lunch) to Vail

Saturday, September 20th
Saturday will feature the famous Concours d'Non-Elegance, which I'm responsible for. Here's a picture from 2002:

The car entry list is like no other rally in the US. Seventy-five pre-1961 sports and racing cars of distinction. The site is at I'm going to chronicle the trip daily here on my blog. For the third year, I m riding with my co-driver and GREAT friend Ron Jackson, President of Girard-Perregaux. This is a shot from us last year in a 320 SLK:

This year, we're piloting the fastest production Mercedes ever built.

Drool here. 493 Hp/516 Ft pounds of torque! 0-60 in 4.5 sec.!

If you're in the area of Vail at the Lionshead Plaza, drop by on Saturday for the show, which runs from 9 am till 2 pm. We invited every exotic car club in Colorado.

September 13, 2003
Michael Schumacher Takes the Pole in Monza!
In a great turn around in recent weeks, the Scuderia Ferrari team pulled out a stunning display of qualifying to take the first and second spot on the grid.

The track has acquired a slight variation with turn one with the new Variante Del Rettifilo, the first chicane. This will prove tomorrow to be deciding factor in the championship. This chicane is inane! It is just ludicrous, watch for the carnage tomorrow.

Michael scored his 55th all time pole, which is 10 short of an all-time record held by Ayrton Senna.

September 12, 2003
Maserati Quattroporte Debuts in Frankfurt
Maserati's Quattroporte, was finally launched at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Is this the car to save Maserati? Does this have the ability to have more of a mass apeal? I hope so, as it is a beautiful car.

The President of the Ferrari-Maserati Group, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, CEO of Maserati, Antonello Perricone, and Quattroporte designer, Sergio Pininfarina, addressed the German exhibition centre.

Monza Qualifying Session 1
Montoya steals Ferraris thunder. However, Barichello managed to come within about a .10 of a second and take the second fastest time. Schumi managed third place a half a second down.

Ferrari has been furiously attempting to make up ground on their Michellin-shod rivals. The weather was windy, but Ferrari was set in good shape for Saturday's qualifying.

Ferrari Debuts the 575 GTC Race Car
The Frankfurt Auto Show (9/13/2003 - 9/21/2003), will be the worldwide unveiling of the new Ferrari 575 GTC Race Car. The 575 GTC (where the C stands for Competizione) is a 605bhp all out racecar destined for privateers in national and international GT racing such as the FIA GT and GrandAm championships. Pictures below:

Frankfurt Motor Show

575 GT - Front View

575 GT - Interior Front View

575 GT - Interior Rear View

The 575 GTC Berlinetta features increases in displacement from the production car s 5,748 cc to 5,997 cc, updated cam timing and Marelli engine management allowing for a theoretical top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph) depending on the gearing.

The Front and rear track have both been increased and the car's dry weight has been reduced to 2,530 lbs thanks to the use of a specific tubular space frame chassis with composite body panels.

The 575 GTC's aerodynamics has been massaged in the wind tunnel and features a flat underbody with rear diffuser, adjustable front spoiler and an enormous split rear wing with Gurney flap. The suspension features adjustable damping, an adjustable anti-roll bar and anti-dive geometry at the front. Braking is by courtesy of Brembo with 6-pot calipers at the front and 4-pot calipers at the rear.

Ferrari lists the "ex-factory price" of the 575 GTC at 700,000 euro excluding taxes and delivery.

Ferrari will also have its entire range of production cars, with the company's latest competition car aimed at the FIA GT and GrandAm championships, along with one of its Championship-winning F1 cars at this year's edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.

September 5, 2003
The new Ferrari 2+2 Sketches Released
Ferrari has released sketches of the new Pininfarina-designed 2+2 456 replacement. The new car will be revealed in the US at the 2004 Detroit Show in January.

Pictures below:

September 3, 2003
So now it comes out that it was Ferrari that tipped the FIA off on the potential use of illegal tires. Ross Brawn (Ferrari technical director) admitted to contacting the FIA after receiving photographic evidence at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

To quote Brawn, "It all started in Budapest when Bridgestone got hold of some photos taken in the paddock by a Japanese," Brawn told Italian newspaper la Gazzetta dello Sport at the Monza tests."

"They showed in an unequivocal way that the front Michelin tires had an excessively large tread at the end of the race or after being used."

Now, one has to wonder if "tires do make the car", and now consider that the Michelins were enough of an advantage to explain the dramatic leap frog of improvement in these teams in the past six or so races. Where did Renault come from this season? Now, I have to admit that the sensation of the year has to be Fernando Alonso. This cat has a very bright future in F1, and appears to be a very genuine person. And why I'm at it, Mark Weber? When was the last time that Michael Schumacher was lapped? Personally, I dont think its all about the tires, as it appears the Ferraris have been down on power on the straights as well.

Mr. Montezemelo came out last week in a furious manner, decreeing that things must change. I have a pretty good feeling that the Italian Tifosi will have a great day come September 14th in Monza.

August 30, 2003
Improper Tire Contact Patch
It appears that Michelin has been producing tires that have been providing an advantage over their Bridgestone rivals. It has been painfully evident that Ferrari has been slipping and their Michelin-shod competitors have been surpassing the team.

Michelin has been told to come up with replacements prior to the next race in Monza.

Charlie Whiting, the FIA's technical delegate, had written to the team principals advising: "It has become clear that under certain circumstances the total front tire contact patch on some cars can exceed 270mm in width, despite the fact that when measured statically on a new tire the apparent tread width does not exceed the maximum stipulated in the sporting regulations.

"With immediate effect, any part of a front tire which we consider has been in regular or systematic contact with the track will be deemed tread and will be taken into account when measuring the width of the tire as defined in the regulations."

It appears that Michelin's sidewall has some interesting characteristics! Monza will be interesting.