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Northern Prancer - Ferrari Club of America
Northern Prancer
Quarterly Publication of
The Ferrari Club of America
Canada East Region
1957 335S - s/n 0700 - driven by many
great drivers, including Peter Collins,
as seen at The 2010 National Meet
in Millville, New Jersey.
Zagato-bodied Ferrari 550 , one of three
Barchettas, recently sold in England
for £353,500.
Photo by Clem Simmons
Volume 21, Issue 4 - Winter 2010
The Marque of Automotive Excellence
The Remo
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35 years experience, Remo Ferri is pleased to offer the most extensive
selection of luxury and sport automobiles in the city.
Ferrari Maserati of Ontario, 200 Auto Park Circle, Vaughan 416 749 5325
Ferrari Maserati of Toronto, 101 Avenue Road, Toronto 416 962 5325
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European Autobody, 14 Goodmark Place, Etobicoke 416 679 8722
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Dan O’Toole, Regional Director, says......
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ello everyone and welcome to our last quarterly publication for 2010. We had an event filled year in 2010 that
was enhanced by fabulous weather and strong participation
and I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings us. Our event calendar is firming up but I’d like to bring a couple of events to
your attention as they may require some advance preparation
on your part.
Bloor Street Celebration
`This past year our club had the opportunity to participate in the first Yorkville Exotic Car Show www.yorkvilleexotics.com. The event was a rousing success and together
with the Porsche Club we were able to raise $20,000 for the
SickKids Foundation. In 2011 things are stepping up. We're
excited to announce that our club will be working with the
Bloor Street Celebration event taking place on Sunday, June
19, 2011. This event will serve as the official launch of the
revitalized neighbourhood following its multi-million dollar
re-vamping. The theme of the event is "On the Red Carpet".
During the event, Bloor Street will be open to foot-traffic
only between Church St. and Avenue Road offering visitors
the ultimate red carpet experience! An array of entertainment
is being planned for visitors including a live concert, fabulous
food offerings, exotic cars from the Ferrari Club of America
and - of course - shopping!
The Yorkville event this past summer featured cars from
Ferrari and Porsche provided by club volunteers. There was
limited space available which resulted in many club members
not being able to display their cars at the inaugural event. If
you’re interested in participating in 2011, watch for registration information in the next Northern Prancer.
As with past BYBIA events, this event will include an important charitable component. As Toronto’s premier international neighbourhood, this charitable partnership will reflect
concerns with global issues and reinforce our International
presence. As such, we are looking to work with Artists for
Peace and Justice (APJ) as our official charitable partner www.
apjnow.org.
Established in 2008, Artists for Peace and Justice is a
fund raising effort founded by Oscar winner and fellow
Canadian Paul Haggis that works to improve the lives of
children in Haiti by providing essential medical care, clean
water, high-quality education and training. One of APJ's most
recent successes has been the opening of Haiti's first free
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secondary school, which welcomed
its first class of 250 grade 7 students
in October! Eventually this ground
breaking school will educate, feed
and care for 1,400 students each year
in grades 7–13. It is important to
note that 100% of funds raised by
APJ are guaranteed to go back to the
people of Haiti.
2011 National FCA Event in Savannah, Georgia
The keystone event in the club calendar is reserved for
our Annual Meet. Savannah, Georgia is the location this year
and the place to be from June 8th to 12th. If you’ve attended
one of the club’s annual events, you know what’s in store
for you and if you’ve ever been to Savannah, you won’t need
much persuading. However if you haven’t attended one of
our annual events before, I urge you to consider the Savannah
meet, you won’t be disappointed. We intend for this meet to
be the one event that the spouse not only approves of but
rather the one that she insists upon...and the sooner people
can discuss with the family and put on the calendar, the better. Reservations are now open at the headquarters hotel, the
Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. This year’s
meet honours the Ferrari Challenge cars so if you were a
driver or member of any Ferrari Challenge team, this event
will be of special interest to you. Event information including registration and hotel reservations is currently available
at www.fca2011.org; you can also view a special promotional
video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtwcUfoTXHE.
Many club members drive their Ferraris to the annual
event but if this location is out of reach to you or time
doesn’t permit, we have organized transport with TFX International, www.tfxinternational.com/, an FCA partner, to
transport our vehicles in the same enclosed trailers they use
to deliver new Ferraris to our dealerships in Canada. There
is limited space available, should you wish to consider this
option, please contact me directly at [email protected] Dianne and I look forward to meeting you there.
(See page 7 for details - Ed.)
Ferrari Challenge at the Toronto Honda Indy Car Event
For the first time in the history of the Toronto Indy, the
Ferrari North American Challenge series will be featured.
Montreal (F1 weekend) and Toronto are the only Canadian
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locations for the 2011 series and will feature both the current
430 Challenge cars as well as the new 458 Challenge model.
The event will be held the weekend of July 8th through 11th
on the streets of Toronto. As quoted in the 2011 event announcement, “The Ferrari Challenge is a premium series with
universal appeal,” said Kim Green, co-owner of Green Savoree Toronto, ULC, promoters of the Honda Indy Toronto.
“Its addition to our schedule speaks volumes to the prestige
and heritage of this Toronto hallmark event.”
Our club will be working closely with Ferrari of Ontario
to provide you with great access to the event. Look for more
details in our 2011 Northern Prancer publications as well as
at the Challenge series website www.ferrarichallenge.com.
Additional information can also be found at http://hondaindytoronto.com/.
Event organizers have received a great number of
requests and to optimize management of the event, they
have decided to extend the deadline for entry applications to Sunday 16 January 2011. Additional information
for this event can be found at the following site: http://
ferraritribute.1000miglia.eu.
As you can see, there are a number of great opportunities to participate in events in 2011 both in Canada, the US
and Europe in addition to our traditional regional and chapter
activities.
Our best wishes to you and your families during the
holiday season! We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2011.
Forza Ferrari!
2011 Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia
For something a little further a field, you may be interested to know that the second Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia
is gaining plenty of interest. The 2011 event is open to all
owners of Ferraris constructed from 1958 until now; it will
set out from Brescia on May 12th to open the revival of the
historic Mille Miglia, following the same route as the original race arriving back in Brescia after stopovers in Bologna,
Rome and Maranello on the evening of Saturday the 14th.
Dan O’Toole
Regional Director - Canada East Region
On Saturday, the third
and last day of the
2011 Ferrari Tribute
to Mille Miglia, the
cars will drive on the
famous Via Cassia to
Siena with a check
point on the main
square, seen here,
where the Palio is held.
The Palio di Siena is
a horse race around
the square in which
ten horses and riders,
bareback and dressed
in the appropriate
colours, represent ten
of the seventeen city
wards. The race is
extremely dangerous
and lasts only about
90 seconds
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A Special Welcome to the following New Members:
Lorenz Cicconi, Mississauga Ontario
Mario Calcagni, Kirkland, Quebec
Ralph Magliaro, Hamilton, Ontario
Lino Palumbo, St Lazare, Quebec
Lucio Polsinelli, Toronto, Ontario
William Rowley, Toronto, Ontario
Paolo Tramontin, Weston, Ontario
Howie Young, Oakville, Ontario
Members are encouraged to take advantage of what your club has to offer - track events, rally, concours,
technical matters, casual drives or social activities - something for the whole family.
Any questions? Contact any of the executive names on page 5 or the names against the events on the calendar.
We look forward to meeting you - come out and say ‘hello’.
REMEMBER TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP ON TIME
Call Chris Ahlgrim: 1-800-328-0444
and ensure that our Regional Membership Director has your correct e-mail address.
Most event flyers, and now Northern Prancer, are e-mailed to members.
For information, contact Vicki Reid at 905-895-6662 or [email protected]
It’s important that we stay in touch!
Canada East Regional Executive
Regional Director:
Treasurer:
Secretary:
Membership:
Daniel O'Toole - (b) 416-777-6305 - e-mail: [email protected]
Angela Davidson - (h/fax) 905-881-8094 - e-mail: [email protected]
Julie Cory - (h) 416-494-7653 - e-mail: [email protected]
Vicki Reid - (h) 905-895-6662 - e-mail: [email protected]
Quebec Chapter - www.fcaquebec.ca
Other Key Contacts
Track Chair: Evan Friedman
(b) 905-850-0079 - e-mail: [email protected]
Rally: Bill Coutts
(h) 416-264-841 - e-mail: [email protected]
Concours: Bob Reid
(h) 905-895-6662 - e-mail: [email protected]
Editor - Norther Prancer: Peter Davidson
(h/fax) 905-881-8094 - e-mail: [email protected]
Advertising Director: Ian Carlsen
(b) 416-239-9966 - e-mail: [email protected]
Website: Spencer Watson (cel) 519-500-0944
(b) 519-885-4540 ext 3056
e-mail: [email protected]
Regional Photographer: Lucas Scarfone
(c) 905-730-4359 - web site: www.ScarfonePhoto.com
President: Bernardo Pisarzewski
(cel) 514-347-1973 - e-mail: [email protected]
Vice President: Pasquale Sorella
(h) 514-575-6897 - e-mail: [email protected]
Secretary/Treasurer: Evange Destounis
(h) 514-973-9200 - e-mail: [email protected]
Events Chairman/Webmaster: Frederic Nguyen
(h) 450-641-6481 - [email protected]
Ottawa Chapter - www.fcaottawa.com
President: Jody Meunier
(h) 613-938-7383 - e-mail: [email protected]
Vice President: Chuck Storry
(h) 613-784-6903 - e-mail: [email protected]
Treasurer/Festival Director: Giuseppe Castrucci
(h) e-mail: [email protected]
Secretary: Renato Pontello
(h) 613-599-0885 - e-mail: [email protected]
Rally: Hagen Hohn - 613-279-5273
The Editor reserves the right to edit all material, and to refuse or reject and/or return same when necessary.
Neither the Ferrari Club of America nor Northern Prancer - it’s Editor or Publisher can be held responsible for advertising content.
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Regional Event Calendar - 2010 and other Events of Interest (small type)
February 18-27
April 16
May 14
May 29
June 8-12
June 10-12
June 17-19
June 19
June 30-July 3
Canadian International AutoShow, Toronto
AGM/Dinner – Richard/Julie Cory - 416-494-7653
Tech Session – Dan O’Toole/Evan Friedman - 416-777-6305
Bernacci’s Drive – Rob/Carol Bernacci - 905-648-6735
FCA National, Savannah, Georgia – See The News Bulletin
Canadian Grand Prix
VARAC at Mosport
Bllor Street Celebration – Jim Hyatt - 905-294-5070
Goodwood Festival of Speed
July 6
Mosport Track Event – Evan Friedman - 905-850-0079
July 17
July 24
Cory’s Cancer Drive – Richard/Julie Cory - 416-494-7653
Concours d’Elegance – Bob/Vicki Reid - 905-895-6662
August 13 or 20
Regional Directors Drive - Dan O’Toole - 416-777-6305
Rodney’s Weekend – Rodney Ellis - 416966-8897
September 11
Rolly’s Mystery Drive – Rolly Astrom - 905-634-1432
July 8-10
Toronto Indy Weekend/Ferrari Challenge Race - Dan O’Toole
- 416-777-6305
July 24
August 6 August 19-21
September 16-18
September 25
ALMS at Mosport
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Re-union - Laguna Seca, California
Goodwood Revival
Europa Rally – Bill Coutts - 416-264-8411
October 16
Wine Tour – Ralph Shepherd - 416-441-2101
November 12
Children’s Aid Society Dinner - Richard/Julie Cory
- 416-494-7653
November 26
Winter Dinner – Larry/Marilyn Pacht - 416-821-0909
Ottawa Chapter (www.fcaottawa.com)
June 17/19
Ottawa Ferrari Festival – Giuseppe Castrucci - 613-253-7176
Contact: Hagen Hohn - 613-839-5643
Further details yet to be announced
Quebec Chapter (www.fcaquebec.ca)
Bahrain Grand Prix viewing
March 13 April 14
May 6
Tech Session at Ferrari-Maserati of Quebec
Annual Dinner
June 11
June 17-19
July 17
Canadian Grand Prix Party
Ottawa Ferrari Festival
Summer Run
August 28
September 17
October 1
Ferrari Dream Drive
Late Summer Run
Fall Run
May 22
August 13
Italian Car Rally* (to be confirmed)
Italian Week Exposition*
Contact: Bernardo Pisarzewski - 514-347-1973 e-mail: [email protected]
or by consulting our website
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A Message from Remo Ferri, President Ferrari Maserati of Ontario
W
hile the winter weather is keeping our cars under
wraps for now, spring is just around the corner. Our
team at Ferrari of Ontario is busy working on plans for an
active driving season. And remember, if you have any maintenance or restoration work needed on your car, now is the
ideal time to get this done at our discounted winter rates and
avoid the spring rush.
Ferrari World opens in Abu Dhabi
In early December, I traveled to Abu Dhabi to attend the
grand opening of the new Ferrari World theme park in Abu
Dhabi. It was my first trip to the Middle East and quite an
eye opener. The new park is dedicated to everything Ferrari,
with its center piece being the world’s fastest roller coaster
which reaches 240 kmph. (No, I didn’t try it.) While there, I
was able to meet with our Chairman Mr. Montezemolo and
our CEO Mr. Felisa for an update on what’s happening at the
Factory.
Replacement for the 612 to be introduced in early 2011
The new Ferrari 2+2 promises to be a very significant
evolution from the 612. It will be the fastest 2+2 on the
market, much roomier with comfortable seating for 4 passengers and their luggage, a double-clutch gearbox and all-wheel
drive. (The AWD mechanism was not outsourced – it was
developed right at the Ferrari factory.) The car is simply gorgeous with a fully equipped interior. It will be a purpose-built
all-season vehicle for the driver looking for the ultimate in
performance, luxury and practical comfort.
We will be communicating more details in early 2011 so
mark July 8-10 on your calendar now – you won’t want to
miss this spectacular event.
The Challenge Race will be followed by the American
Le Mans Series race at Mosport, July 22-24. Once again R.
Ferri Competizione will be partnering with Risi Racing in this
ALMS race.
Our Facilities Remain at Your Disposal
We remain committed to providing the best service available on all Ferraris and Maseratis – old and new.
During the winter months our service facility offers a
15% discount on all parts and service. Ferrari of Ontario uses
only genuine Ferrari parts to ensure your Ferrari runs correctly and risk free. You receive a full one year parts and service
warranty on all new Ferrari parts
Please stop in to visit any time at our dealership in
Vaughan, our Downtown Toronto Showroom or our dealership in Calgary.
From everyone at Ferrari of Ontario, please accept our
very best wishes to you and your family for a prosperous and
enjoyable 2011.
Ciao!
458 Challenge Series ready to go!
Ferrari of Ontario will again field the largest team in the
North American Challenge series with as many as seven drivers – four in 458s and three in 430s.
Ferrari Challenge returns to Toronto in July!
I am very excited to announce that, after extensive negotiations with Ferrari North America, a Ferrari Challenge race
will be held in conjunction with the Toronto Indy race, July
8-10, 2011. Plans are being developed to make this weekend
the biggest Ferrari event of the year for Toronto, with plenty
of opportunities for all Club members to get involved.
We will have a Ferrari Challenge Hospitality Club overlooking the start/finish straight, a fully tented area for food
and beverage, a special Ferrari parking corral, Ferrari parade
laps and a private reception at our dealership.
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[email protected]
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FCA 2011 Annual Meet
8-12 June 2011
Savannah, Georgia
The meet honors the Challenge cars, drivers and teams
as its theme. Historic Challenge cars will race wheel-towheel on Thursday afternoon.
The Southeast Region of the FCA . . .
.
.
.
is hosting the 2011 FCA International Meet in Savannah, Georgia, a city full of
southern hospitality and host to America’s first Grand Prix. Our headquarters hotel is the
Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa on Hutchinson Island, only a 5-minute free
ferry ride to Savannah’s beautiful, historic downtown riverfront. Our track is the 2.0 mile
Hutchinson Island course, only a short walk from the hotel. The track, built in 1997 for an
Indy car race, has recently been renovated and much improved. It is the host track for the
Schedule of Events
Wednesday—Driver Education School, Registration
Reception
will be held on the Westin’s manicured golf course driving range, surrounded by the track.
Thursday—Track day, Historic Challenge Car Race
See our promo video at www.tinyurl.com/fca2011savannah.
Friday—Track day, dinner
You are encouraged to come early, stay late, as the Westin offers our club’s discounted rate
Saturday—Concorso
d’Eleganza, Concorso
Historic Racing series in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island Concours. Our concours
for three days before and after the meet and there is so much more to see and enjoy in
Savannah, Hilton Head and the nearby Georgia and South Carolina beaches. The Westin is
now taking reservations at the FCA rate www.tinyurl.com/27L58L3.
luncheon
Sunday—Rally, pleasure
drive, low country boil and
awards presentation
fca2011.org
[email protected]
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Ferrari Maserati Québec Opens its New Facilities
T
he only factory authorized Ferrari and Maserati retailer
in Québec and the Maritimes is proud to announce the
grand opening of its new, fully integrated state-of-the-art
dealership.
terials such as leather and alcantara samples, steering wheels,
carbon ceramic brake systems and wheels thus making the car
building experience, a sensuous one.
Mr. Marco Mattiacci, President and
CEO of Ferrari North America, is delighted with the new dealership: “The evolution and relevance of our great brand rely not only upon the continued
excellence of our products, but also the experience we create for customers
at our showrooms. With the amenities created at this newly-constructed
facility, combined with the ongoing dedication of its sales team, Ferrari Maserati Québec will deliver the very best experience to our valued
clients,” Mattiacci continued.
The new 44,000 sq. ft. facility, almost half of which is
dedicated to the Service department, brings together all of
the elements necessary to sell, service and repair Ferrari and
Maserati vehicles under one roof, as well as provide the Ferrari Classiche programme for the restoration of older Ferrari
models. Two exclusive Ferrari and Maserati “Atelier” rooms
allow buyers to build their dream machine by selecting options and accessories they desire, using an interactive tactile
screen. They also have the pleasure of touching actual ma-
2 photos courtesy asbed.com
Ferrari and Maserati dealers around
the world are converting into the new corporate identity standards, and the Québec
branch is proud to be amongst the first in
North America to offer this experience to
its clients.
In addition to the new car showroom and a secondary
showroom, showcasing pre-owned models, amenities include
a lounge displaying a fabulous array of pictures and books
depicting the history of Ferrari and Maserati, as well as a
boutique. The furniture and decor have been designed exclusively for Ferrari and Maserati. For example, the lush leather
couches and chairs are custom-designed by Poltrona Frau,
Maserati’s leather manufacturer.
Ferrari Maserati Québec President, Umberto Bonfa, is
convinced that the time has come to offer this enhanced level
of services to his clientele. “We know about the exciting cars that
are coming in the near future from Ferrari and Maserati, and expect
spectacular growth in Maserati sales and Ferrari service revenues in the
coming years. With the new facility four times the size of our previous
location, we now have the environment and the resources to take advantage of this potential and ensure that every buyer gets the full benefit of
his investment.
The Ferrari and Maserati names mean something special around
the world, and our customers will now share that feeling every time they
come to our new facility.”
l to r: Umberto Bonfa, President Ferrari Maserati
Quebec, Marco Mattiacci, President & CEO Ferrari
North America and Lawrence Stroll. Marco Mattiacci
presented this chrome-plated exhaust off the 2004 Ferrari
F1 car, as a gift to Ferrari Maserati Quebec in honour of
their grand opening.
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Ferrari Maserati
Québec Opening
2 centre photos courtesy asbed.com
All others by Bernardo Pisarzewski
l to r:
Richard Gaglewicz,
Maserati Sales Manager
Umberto Bonfa, President
Sabrina D'Amico,
Marketing and Events Manager
Serge Moniz,
Ferrari Sales Manager
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‘THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN’
by Garth Stein
Book Review by Lindsay Gillespie
B
ack in May, at the Track Day at Mosport, I found
myself saying something to my instructor as I
rounded corner #7 that I had recently read in a book:
"The car goes where the eye goes". His words of
agreement through the headset indicated that this
maxim was indeed true. I neglected at the time to tell
him that those words I had quoted were written by a
dog.
OK, maybe not actually written by a dog, but
written in the voice of the dog who narrates 'The Art
of racing in the Rain', a novel written in the form of
a memoir.
What does a memoir narrated by a dog have to
do with Ferrari, or racing for that matter?
Well, for one thing, the dog's name is Enzo. (Yes,
he is named after 'that' Enzo.)
For another, Enzo's owner, Denny Swift, is an
aspiring race car driver who lives for nothing more
than racing, with the possible exception of his wife,
his daughter, and Enzo himself.
The author of 'The Art of Racing in the Rain',
Garth Stein, is either a racer himself, a real racing fan,
or at the very least has done some genuine research.
When Denny's daughter is born, he is absent, away
racing at Daytona in the Rolex 24 Hours, driving a
Porsche 993 Cup Car. Not a fictitious race car or a
generic 911, as most people would identify it, but a
Porsche 993, specifically. This guy Stein knows his
cars, and racing. Even the use of terms such as HANS device
lend credence to Stein's knowledge of racing.
But the book is not a racing instruction manual. It's is the
story of a man's life as seen through the eyes of faithful friend,
his dog, Enzo. Racing in the rain becomes a metaphor for not
just Denny's survival, but his emergence from personal tragedy, trials (literally) and tribulations, to greatness in the sport
which he loves. Denny's driving, especially his proclivity to
win in the rain catches the eye of a certain sports car company
which we all know and love, and he is invited to join their drivers development program in Italy. Of course, the company's
faith is well placed, and Denny goes on to great success.
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Enzo, the narrator, is a dog, and ultimately a dog's life is
but a fraction of the life span of a man. It is said that when
a dog dies it is reincarnated, sometimes as a man, but to say
that Enzo lives on beyond his mortal life would give too
much of the story away.
With a quote from Ayrton Senna prefacing the story,
beyond being a great novel, this book is an especially
wonderful read for anyone who can relate to cars, racing,
triumph and, well, dogs. The Ferrari connection just brings
it closer to home. Highly recommended.
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QUEBEC CHAPTER - Tour of The Valley
September 18, 2010
by Bernardo Pisarzewski
O
n a crisp but pleasant late summer morning, about 10
FCA members gathered in the south Shore to take a
“Tour of the Valley”. This run took its participants through
some of the most scenic routes of the Châteauguay River
valley.
The first “pit” stop was Ormstown, a small municipality nestled in the heart of the Châteauguay River valley. This
town is known for its quaint gift and antique shops.
The final stop was at the Rockburn Pub. For those of
you that aren’t familiar with this jewel, this is a typical English
pub located in Franklin County. Specializing in beers and ales
from the UK, it also serves authentic English cuisine. The
owner, Mr. Gordon Clark, was one of the original founders
of the FCA in Canada back in 1972 (in Toronto) and was
the owner of a 275GTB/4 (s/n 09285). What’s more, the
Rockburn is a favourite hub for many British car clubs and
motorcycle clubs. It was amusing to look upon the gazes and
leers of the regulars, when a herd of Cavallinos came stampeding in.
Our return trip took us to the foot of Covey Hill, which
is the first mountain of the Adirondacks. This vantage point
offered breath-taking views of the St-Lawrence and Richelieu
river valleys, as well as the island of Montreal. Chemin Covey
Hill is also the first road north of the US-Canada border.
What a tour!!!
Photos by Bernardo Pisarzewski
The second “scenic” stop was at the Powerscourt Covered Bridge. Built in 1861, it is one of the last wooden
covered bridges in Quebec, and the second oldest covered
bridge in Canada. It spans the Chateauguay River between
Hinchinbrooke and Elgin, and is the only remaining example
of a McCallum Truss bridge in the world. This location was
also a wonderful photo opportunity.
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QUEBEC CHAPTER - Fall Colors Tour ... an Off Road Experience!
October 2, 2010
by Bernardo Pisarzewski
in Frelighsburg, for a nature
break and a photo op.
The real adventure began as I led the caravan out
of Frelighsburg. A wrong
left turn in itself is not a
punishable offence. However, a wrong left turn, an
over inflated pride, refusing
to admit you’re lost, and
a sudden gravel road, can
be considered a felony. After a futile 30
minutes of mindless trekking, I finally
decided to stop and confess to the troops
that I was lost. Luckily for me, some
members were armed with GPSs and a
sense of humour. Soon enough, we were
plowing our way back to more Ferrarifriendly roads…or so I thought.
the gravel roads that we were previously travelling on were
slightly better.
Our scheduled and final stop was to have been the Auberge Quilliam in Knowlton. However, a reservation mishap,
and an unyielding and pretentious maitre-d’
forced us to improvise alternate plans. In the
end, the members elected to rough it at an East
Side Mario’s in Bromont. It wasn’t four star
cuisine, but the service was relatively quick.
As a means of redemption for my transgressions, I offered a few pitchers of beer to
my brethren. And as we sat down to eat, Fred
Nguyen, our new events director, turned to
me and said with
an impish smile:
“You’re allowed
one mistake a year”,
echoing a rule
adopted by Michael
Schumacher during
his stay with Ferrari.
Thank goodness my
mistake took place
on the final run of
2010.
Phew!!
Photos by François Racicot
U
nder an overcast and breezy sky, a handful of diehard
Québec Chapter tifosi punctually gathered and braved
the elements to set off on the final run of 2010. Our caravan
unceremoniously enjoyed the autumn foliage and made its
way through Farhman, Mystic and Bedford, before stopping
As we finally reached highway 139
(just north of the US border), we were
treated to another surprise, courtesy
of the Quebec ministry of transport:
a freshly de-asphalted road until Sutton!!! How bad was it? Let’s just say that
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The 2010 National Meet - New Jersey
29 September - 3 October, 2010
by Clem Simmons
W
elcome to the Ferrari Club of America’s 2010 International Meet in Millville, New Jersey Celebrating the
Road and Racing Cars of Sergio Scaglietti.
The primary event for the Ferrari Club of America each
year is the Annual Meet. Having been involved in a few from
various aspects, from helping to organize one, to judging at
the Concours and helping with the creation of the program,
I can assure you that it is a lot of work, and there are many
others among us who have done a lot more work on them
than I have. My hat is always off to those who are willing
to step up and tackle the running of a Ferrari Club National
Meet. In 2010, it was the Penn-Jersey Region that stepped up
to the plate under the capable leadership of Regional Director, Pietro Castiglioni, and Event Chairman, Mike Sassaman.
Millville, New Jersey, doesn’t sound like much of a place,
and after having been there, I can tell you that it is a lot like
hundreds of other little American towns that were once vibrant and teaming with small factories and businesses, but are
now becoming sleepy places and homes for older folks trying
to slow the pace of life a bit.
Most of the time, the location for a Ferrari Club of
America Annual Meet is largely chosen for its proximity to
a race track and Millville, New Jersey, has a dandy. Situated
at 47 Warbird Drive, the New Jersey Motorsports Park is a
large place that can host several events all at one time. With a
good deal of support from local, county, state and federal officials beginning in 2003, the ground was finally
broken to start construction on May 29, 2007.
Just 13 months later, the 707 acre facility was
open for business with the 2.25 mile Thunderbolt
race track and a shorter 1.9 mile Lightning race
track. In addition to those there is a 1.1 mile go
kart track, and all of this is surrounded by 20
buildings including a Clubhouse, timing tower,
media centre, medical and safety centres, an Officer’s Club and Ballroom, a drivers pro-shop not
to mention a nice set of track garages and even
condo’s to rent for race weekends.
there was my long time Ferrari pal, David Seielstad, who had
arrived minutes before from Hawaii. David had arranged for
our rental car, a Chevy Aveo. Good grief! With map in hand,
we headed out for the very short hop over to the Simeone
Foundation Automotive Museum over on Norwitch Drive.
Recently relocated into an old factory and office complex, the
collection was well spread out with plenty to see. The collection includes a large number of old racing cars including prewar Alfas, BMWs, Mercedes, Cunninghams, Maseratis, Jaguars, Astons, Porsches, Corvettes, Ford GT40s and a Cobra
Daytona coupe, but what David and I had come to see were
Ferraris, and the Simeone Collection has two of the best.
After a brief stroll, there before us, parked side by side,
were the 1958 250 Testa Rossa, 0710TR, and a 1954 375MM
Spyder, 0412. Shortly after, we engaged in some conversation
with the Museum’s staff, and we were soon over the wall with
doors open and hoods off for some detailed inspection and
photo taking. David and I were both thrilled to pieces to be
able to get this up close opportunity to eyeball some real Ferrari history. The 375MM was a great car with some nice history, having been once owned by Actor, William Holden, but
what I came to see was 0710TR. This is the very first production edition of the customer Testa Rossa, the very first of
nineteen examples. This car literally drips with history - raced
extensively by John Von Neumann and Richie Ginther, not to
mention Von Neumann’s Stepdaughter, Josie. 0710 was the
only Testa Rossa built with a detachable nose section and the
car still has it. Although having left the Factory painted Silver
I kicked off my participation by boarding
US Air’s flight 3601 at 6:25 AM in Ottawa on
A shot of part of the concours at track side in threatening weather. This
September 29th. We touched down right on time 330 GT 2+2 has just shy of 4,000 original miles, and sat for many years
at 8:20 AM in Philadelphia, PA. Waiting for me
in the garage of the original owner in Montana. s/n 5701GT.
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with a Red stripe, the car is now Red. We will have to discuss
0710 at some other time, but now on to the National Meet.
As the concours was taking shape outside the meeting
room, the weather was not cooperating one bit. The sky
was black. The winds were blowing hard and people were
growing concerned. Some opted to not even place their cars
into position and a make shift setup was put in place inside
the paddock garages to house the open cars to protect them
from the looming torrent of rain. There were 83 entries in
12 Classes. At the end of the day the show came off with a
few hitches but without a drop of rain. In spite of a few no
shows, and the very high, warm winds.
I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I arrive at
the registration desk for a Ferrari event. It is great to see old
friends again and get caught up on what has happened since
being together last. I stepped up to receive my registration
kit and was taken aside by Pietro Castiglioni. We chatted and
shook hands and he handed me a copy of his now famous
English translation of the Giulio Schmidt book, The Roaring Races, The True Story of Enzo Ferrari as a Race Car
Best of Show went to Retired Admiral Robert Philips
Driver. Originally written in Italian, Pietro did his English
and his 1955 500 Mondial Series II, s/n 0556. Robert also
translation in 1988, but I did not get my copy until 1990. At
took home the Outstanding Ferrari Competition Car award.
first I just thought it would be nice to have a second copy to
The 500 Mondial finished off the event by winning a major
share with friends, but after I got to look it over, I realized
that this one was special. It
was autographed by one of
my life time idols, the coach
builder of many early Ferraris, Mr. Sergio Scaglietti. It
also had a nice colour photo
of Mr. Scaglietti signing the
book, and beautiful cloisonné
event badge affixed to the
front cover. I will cherish it
always. The Ferraris that I
know and love are all the sum
total of the parts that were
hand made by the craftsman
of Maranello. The men that
built the cars are also responsible for the creation of these
cars, and Mr. Scaglietti’s name
is at the top of my list.
Best of Show winning 500 Mondial s/n 0556(0446)MD owned by Robert Phillips.
We had a very nice evening in the Officer’s Ballroom with
food and drink and lots of talk. We retired early so we could
be back at the track by 6am. to look around and be ready for
the Judges pre-concours meeting and breakfast. We were
handed our Judges shirts and with everyone seated and looking snappy in their purple shirts with the event logo nicely
embroidered on the front, the meeting was called to order by
Chief Concours Judge, Chris Current. After some discussion
Chris called everyone to attention for some presentations, at
which time I was delighted to receive my Senior IAC/PFA
Judge’s badge. It was a wonderful moment and as some of
the others stepped up to receive their badges, I looked at
mine and reflected on all of the fabulous events I have judged
at and remembered some of the fabulous cars I have seen
and touched and driven and ridden in..
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award for the Best Scaglietti Designed Ferrari Race Car. In
spite of all his show success, Robert did suffer some overheating problems at the track event on Saturday.
The Most Outstanding Ferrari Road Car award was
handed to noted Ferrari Collector, Lee Herrington, for his
Ex: Prince Bertils owned 250 GT PF Coupe Speciale, s/n
0853GT. The car is one of only three special bodied PF
coupes and is quite stunning in its bright blue paint and special coach work features. In spite of its special features, the
car had sat for nearly 40 years at Charles Pozzi’s shop in Paris,
apparently unwanted and unclaimed by Prince Bertils of
Sweden. At one point in time, 0853GT was separated from
its original engine but Herrington tracked down the other car
where engine 0853 resided, bought it and car and engine were
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reunited once again, this time for good.
vallino a few years ago. Sadly, the car did not win any awards
at the Concours. 0086E was once raced at Harewood back in
the early 60’s by its New York State based
owner. In fact, I believe Harewood was
its very last race before being stored away
for many years with mechanical problems.
The event theme was twofold. First,
it was the cars of Sergio Scaglietti, and
secondly, to honour 50 years of the 250
GTE. There were several nice Scaglietti
cars present. Two were for display only.
One was a 1957 335S, s/n 0700. (See cover page.) This was the winning car at the
1957 Mille Miglia. Also on display was a
beautiful 250 TdF, s/n 1357GT, owned by
Bill Marriott. There were three very nice
250 GTEs entered in the Concours, and
a very, very, nice and totally original one
The award winning 1957 250 GT Speciale PF coupe, s/n 0853GT, formerly showed up out in the paddock parking lot.
owned by Prince Bertils of Sweden, painted in the Swedish Blue of his Country. The owner managed to escape without
telling anyone his name and I could not
Hard to believe this car sat unclaimed for 40 years at Pozzi’s in Paris.
get the serial number from the car. Philip
Fecher’s 250 GTE, s/n 4897GT, won for the Best 250 GTE
It was also nice to see the Ex: Marzotto 212 Export
Spider, 0086E, restored by the Markowski’s RPM Restoration on show. A complete listing of all of the Concours winners
in Vermont. The car had received a re-body that was not that has been posted in the Ferrari Market Letter, and in other
publications outside of our own Prancing Horse.
well received by some Judges, but it was a thrill to see the car
looking fresh and new again after last seeing it in pieces at CaNot long after arriving at the meeting,
I managed to bump into two old Ferrari
friends from home. Bob Jaques and Don
Ambrose had driven all the way from Toronto in Don’s 550 Maranello. Although
getting on in years, they seemed to arrive
in pretty good shape. Bob told me that
once Ambrose had nodded off in the passenger seat, he could start making good
time on the 700 mile jaunt. The boys
buffed up the 550 and managed Platinum
in Class 12 and Don also managed to
achieve the coveted Coppa Bella Macchina Award on the track. This ain’t easy!!
Congratulations Don!!
The 212 Export Spider s/n 0086E of Peter Carlino - see also opposite page
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When dawn showed its face on Friday
morning, the weather picture was quite
bad. A group of four friends convened
early, jumped into a rental car and made
tracks through the storm for Elizabeth,
New Jersey, for a private tour of Oscar
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Davis’ vintage sports car
collection. What a collection it is. There were four
Ferraris on hand and the
highlight was the 166MM
Barchetta, s/n 0004M. This
was the second Barchetta
built and is in very original
condition. Also on hand
the 166/53 Spider, reportedly with a body designed
by Dino Ferrari, and the
first body built for Ferrari
by Sergio Scaglietti. The
Ferrari 275 GTB/4 with
alloy body and the 275 GTS
finished off the day for me.
Due to the threat of poor weather for the concours, some cars were moved inside the garage
area. Note this group of beauties. The 500 Mondial of Robert Phillips; the 212 Export
Spider; the 275GTB/4 s/n 9337 shown by Greg Jones and in the back ground, the fabulous
1958 TR250 Testa Rossa s/n 0710TR set for display by Dr. Simeone.
Saturday was a much
better day with cooler temperatures and sunny skies.
It was a great day at the track and several cars of all years and
types were out there doing hot laps. Several retired Challenge Cars were out there and a few earlier three series cars
that had been converted over for some track time.
The Banquet on Saturday night was well presented. All of the
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awards were presented and folks started thinking about heading for
home. The committee for the 2011 event were introduced and gave
a presentation on next year’s event to be stage at Savannah, Georgia,
from June 8 to 12, 2011. You would all be well advised to be there.
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And the 2010 National Meet - New Jersey - from another perspective
by Bob Jaques
W
hile Clem Simmons has provided the dialogue on the
cars that attended and the various car related events
that took place, here’s a recap on the social side of the 2010
event.
This was the first time that the Penn-Jersey Region hosted an International Meet and unlike some other regions they
had little experience in organizing an event of this proportion. I attended the Meet with Don Ambrose who, on behalf
of the National Board, had to impart his knowledge from
organizing two ‘Nationals’ to the organizing committee from
Penn-Jersey. They must have soaked up every bit of coaching from Don over the twelve months prior as a committee
of about eight staged a wonderful event. The food venues
for every day, including the banquet, were ‘10’s’. Friendlier
people I have not met in my twenty years as an FCA member.
Jackets and ties with this group was definitely ‘optional’. The
rally was a casual drive to a rural area of New Jersey where
everyone received a trophy - just for coming! I think the
word ‘casual’ sums up the event.
for entering his first International Meet Concours ever - been
a member 28 years, but for being awarded a Platino followed
by a Coppa Bella Machina for his 550. Good work Don.
And that CBM is a toughie - everything 100% operative ex
factory. The 550 next to Don had everything perfect except
one simple item that separated this 550 from a CBM Award
too. A defective wire or bad ground running to the light in
the glove box. We changed bulbs and fuses for the owner
but to no avail. The owner was a good sport about it and was
the author of a new description for 550 and 575’s. To quote:
‘The 550’s and 575’s are the new 308’s of the Ferrari world.
They are not that expensive and there are lots available.’ You
know he is right on with this suggestion. This year there were
about fifteen examples of 550/575 in that concours class and
in the class for 308’s there were maybe 4 examples.
Don and I cruised back to Toronto via Corning, NY site of the 2007 Meet and met up with our good friend Leon
Bourdage, Regional Director for the Empire State Region.
Another great Ferrari Club experience full of fond memories
put behind us. Next year – Savannah - can’t wait.
I know you will join me in congratulating Don, not just
Jacques Swaters
October 26, 1926 – December 10, 2010
Submitted by Clem Simmons
T
he last of the great factory backed racing team owners,
Jacques Swaters, of Brussels, Belgium, died in his sleep
on Friday December 10th. He was 84 years
old. Swaters first entered International
racing in 1948 at the 24 Hours of Spa in
an MG. He later formed Ecurie Francorchamps with his friend, Charles de Tornaco
in 1952 and at that time, became the Ferrari
Importer for Belgium after arranging to
show a Ferrari for Mr. Ferrari in Brussels.
Swaters also helped set up the race team
of Ecurie National Belge with some success. He later refocused on Ecurie Francorchamps in the early 1960’s and hired many
great drivers who successfully raced great
Ferrari cars of the greatest era for sports
cars. He gave many wonderful Belgian driv-
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ers their first good chance at winning. Those included Willy
Mairesse and Jackie Ickx among many others.
Swaters spent much of his time in his retirement years focusing on his collection of
cars and memorabilia. It was reputed to be
one of the finest collections of Ferrari lore
in the world.
Swaters was the last surviving member
of that exclusive 1960’s club of Factory
backed racing teams. He ran Ecurie Francorchamps, Luigi Chinetti Sr. ran NART,
George Filipinetti ran Scuderia Filipinetti in
Switzerland and Ronnie Hoar ran Maranello
Concessionaires in Great Britian. All sadly,
are now gone. Jacques, leaves behind his
Daughter, Florence.
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A Little Bit of History ...
by Peter Davidson with information provided by Clem Simmons
L
iving in Vancouver, BC in 1963, I visited Westwood Race
Track whenever there was an opportunity. On one of
these occasions I came across and photographed this Ferrari..
My slides have been sitting hidden until after I recently purchased a slide scanner. Little did I know what I was looking
at! I sent these pictures to our own Ferrari historian, Clem
Simmons, who has identified the car as follows:
Ireland - car #26
- DNF at LeMans 1962 by Buck Fulp and Peter Ryan
due to an accident - car #18 (blue and white livery)
Sold to Dick Hahn of Yakima, Washington in Fall of 62.
- 6th and 5th in heats at Westwood in 1963 Players 200
by Stan Burnett - car #78 (Photographed here! Ed.)
- 3rd at Kent, Washington, in Northwest GP by Stan
Burnett - car #78
This is the 250 TR1, or
TR61, s/n 0794 - one of the
truly historic Ferrari Testa
Rossas of all time.
0794 was built as a factory
TRI, the I standing for independant as it relates to the rear
suspension. Two of these cars
were built - 0792 and 0794. 0794 was the #10 car driven by
Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien to Phil’s second, and Olivier’s
third Le Mans win. It was sold by Ferrari to Luigi Chinetti
Sr., and after some body mods, it was raced by the Rodriquez
Brothers in the fall of 1961 as follows:
The car was later sold off to Bev Spencer who raced it
in several West Coast and other US events painted white with
red stripes before selling it on
to Sir Anthony Bamford in the
UK. Bamford sold it to Peter
Sachs in the early 1983. The
car was completely restored to
it’s LeMans configuration and
went on to become the most
sensational Ferrari at the ‘06
Amelia Island Concours.
- 2nd at Mosport in the Canadian GP by Pedro Rodriquez - car #2
- DNQ at Riverside Times GP by Ricardo Rodriquez car #68
- 1st at Nassau Governor’s Trophy by Pedro Rodriquez
- car #2
- 3rd at Nassau Trophy race by Pedro Rodriquez - car
#2
- 15th at Daytona 1962 by Pedro Rodriquez and Peter
Ryan - car #50R
- Disq. at Sebring in 1962 by Stirling Moss and Innes
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OTTAWA CHAPTER - Ottawa Closes the Cruising Season with a Splash of Colour
October 17, 2011
by Hagen Hohn
F
all is known as the season of construction for a reason.
The day started out ominously enough: we had great
sunshine (of course), nice cool temperatures for extra
horsepower, a good group of drivers and a great selection of
conversationalists. No, the problem was that the route to the
meeting point was under construction. I swear it wasn't there
the previous week. I should know, since I had taken the BMW
Club on the same cruise, with the sole purpose of scoping
the route for the Ferrari Club. I had even reworked the route
to avoid some construction that the original route had farther
on. All to no avail. More on construction later.
417 on its way to Almonte. Being a west-ender, I had failed
to provide that necessary piece of info. Sorry guys.
Leaving Almonte and heading in the opposite direction
from the spring cruise, we wended our way deep into Ontario's golden-draped hills. The colours in this part of Ontario
are particularly rich thanks to the rocky acidic soil along the
south ridge of the Ottawa Valley. We had been on the #511
highway before, but heading from the east end near Almonte,
you get some very nice downhill decreasing radius sweepers
that make the cruise. We had arranged to meet Saul and Angela at Calabogie Motorsport Park (CMP), where
several folks had also expressed an interest in seeing the new facilities. CMP has grown into a great
facility. The track has always been world class, and
this year, the grounds were expanded to include a 4
story main building with offices, rentable garages,
lounge, hotel rooms and public bathrooms in addition to another two story building housing the
local Ford dealer's 4 bay garage, a couple of speed
merchant shops and a balcony/patio bar (yet to be
occupied).
Once we were all together and had stretched
our legs while wandering and watching the
Porsches and Corvettes roar by, we headed out
on the second half of the morning route. PassAt the Granary: Maria Cassone, Chris Fox, Marco Valenti, Dan
ing through Renfrew, all was well until I got in
Fischer, Angela and Saul Caetano, Nancy Gerow, Marguerite Fox,
the wrong lane for an intersection and we all had
Dominic Cassone, Chuck and Marsha (not shown) Story.
to turn around in the next parking lot. After that
Despite the very late scheduling of the event, in the third though, everything went smoothly on the new pavement.
The reason it was all smooth pavement, was that it was still
week of October, we had a solid turnout. The day was definitely a 348 day though, with mine, Marco, and
John's. Chris Fox brought his 512TR representing the 12 cylinder family and a few other
members were able to attend despite their
horses being lame due to mechanical reasons.
Even though Chris and Marguerite live the farthest from this year's west end starting point,
Saul and Angela came the farthest thanks to
my directions to Almonte. Who knew that
there are two March Road exits from the 417/
Queensway? Actually, the first is the Eagleson
exit but it does list March Road on the sign.
March Road then heads behind Kanata, out
the Carp Ridge way, only to again cross the
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honestly that wasn't too hard to do, since I was there just
the previous week. But you never know, especially given the
track record for construction. The Granary is a very popular
German restaurant serving 12 different kinds of Schnitzel.
Well, two kinds really: veal and chicken. All the rest of the
variations were based on stuffings, sauces and such. And for
those dead-set on eating Italian while on a Ferrari cruise (the
quintessential Italian symbol after all), there was Schnitzel
Saltimbanco.
With the return route being repaved, I had to fall back
onto the alternate return route: straight back on the #17
highway. It was all good until we got close to Renfrew and
there was a bridge under construction. Nooooo! Well, my
concern was unfounded as the construction was limited to
the other side of the highway.
very fresh pavement. So fresh, they were still paving it - the
next kilometre was being paved as we watched.
My first thought was: ‘Oh, come on, this wasn't here last
week!’ My second thought was: ‘Oh crap! How long will we
be here?’ A reasonable thought since we were still 20 minutes
from Eganville and the restaurant. Well, I was getting hungry. The third thought was: ‘Oh shoot! What king of garbage
are they going to have us drive through and how messy are
our steeds going to get?’ Turns out the answer to the second
thought was 10 minutes: at the head of a long queue. None
of the Ferraris had any problem with overheating. I suspect
that some were even running their air conditioning. So once
we were under way, I eased us along at 20 km/h hoping for
the best and expecting the worst. Ultimately the majority of
the kilometre long creep was perfect pavement. The only bit
of any real concern, involved crossing the edge of the paved
part, onto the newly tarred and soon to be paved part, and
back again: a car length detour around a parked machine.
Thanks guys.
Overall, a great drive with the round trip covering almost
400km for those on the east end of Ottawa. The weather
was perfect, the friends were great, conversation was interesting, a couple of hours with that mesmerizing Ferrari song and
only 1 km of construction with a few feet of yuck.
I look forward to the 2011 season: it'll be another great
set of cruises in our Ferraris, with our friends (Ferrari owner
or not, it really doesn't matter). See you then.
Photos by Hagen Hohn
I eased us back up to cruising speed slowly so that any
grunge wouldn't get hammered into the cars. A quick inspection once at Eganville showed that only a few little drops of
tar had adhered: nothing that some Orange Cleaner couldn't
handle, thanks to our slow pace through the construction.
Oh, did I also mention that we had to come back this way
and there was no alternate route for this leg to Eganville?
The Granary was everything I had hoped for: well,
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There From the Start: Mike Louli Ref lects on
His 17th Season of Ferrari Challenge Racing
Reproduced with kind permission of Ferrari News, the official e-newsletter of Ferrari North America, in which this
article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue.
T
he Ferrari Challenge wrapped up its 17th season in the
U.S. with the anticipation of an exciting season ahead;
the 458 Challenge will join its F430 Challenge sibling for
a two-class 2011 series. Since its inauguration with the 348
Challenge, the series has linked the essence of the brand –
racing – with its loyal clientele.
In the Ferrari Challenge, drivers race their own cars. That
is contrasted by other sports car brand racing series, in which
pros or semi-pros do the driving for team owners. The Ferrari
Challenge thus reflects the ultimate connection of a sports
and GT car manufacturer to its clients.
The Challenge also gives Ferrari enthusiasts the opportunity to watch current Ferraris in their natural environment
– the racetrack. The Challenge cars are carefully prepared
and maintained for competition by authorized Ferrari dealers,
many of whom have formed racing teams for the series. The
Ferrari Challenge is not open to professional race drivers or
instructors.
Integral to the spirit of the series, the Ferrari Challenge
races on the country's best tracks, sanctioned by Grand Am
Road Racing. Such venues as Infineon Raceway (formerly
Sears Point), Lime Rock Park, Canada's Circuit Mont Tremblant and others test the limits of the Challenge cars and
drivers.
Ferrari News caught up with a fixture of the Challenge
since its start, Mike Louli. A financial consultant to individuals and corporations for over 30 years, Louli races for the
Ferrari of Ontario team.
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Ferrari News: When did you start in the Ferrari Challenge? Have you tried other kinds of racing?
Mike Louli: This season marks my 17th year of racing
in the Challenge. I've raced the 348, 355, 360 and the F430. I
tried a World Challenge Corvette in 1999 and other assorted
rides but always enjoyed the Ferrari Challenge experience the
best.
FN: What's your best season result?
ML: I won the 360 Championship in 2006, plus had one
Second and three Thirds.
FN: For you, what's the best part of the Challenge?
ML: It is hard to pick one part. It certainly is the cars,
but really it is much more than that. It feels like a family –
my crew, my dealer, the competitors and Ferrari's backing
through Ferrari North America. Their people really make the
Challenge. That, to me is the best part of the Ferrari Challenge Series.
FN: How would you describe Challenge racing?
ML: It's fun, thrilling. And it's tough, close racing. You
can be having a hard race against somebody, maybe even
some bumps, but when you get off the track, you all get
along great.
FN: What's your most memorable moment in the Challenge?
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ML: Winning the Championship was a fantastic feeling.
But the most memorable was probably the first time I raced
in the Finals in Italy, in 1998. It was in Pergusa, Sicily. [The
Autodromo di Pergusa circuit that circles Pergusa Lake.] They
had about 100,000 people for the F1 demonstration race.
Schumacher came in by helicopter, and you could hear the
crowd roar a mile away. Their enthusiasm is just fantastic. The
track is at the bottom of a valley. You'd look up and see all
the seats filled in red; up the valley, everywhere there was a
ledge, there were people on it to watch the race. And in town,
when the people heard you raced a Ferrari, they treated you
like a king.
FN: You've driven all the Challenge cars. What was it like
to make the transitions from one model to the next?
ML: Every time they do a new car, it's better than the
previous car. The 355 was miles better than the 348, with
power steering, better brakes, and so on. And the 360 was
better still – lighter, more powerful, much more like a race
car than the 355. The 360 was a challenge to master, if you'll
excuse the pun. But once you figured it out – it took me over
a year – it was a lot of fun.
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The move from the 360 to the F430 was not as dramatic.
The F430 was faster everywhere, and it favored more understeer than over steer. It also had the carbon ceramic brakes, so
it had better stopping than the 360. I'd expect that the move
to the 458 Challenge may be a big leap from the F430. I'm
not yet decided if I'll drive a new 458 for 2011 or stay with
my F430 for one more season.
FN: What other Ferraris have you owned or driven?
ML: I've driven dozens of Ferraris, from the P3 racer to
the modern cars. I presently own an Enzo, F430 16M, 360C
and 355C and a 1968 365 GT 2+2. My wife [auto writer Nika
Rolczewski] owns a 1984 308 GTB. Past models were a Testarossa, 512TR, 360 Modena, 360 Spider, F430, F430 Spider
and a 599 GTB.
FN: Do you ever drive your previous Challenge cars on
the track?
ML: Yes I do, I recently had the 355 on the track, and it
was a great ride.
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2010 Saratoga Wine & Food & Fall Ferrari Festival
10/12, September 2010
by David Weeks
S
aratoga Springs, New York is famous for horse racing,
with a storied history dating back more than 150 years.
Lately, it has become known for a more modern type of
sporting horse: the Ferrari road car. The weekend of September 10 to 12 saw Ferraris along with classic Alfa Romeos
and a few Zagato-bodied Aston Martins roar into town for
the 2010 edition of the Saratoga Wine and Food and Fall
Ferrari Festival. This three day event brought Italian food
and wine importers together with owners and aficionados of
Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and other Italian-bodied automobiles. It truly was to be a celebration of Italian lifestyle
and culture.
The event was held on the grounds of SPAC (Saratoga
Performing Arts Center), which is located just next to the
Saratoga Automobile Museum. The Italian Trade Commission in New York City was the festival’s presenting partner
and it was hosted by SPAC.
The festivities got under way with the Adirondack Mountain Road Tour for Ferraris and Maseratis on Friday morning. Tour participants gathered at the Saratoga Automotive
Museum for registration. Almost 30 cars, from a Lusso to
the latest 599GTB Fiorano, to the final road-going prototype
of the upcoming Zagato-bodied Superformance Perana, were
in the lineup. Participants received a colour booklet with
road maps, step-by-step instructions and historical information about the region. The tour was scheduled to finish at the
Lake George Club on the shores of Lake George.
Before leaving, everyone gathered on the concours field
for welcoming words from a number of event organizers,
including the Italian Trade Commissioner – Executive Director for the USA, Mr. Aniello Musella, and Andrea Zagato,
honorary co-chairman of the event. Afterward, everyone
immediately returned to their cars, eager to get going on the
tour which left at 10:30 am.
Within moments we were driving on two-laned country roads, passing quickly through picturesque countryside,
villages, and wooded areas. The route wound its way back
and forth and up and down the roads. There were very few
straight sections, and the tour’s quick pace made it virtually
impossible to take in the sights that were passing by. Many
townspeople, on being confronted by the onslaught of Ferraris and Maseratis cars, stopped in their tracks and watched
and listened to the incredible music of the tour as it sped
by them and disappeared as quickly as it had appeared into
the distance around the next corner. It was a great experi-
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ence that demanded a lot of concentration to drive quickly
on unfamiliar routes, as well as a good chance to experience
one’s Ferrari’s performance capabilities. The late-model V-12
engined Ferraris required effort to keep up with, in a 31-year
old 308.
We arrived at our destination, the Lake George Club, approximately one and a half hours later, just before noon. The
club’s empty parking lot was suddenly filled with all different
coloured Ferraris and Aston Martins and other cars
The tour participants were greeted on arrival to the
Welcome Reception outside by waiters and waitresses bearing grissini wrapped with prosciutto di Parma DOP “Paolo
Tanara”, Grana Padano DOP, and Quattro Mani Franciacorta
The Lake George Club
Brut DOCG. It was a tasty end to the tour, as we admired
the cars while sampling the delicious Italian delights.
Everyone moved into the club’s main dining room, which
opened in 1909. The building’s architecture had an alpine
look to it, and from the dock it could easily have been mistaken for a large house. Over the decades members and their
guests have enjoyed tennis, golf, aquatic sports, boating, and
sailing regattas at its facilities.
The four course lunch showcased such Italian specialties
as Speck Alto Aldige IGP “Recla”, wild mushroom risotto
made with Vialone Nano Rice, “Cremonesi”, Robiola Bosina
“Caseificio Alta Langa” paired with apple and fig mostarde
“Lazzaris” and honey “Il Forteto”. No one left hungry!
Later, after having had time to rest and digest, it was time
for the Serata Italiana, which took place later that evening on
the stage of the SPAC. At seven o’clock guests began arriving to the Italian Sparkling Wine reception. Opulent stations
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showcased wines and foods. There was so much to eat and
drink, that it was difficult to know where to start. Chefs
prepared fresh delicacies while wine importers and sometimes
even winery owners themselves, poured glasses of their wares
and discussed them with attentive participants.
Questions were taken from the audience afterwards. It was
unique to have the opportunity to listen to the head of one
of the last family-run carrozzerie discuss his family firm’s innovations in automotive design.
While everyone dined at the gourmet dinner stations, a silent auction was held and a band played music which created
a special atmosphere. Laurence Harris sang an opera aria
which was followed by welcoming words. Honoured event
guests Lidia Bastianich and Andrea Zagato were present.
After dinner there was live music to accompany dancing that
coincided with the closing of the silent auction. It all made
for a very memorable evening.
There were also a couple of Italian wine seminars and
an Italian cheese seminar presented by Grana Padano South
Portico scheduled for that afternoon. The busy day ended
fittingly with the After Party Apertivo which celebrated Italian cocktail culture with an outdoor lounge party, open bar
and cocktails. Savoury, authentic Italian fare was expertly
prepared while hungry diners watched and waited to sample
the culinary creations. More Italian wines accompanied music
played by local band The Accents.
Saturday morning began sunny and early at 8 am with
the placement of the cars on the concours field. The excellent selection of cars spanned many decades from the ‘40s
to today. Judging began at 11 am. Beside the concours field
Sunday was cloudy with light rain. It was fortunate that
the concours the day before had been under bright, sunny
skies all day. The festival’s closing event was the Italian
Sparkling Jazz Brunch, which took place a few kilometres
Concours field
there were two large tents. Underneath were dozens of stalls
housing companies that represented and/or imported hundreds of Italian wines, cheeses, and meats. Participants were
free to stroll around to sample, eat, and discuss the wares
on display, although nothing was for sale at the event. Wide
World Ferrari Maserati displayed a stunning off-white over
milk chocolate brown 458 Italia and matching Maserati Gran
Turismo convertible as well as a Quattroporte.
Concours field Alfa Romeo BAT 11 concept car by Stile Bertone
away at the Saratoga Golf Course. It was an elegant brunch
that brought together Italian specialties, wine and jazz music.
It was the perfect finish to an interesting, memorable, and
action-packed weekend.
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Photos by David Weeks
Two interesting events that were scheduled during the
afternoon were Lidia Bastianich’s book signing (Lidia Cooks
from the Heart of Italy), and the Italian Auto Design Seminar
with Andrea Zagato, Jason Castriota, and Piero Rivolta. Mr.
Zagato conducted an overview of the family’s design history through the decades and added his own commentary on
where auto design was headed in the future. He discussed
one of the firm’s influential innovations, which was his grandfather Ugo’s pioneering application of aircraft construction
techniques and materials to automobiles during the 1920s.
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2010 Europa Rally
September 26, 2010
by Bill Coutts
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e had a record turnout for our rally this year! 37 cars
and all numbers of participants:
The driver/navigator configurations included,
1 person Dan Mance unexpectedly goes solo …
1.5 people As noted on the registration form by George Henne and young navigator, Serena
2 people Standard configuration – usually works well
2.5 people Additional spotter – black and furry, back seat of Jim and
Bonnie’s black 400i
golf club. (They did win a prize for it – Elsie’s new home.)
Your ever vigilant rally organizers - Brad Golden and yours
truly - were tasked with guarding our precious parking spot at
the club, no easy feat – it seems that all manner of car clubs
were out, NSX, Fiat, Corvette, Prius(?), plus a few determined
gate crashers looking to make use of our reserved space at the
golf course.
Anthony Tersigni, the Alfa club
president, brought his whole family,
including baby! We even had one group
– the Solmito family, choose a divide
and conquer strategy with two entries.
This paid off with the top prize in the
non-Ferrari class.
After our escape from the city, this year’s route took us
through the rolling hills near Caledon … ending at the Caledon Golf and Country Club – thanks to Mario Zaina for the
route!
Along the way, participants were asked to identify numerous objects and landmarks, estimate the silo population on
Humber Station Road….and choose a name for an ‘Asian
Volkswagen’ …
The prize winners this year:
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1st place - Rob and Carol Bernacci
2nd place - Riccardo and Johanne Leofanti
3rd place - Paul and Rob Calisi
1st Non-Ferrari - Connie and Laura Solmito
Elsie the Cow - Jim and Linda Hyatt
An Asian Volkswagen:
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Hyundai
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Panda
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China Wagon
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Phaeton
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Beetle
(correct answer)
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Golf
No one got lost! (that admitted
it) - with the possible exception of Jim
and Linda Hyatt, who thought an extra
turn around the Boston Mills cemetery
was in order before joining us at the
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Rob and Carol Bernacci 550 M
Riccardo and Johanne Leofanti
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Paul and Robert Calisi
Dino 246 GT
Mauro and Pia Galati F355
Mario and Giovanna Rocca
308 GTB
Jim Klotz and Bonnie Shettler
400i
Sergio and Tony DeCarvalho
599 GTB
Paul and Annie Robbins
F355
Tony and Jessica Masella
308 GTS
Bob and Vicki Reid
400i
Peter and Christa Kostandenou
TR
George and Serena Henne
Dino 246 GT
Ed Schinchariol & Marko Arsenic
550 M
Luc Masella and Sam Plati
328 GTS
Guy Shields and Carm Tucci
Mondial
John and Carol Peterson (not a member) Aston Martin Rapide
Connie and Laura Solmito
BMW 325i
Gabriel Falcone and Jon Templeton 599 GTB
Robert and Greg Macleod
91 TR
Bill Rowley and Teresa Raponi
Dino 308GT4
Rocco and Rebecca Solmito
308 GTB
Bruno and Teresa Bonavitacola
328 GTB
Tony Xynos
F360
Oliver and Janice Silver
Mondial
Mario Zaina and Walter
F355
Rick Taylor and Jenelle Ross
456M
Paul and Carol Kinkley
360 M
Brad and Angie Shaddick
360 M
Dimitri Giannoulias & Caterina Conte F430
Sadi and Tim
F355
Dan Mance
612 Scaglietti
Jim and Linda Hyatt
308 GT
John Grancaric (not a member)
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Mosport Track Day - August 2010
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Annual Winter Dinner
November 20, 2010
by Marilyn Pacht
O
ur winter dinner at Ruth's Chis
Steak House was another great
success. This year the setting was
different, we had two long tables. We
found it more sociable and easier to
communicate with our other Ferrari Club members. Not only was
the price at $59.00 for a full course
Above - Marilyn Pacht, Anna D’Angelo,
Lisa Star (Larry’s sister) and Julie Cory
Below Left - organizer Larry Pacht;
Right - long time member Allan Holman
Photos by Larry Pacht
dinner per person a great deal but the
food is always fabulous. Everyone was
very pleased. Next year we will choose
a new venue. It is hard to believe
another year has gone by so fast. On
behalf of Larry and myself, we would
like to wish everyone a happy and
healthy New Year.
Children’s Aid Christmas Dinner - the Story Behind It ...
6 November , 2010
by Julie Cory
M
y husband Richard was really touched by the help CAS
gave to a woman with children who were abandoned by
her husband just before the holiday season. Richard was showing their home and it was a very sad situation, they were left with
very little to call their own. Richard was at their house when
CAS came in and brought them food, clothing and Christmas
gifts for the children. He was so impressed by their kindness
and generosity towards this family that he then decided that he
wanted to help this cause.
Richard started this party 19 years ago. The attendance
in the early years when the party was held at the Ploughman
Restaurant was around 50-80 people, as the years passed the
attendance grew to 150+ people and the party was moved to La
Rosa Banquet Hall. We then outgrew La Rosa and moved to the
Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall, we had over 330 people attending in 2004. The venue changed again and we have been holding
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this event at the Premiere Ballroom. We have been successful in
keeping the attendance level in the 300’s to date.
The purpose of this party in the early years was to raise toys
for the kids. As the party grew, people have been giving donations made out to the Children's Aid Society as well as giving
toys. I believe it was in 2001, a young gentleman made a contribution of $20,000. As we continue to grow, people’s generosity
has grown, this year we have toys for over 200 children along
with donations in excess of $2,000 and additional funds raised at
the event from ticket sales in excess of $5,000.
We would like to thank the members of the Ferrari Club
who have attended this event in the past years. Your support and
generous donations have been greatly appreciated.
Best Wishes for the New Year.
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Annual Wine Tour,
October 16, 2010
by Brad & Angie Shaddick
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Photos by Angie Shaddick
he last driving event of the season once again proved to be
a very memorable day for all participants I’m sure. This is certainly
one of the most - if the not the
most - popular drives on our calendar. Ralph Shepherd was his usual
gracious host by offering free coffee,
bagels and donuts at our morning
meeting location: the Tim Hortons
on Hwy 25 in Milton. The coffee
was extra appreciated as the morning
was a bit chilly; however a beautiful
The route was very similar to last year but no one was complaining as this sequence of roads has a special appeal to it. From tight
windy roads, long stretches of county road and city freeways, it gave
every driver some satisfying time behind the wheel. Leaving from
Milton, we worked our way through the Hamilton area reaching up
to the escarpment. The view from this area is beautiful, the best
part being the length of run along the escarpment heading to our
destination. Everyone of course fully observed posted speed limits.
Ralph would stop at certain spots to allow all Prancing Horses to
group together and then we would be off again.
blue sky and bright sun was the beginning of what
looked to be another great day for a run.
The cars lined up in the Timmy’s lot with plenty
of appreciative Saturday morning drive through patrons getting an eyeful, many pulling their cars over
to get a closer look. Once we had our fill of coffee
and carbs, Ralph gave some event instruction to
the group with an emphasis on making sure we all
started with a personal pit stop before we hit the
road. We got started a bit late due to an accident
or two on the 401 which caused some late arrivals
but when all had arrived and Ralph called for the
drivers to start em up, we were off. Twenty plus
Ferraris participated in the day.
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Once we descended into wine country, and after a few more interesting roads travelled, we arrived at our destination, The Rockway
Glen Estates which has fantastic views of the escarpment and miles
of vineyards all around. As the cars arrived, we were instructed to
park in the circular driveway of the estate taking up the entire driveway with two rows of beautiful Ferraris. Many visitors and a wedding party took in the sights of the cars with cameras clicking plenty.
Once all arrived, we were gathered on the patio for the wine
tasting. Plenty of samples of red and white were covered off. I
Some of the participants - l to r: Brad Shaddick, Lindsay Gillespie,
Ralph Shepherd, Barb and Eppie Wietzes
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know I snuck more than a few. Cheese, crackers and fruit was
offered as well. The building had a special European appeal
suited well to a winery. We then headed downstairs in the
main building where everyone was given a bit of a history lesson in wine production at Rockway and the Niagara peninsula
in general. One point of interest being that barrels were
initially brought over from Europe for wine storage to bring
out particular flavors in the wine.
We then were treated to a tasty lunch with great service
from the staff. As we finished up the culinary delights, some
purchased some of their favorite wine to take back with
them. The group gathered out by the cars where we socialized reflecting on the great drive and wine tasting. We then
dispersed heading back home. The weather stayed great all
day. Perfect (slightly cool) temperatures for the cars.
A big thanks to Ralph for organizing another “great”
wine tour. Can’t wait for next year’s event.
Happy New Year to everyone.
Rolly’s Mystery Tour
September 12, 2010
by Bob Jaques
n my opinion the best events in the FCA are the rolling
events. They bring out members and guests with one
thing in mind – let’s get out and drive. Rolly Astrom has been
organizing a “Mystery Drive” for several years now. No
two events have ever been the same and this years “tour” on
Sunday September 12th was a dandy. Twenty-two Ferraris
and two non F cars made up the gang that met at Trafalgar
Rd and 401. What makes these drives fun for everyone is
that you are never lost as you dare not pass the leader/guide,
Rolly. Unlike at the end of a rally, the driver and passenger
are still talking to one another.
Rolly led us over to Winston Churchill Blvd and north
on perfect pavement through the villages of Terra Cotta and
Belfountain to Erin. All of a sudden we pulled into a long
driveway with a sign indicating that we had arrived at “Boot
Hill Auto Restorations”. If you have never heard of this
establishment you are in good company as few of us had.
What a well kept secret in sleepy Erin. Here on manicured
property sits a company that literally has the ability to restore
every aspect of remanufacturing a vehicle. Like many shops
of this nature, that some of us have visited across America,
this one too was started by an enthusiast and is owned by
Blaine Schmidt and his wife. They employ about 20 people
full time. Blaine is not only a car nut, like the rest of us, but
this is his second career. A twelve year career in the CFL as
an all star lineman with the Eskimos, Tiger Cats and a Grey
Cup ring with the Argos in 1991 round out his credentials
and why my right hand is still smaller than my left. Boot
Hill specialize in American iron - that’s where their market
is. Blaine had just delivered a full nut and bolt body off 1963
Corvette split window to Paul Coffee (former NHL Oiler’s
star) and he was working on another project for an NHL
player. To read up on the full details and their capabilities go
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to www.boothillauto.ca. Better still pay a visit to their shops
and see their work in person.
Following our tour at Boot Hill it was back in the cars
and a quick trip over to Terra Cotta Inn where we enjoyed a
wonderful four course luncheon served in their private sunroom all at a very reasonable cost.
To Rolly, our host, organizer and guide -- thanks again
for a very relaxing day served up with the cars and camaraderie that we all enjoy.
Blaine Schmidt - 0wner of Boot Hill
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First Impressions - Rolly’s Mystery Tour.
by Jeff Moore
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So I put an ad in the FCA newsletter looking for a late
model 430 with low mileage and a one owner car. Within a
few days of receiving the latest edition with my ad in it, a call
arrived from a guy in Dallas, Tx who stated he had my car. I
was thrilled! Long story short he sent me pictures, we made a
deal, and off to Dallas I went two days later to inspect the car
and write the cheque.
What transpired from there was a spring, summer and fall
that reminded of my youth back in New Brunswick when I
took delivery of my first sports car, a 1971 MGB and experience I'll never forget.
Photos by Rolly Astrom
ell this year was the year of a lot of firsts for me. I
turned 50, celebrated my 25 anniversary and probably
the most exciting (don't send this to my wife! Just kidding
honey!) was taking delivery of my first and hopefully not my
last red Ferrari! My experiences since I took delivery have
been outstanding in many ways. One of which has been the
value that FCA has brought. I joined the club just over two
years ago as a way to start to connect and learn about the Ferrari experience. I had just started my search for a top notch
late model 360 then quickly became enamored with the 430
and set my course on finding a one owner, low mileage 430
example. One of my other passions is boating so the quick
upgrade from 360 to 430 I'm used too, as I have suffered
from Two-Foot-Itis (The never ending desire to get a bigger
boat!) for quite some time, a disease that is basically incurable.
Jeff Moore with Liz Astrom
Unfortunately I wasn't able to make most of the FCA
events this year due to scheduling but I did get to attend the
fall mystery tour. It was my first meeting of like minded
car enthusiasts. I'll never forget the roaring of 6, 8 and 12
cylinder ferrari's coming down the road to our starting point.
We soon departed and took a beautiful drive on the roads and
through small villages all over the Northern country side. At
every stop I looked forward to hearing that beautiful sound as
we all pulled away from stop signs. The mystery turned out
to be an incredible visit to Boot Hill Auto Restorations where
Blaine Schmidt and his team treated all of us like royalty as
they toured us through their incredibly
impressive facilities. Then to top it all
off we stopped in beautiful Terra Cotta
for a wonderful lunch at the Terra Cotta
Inn and chatted amongst ourselves
about the great morning of driving
we had. A great hour and a half while
looking outside at a sea of red with a
few other splashes of yellow, blue, black
and silver mixed in.
Well my horse is tucked in for the
winter in my heated garage now, but I
was thinking the other day, it will only
be a few more months before I can fire
her back up and put that huge smile
back on my face!
Happy winter everyone!
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Photo by Mario Zaina
Photos by Winston Celik (with Mario Zaina)
Rick Taylor inspects some future
classics at Boot Hill !
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Definition of Acceleration
Submitted by Bob Jaques
O
ne top fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes
more horsepower than the first 4 rows of stock cars at
the Daytona 500.
It takes just 15/100ths of a second for all 6,000+ horsepower of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the
rear wheels.
Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1-1/2
gallons of nitro methane per second; a fully loaded 747
consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being
produced.
A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough
power to drive the dragster's supercharger.
With 3,000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a
near-solid form before ignition.
Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full
throttle.
At the stoichiometric (stoichiometry: methodology and
technology by which quantities of reactants and products in
chemical reactions are determined) 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture of
nitro methane, the flame front temperature measures 7,050
deg F.
Nitro methane burns yellow... The spectacular white
flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen,
dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing
exhaust gases.
Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This
is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.
Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass.
After halfway, the engine is dieseling from compression, plus
the glow of exhaust valves at 1,400 deg F. The engine can
only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.
you have completed reading this sentence.
Top fuel engines turn approximately 540 revolutions
from light to light! Including the burnout, the engine must
only survive 900 revolutions under load.
The red line is actually quite high at 9,500 rpm.
Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked
for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run
costs an estimate $1,000.00 per second.
The current top fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.428
seconds for the quarter mile (11/12/06, Tony Schumacher, at
Pomona , CA ). The top speed record is 336.15 mph as measured over the last 66' of the run (05/25/05 Tony Schumacher, at Hebron , OH ).
Putting all of this into perspective:
You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter 'twinturbo' powered Corvette Z06. Over a mile up the road, a top
fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a quarter
mile strip as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying
start. You run the 'Vette hard up through the gears and blast
across the starting line and pass the dragster at an honest 200
mph. The 'tree' goes green for both of you at that moment.
The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep
your foot down hard, but you hear an incredibly brutal whine
that sears your eardrums and within 3 seconds, the dragster
catches and passes you. He beats you to the finish line, a
quarter mile away from where you just passed him.
Think about it, from a standing start, the dragster had
spotted you 200 mph and not only caught, but nearly blasted
you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1,320
foot long race course.
...... and that my friends, is ACCELERATION!
Photo by Peter Davidson archives
If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders and
then explodes with sufficient force to blow cylinder
heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.
In order to exceed 300 mph in 4. 5 seconds, dragsters must accelerate an average of over 4G's. In order
to reach 200 mph (well before half-track), the launch
acceleration approaches 8G's.
Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before
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The Classified Ads. Page
FERRARI MASERATI of ONTARIO
Ferrari:
2004
2004
2001
2008
2005
2006
360 Spider - Grey- 7,094 kms
360 Spider - Red - 7,016 kms
550 Barchetta - Red - 3,200 kms
599 GTB Fiorano Coupe - Yellow - 2,400 kms
612 Scaglietti - Grey - 7,800 kms
612 Scaglietti - Grey - 9,100 kms
Maserati:
2009 - GranTurismo - Burgundy - 385 kms
2008 - GranTurismo - Silver - 36,759 kms
2008 - Quattroporte - Grey - 30, 104 kms
2009 - Quattroporte - Black - 19,800 kms
Call the friendly staff at: Ferrari Maserati of Ontario, 200 Auto Park Circle, Vaughan, Ontario.
Tel: (416) 749-5325 or Fax: (416) 749-9780 ~ www.ferrariofontario.com
FERRARI MASERATI QUEBEC
Ferrari:
Maserati:
2009 599 GTB Fiorano F1 - Rosso Corsa/ Beige - 13,411 kms
2008 Granturismo – Black/Beige interior - 7,200 kms
2008 Scuderia Spider 16 M - Grigio Silverstone Opaco/Tessuto Grigio 2009 Quattroporte - Blue Oceano/Cuoio - 7,500 kms
- 2,614 km
2008 Granturismo - Grigio Touring/Red - 4,180 kms
2008 430 Scuderia - Rosso Corsa/Tessuto Nero - 5,589 km
2008 Quattroporte - Nero Carbonio/Nero- 31,000 kms
2008 F430 Coupe F1 - Nero Daytona/ Cuoio/Nero - 4,303 kms
2008 Granturismo - Grigio Touring/Beige - 20,062 kms
2007 599 GTB Fiorano F1 - Grigio Silverstone/Bordeaux - 11,000 kms 2008 Quattroporte - Grigio Touring/Beige - 8,700 kms
2007 F430 Coupe - Black/Black - 8,350 kms
2006 Quattroporte - Grigio Palladio/Beige - 43,000 kms
2007 F430 Spider F1 - Grigio Silverstone/Rosso/Nero - 9,000 kms
2005 Quattroporte - Grigio Touring/ Beige - 38,500 kms
2006 F430 Spider F1 - Grigio Titanio/Black - 10,000 kms
2011 Granturismo - Nero Carbonnio/black leather - 49 kms
2005 F430 Spider F1 - Rosso Corsa/Beige - 5,464 kms
2011 Quattroporte - Oceano Blue/Cuoio Leather
1998 355 - Rosso Corsa/Black - 28,000 kms
2011 Granturismo Convertible - Bianco Eldorado/Cuoio
1990 Testarossa - Rosso Corsa/Black - 30,839 kms
- 36 kms
Call: Sales Manager - Ferrari Maserati Quebec, 5155 De Sorel, Montreal, Quebec
Tel.: (514) 337-7274 or Fax (514) 340-9188
FOR SALE: 1975 308 GT4 with 348 TB drive train. The car has a custom ATL fuel cell installed in the front of
the car. Big brake kit on all 4 corners by Willwood, coil over adjustable shocks, high performance chips, custom ram
air induction from K&N, Borla exhausts, high performance water and oil cooling systems. The car is used for club
lapping. Over $60,000 invested. Will sell for $25,000.
Call or e-mail for more info: Sam - 514.239.3993 - [email protected]
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FOR SALE: 1983 308 QV - black with red interior - Euro spoiler - HRE 505 style 16” wheels - original owners
manual, tools and jack - 67,000 miles. Car is in great condition and needs nothing but a new home! Serious inquiries
only. Car is in Montreal. Major service done at 65,000 miles. Pictures available upon request.
Contact: Eddie at 514-880-8559 or [email protected]
21/3
FOR SALE: Set of ignition wires for non-fuel injected 308's. Selling for $70.
Contact: [email protected]
20/3
FOR SALE: 1995 F355B s/n: 0639 - yellow/black, many factory options and mofifications including spare set of
mint white Speedline Challenge wheels, free flow Tubi exhaust with stainless Tubi headers. Al service records from
new. Contact Bob Jaques - 416-888-8987
21/1
FREE ADVERTISING FOR MEMBERS - RIGHT HERE!
Club members are invited to advertise cars, parts for sale or wanted at no charge for private sales only. For non-members,
there is a charge of $10.00 per advertisement. Classified ads will run for two consecutive issues and can be renewed upon
request. Send details to the Editor by the first day of March, June, September or December.
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Ferrari Club of America
Northern Prancer
Winter 2010

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