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Northern Prancer - Ferrari Club of America
Northern Prancer
Quarterly Publication of
The Ferrari Club of America
East & Central Canada Region
Photo by Peter Davidson
Volume 21, Issue 3 - Fall 2010
Photo by Jim Hyatt
Above - The 36th. Annual Concours d’ Élégance held in Caledon, Ontario
Below - The 1st. Yorkville Exotic Car Show in downtown Toronto
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Dan O’Toole, Regional Director, says......
S
o where did summer go? After what could arguably be
called the finest summer on record from a weather perspective, autumn has certainly stepped in. I’m hoping that
things dry out and warm up for the balance of September
and October. There is still lots of time to enjoy our Ferraris.
and come out and join us! Thank
you to all of the volunteers who
spend the time and effort to put
together these great events, the club
truly appreciates your efforts.
As you’re all aware, I’m sure, the Prancing Horse galloped
to victory on home turf in the Ital;ian Grand Prix. Fernando
Alonso produced a stunning drive at Monza to give Ferrari its
first win on home turf since 2006 and to add to the delight
for the thousands of tifosi who filled the grandstands opposite the podium, Felipe Massa was up there too, in third place.
This great performance is not only the perfect way to end the
European leg of the season, but it also reignites the Scuderia’s
fight for the championship titles, as Fernando, after Monza, is
now third in the Drivers’ standings, just 21 points, or less than
one race win, behind the leader, while in the Constructors’
Ferrari is still third, but the gap to the leaders has now come
down to 60 points. What started off at the beginning of the
year to be a season of great promise when Ferrari launched
the 2010 F1 season with a 1 – 2 finish in the Bahrain Grand
Prix, only to be followed by less than optimum results, was
resurrected by the fine showing at Monza.
On that note, I’d like to highlight one particular long term member, especially for those who have
joined the club recently. Don Ambrose joined the FCA in
1981 as a member of the East and Central Canada Region.
Closer to home, we’re days away from the 2010 Ferrari
Club of America International Meet to be held this September 29th to October 3rd at the New Jersey Motorsports Park
in Millville, New Jersey. This year’s event will honour the
Scaglietti Race and Road Cars and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 250 GTE. Look to the event website www.
fca2010.org for additional information and registration details
if you haven’t signed up yet. If you’re planning on attending, I would love to hear from you regarding your attendance.
Feel free to share your experiences when you get back, who
knows, it might just end up in the Northern Prancer!
We’ve had an exceptional summer of activities with
results reported on elsewhere in this publication. Along with
long standing successful events such as the Festa Italia in Ottawa and the Montreal Dream Drive, we incorporated a brand
new event in Toronto on July 10th in conjunction with the
Porsche Club. The inaugural Yorkville Exotic Car Show was
a resounding success; Jim Hyatt provides all the details just in
case you weren’t able to attend.
We were very sad to learn that Don’s wife, Marilyn, lost
her battle with cancer this summer. Don and Marilyn were
members since the early 80’s and have demonstrated that an
FCA membership can certainly be a family affair. For over
25 years Marilyn put her unique touch on just about every
aspect of this club from being a superb organizer and team
player to being the one to promote our summer theatre tours.
If the topic of a wine tasting or tour came up you could be
sure she would be at the lead with her infectious enthusiasm
and “joie de vivre”. So often she would be found at an event
registration desk, working with other volunteers and welcoming members and guests. Marilyn will always be in our hearts,
and our sympathies are passed on to Don and their two sons,
Greg and Derek.
Don has served at the Regional level as Secretary and as
Treasurer for two International Meets in 1998 and 2008. He
organized rallies for the region from 1985 to 1995 using his
Ferrari to set and pre-run the courses. In 2001 he was elected
to the Regional Director’s position where his organizational
skills were quickly recognized at the National level and he
was elected to the Executive Committee as Secretary. A two
year term in this position led to his election as President of
the FCA, a position Don held for a two year term. He is currently the CEO of the Ferrari Club of America. Don is one
of the reasons why it’s been so much fun being affiliated with
the Ferrari Club of America!
Enjoy the fall, I look forward to meeting many of you at
the remaining events we have planned for the balance of this
year. Forza Ferrari!
Although it may be fall, there are still lots of events in
which to participate. September featured the annual rally in
Toronto while fall runs in Ottawa and Montreal are featured
in October along with the annual Wine Tour in Niagara.
Watch for details on each of these events in the near future
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The 19th Annual Children’s Aid Society Christmas Party
hosted by Richard & Julie Cory
Saturday, November 6th
The holiday season is fast approaching. Once again, we invite you to join us for an
elegant evening of dinner and dancing in support of the Children’s Aid Society
to help raise gifts and donations for children in need.
Premiere Ballroom
9019 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill
Take the 404 North to Hwy 7 West to Leslie Street North.
(Located one block North of Hwy 7, on the East side)
Cost: $60.00 per person or table of ten ($600.00)
(Includes dinner with wine, open bar and entertainment)
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. - Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child or make a donation.
(Please make donations payable to the Children’s Aid Society)
Please R.S.V.P: Richard Cory (416) 494-7653 or [email protected]
For Reservations, please make cheques payable to Richard Cory and mail to:
P.O. Box 589, 309 Lake Dr. E., Willowbeach, ON L0E 1S0
IMPORTANT: Payments must be received by October 30, 2010.
There will be no payments accepted at the door.
All reservations must be paid in advance - no exceptions.
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ANNUAL WINE TOUR
Luncheon & Wine Tasting
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th
SAVE THE DATE !
The Ferrari Club of America, Eastern & Central Canada Region, cordially
invites you to our Annual Luncheon & Wine Tasting at The Rockway
Glen Estate Winery, located on the Niagara Escarpment.
Come and join us for an exhilarating drive to The Rockway Glen Winery with picturesque views of the Niagara Escarpment and surrounding vineyards.
We will meet at a Tim Hortons for coffee, fresh
Bagels and Donuts. Details to follow shortly!!
FCA ANNUAL WINTER DINNER
hosted by Larry and Marilyn Pacht
Join us for a delicious and memorable evening
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20th
at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 145 Richmond Street W., Toronto.
(Self parking at Toronto Hilton).
For a mouth watering taste of things to come, visit: www.ruthschris.ca
Reception 6:45 pm. ~
~ Dinner to follow 7:30 pm.
This year we have chosen a set menu
with choices at $59.95 per person
+ tax and gratuity.
Please RSVP - Larry Pacht at:
[email protected]
or 416-821-0909 by November 12th.
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A Special Welcome to the following New Members:
Sadi Arbid, Burlington ON
Ron Campitelli, Woodbridge, ON
Guiseppe Cappellino, Tecumseh, ON
Craig Coblentz, Oakville, ON
Marcel Cote, Montreal, QC
Martin Dery, St. Jean Sur Richelieu, QC
Gabriel Falcone, Kleinburg, ON
Mauro Galati, Vaughan, ON
Matthew Thomas Jewett, Fredericton, NB
Denis Kouroussis, Markham, ON
George Manaras, Hudson, QC
Mario Pantuso, Gatineau, QC
Abe Reinhartz, Toronto, ON
Robin St. Martin, Ottawa, ON
Paul Storus, Gilmour, ON
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’.
How about attending some North East Region Events this year? Here are details of their major events.
9th Annual Maine Event - October 15-17, 2010
York, Portland, Rockport, Camden, where next? Always a good time and great drives.
Contact: Glenn Farrell (207)363-8053, e-mail: [email protected]
Formula 1 Grand Prix Calendar - 2010
October 10
October 24
November 7
November 14
Japanese GP Korean GP
Brazilian GP
Abu Dhabi GP
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.
Contact Vicki Reid today: [email protected]
It’s important that we stay in touch!
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Regional Event Calendar - 2010
September 29/October 3
October 16
October 21-23
November 6
November 20
The FCA Annual Meet - New Jersey - see The News Bulletin for details
Wine Tour - Ralph Shepherd - 416-441-2101 DATE CHANGE
The First Ferrari Owners’ Club International Meeting - see details on page
Children’s Aid DinnerRichard Cory - 416-494-7653
Winter Dinner - Larry Pacht - 416-821-0909
Ottawa Chapter (www.fcaottawa.com)
October 10
November 14
6th Annual Fall Fun Run - Hagen Hohn - 613-270-5273
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For any information on all Quebec Chapter Events, please contact
Bernardo Pisarzewski (events director) at (514) 858-1309 or at [email protected]”
The FCA has begun the process of building a new website format that will basically be common
to all regions but personalized for the use of the individual regions. We thank our former webmaster, Alfred Jay, for his years of hard work but who has now stepped down from this position.
We would like to welcome our new webmaster, Spencer Watson, who has taken over this position effective immediately. An announcement will be made once the new site is up and running.
East & Central Canada Regional Executive
Regional Director:
Treasurer:
Secretary:
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]
Other Key Contacts
Quebec Chapter - www.fcaquebec.ca
Track Chair: Evan Friedman
President: Sam Scalia
(b) 905-850-0079 - e-mail: [email protected]
(h) 514-844-7300 - e-mail: [email protected]
Rally: Bill Coutts
Vice President: Manlio Del Negro
(h) 416-264-841 - e-mail: [email protected]
(h) 514-592-7120 - e-mail: [email protected]
Concours: Bob Reid
Secretary/Treasurer: Evange Destounis
(h) 905-895-6662 - e-mail: [email protected]
(h) 514-973-9200 - e-mail: [email protected]
Ottawa Chapter - www.fcaottawa.com
Membership: Vicki Reid
President: Chris Fox
(h) 905-895-6662 - e-mail: [email protected]
(h) 613-833-0052 - e-mail: [email protected]
Editor - Norther Prancer: Peter Davidson
Vice President: Firdaus Kharas
(h/fax) 905-881-8094 - e-mail: [email protected]
(b) 613-820-6121 - e-mail: [email protected]
Advertising Director: Ian Carlsen
Treasurer: Giuseppe Castrucci
(b) 416-239-9966 - e-mail: [email protected]
(h) e-mail: [email protected]
Website: Spencer Watson (cel) 519-500-0944
Secretary: Renato Pontello
(b) 519-885-4540 ext 3056
(h) 613-599-0885 - e-mail: [email protected]
e-mail: [email protected]
Rally: Hagen Hohn - 613-279-5273
Regional Photographer: Lucas Scarfone
Festival Director: Giuseppe Castrucci (see above)
(c) 905-730-4359 - web site: www.ScarfonePhoto.com
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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A Message from Remo Ferri, President Ferrari Maserati of Ontario
W
ith the weather turning cooler, it will unfortunately
soon be time to put away our Ferraris for the winter.
At Ferrari of Ontario we are already making plans for an
exciting and active 2011.
New Models
I was pleased that many of you could join us for the
unveiling of the spectacular 458 Italia in June. To add spice to
the evening Ferrari generously also provided us with advance
looks at the 599 GTO and the 599XX.
Despite economic times that continue to challenge us
all, I’m pleased to report that interest in Ferrari remains very
solid.
Demand for the 458 Italia has been even stronger than
expected with customers taking delivery of the first cars over
the past few months. New 430 Spiders will still be arriving
through 2011, as the spider version of the Italia is not expected until 2012.
The first few 599 GTOs will be arriving this fall. This
amazing car, which has recorded the fastest production car
lap times ever at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, is, I believe,
the true successor to the original front-engined, V12 GTO,
….and, I am expecting to see at least one (track only) 599XX
in the Toronto area next spring.
We are barely able to keep up with demand for the California which continues to bring new people into the Ferrari
experience. Over the past 2 years we have delivered over 80
Californias to Toronto area drivers – 78% of them to new
Ferrari owners.
Ferrari Racing
Ferrari of Ontario proudly supported the largest team in
the North America 430 Challenge Series though 2010 with
six drivers – Martin Burrowes, Guy Leclerc, Mike Louli, Rob
Metka, Damon Ockey and Ryan Ockey. Next year will see a
combined series, with drivers having the option to run either
430 or 458 Challenge cars.
Ferri Competizione continued its partnership with Risi
Racing for the ALMS race at Mosport in August. Unfortunately, one of our two cars was damaged during practice.
Then due to a driver change, the other car had to start at the
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back of the pack. Nevertheless, our lone Ferrari managed to
work it’s way back up through the field to second place and
would certainly have reached first place, had the race not been
called prematurely. Considering the difficulties it was still a
very fine showing for the Ferrari automobile.
Rally for Sick Kids
The 12th Annual Ferrari of Ontario Rally for Sick Kids
was held on Sunday, August 8th with great success, raising
another $200,000 for the Hospital. My special thanks to all
those members who were able to come out and support the
day.
Our Facilities Remain at your Disposal
We remain committed to providing the best service available on all Ferraris and Maseratis – old and new.
Please remember that our service facility in Vaughan offers a 10% discount on parts and service to all Ferrari Club
members. Be sure to identify yourself as a Club member
when you bring your car in. During December, January and
February, this discount will be increased to 15% -- an ideal
time to get that extra work completed on your car.
Please accept our personal invitation to visit our Dealership in Vaughan, our Downtown Toronto Showroom, and
our Dealership in Calgary.
Ciao!
Appraisal and Valuation of
Classic & Modern Ferrari
Maurice Bramhall
& Associates
416-822-0096
[email protected]
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Scenes from the ‘I Wish’ event
~ see page 20
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A Message from Umberto Bonfa, President Ferrari Maserati Quebec
S
ummer is almost at its end. We had a fantastic summer
and our clients are probably going to get another month
of driving their Ferraris.
At time of this writing, Ferrari Maserati Quebec is in
its last leg before turning the page on our existing building
and moving into our all new state-of-the-art dealership. With
over 44 thousand square feet of interior space we are about
to change how Ferrari business is conducted in Quebec.
Our service staff will be better positioned to accept all Ferrari’s and Maserati’s for services - maintenance will never be
easier. We already have three vintage Ferrari’s for the Classiche program scheduled through winter. Our collision repair
facility will be able to take care of those nasty stone chips and
scratches. The five car wash bay will cater to simple washes
and extreme detailing. Our Previously Enjoyed Ferrari Maserati division will give Canada a vast choice, all with Ferrari
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Approved/Maserati Certified Warranties. The Espresso lounge will of
course still have the famous roast that
we have been serving for the past ten
years - some say it’s the best espresso
in town!
Is there any other way to own and
enjoy a Ferrari!
Kindly enjoy some of pictures and in a few weeks, they
will become reality!
Arrivederci
Umberto Bonfa
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OTTAWA CHAPTER ~ Ferrari Festival - Must Attend Event
June 18-20, 2010
by Hagen Hohn
T
his summer has been a busy driving summer, culminating in Ottawa's growing Ferrari Festival. The festival
being In its 5th year, the theme could easily have been 'more':
more people, more Ferraris and more fun. It's estimated that
200,000+ people pass through Little Italy and Corso Italia
(Preston Street) during the Friday and Saturday evening car
displays. With 53 Ferraris (and a Maserati and a Lamborghini)
attending from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and as far away
as Calgary, there was a huge amount of eye candy for the
tifosi and festival-goers to admire and dream. Nor were they
limited to dreaming. Sunday's highlight for the spectators was
the opportunity to 'purchase' a once-in-a-lifetime ride in their
dream cars and experience a little bit of the legend, mystique
and passion that surrounds Ferrari. The proceeds for the
charity ride are donated to Villa Marconi Long Term Health
Care Centre and are matched by ScotiaBank. This year's total
donation? $10,000 for a five-year total surpassing $64,000.
siasts! Despite my long history of track, uh, enthusiasm, my
favourite part of the Festival is spending Friday evening along
Preston Street. Preston Street is always a place for great food,
but during Italian Week and especially on the Friday, as Italian
Week hands over to the Ferrari Festival, Preston is packed
with live entertainment, great food, a tangible atmosphere of
relaxation and friendship, great food and wonderful establishments that have spilled out onto the sidewalks. And the
Ferraris. The cars, lined up along Preston Street, were securely
parked outside all the restaurants lining Preston Street, and
guarded by over 100 students volunteering for the privilege
(and educational credits towards their community service). To
me, the feeling of sitting at a patio table in a great restaurant,
surrounded by friends, overlooking great cars, evokes my
memories of living in Europe. After all, friendship and sharing common passions, is what it's all about isn't it.
Photography by Andre Chenier
Saturday started with a wonderful pleasure cruise along
the Rideau Canal and both sides of the Rideau River. The
While the Festival works hard to provide a memorable
route, my small contribution to the weekend, hit many of
show to the huge crowds of fans, its main focus is the
Ottawa's highlights while seeking out curving, scenic routes:
participants themselves. Events start with a day at Calabogie
something that seems incongruous with the mess that is any
Motorsport Park followed by an evening dining and expedowntown city. Passing Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court,
riencing all that Little Italy offers during Italian Week. The
the festival hotel (Chateau Laurier), the Rideau Canal, the
day at Calabogie was a great surprise for many as that was
Rideau River and on the return leg, slipping through the
the first opportunity many had to see, hear and experience
Experimental Farm and finishing back at Preston Street, the
the ZR Auto Group's many tasty automotive treats: Maserati
MC12, Saleen S7, and 1000hp Lamborghini Gallardo to name cruise took about 75 minutes. The only hitch with the route
was with the Experimental Farms: I had chosen several oakthe three most exotic cars in their collection. I have to thank
lined 'back roads'; however, access was closed off resulting
Zahir Rana and his crew for bringing these machines to Otin a short detour down to one of the normal access roads.
tawa for the festival and making them such a part in so many
Participants weren't thrown a loop though, as the route book
of the activities: Zahir and the ZR Auto Group are enthuLeft - Zahir Rana of ZR Auto in Calgary ~ Right - a sea of red gets a dose from natures car wash after the parade.
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had contingencies for just such an eventuality.
The festival's lowest point occurred shortly after, in the
form of a short and hard shower. Not to be swayed, many
drivers still chose to take part in the parade on Preston Street.
And the ferraristi didn't have long to wait for the shower to
pass and the Speed Demonstration Zone to commence. With
several city blocks along Carling barricaded off, drivers had
the chance to stretch out their cars to the stratospheric volumes and rpms that these engines thrive on and, not coincidentally, entertain the crowd lining the route in bleachers.
Saturday culminated in the traditional banquet. This year
departed from the previous, by bringing in several Yuk Yuk
comedians who have been well received as part of Montreal's
Just For Laughs festival. While comedy is not necessarily the
same for everyone, it was one of the changes the organizers implemented this year, to increase the variety for return
participants.
Sunday saw many participants starting their long journeys
home. For those who stayed for the Sunday morning events,
we close this tale where we started: the Charity Dream Ride
and the presentation at Villa Marconi.
To all those who volunteered or helped in any small way,
the festival would not be the success it is without your efforts,
grazie. For the sponsors who donated the funds necessary to
carry off this must-attend event, un ringraziamento sincere.
To the participants who have become friends, hurry back and
last, to those who could not join us, we invite you to join us
next year and make it better than the last. Just think of the
stories you'll take home.
Post Event Interview with Giuseppe Castrucci
by Hagen Hohn
I had a few brief minutes to chat with Peppe about his
thoughts and plans for next year. Apart from swearing to
never do this again, Peppe had some definite opinions about
this year’s festival. With 53 cars this year, the event has grown
fantastically and is moving along with Peppe’s vision. This
year’s focus was to really try and incorporate much of the
feedback from past events. The move of event hotel to the
Chateau Laurier was very well received, and will be the hotel
of choice for the next 2 years. After that, the
hotel will move to a new venue every three
years to keep things fresh and provide variety.
The addition of the Holts Spa as an attraction
was a success and many people appreciated it
being available. After all, not everyone is a car
enthusiast. Peppe mentioned all the sponsors
for their great ongoing support, as well as Zahir Rana and the ZR Auto group for making
available so many great cars.
Looking forward to future events, several
great suggestions were again received this year
and the plan is to incorporate them as much
as possible to continue to grow and improve
the event and bring even more value for first
time and repeat participants and owners.
Post Event Perspective Interview
by Hagen Hohn
In addition to talking with Peppe, I also had the chance
to spend a bit more time with some of the other members of
the organizing committee. What follows is a portion of the
questions and answers. Perhaps this insight into the goals of
the organizing team will help to encourage your participation
next year.
When you think of this festival, what is the first thought that
comes to mind?
As an organizer our biggest concern if how to keep
things fresh for our participants. We are continually trying to
reinvent our festival to introduce new and exciting activities
for everyone. We fear becoming the same old, same old.
What do you think was the biggest success?
I think our biggest success (this year) was in the appear-
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ance of the super-cars from Alberta. We are continually trying to showcase the best Ferrari has to offer. In terms of the
event itself I honestly don’t feel that any one event stands out
over another. It is the culmination of events that makes us
successful, each standing on its own.
Any feedback from participants?
We continue to get rave reviews from our participants.
They enjoy the variety and enthusiasm we bring to our festival
every year. Our dedicated core of volunteers bring a high
level of enthusiasm to our event every year with one goal in
mind. Making our event exciting and fresh every year.
Who were the comedians and what did they talk about?
The comedians were headliners from Yuk Yuk’s. Another
“fresh” idea to give our event a new twist. On the whole they
were well received and may have a place in future events.
In future the comics need to have better direction as to the
content of their show but they certainly have a place in our
festival.
What happens at the track event?
Our track event once again drew a good level of participation. A wide range of Ferrari’s showed up for this years
track event, everyone enjoying an opportunity to drive their
Ferrari’s at speeds they were meant to perform at (read, no legal for the street speeds). As well we had a great entourage of
other makes and models all hoping to test their metal against
the prancing horse. Leading the pack was the Maserati MC12.
ing to stay on the asphalt at high speeds.
The event runs on the hard work of a huge number of volunteers.
Are there any that get, perhaps, less recognition than they should?
We have a number of volunteers who are not even Ferrari owners. They have volunteered countless hours of their
time for the last several years of the event strictly for their
love of the Marque and their dedication to the Festival itself.
Dave Harding manages all of the student volunteers who
cordon off the cars as they are parked on Preston St each
day. Dave has yet to have had the pleasure of actually enjoying even the gala dinner. As everyone sits down to enjoy their
meal and the show Dave is parading up and down Preston
ensuring the Ferraris are protected from the admiring masses.
Chuck Storry is involved in producing and distributing event
media across the city ensuring we have enough visibility to
attract the public to our event.
Was the charity drive busy for the 2 hours?
We had a great showing at the charity drive, the feature
car being the Maserati MC12. Lucky ticket purchasers had the
opportunity to ride in the passenger seat of this exotic auto.
For those less adventurous they could chose from a no less
exotic collection of Ferrari’s and Maserati. The charity drive
was a smashing success keeping cars running for the full 2
hours.
As the Speed Zone is totally voluntary, who took part in the Speed
Zone?
Photography by Andre Chenier
The speed zone was augmented by the illustrious crowd
For those who were not comfortable with track participa- from ZRAuto, led of course by the Maserati MC12 and foltion we opened the track over the lunch hour for a leisurely
lowed by a collection of highly modified Ferrari’s and Lamtour of the track at more moderate speeds. A chance to view
borghini. Once again the Testarossa’s, drowning in torque,
the track from the driver’s seat without the challenge of trywowed the crowd with fantastic burnouts.
At the end of the day - (left) Eric Galipeau, Chris Fox and (right) event chair, Giuseppe Castrucci, look very happy!
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The 11th Annual “Rodney’s Weekend” - Never the Same-Old, Same-Old
July 23 – 25, 2010
by Jenelle Ross and Richard Taylor
W
e always enjoy spending time in the dead of winter
making reservations for a summer get-away to a fabulous location with our fellow club members. These get-away
weekends, fondly referred to as “Rodney’s Weekends” never
disappoint. Rodney Ellis and Paula Knopf make sure that the
weekend is not just fun – but also an eye-opening / learning
experience. In the past we have, for example, visited UNESCO Heritage Sites (Rideau Canal and Fort Henry), Canada’s
Canoe Museum, a few wineries, a horse farm, cooking school,
vintage motorcycle show, classic and modern Muskoka, been
close to Canada’s most southern point and saw a Shakespearean play. The list goes on. Where could Rodney and Paula
possibly have in store for us this year? What could top a full
decade of these wonderful events?
wine list. Plans were made over dinner to meet in the lounge
at 8:00 am to watch qualifying for the German Grand Prix at
Hockenheim. We found out that the resort did get TSN via
satellite, but only in the main building.
We met at 8:00 and watched qualifying; then it was off
to breakfast and getting ready for a 10:15 departure. We had
about a 30 km drive on some fantastic roads through a forest.
Paula warned us that when she and Rodney did the reconnaissance trip – they met bears on the roads. We kept alert
– have to wonder if the sound of nine super cars travelling
through the forest was a bit of a warning for the wild life?
Our destination was the Wolf Centre (www.haliburtonforest.
com/wolf) - a 15-acre reserve where a pack of 4 wolves live.
The O’Tooles, in keeping with an emerging tradition,
graciously hosted the group at their home for a pre-send
off brunch. Unfortunately, Dianne and Dan were not able
to join the group this year. It was one of those hot humid
days we experienced in southern Ontario this summer. Dark
clouds started to form, and sure enough while we were having brunch – a few rain drops fell – the only rain of the entire
weekend! This event was clearly meant to be.
There is one-way glass overlooking the enclosure to minimize
the affect of humans looking at the wolves. We were lucky
to have all 4 wolves in sight when we were there. While the
wolves were not particularly active – we did have the opportunity to see some “pack behaviour”. The alpha female
appeared to be hunting (perhaps a field mouse?), once she
appeared to have lost interest in pursuing the prey, the alpha
male came over. We think he came over to see if she had
actually caught something and would share - or was he just
curious and keeping tabs on fellow pack members?
Next item on our busy schedule was to meet at the Eastwoods, a beautiful cabin in the woods, up behind the main
resort for pre-dinner cocktails. The resort had put together
an amazing hors d’oeuvre platter - if this was any indication
of the kitchen, we were all in for a treat! And dinner was
truly a treat! A great kitchen, great staff and a really good
Our next stop was Domain of Killien (www.domainofkillien.com) for lunch on a wonderful patio, overlooking
Dragg Lake. The Inn is a former hunting lodge - old squared
timber construction. They also had a beautiful garden,
behind an 8 foot deer fence. Another scenic route took us
back to Sir Sam’s Inn. Some of us just relaxed, others in-
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Photo by Jim Hyatt
It was time to roll-out after the traditional driver/navigator meeting in the gazebo. Seven cars headed out to the great
unknown (2 others would meet us at the resort). Rodney
had planned a delightful route from Newmarket to Haliburton – back roads and a couple of secondary highways. It was
a beautiful drive complete with a questionnaire (which was
just tricky enough that you had to pay attention, but not so
tricky as to be frustrating!). Three of us missed a turn .... oh
well, we figured it out eventually. We all arrived at Sir Sam’s
Inn (www.sirsamsinn.com) , safe and sound, and in time to
check-in, freshen up, and meet at the bar for a pre-cocktail
hour drink. Sir Sam’s Inn is a quaint resort that is a nice mix
of old and new – sitting on the screen porch overlooking
the pool, dock and lake, sipping a refreshing beverage, with a
great group of people .... life is good.
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dulged in spa treatments, and Rick Cory took a few of the
Inn’s employees for a ride in his Ford GT and Bob took a few
in the Aston Martin – what a thrill.
Prior to dinner, Paula and Rodney again hosted cocktails
at The Eastwoods …. as we climbed the forest path to the
cabin we heard the call of the wolf – a CD of wolf calls was
being played. Sure hope the call was friendly and not broadcasting to any wolves that might have been in the area that
cocktails were being served and 17 of us would be shortly
heading back down the forest path to the main lodge and dinner! Rodney at this point reviewed the results of the en route
quiz. Coming in third were your authors, second were Vicki
and Bob Reid, with Linda and Jim Hyatt taking top honours.
There was a special presentation at dinner, acknowledging
and thanking Rodney for the wonderful event we all enjoy so
much. The token of our appreciation was a framed picture
of Sir Sam’s Inn, with everyone who attended the weekend
having signed the mat. The special events of the evening
didn’t end there. The Inn provided us with a bag of marshmallows, so off we went to the fire pit by the lake, found
some sticks and roasted marshmallows. That brought back
many childhood memories ...the smell and taste of toasted
marshmallow on a fine summer evening by
the lake.
doing joining our convoy? The OPP SUV passed the last car,
and our thoughts were, did Rodney run a red light? The OPP
SUV passed the next car, and the next and so on. When they
passed us it was clear that what they were doing was to get a
really good look at the cars! We still don’t know what happened to Marilyn and Larry – but as they always have their
sat/nav we knew they wouldn’t be lost.
We were able to share with our small convoy, some of
our favourite routes through the Haliburton / Kawartha
Lakes region and got everyone to their respective turns. Julie
and Rick did need some prompting – we are thinking that
Rick just loves that Ford GT so much, he would have just
kept on driving.
The 11th annual Rodney’s weekend was a resounding
success – great drives intermingled with new adventures,
relaxing times, great conversations, lots of laughs and good
friendships. Is there a better way to spend a weekend in the
summer? Lydia and Bill MacGregor don’t think so – they
have attended each of Rodney’s Weekends! All of us can not
thank Paula and Rodney enough for all of their time and energy they put into making sure that everyone had a fabulous
time. Where to next year? Can’t wait!
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Photo by Jenelle Ross
After breakfast the official part of the
event was over. We “unofficially” lead a
convoy of 6 of cars back towards Toronto –
stopping in Haliburton for gas. The owner
of the Shell station was thrilled – they had
had 3 other super cars in for gas earlier – we
all suspect they were the other club members
on Rodney’s Weekend. Just outside of Haliburton, we picked out a nice back road and
slowed after making the turn to ensure that
no one had missed the turn: Julie and Rick
– check; Linda and Jim – check; Vicki and
Bob – check; Paula and Rodney – check; OPP
SUV – check – wait a minute, where’s Marilyn and Larry Pacht and what is an OPP SUV
Photo by Rodney Ellis
Sunday morning was the German Grand
Prix. As we had the done the day before,
some of us headed to the lounge to watch
the race. But the lounge wasn’t open. Good
thing we had a room in the main lodge (that
had a satellite service) – so it was up to our
room to watch the race.
Ferraristi and their cars ........... what’s wrong with this picture?
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The 36th Annual Concours d’Élégance
June 27th, 2010
Jenelle Ross and Richard Taylor
W
inter in Canada, is a time for the members of the East
and Central Region of the Ferrari Club of America to
take a breather from the jammed-packed schedule of events
that so many volunteers work very hard to organize and execute. Meanwhile, the Reids, Bob and Vicki – spend most of
each January volunteering their time to the smooth running
of the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic (see the Spring Edition
Ferraris along with 17 cars in the alternative marques “class”
representing 12 different constructors: Aston Martin,
Contemporary Classic AC Cobra, Fiat, Ford, Lamborghini,
Maserati, Mercedes, Mercedes-McLaren, Morgan, Porsche,
Rolls-Royce and Superformance Cobra. The day was sunny
and warm with a few clouds starting to form by late morning.
The voting took place once the field closed around 11:00 am.
The idyllic
setting over
looking
the lake at
The Royal
Ambassador
Event
Centre
in lovely
Caledon,
Ontario.
of the Northern Prancer). Winter is also a time for the organizer of our club’s annual concours d’élégance to identify and
recruit volunteers to help out with one of key annual club
events. Sure enough the call went out from Bob and Vicki
to Linda and Jim Hyatt and the authors with all of us gladly
stepping up to the plate to help out.
The venue for this year’s concours was selected for its
idyllic setting – we could envision the field of over 30 cars
gracefully positioned on the lawn leading down to a private
lake on a sunny warm June afternoon. By 9:00 am on June
27th the first of the entrants arrived – registration was quick
and efficient – the cars were directed towards the field and
were parked within their respective classes. It was noted by
the parking attendants that the ladies were much better at
navigating the “bridge” onto the field than the gents.
While the field filled-up over the morning, coffee was
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This year there were some changes to the awards. There
were two Ferrari classes -- Class 1, consisting of the older
models and Class 2, the newer. To round out the awards,
a Ladies’ Choice and Gentlemen’s Choice were also up for
grabs. This year’s event introduced a “Best in Show” award.
As we clearly take our cars very seriously, especially at this
event, it was time to liven things up a bit. One of our sponsors, Silver Wheels associated their good name with two additional awards: the “Most Rock Chips”, and “Least Likely to
Make it Home” awards. Both of which were offered, knowing that such awards would be received with the humour with
which they were conceived -- all in good fun!
Just before lunch was served, a light rain started to fall.
Bob Reid was quick to let the group know that the weather
had changed and it might be an idea to get those spyders’
tops up. We just have to mention that while Bob was quick
to announce, he was not so quick to get out there and put
Vicki’s “swell SL’s” top up!
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The votes were in, lunch was being served and Bob Reid
once again took the podium – this time not for a weather
report but for the official part of the program. Bob thanked
everyone for coming to the event and supporting the club
-- in particular fellow FCA members all the way from Texas
– Laure and Mike Bertoja; Brian from Florida, and members
of the Aston Martin, Maserati and Fiat Clubs. Bob also recognized: the volunteers for their hard work; Lant Insurance
for trophy sponsorship and goodie bags; and Jenelle Ross for
providing the March of Dimes wrist bands.
In the background the votes were counted and scrutinized and the final results were ready to be announced – and
who better to make such announcements than Jim Hyatt –
hey, who needs a microphone?
It was with much fan-fare that the award winners were
announced:
Class
Place Best in Show
Class 1
First Second
Class 2
First
Second Ladies’ Choice
Gentlemen’s Choice
Most Stone Chips
Least Likely to Make it Home Owner
Frank Talenti Frank Talenti
Patrick Talenti
Dan O’Toole
Dimitri Giannoulias
Larry and Marilyn Pacht
Stuart Cork
Lindsay Gillespie
Dan O’Toole
Vehicle
1967 330 GTC
1967 330 GTC
1979 512 BB
2009 16M
2005 F430
2005 Mercedes-McLaren
1972 Maserati Ghibli SS
1988 328 GTS
2009 16M
The presentation of the awards wrapped up another
successful FCA East and Central Canada FCA Concours
d’Élégance. What a great way to spend a day in the country
with great friends and great cars! Many thanks to Vicki and
Bob for sharing their experiences and energy with the club to
make such events so successful and to Linda and Jim Hyatt
for being such great team members – all of which make volunteering so rewarding. Can’t wait for next year!
Photography by Peter Davidson
Vicki does the final tally on
the scores with the awards
awaiting their recipients.
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2010 YES - The Yorkville Exotics Show - Three points of view
July 10th, 2010
by James Hyatt
W
ow, what a glamorous occasion! If in doubt, watch the
videos on http://www.YorkvilleExotics.com. As you’ll
see, it was an incredible display of automotive enthusiasm
and beauty.
Since I’m incapable of writing objectively about the
event, here are some of the comments from those who attended:
~~~
‘Just a little note to comment on the great day we had in
Yorkville at the first exotic car show. To say that this event
was a huge success is an understatement. Certainly from the
participant’s perspective you covered everything, and having
both the luxury and convenience of the lounge to eat and
drink was the icing on the cake! Kudos to the organizers for a
great event. Looking forward to next year.’
Rob and Carol
‘I enjoyed the inaugural event and look forward to next
year. The feeling of the Yorkville car show was classy yet
relaxed. I noted a friendly atmosphere during the entire day
and it was nice that it had an educational feeling to it - people
asked FCA members questions about the cars and left happy
that the owners were so approachable to chat with them. It
was a wonderful sight of the cars against the colourful patios
and boutique stores while the people strolled by. I heard comments about how beautiful or cool the cars were throughout
the day. I think it would be cool to do a line up of red Ferrari's next year lining up the sequence of models to show the
evolution over the years. Thanks to all
the volunteers who organized the day
and watched the cars. It was a lot of
fun and the shopping was great too!’ Lydia
bring myself to say that word). Chatted with a lot of old
friends and made some new ones along the way, had a great
lunch at Amber and picked up a sunburn. To my horror my wife’s favourite Jeweller opened up a second location on Yorkville – conveniently right where our cars were
parked - guess where I spent an hour of my life? Had a
great time though and hope to do it all over again next year.
’
Mario
‘You did a fantastic job spear-heading the Yorkville show.
The venue and weather couldn't have been any better. Both
car owners and spectators commented positively on the
variety and turnout. We've got to do it again next year!!! Many
thanks.’
Alex
‘It was a great day. Weather was fantastic. It was nice to
finally meet some other members of the club. The spectators
were out in force, and it was all for a good cause. Can't get
better than that. Will definitely be back next year.’ Rorie
‘The wonderful YES event re-ignited my enthusiasm in
my car and Ferrari in general. Wow, what a great event, never
noticed that only 25% of the volunteers showed up. Between
talking to a lot of people, old, old friends and acquaintances
there was still time for Jazz at the Pilot and a couple of other
bars. I used to drive the car to Key Largo, Florida for the winter every fall until two years ago. Now, with new interest, the
trip is on again.’
Gerd Schwarzkopf, 1962 250 GTE
‘I volunteered to help out for the
event and as soon as my wife and I
arrived, she was recruited also. Jim
started barking out orders right away
(boy does he ever get excited?) - now
I know what happened to his hair.
By 11:00 am. all the cars had arrived
and I was a free man again, Jim left
me alone and my wife went shopping
with her friend.
I spent the rest of the day admiring all the great looking Ferraris
and the P***** cars also (I can't
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Now that you’ve read comments from those who
attended, I’m going to tell you some background from
the point of view of one of the organizers of a first-time
event.
Most of the credit goes to the vision and hard work of
Phil Downe of IT Negotiations, who took on this endeavour, initially single-handed. I hate to give credit to a Porsche
owner but......... As an assistant to Phil, I got to see the
many and varied interest groups he had to deal with. At one
of many meetings we held we had the following parties: the
Bloor Yorkville Business Association, the police, paramedics, the fire department, ambulance, transit staff, the parking
authority, Toronto city hall, the bylaw enforcement office, etc.
Each had their own concerns about the event.
had to estimate on the conservative side so no one would be
turned away at the last minute. Phil even set up his own cars
in his basement to try to determine a number. We were allocated 28 spaces. Turns out we had space left over, but more
room was needed for the Porsches than the Ferraris because
Cumberland is three feet narrower than Yorkville. This also
meant that the Porsche and Ferrari parking angles were different.
If you’re interested, Yorkville is 24 ft. wide and Cumberland is 21. Yes, I told Phil Porsches are shorter.
Phil agonized over the cost of AMBERS, but in the end,
and rightly so in my opinion, he decided that a classy watering
hole was critical to the ambiance of the day.
At first we were given most of Yorkville Avenue and
Cumberland St.. We figured out we could fit 40 Ferraris and
40 Porsches if we angle-parked the cars. However, after
another “big meeting”, Phil was told that the emergency
vehicles needed 138 inches width the full length of the streets
and 10 metres at each corner to negotiate. We also had to
leave spaces in the middle so that fire trucks could park in
the event of a fire. Our space was now considerably shorter.
At one point we were told to parallel park the cars which
equalled approximately 20 cars. Phil negotiated for a while on
that one.
You may have noticed a string that all the cars parked
behind. My cousin and I were there at 7:30 in the morning
taping down the string to make sure there was 138 inches
for the emergency vehicles. Dirty knees at dawn. Phil came
in work clothes, then went home and changed at his nearby
condo. We scrubbed our knees in the washrooms. And I was
going to wear white linen pants!
By this time it was virtually impossible to determine the
exact number of spaces that would be available. We measured it with a tape measure but with the limited width, the
indeterminate angle of parking and the possible overlap, we
At the beginning of the day I noticed that there were
no security volunteers at the Ferrari venue so I went over
to the administration area just a little upset. It turns out the
volunteer recruiter had advertised for volunteers. He started
with 70 applications, 40 of whom
confirmed close to the event and 16
showed up. I was then allocated 8
volunteers and I spread them over
3 cars each. Not too bad. However, there was no second shift of
volunteers as we’d planned. As the
volunteers went for lunch or their
3-hour shifts ended some of them
wandered away. Can’t blame them. I
had a good time at AMBERS having
a beer or three during lunch but spent
the rest of the day patrolling the cars
(complain, whine, complain).
I hope that from a participant’s viewpoint everything appeared to flow smoothly. However, since I’m writing from an
organizer’s viewpoint, I should mention our main problems.
As you know, some spectators
feel it’s their right to lean on, sit on
and possibly sit in the cockpit and
maybe take a test drive in the show
cars. At one point I asked three
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The new member then offered to
watch the cars at that end of the street for me. Maybe he felt
guilty because he came late (after all of the parking volunteers
had left) and so I had to park him personally? Maybe he’s just
a nice guy.
A couple of the cars were parked slightly into the banned
area and Phil told me to get them moved. I don’t know if he
was serious or just wanted to be able to say he had told me to
move them. Unfortunately I just couldn’t find the owners of
the cars. Too bad.
There were lots of volunteers who assisted me the day
of the event. Mario and Lucia marshalled the cars at the
entrance, Bob and Dave (a friend of Bob’s) looked after
the parking, Nat (my cousin) and Tony were point persons
for various tasks and I was your gofer cum security guard.
Thanks to them for their help and for showing up so early.
In the end the turnout was fantastic. 27 of the 28 registered cars were present. Originally I was concerned that with
a summer weekend, vacations, the downtown location, fear
Photography by Jim Hyatt
young men to please stay behind the
lines. A gentleman in the peanut
gallery started asking me why we
weren’t letting people walk between
the cars. I tried to explain about
scratches, etc. but he just went on an
intellectual rant about “Who do we
think we are?” At that point a new
club member, who is about 6’4” and
250 lbs. (guessing) stands behind him
and says, “Want me to punch him out,
Jim?” End of stimulating conversation.
of rain, fear of traffic and a first time downtown car show
that the response might be low. The response was so good,
however, that we had to close the applications weeks before
the event. I even had several late requests; some from folks
who lived a fair distance from Toronto, and had to turn them
down. Next year Phil hopes to have more room.
By the way, does anyone want to volunteer to be the
point person for next year?
~~~
The view of the Fund Raisers
The FCA has been interested in a downtown venue for
one of its events for many years so when the club was approached by the Bloor-Yorkville BIA regarding participation
in an on street event, it quickly became evident to Dan that
an event could be successfully carried out in this ideal venue.
By endorsing the SickKids Foundation as the featured
charitable organization of the event, Dan and Brad were able
to direct the sponsorship efforts to a worthy cause. They
were aware of past success with both the Ottawa Festa Italia
and Montreal Dream Drive events in raising funds, so they
adopted a formula that had worked for both chapters and offered organizations the chance to “Sponsor a Ferrari”.
Local businesses received recognition on the event
website www.yorkvilleexotics.com with a link to their organization’s corporate website along with a corporate banner
displayed on the windshield of their sponsored car and a full
tax receipt for their sponsorship. Thousands of visitors were
able to view the sponsored vehicles along with media coverage from local TV stations and newspapers.
All-in-all the inaugural event was nothing short of a rousing success, with more than $20,000 raised on behalf of the
SickKids Foundation.
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2010 I Wish Ferrari
July 18th, 2010
by Ian Carlsen
O
ver the last few years I had heard about this wonderful
event so this year I decided to join another 49 Ferrari
owners and participate in this annual event hosted by Bodies
by Design Fitness Studios together with Daytona Sports Cars
The event itself, hosted on behalf of the Make-a-Wish
Foundation, is one where Ferrari owners give rides in their
Ferrari’s to special needs children. The day itself is one of a
festive atmosphere with music and a BBQ sponsored by the
hosts. It all started six years ago with just one car and one
child from Sick Kids Hospital.
This year over 75 children with special needs and 105
non-special needs children participated in a parade of 50
Ferraris. After lunch the Ferraris assembled for a police
escorted parade through the village of Woodbridge. Due to
the large turn out there were two runs. On a personal level it
was truly an amazing event to see the smiles on the faces of
these children who are faced with living with life threatening
diseases. At the end of the event all the children received a
special Ferrari Gift Bag.
There are many people and organizations to thank for
this amazing event - Make-A-Wish Canada; Pat Santoli, the
original founder of the event; Vaughan Fire and Rescue;
Bona Foods; Fortino’s Woodbridge; Terry Daniels Photography; Reel Video Solutions; Scarfone Photo; Woodbridge Party
Centre; Grafic For Men Clothing and DJ Domenic.
Next year’s event will be hosted again in July.
Should you wish to participate or be a volunteer,
check out www.bodiesbydesign.ca or www.daytonaauto.ca
Photo by Lucas Scarfone - also pictures on page 8
Two photos by Mario Zaina
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The 4th Annual Fund Raiser at Audio Excellence
August 1, 2010
by Darren Dobson – Automotive Journalist
A
NSX, and Ferraris of every type like the 355, 360, 16M, etc.
The day’s events included a BBQ and a Silent Auction of
electronic equipment and a special one hour plane ride. Once
again, thanks to Adrian Low and all that participated and
volunteered. Photos courtesy of Scarfone Photography. For
more information, visit www.audioexcellence.ca and for the
Hospital for Sick Children, go to www.sickkids.ca
Photography by Lucas Scarfone
ugust 1st turned out to be a beautiful day for an
Exotic Car Show in Richmond Hill to support SickKids
Foundation. The Ferrari Club of Ontario and their owners
were present in large numbers to offer rides around the area
for a nominal donation to SickKids. Other exotics that were
on display included; a new Lotus Evora, Elise, Porsche Turbo
S, Audi R8, Ford GT, Corvette Z06, Lamborghini Superleggera, Diablo VT Roadster, Aston Martin Vantage, Acura
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OTTAWA CHAPTER ~ Ferrari Season Emphasizes Driving
by Hagen Hohn
W
hile the festival is huge and consumes a great deal of
time and commitment from the organizers, we do
not rest our Ferraris there: we had a number of cruises and
pleasure-drives this summer. We've also been unfortunate
and had several rained out. Starting the season with a drive
through the Ottawa Valley towns, as told in a previous Northern Prancer story, that was followed up with the traditional
summer BBQ once again hosted by Chris and Marguerite
Fox. Despite the rain, a couple of intrepid souls would not
be denied the opportunity and enthusiasm for their Ferraris:
Dominic Cassone and myself. And what happens in the pool
at the BBQ, stays in the pool. Well, except for the photos,
which are available for a small fee; the negatives are available
for some future considerations if you know what I mean
(not mentioning any names). The end-of-summer cruise is
Photo by Hagen Hohn
being planned at this time and will either attempt a third try
for Wakefield and the Wakefield Inn and Spa, or a visit to
Bonnechere Caves and The Granary in Eganville. If you are
interested in joining us for a pleasant cruise on some of the
hidden curves and byways around our Capital, drop me a line
([email protected] or 613.839.5643) and watch our
Dominic Cassone and his 360
e-mail distribution list for more info.
Regional Director’s Drive and Lunch
August 7th, 2010
by Rolly Astrom
I
n the dreary depths of the cold heart of winter, thoughts
of summer spring to mind. Forgotten are the sweltering
days with air thick and heavy, or the disappointingly cool days
when we roll up our collars to a chill breeze and mutter "This
is July?" No, no, our recollections tend towards the perfect
days - the days with brilliant blue skies specked with perfect
white clouds, not too many, not too few; and the temperature,
warm yet comfortable in the sun, and lovely in the shade.
Imagine a perfect day like that and you have the backdrop
for the Regional Director's Drive and Lunch, hosted by Dan
and Dianne O'Toole on August 7th.
The group assembled across from Buttonville Airport,
the usual suspects along with some newer faces, until all were
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present, totalling over 30 cars, a great turnout. Dan revealed
that our destination was the shop of legendary Canadian
motor sport team manager Brian Stewart. Mounting up, we
departed en masse (over the last few years, we, as a club, seem
to have mastered the tricky art of staying pretty much together on our runs....not sure if by luck or design, but something is working.). We headed north on the 404, then out to
God's country heading along rolling roads in the direction
of Lake Simcoe. Preferring the pleasure of a well executed
series of shifts with a standard transmission, I've never been
a fan of the F1 shifts, but following a 430 I was awed at every
stop sign as it wailed away in front of me, cleanly stabbing
each shift as it flew up through the gears.....I may have seen
the light? Zephyr was the last community I recall before we
headed down the road to Brian's shop, located behind his
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house in a lovely rural area.
Often our group outings can feel like a parade, none
more so than the 10 kph drive along Brian's road which had
just been tar and graveled. Neighbours had been alerted to
our arrival and families in lawn chairs were lining the road
waving and clapping. Another new experience: being able to
carry on a conversation with folks we passed during a drive!
Brian Stewart Racing is a leading team in the Firestone
Indy Lights Series - one of the primary developmental routes
for young talent intent on Indy car careers. Paul Tracy won
the Indy Lights series in one of Brian's cars in 1990, as did
Eric Bachalert, and Wade Cunningham. These Stewart drivers and others such as Scott Maxwell, Brian Herta, and Christiano Da Matta have gone on to success in higher Formula
car series such as CART.
The shop was just the right size and well equipped
to prep half a dozen or so cars. Heads were turning, and,
reading peoples minds I saw thoughts of "I need one of
those", "Look at that toolbox", and "What the hell is that?"
So interesting to get close to the Formula cars and see how
low and purposeful they really are......and exposed. It takes
some courage to compete I think. Brian took us through his
memories of over 40 years in the sport and was seen reminiscing with Jim Hyatt about former track days and occasionally wincing at the embellishments.
We found ourselves at the lucky table as the door prizes
were drawn. Across from me, Barry Needler won the first
draw, an F1 print from the 80's signed by Nigel Mansell. Next
up was the largest bottle of Ruffino wine I've ever seen (must
have been 10 litres), and the lucky winner was a guest of
Tony Xynos, seated at the end of our table. One prize left, an
afternoon in a 2 litre Formula car involving classroom briefing covering the car, track, and safety procedures, followed by
several track sessions building skills in the car.
Donated by Wings & Slicks Racing Experience, associated with Brian Stewart Racing, the organization provides
corporate and individual track experiences. A great, great
prize and once again from the same table, the winner was.......
ME! Yup!
A great ending to the day, thanks to Dan and Dianne for
organizing and hosting another fun filled event.... and arranging for the perfect weather! Follows are links of interest from
the day.......ciao!
http://www.brianstewartracing.ca/index.php
http://www.wingsandslicks.com/
http://www.chartonhobbs.com/
Photo by Rolly Astrom
Thanking Brian, we took our leave as stomach grumblings reminded us that we had another purpose. A scenic
drive brought us to Dan's home where the cars were nicely
laid out on his lawn and where we filled the tables on a perfect day for a garden lunch. A wonderful buffet was served,
enhanced by the Ruffino wines kindly provided by Canadian
importer Duncan Hobbs, one of the event sponsors. Duncan was at my table and had lots of interesting tales involving
his family's history of wine importing.
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12th Ferrari Maserati of Ontario Rally
August 8, 2010
by Darren Dobson
V
aughan, Ontario – On August 8th, 2010 Ferrari Maserati of Ontario held the 12th annual rally in support of
SickKids Foundation. With over sixty Ferrari and Maserati
teams participating, the event departed from the beautiful
Eagles Nest Golf Club in Vaughan with great enthusiasm and
fanfare.
auction with items that included a Ferrari Driving Experience
in Mont Tremblant, Panerai Ferrari Rattrapante Split Second
Chronograph, and the opportunity to bid on Giro Italia; a
travel package to Italy in Business Class on Alitalia Airlines,
Personal Ferrari Maserati Factory Tour, and a five-night stay
in the IL Cristallo Resort in Cortina.
While crossing the Ontario countryside, the group ended
up at Dorio’s Kettleby Italian Bakery for a quick fifteen minute stop to grab an espresso and pastry and eventually finished off at Ferrari Maserati of Ontario’s facility for a spectacular reception and dinner. The evening showcased fabulous food and camaraderie, topped off by a live and silent
Proceeds from the 2010 rally are being committed to
the Ferrari Maserati of Ontario Operating Suites Redevelopment Project. Over the past 11 years Ferrari Maserati of
Ontario has raised over $1.8 million in support of SickKids
Foundation. For further information on next years rally,
visit www.ferrariofontario.com
Right - a handsome trio!
Photography by Lucas Scarfone
Below - Massimo Capra (right) celebrity chef
and owner of Mistura restaurant that catered
the dinner
Above - Remo Ferri presenting the
rally winners with their award.
Left - cloudy skies didn’t spoil the
day.
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QUEBEC CHAPTER ~ The 2010 Ferrari Dream Drive
August 14th, 2010
by Bernardo Pisarzewski
O
nce again, the FCA Quebec Chapter held its Ferrari
Dream Drive, which brings together Ferrari owners
from the Montreal and Ottawa regions. This signature event
offers rides to the young patients of the Montreal Children’s
hospital, whilst at the same time, raises money for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Foundation’s
mission is to support excellence in care at The Montreal
Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre,
by contributing to the advancement of teaching and research,
and by purchasing cutting-edge medical equipment.
Since the Ferrari Dream Drive was first held in 2002,
this annual event has raised over $325,000 and given rides to
almost 300 patients.
treal, climbing up and over Mount-Royal, down St.. Laurent
Boulevard and finally ending in Little Italy.
Over $55,000 was collected for the Montreal Children’s
Hospital Foundation.
A few ‘thank you’s’ are in order:
Sam Scalia (FCA Quebec Chapter president) who once
more spearheaded this year’s Ferrari Dream Drive. Sam was
instrumental (through his network of friends and business
associates) in successfully soliciting an unprecedented number
of sponsors. All this, while vacationing in Europe. Thank
goodness for the information highway!!
For the second consecutive year, the Ferrari Dream Drive
was invited to participate in the Semaine Italienne (Italian
Week) festivities and end its run in heart of Little Italy. Given
the exposure that the Semaine Italienne enjoys, it was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the FCA Quebec chapter and
its signature event.
Forty drivers signed up for the event! This turnout was,
yet again, beyond what anyone had expected. For the first
time, a Maserati Granturismo Spyder (courtesy of our friends
and sponsors at Ferrari-Maserati of Québec) was on hand for
the event, as well as two 458 Italias and a handful of Californias.
Once drivers were paired up with their lucky passengers,
the parade, under escort courtesy of the local two-wheeled
PD and a sunny sky, made its way through downtown Mon-
Sam Scalia, Quebec Chapter president, and
his wife Diane
Guylaine St-Onge (special events and communications
coordinator at the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation),
who handled the monumental task of registering participants,
pairing them up with the children, and soliciting (as well as
collecting from) the sponsors. This was Guylaine’s first ever
Ferrari Dream Drive. She and her team of volunteers did an
amazing job.
Of course, none of this would have happened without
the participation of our drivers, donors, and corporate sponsors.
Thank you once more for making the Ferrari Dream
Drive so extraordinary.
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QUEBEC CHAPTER ~ Ferraris Were Meant to be Driven
Photo by Fred Nguyen
by David Weeks
I
n the spirit of “Ferraris were meant to be driven”, some
members of the Quebec chapter have been taking advantage of the hot, humid weather that we’ve been experiencing
this summer, to get out and see some of the beautiful countryside in the Eastern Townships south of Montreal on two
Fun Runs organized by member Fred Nguyen.
On Sunday, July 11 two 328s and a 308 met in Boucherville. Fred’s route plan followed a scenic route south east
through Chambly, Granby, Knowlton, around to Saint-Jeansur-Richelieu and back up to Mont St-Hilaire.
We set off in the hot sun and humidity. At Granby we
were ready for some refreshment, so we stopped at a local ice
cream parlour before heading back out into the countryside.
Along the way people stopped, watched and listened to the
two red and one black Ferraris as they passed by.
This time two 308s, a 328 and a 512TR turned up for
the drive. This route was more linear, and less circular, than
the previous drive had been. We headed south along the
western side of the Richelieu River to the village of NotreDame-du-Mont-Carmel, then east to Venise-en-Quebec on
the northern shore of Baie Missiquoi, where we ate at a small
restaurant not too far from the water’s edge. We then headed
out back up the eastern shore of the Richelieu River past
many beautiful houses and properties that looked out over
the river. We ended the drive in the late afternoon sun at a
popular ice cream parlour facing the river, where cyclists and
passers-by admired the Ferraris.
Thanks to Fred Nguyen for taking the time and effort to
organize these drives.
Photo by David Weeks
Due to the ambitious 280 km length of the
trip, it was shortened slightly to allow us to stop
for dinner in Mont St-Hilaire, where we finally
escaped the heat at Laöra, a modern Italian
restaurant. Refreshing drinks and a satisfying
meal made for a fine finish to a fun afternoon of
touring.
The second Fun Run came about from the
interest generated from the earlier drive, and
took place on August 28, which once again
turned out to be another day with excellent summer weather.
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EMPIRE STATES REGION ~ The Art of Ferrari - Watkins Glen
September 2nd-6th 2010
by Nika Rolczewski
M
ichelangelo, DaVinci and Enzo Ferrari had two things
in common: the appreciation of beauty and the need
to create it. To celebrate Enzo’s achievement Leon Bourdage,
Regional Director of the FCA Empire State Region created
The Art of Ferrari, a four day love fest of the marquee. Leon
Bourdage started producing the Art of Ferrari Event in 2001.
The event is built around the Ferrari Club of America’s Empire State Region track event at Watkin’s Glen.
“The event has grown by leaps and bounds over the ten
year period,” said Bourdage. “It’s a huge turnout for us”.
With about 100 Ferrari participants, the weekend included
track time on the famous Watkins Glen raceway, a concours
in downtown Corning, New York, and a celebratory dinner at
the Wings of Eagles Heritage Aviation Museum.
Partnering with the event was Ferrari North America and
the North American Ferrari Challenge Series. Being the last
race in North America of the season (the finals are held in
Valencia Spain) it proved to be exciting both on and off the
track. Ferrari of Ontario had half of the grid under their
care with Canadian racers: John Farano, Michael Louli, Guy
LeClerc, Robert Metka and the Oakley brothers, Ryan and
Damon. Enzo Potolicchio just about tied up the championship with two wins this weekend - Scott Tucker is running in
second and Harry Cheung in third as they go into the final in
Valencia, Spain this November.
In between Challenge Series practices, some “vintage”
challenge cars took to the track. From the early 348 race
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cars to the latest 430s - a large following of hobby racers
competed on a smaller scale. A walk down the paddock was a
stroll through the sixteen years of Ferrari Challenge history in
North America.
Street car owners also played with sessions through out
the day on the Glen’s historic 2.3 mile race track. Having
been born in 1948, the Glen has grown to hold both NASCAR, Indy Car events as well as many vintage and club events
through out the year. Formula 1 race held it’s first race here
in 1961 and lasted almost twenty years. Such notable names
as Clark, Hill, Stewart, Lauda, Fittipaldi and Hunt were
among the winners of later Grand Prixs.
“The Art of Ferrari has always been here in Corning and
built around the FCA Watkins Glen Labour Day weekend,”
Bourdage proudly said. “We are always trying to create an
experience”.
He would like Art of Ferrari to become a larger, national
event, with a highly respected concours of some of the rarest
forms of Ferrari artistic expression. Still, the cars on display
on a misty evening were great crowd pleasers and each and
every spectator agreed that Ferrari is truly a masterpiece of
mechanical beauty and an art form in its own right.
The Peoples' Choice award went to Jason Chiappetta and
his 1995 F355 Challenge. Second place went to Randy Cook
and a beautiful 1959 250 Pinnifarina Coupe, while third place
went to a 2009 430 Scuderia owned by Adrian Lo.
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Photography by Nika Rolczewski
E&CCR member Jack
Greenberg and his
daughter participating
in the event
You never know who you
might run into!
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FERRARI MASERATI of ONTARIO
2000 360 Modena - Grey/Black - 27,419 km
2003 360 Modena Spider - Silver/Black - 26,700 km
2009 430 Scuderia Spider 16M - Yellow/Black - 1,848 km
2009 430 Scuderia Spider 16M - Red/Black - 8,200 km
2007 430 Coupe Berlinetta - Black/Black - 3,000 km
2006 430 Coupe Berlinetta - Red/Black - Please Call
2001 550 Barchetta - Red/Black - 3,200 km
2007 599 GTB Fiorano 2dr Coupe - Black/Black - 4,000 km
2008 599 GTB Fiorano Nero - Yellow/Black - 3,500 km
2005 612 Scaglietti - Grey/Beige - 8,500 km
2006 612 Scaglietti 2dr Coupe - Grey/Cuoio - 9,000 km
2005 F430 - Grey/Bordeaux - 1,984 km
Maserati
2006 Gransport 2dr Convertible - Blue/Beige - 12,367 km
2006 Gransport 2dr Coupe - Silver/Black - 19,000 km
2009 Granturismo - Burgundy/Beige - 175 km
2008 Granturismo - Black/Black - 41,244 km
2010 Quattroporte 4dr Sedan Sport GTS - Grey/Red - 3,053 km
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
1990 Testarossa - Rosso Corsa/Nero - 30,839 km
1995 F355 - Giallo Modena/Nero - 40,040 km
1997 355 Spider - Rosso Corsa/Nero - 25,000 km
1998 F355 - Rosso Corsa/Nero - 28,000 km
1999 360 Coupe - Rosso Corsa/Nero - 42,380 km
2001 360 Spider - Tour de France/Cuoio - 24,000 km
2004 360 Coupe - Giallo Modena/Nero - 19,000 km
2004 F430 Spider - Giallo Modena/Nero - 9,688 km
2004 360 Stradale - Grigio Nurburgring/Nero - 16,000 km
2005 F430 Spider - Tour de France/Cuoio - 1,7791 km
2005 F430 Spider - Rosso Corsa/Beige - 5,464 km
2005 F430 Coupe - Silver Nurburgring/Rosso - 9,612 km
2006 F430 - Grigio Titanio/Black - 10,000 km
2007 F430 Coupe - Rosso Corsa/Nero - 15,900 km
2007 599 GTB - Grigio Silverstone/Bordeaux 11,000 km
2007 F430 Coupe - Nero/Nero - 8,350 km
2008 F430 Coupe - Nero/Nero - 4,303 km
2008 F430 Spider - Nero/Nero - 3,324 km
2008 430 Scuderia - Rosso Corsa/Oro Stripe/Nero - 5,000 km
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]
21/3
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: joh[email protected]
20/3
FOR SALE: 1988 328 GTS s/n 75860 - Black on Black, 32,536 miles, Mint condition, Service documentation from
new, Major service plus new clutch assembly just completed ($16,000) Rare colour, all original manuals and factory
tool kit, ice cold air just serviced - $59,900 CDN - INTERESTING TRADES CONSIDERED
Contact - Robert Outlaw at 905-648-1100 e-mail - [email protected] 20/3
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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 2 weeks prior to Newsletter deadline dates of
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