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San Marino Motor Classic 2015

Vincent modeling Carpe Viam's excellent T-shirt for The Little Red Racing Car.

Vincent modeling Carpe Viam’s excellent T-shirt for The Little Red Racing Car.

This was the first year I covered the San Marino Motor Classic: Design in Motion.  In it’s 5th year, the event was held on June 14, 2015 at Lacy Park in San Marino, California.  It is the successor of the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance.  Over 300 cars were displayed on the lawns of the beautiful 30-acre park, all gathered for the public to enjoy.

I spent the morning walking around the park, admiring and capturing the featured 34 classes of cars, which included examples from Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Packard, Cadillac, Jaguar, Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza and Rolls-Royce.

1957 Lotus Eleven (Tribute) - owned by John Holodnik & Vivian Woo

1957 Lotus Eleven (Tribute) – owned by John Holodnik & Vivian Woo

I found automotive icons and collectors like Bruce Meyer, Aaron Weiss, KABC 7’s Automotive Specialist Dave Kunz, Ed Justice, Jr., Peter Mullin & Bruce Meguiar – walking the park and talking candidly with visitors & fans who approached them.

My wife, Maria and my Grandson, Vincent, came along with me to enjoy the day at the park and to admire all the great cars on display.  Vincent even got to meet Barry Meguiar and a ride in a real fire truck!

Vic, Vincent and Barry Meguiar

Vic, Vincent and Barry Meguiar

My report and images were published online this morning at Sports Car Digest.  You can read and see all my images HERE.

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder - owned by Robert & Anne Marie De Pietro

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder – owned by Robert & Anne Marie De Pietro

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1985 Ferrari 288 GTO - owned by David Lee

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO – owned by David Lee

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Ferrari Celebrates 60 Years in the US… and I meet Piero Ferrari.

Race Through The Decades: 1954-2014. The 60th Anniversary of Ferrari in the USA

Race Through The Decades: 1954-2014. The 60th Anniversary of Ferrari in the USA

I almost missed this event, having been focused on several client’s websites in the last few weeks.  A chance mention in a Peterson Museum post on Facebook had me asking my wife if I could skip her birthday brunch that Sunday.  Since we had already celebrated with dinner a few days ago, she kindly let me off the hook to attend.

Having attended several car events on Rodeo Drive over the years, I arrived early to secure a parking space close to the event as they are at a premium if you get there later in the morning.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO - 4293 GT.  © 2014 Victor Varela

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO – 4293 GT. © 2014 Victor Varela

As I walked along Rodeo, the street was already busy with a crowd of enthusiast and visitors ogling the Italian steeds parked along the palm tree lined street.  I took several images in between the folks admiring and taking pictures as I headed south towards the corner of Wilshire and Rodeo.  The level of rarity and historic significance of the cars I photographed was astounding.  Le Mans, Mille Miglia and other race winners, custom one-offs and rare examples made this a truly unique automotive gathering in the history of the marquee.

I made my way to the press check-in and although securing a pass was not to difficult, the significance of having and using one here was more of a souvenir item as I witnessed several folks, including teens, obtaining one quite easily.  I gathered the information I needed from the PR person and continued to circulate and capture images as best I could as the crowds had grown exponentially.

Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari, arrives in a 250 GT SWB California. © 2014 Victor Varela

Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari, arrives in a 250 GT SWB California. © 2014 Victor Varela

I headed to the stage area before mid-day, to view and capture images of the F60 unveiling.  I was planning on meeting Luca di Montezemolo and maybe getting his autograph, but as he announced his “forced” retirement as President and Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. – effective the following day, it did not surprise me that he was absent from today’s event.

2013 Ferrari F138 Formula One race car. © 2014 Victor Varela

2013 Ferrari F138 Formula One race car. © 2014 Victor Varela

The Ferrari executives were all driven up to the staging area in Ferraris with the California namesake ranging from the 250 GT California to the new California T.  They included John Elkann, Chairman of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA and Chairman of Ferrari, Amedeo Felisa, CEO of Ferrari, and Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari.

Bruce Meyer, Sergio Marchionne, Piero Ferrari and John Elkann. along with other VIPs during the unveiling of the 2015 F60 America. © 2014 Victor Varela

With Bruce Meyer and TV personality, Mario Lopez, serving as MC’s, the F60 America was unveiled with applause and cheers from the crowd.  With the absence of Montezemolo from the celebration, I focused my attention on meeting and hopefully having Piero Ferrari autograph my press card.  As I waited at the foot of the stairs leading to the stage, I found my opportunity and asked him for his autograph.  We spoke briefly and shook hands before he retreated from the crowd that started to gather around him.  A momentous occasion for me as I have been a fan and admirer of the Scuderia, his father and Ferrari in general since the late 70’s.

Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. © 2014 Victor Varela

Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. © 2014 Victor Varela

I continued to capture images, still under the euphoria of meeting Piero Ferrari and left the event knowing I attended a truly unique automotive celebration.

A report with images have been submitted to Sports Car Digest and will hopefully be published before week’s end.

 

Purchase Prints…
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UPDATE 10/16/2014:  My report and images of the Ferrari celebration, have been published online at Sports Car Digest:  Ferrari 60th Anniversary Gathering

 

My press pass, autographed by Piero Lardi Ferrari at the “Race Through The Decades”: 1954-2014. © 2014 Victor Varela

 

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Aston Martin One-77

[via YouTube]

The One-77 is a two-door coupé built by Aston Martin. It first appeared at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, although the car remained mostly covered by a “Savile Row tailored skirt” throughout the show, before being fully revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. There was a limited run of 77 cars, hence the name of the model.

The One-77 features a full carbon fibre monocoque chassis, a handcrafted aluminium body, and a naturally aspirated 7.3 litre V12 engine with 750 hp (560 kW). Aston Martin claimed that this was the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine in the world when the car was delivered to it’s new owners.

[source Wikipedia]