Enzo ferrari appeared in a snowstorm in modena, Italy, on February 18, 1898. One week and 120 years later, in the beautiful sunny skies, the ferrari club in the southwestern United States celebrated.
You may remember some of the big ferraris last year. All of these are on the 70th anniversary of ferrari and the car company, and continue to open all year round, most notably in the celebration of pebble beach, New York, of course, maranello.
The party was a little smaller than that, and Sebastian vettel and del piero did not appear. But 200 ferraris were gathered on the third and fourth floors of the parking lot outside the Petersen automotive museum in Los Angeles.
The club officially called it “enzo’s birthday parade”, and they worked with the peterson museum for about 10 years. The event was held on the last Sunday of February, just before the actual date of February 18, when Il Grande Vecchio arrived in modena.
There are some lovely old cars this year, the most famous of which are:
The 1962 250 GT series II PF convertible was brought by Eric Sander of GTO Engineering, just a few blocks from the museum.
Amazing red 275 GTB / 4 (probably GTB / 2)
Bruce meyer’s excellent 250 GT SWB.
Another 250 GT, two Daytonas and no less than four F40.
I met a real live racing driver, cotter Wagner, the winner of the porsche cup, who is currently running for 488 in the ferrari challenge and asked if he had ever driven F40. Of course he does. Did I find the turbine sluggish, I asked, trying to sound like I could easily drive F40, just thinking, you know what, what’s going on?
“You just have to stick with it,” Mr. Wagoner said, seizing the imaginary steering wheel and stepping on the imaginary accelerator pedal, which all racers use when talking. “You don’t want to get on the gas pedal.”
I’ll keep that in mind.
The party attracted about 1,000 people to the museum, and the line reportedly extended to wilshire boulevard. Inside is the museum’s amazing ferrari show, “see red: 70 years of ferrari”, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you really have to.
But outside the parking lot, there are several quirky cars in the ferrari car, including an uncoordinated silver Mazda 3. Imagine, on the lawn of amelia island or on the special house of ace. Apparently, the ferrari club has handled parking distribution over the past few years, but this year the museum insists on doing it on its own, leaving it largely to a group of blue athletes.
“Obviously, they don’t know the ferrari of Toyota pickup trucks,” complained a tifosi, pointing to an offending Toyota.
In fact, while in the past few years, three layers of red ferrari oceans, but this year it’s more like a salad bowl, including a Mercedes, corvettes, some mini, and any other things let it into the museum. But you can’t really complain.
“It’s a nice day and everyone has a good time,” said Jim binder, the President of the event. “We’re doing this to support the museum, and the museum is full.”
Next month is the club’s “ortega run”, on the ortega highway for lunch at temakula, then back up the hill. You still have time to buy ferrari and join the club. Until then, Buon Compleanno Enzo!