AutoMatters & More: the passion on display at the annual “Ferraris at Cielo” motor show
A beautiful day in the countryside of Rancho Santa Fe was the site of the San Diego Ferrari Owners Club “Ferraris at Cielo” auto show last Sunday.
While this was the club’s third annual show at this venue, it was by no means one of their first auto shows. In 2005, I covered their event when we were honored with the presence of racing legend Phil Hill (see “A Day & Drive with Phil Hill”, in “AutoMatters & More” # 147).
I interviewed the organizer of Sunday’s event, who lives in the Cielo community. The turnout – both in terms of attendees and visitors – far exceeded expectations, with around 45 cars on display, mostly from the immediate area.
Several dealers were represented, including Ferrari of San Diego which was the main sponsor of the event. They brought three cars: a Ferrari F8 Tributo Spider, a Ferrari Roma and a Maserati. They also offered test drives to people who registered in advance, for which they were quickly booked.
The nonprofit San Diego Ferrari Owners Club hosts approximately 12 events per year. After spending, funds raised at their various events are donated to charities such as Ronald McDonald House, Wounded Warriors and the Make A Wish Foundation.
The goal of their club is to bring together people who have common interests, centered around the automobile, and to have fun, but it is more than an interest, it is a passion. Motorists are very passionate about what they drive, no matter what it is or how much it costs. Driving their special cars puts smiles on their faces. You can also meet a lot of great people. They talk about cars, shows and auctions across the country and around the world.
Owning a Ferrari is not a requirement to be a member or to participate in events. The club organizes three or four driving events during each year. In February, which is Enzo Ferrari’s birthday, they usually get together between 20 and 30 Ferraris and take a tour of Julian and Temecula, stopping for a fabulous lunch in a cellar. They just had a driving event that ended at the San Diego Auto Museum in Balboa Park. Another driving event is still in the early stages of planning. They will go to the Bugatti museum in Oxnard.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award was a beautiful 2003 Enzo Ferrari. My vote went to a fantastic replica of a 1967 Ferrari 330 P4, a street racing car – the originals of which were recently made famous in the movie at success “Ford v Ferrari”. In addition to racing at Le Mans, she “won many races and earned her place in the history books after a memorable 1-2-3 at Daytona,” as reported on Ferrari.com.
According to the owner of the Ferrari 330 P4 replica, it was built in the late 1990s by a company in Detroit. These are very difficult to find. Ferrari has taken legal action against their manufacturers, so no company builds them anymore. After years of searching, the owner found this car four or five years ago on the internet.
This replica looks a lot like the original, but with a significant difference. Like the original, it has a unibody chassis, and other comparable details abound, but instead of the original V12 engine, this one is powered by a Chevrolet. The owner considered replacing this engine with a more authentic one – possibly a Ferrari Testarossa V12 engine – but this car drives extremely well as is and has a lot of power. It also makes glorious sounds!
He told me he bought it because, “I like the shape. It’s pretty much a race car underneath, so it does what it was built to do. … I love it. I like it because it’s a cool car.
There is this passion. This is the essence of what motivates a motorist and why auto clubs like this exist.
To learn more about the San Diego Ferrari Owners Club, including events, photos and membership, visit: https://www.focsandiego.com
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