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Petersen Museum Gala Opening

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Petersen Museum Gala Opening

Petersen Museum Gala Opening

The new Petersen Automotive Museum had its Opening Celebration on Saturday, December 5, with 800 car enthusiasts hosted in a huge tent for speeches from the Chairman, excellent entertainment, a live auction (which raised copious amounts), a raffle for a neat Rolex, and dinner prepared by all four of the Drago brothers, a local culinary legend in LA. Preceding this, of course, was the real treat, a sneak peak of the new renovated museum, which sets the bar for how automobile museums should approach the future – expansive displays of select automobiles grouped by theme, backed up by interactive wall screens and projection walls that can show a variety of still and video images, to recreate the era that these cars reveled in.   There were also some very intensive interactive experiences available too, presented by some heavy hitters of the digital future – Pixar, for example, with a room for kids on how cars work, featuring Lightening McQueen, of course, and Forza Xbox with ten racing simulator sleds. Ferraris, and Ferrari collectors, were well represented, with cars and major donations from names you know. Congratulations to Terry Karges, Executive Director, for bringing it all together, but kudos mainly to the three collectors who have spearheaded this renovation from the beginning – Peter Mullin, Chairman of the Board, and Bruce Meyer & David Sydorick, Vice Chairmen. The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles at 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Phone: (323) 930-2277 Please visit Petersen.org....

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Unique Collection Offered by Gooding & Company

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Unique Collection Offered by Gooding & Company

Unique Collection Offered by Gooding & Company

Gooding & Company is pleased to announce an outstanding array of Ferraris at its annual two-day Scottsdale Auctions on January 29 and 30, 2016. The upcoming collection of Ferraris from renowned Beverly Hills collector Tony Shooshani delivers an unrivaled selection that spans many of the great eras of the Ferrari marque. From the legendary 250 GTs of the 1960s to the track-bred supercars of the 1990s and 2000s, this collection showcases the evolution in form, function, and performance engineering from Ferrari. Mr. Shooshani does not just collect these rare thoroughbreds, but thoroughly enjoys his collection. He has participated in numerous rallies with his all-time favorite Ferrari, the 1985 288 GTO, as well as the Ferrari Corsa Cliente program, which races some of the most esteemed Formula One tracks in the world, in his Ferrari 599XX EVO. 1995 F50 – 99999 This is the F50 that introduced the world to this new exotic at the Geneva Auto Museum in March 1995. Ferrari Classiche-certified, chassis 99999 is the last Ferrari to utilize a five-digit chassis number, was also used for Ferrari’s promotional materials, as well as other significant events showcasing the new F50 supercar. The vehicle was then purchased new to legendary Ferrari dealer Jacques Swaters. Replacing the celebrated F40, the F50 has the heart of a Ferrari Formula One V-12 with the chassis comprised entirely of Cytec aerospace carbon fiber and weighed a mere 225 pounds. With only 349 F50s in existence, this is a unique opportunity to own the most important F50 of these rare-to-auction modern-day supercars. 1990 F40 – 86554 The F40 was produced to commemorate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary. The company set out to make the ultimate supercar by following a “less is more” philosophy. Utilizing a race-bred tubular space-frame, reinforced with lightweight Kevlar and carbon fiber materials, the car is a featherweight at just 2,400 pounds. Complimented by a twin turbocharged V-8 developing 478 horsepower, these supercars are capable of reaching speeds of over 200 mph. The 49th US F40 built in 1990 and Ferrari Classiche-certified, chassis 86554 is one of only 213 F40s delivered to the United States. 2003 Enzo – 132049 The 2003 Ferrari Enzo, the car that took the automotive world by storm when it was released in the early 2000s, broke almost every performance record set before it. Acceleration was nothing short of blistering, with a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph. Powering the car is a race-derived, naturally aspirated V-12 with 660 horsepower on tap and an F1-derived gearbox that provides instantaneous gear shifts. As only 349 examples were ever produced, chassis 30132049 is an excellent, well-preserved example with all original documentation, tool sets and Ferrari Classiche certification, this is one of the best-ever offered for public auction. 1960 250 GT Series II Cabriolet – 1939 GT This highly desirable Series II Cabriolet, chassis 1939 GT is finished in the attractive color of Blu Scuro over cream leather interior. Rarely presented since its strong showing in the 2000 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this car is ready to grace the show field once again. 1964 250 GT Lusso – 5537 GT Number 275 of only 350 built, chassis 5537 GT benefits from an exceptional concours-quality restoration completed in June 2013 and presented today in the...

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Famous Gunther Raupp 2016 Calendars Now Available

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Famous Gunther Raupp 2016 Calendars Now Available

Famous Gunther Raupp 2016 Calendars Now Available

Special Message from USA Distributor David Bull: With the holiday shopping season about to shift into high gear, why not jump start your gift-giving by ordering the official 2016 Ferrari Myth and Scuderia Ferrari calendars before Black Friday? Both of these deluxe calendars are available now at www.bullpublishing.com, where you can also see more images and learn about the cars, races, and drivers depicted. The 2016 edition of Günther Raupp’s classic and collectible Ferrari Myth calendar features a dazzling mix of old and new Ferraris – from ultra-rare classics like the 1957 335 S to brand new supercars like the FXX K. As always, the calendar’s extra-large format – more than two feet tall and 1.6 feet wide – means that each car is displayed on a massive scale that captures its unique design and reveals every detail. The Ferrari Myth calendar is extra-Large at 19” x 27” with 15 stunning color photographs, and printed on Heavy Art-Gloss paper. It is a Limited Edition Delivered in Numbered Box. Price: $89.95 Led by world champions Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, the Ferrari Formula One team continued to make progress this year, scoring its first victories since 2013. The new Scuderia Ferrari calendar offers 12 stunning shots of Vettel and Raikkonen in action on the track and the podium. As always, the vivid images in Scuderia Ferrari come from the top photographers working in motorsport. And like Ferrari Myth, Scuderia Ferrari is a large-format wall calendar printed on heavy art-gloss paper. Price: $39.95. Each year we only receive a limited number of both calendars, so it’s a good idea to order early so you won’t forget later. Ordering now also means you’ll get a lower number on the limited-edition Ferrari Myth calendar. Once again, you can place your order online at www.bullpublishing.com, where you’ll also find information about our latest titles, including signed copies of  Günther Raupp’s brand new The Pininfarina Book. You can also order by phone at 602-852-9500, or toll-free at 1-800-831-1758. And for more frequent updates on new books, special promotions, or events, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Visit...

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What Will the Ferraris of 2040 Be Like?

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on What Will the Ferraris of 2040 Be Like?

What Will the Ferraris of 2040 Be Like?

The Top Design School Challenge enters its final phase What seemed like the wildest science fiction in the days of Jules Verne has been more than surpassed by modern invention. Maybe in a quarter of a century’s time, we’ll be saying the same about a slew of present-day projects that endeavour to envisage the Ferraris of the future. We are talking, of course, about the 12 models to have reached the finals of the Ferrari Top Design School Challenge. Also run in 2005 and 2012, this is the third outing for a competition in which the world’s most prestigious design institutes vie for supremacy. Around 50 schools were considered in the first round and this number was then whittled to eight before four third-level institutes (spread across three continents) were selected as finalists. They are: the Hochschule Pforzheim (Germany), which has a hugely successful automotive design course and is one of Europe’s leading schools; the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (US) which attracts students from all over the world because of the incredibly high standard of its facilities and teaching staff; the Asia-Pacific region’s top design school, Hongik University in Seoul (Korea), which had the largest number of entrants in the competition and also won the 2011 Ferrari World Design Contest; and, lastly, the ISD-Rubika in Valenciennes (France) which has a cutting-edge computer modelling course that embraces structured interdisciplinary projects. The students began working on their Ferraris of the future in October 2014 and a year later, the 12 finalist models, three from each school, arrived in Maranello. This marked the start of the trickiest phase in the competition: choosing the winner! Or rather the two winners as there are two prizes. The overall “Gran Premio” is awarded by a jury made up of Ferrari exponents in the broadest sense of the term – designers, engineers, drivers and even famous collectors. The “Premio Speciale”, on the other hand, is awarded by open online vote cast on the official Ferrari Facebook page where finalists’ work can be viewed. The jury very shortly knuckles down to the difficult task of making the final decision about the overall winner and will officially announce its choice on January 15 2016. So, the very best of luck to Nicola Boari, Franco Cimatti, Aldo Colonnetti, Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi, Jay Kay, Flavio Manzoni, Nick Mason, Andrea Militello, Marc Newson (TBC), Paolo Pininfarina and Sebastian Vettel as they embark on this home stretch in this long process. Vote for your...

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Ferrari’s F1 Sports Racer

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ferrari’s F1 Sports Racer

Ferrari’s F1 Sports Racer

This is New Zealander Chris Amon braking his Ferrari 312P (0870) for the SüdKehre (South Curve) complex at the end of the pit straight on the original Nürburgring Nordschleife during the 1000 Km. race there on June 1, 1969. The chassis and motor of the 312P were designed at Ferrari by Mauro Forghieri to compete with Porsche’s 908, using some components from Ferrari’s F1 cars and a similar suspension. The 312P used a 3 liter engine similar to that of Ferrari’s 312F1 but had the exhausts exiting outside and below the heads rather than up in the “V” as on the F1 cars. The large air intake just behind Amon’s head fed a plenum for the intake trumpets and the two air inlets inside the front fenders passed through the doors to the oil coolers which were mounted at the outer sides of the firewall. The water radiator, fed by an opening under the nose, had its exit air fed into the front wheel wells which led to front end lift, hence the large front fender spoilers which marred the inherent beauty of Ingenere Giacomo Caliri’s outstanding body design. Due to the financial and manpower constraints at Ferrari, only three 312Ps were built. One spider (0868), the original 312P, was written off after a crash in April at the Monza 1000 Km. race and the third was still under construction so only the one remaining spider was available for the Nürburgring. Porsche arrived with six 908/2 spiders and a single 917. Nevertheless, the Chris Amon/Pedro Rodriguez 312P qualified second, just one-tenth of a second slower than the eventual winners, the Jo Siffert/Brian Redman 908/2. In the race Amon set fastest lap before electrical problems caused retirement. Ferrari rarely threw things away. The front of the chassis of the crashed 312P was used for Pininfarina’s 512S design study. The above 312P and the third example (0872, renumbered as 0868 for the race) were entered in berlinetta configuration for Le Mans where 0872 became involved in the first lap fatal crash of John Woolfe’s Porsche 917 and the other, Amon’s car here, retired late in the race. Both 312Ps were thereafter sold to Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team, having interesting and varied histories thereafter.   Source: Photo by Yves Debraine. ©The Klemantaski Collection...

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Abu Dhabi GP: Raikkonen on the Podium

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in F1, Featured, News | Comments Off on Abu Dhabi GP: Raikkonen on the Podium

Abu Dhabi GP: Raikkonen on the Podium

A third place for Kimi. Seb fights back to fourth Kimi Raikkonen held on to third place from the start all the way to the final chequered flag of the season, that came at the end of a very tough race. It brought the Finn the valuable points he needed to finish the 2015 Drivers’ Championship in fourth place. Sebastian Vettel attacked all the way after starting from the eighth row of the grid. The German went from fifteenth place to fourth, running a different strategy, than those who finished ahead of him on the podium. Nico Rosberg won the race for Mercedes.   Source: Ferrari...

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Abu Dhabi GP: Mixed Fortunes in Qualifying

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in F1, Featured, News | Comments Off on Abu Dhabi GP: Mixed Fortunes in Qualifying

Abu Dhabi GP: Mixed Fortunes in Qualifying

Raikkonen secures the third place. Vettel stranded in Q1 A breathtaking final lap resulted in a third place come the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying for Kimi Raikkonen today. The Finn set his best lap of the weekend in a time of 1.41.051, on his very last lap prior to the chequered flag. Sebastian Vettel had a tough afternoon, who having completed his first run on the Soft tyre, then took to the track with a set of Supersofts. Unfortunately, he was not able to make the cut into Q2 and qualified sixteenth. Starting from pole tomorrow will be Nico Rosberg, who took his Mercedes round in a time of 1.40.237, ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.40.614).   Source: Ferrari...

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The Last SWB… at Last

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on The Last SWB… at Last

The Last SWB… at Last

The very last Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta to be built will star in Artcurial Motorcars’ Retromobile sale in Paris, on Friday 5 February 2016. Described as “the greatest Ferrari road car – perhaps the greatest road car of any make” by none other than Sir Stirling Moss, the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta has become one of the most valuable and highly sought after collectors’ cars. Chassis s/n 4065 GT, the example to be offered in the Retromobile sale, is particularly special, being the last in the series to be built. Dating from 1963, this rare left-hand drive, steel-bodied car was sold new to the United States (sold by Otto Zipper, through Chinetti, to famous collector Chris Cord) and returned to Europe 26 years ago. Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars said: “The Ferrari 250 SWB is without a doubt the most beautiful berlinetta of the 20th century of any marque. Along with the Ferrari 250 GTO and the California Spyder, it represents the marque’s Holy Grail. One only needs to walk around the car to appreciate – from any angle – the perfectly balanced design by Pininfarina. 4065 GT is the last 250 SWB of just 103 examples built, giving this automobile a unique history. The car also has an exceptional provenance, having belonged to the great Swiss collector Antoine Midy since 1989, conserved alongside a California Spyder, a 121 LM and a 212 barchetta. Kept by the family following his death, this matching numbers and matching colors masterpiece has not been on the market for 30 years. The sale will be at Retromobile on February 5, 2016. Information at...

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Ferrari Passion Invades Mugello Circuit for 2015 Finali Mondiali

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ferrari Passion Invades Mugello Circuit for 2015 Finali Mondiali

Ferrari Passion Invades Mugello Circuit for 2015 Finali Mondiali

No less than 50,000 Ferrari fans gathered on the Mugello track to celebrate Ferrari passion during 2015 Finali Mondiali on the first week-end of November. Lots of action and launches were organized to satisfy the public. Highlights were the exhibition of the Scuderia Ferrari with its official drivers and the official launch of the new Ferrari F12 Tour de France. XX Series. An amazing fourteen Ferrari FXX K, thirteen 599 XX and four FXX participated in the XX Program during the Finali. The new FXX K was one of the major attractions of the event, the first Finali Mondiali on which they could be seen on the track. Ferrari F1 Clienti. Eighteen Ferrari Formula 1, owned by private owners from all over the world or specially brought by Ferrari for the show, participated in this 2015 edition of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali. Models from the F2001 to the most recent Formula 1 models were represented. Two Ferrari F333 SP also made the show with the Formula 1s. 458 Challenge Series World titles Competition for the Ferrari Challenge world titles involved more than seventy 458 Challenge in the different races. Three Italian drivers won the different titles: Erich Prinoth (team Ineco, race #181) for the Coppa Shell, “Babalus” (Matteo Santoponte, team Autoropa, race #55) for the Trofeo Pirelli and Alessandro Vezzoni (team Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing, #27) for the Pirelli Am title after epic races. Launches. Finali Mondiali were also the stage of no less than three Ferrari official launches : the Ferrari F12 TdF, the Ferrari 488 GTE and the 488 GT3. Firstly presented to the public in showrooms on Sunday morning, the cars went to the track on Sunday afternoon for their first public lap as part of the Scuderia Ferrari exhibition. The F12 TdF (TdF paying homage to famous Tour de France race) is an extreme road version of the F12 berlinetta developping, 780 cv and weighing 110 kg less. Ferrari announces that only 799 units of these F12 TdF will be built. Scuderia Ferrari exhibition. After the F12 tdF first public laps on the track at the hands of Kimi Raikkonen, Esteban Gutierrez and Sebastian Vettel, after the first laps of the 488 GTE and GT3, the Scuderia Ferrari exhibition started. No less than 4 official Ferrari drivers (Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Esteban Gutierrez and Marc Gené) took each the wheel of a Formula 1 for very fast track laps and pit-stops, finishing the show with the famous and expected burn-outs. Obviously, the crowd full of Ferrari fans was exalted by such a show, in the presence of the complete Ferrari management team and official drivers. The 2016 World Finals are scheduled 1-4 of December at Daytona, Florida, USA.   Source: Information from Olivier Bidaud. Images from Ferrari...

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Exotic 250 Europa to be Auctioned by RM Sotheby’s

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Exotic 250 Europa to be Auctioned by RM Sotheby’s

Exotic 250 Europa to be Auctioned by RM Sotheby’s

In New York on December 10, RM Sotheby’s will present a fascinating look at the early art of coachbuilding on Ferrari chassis – the 250 Europa Vignale Berlinetta, s/n 0313 EU. Ferrari built just 22 of the 250 Europa before the introduction of the second-series 250 Europa GT in January 1955. Of these 22 examples, 18 were bodied by Pinin Farina with just four by Vignale, making them the most desirable of the series. The example presented here, chassis number 0313 EU, is the second such Vignale-bodied example built. Furthermore, after this car, only five additional road-going Ferraris would be fitted with Vignale coachwork, making it one of the last of its kind. Chassis 0313 EU is an exemplary example of Vignale coachwork, exhibiting many of the characteristics for which both Vignale and Michelotti were known. Shipped to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York City in December 1953, this car would be on the world stage a month later when it was displayed by Chinetti at the World Motor Sports Show at Madison Square Garden in January of 1954. By this time, the Ferrari was repainted red, allegedly at Chinetti’s request, prior to the show. Following the show, the Ferrari was purchased by Mike Garber of Framingham, Massachusetts, for a price of $17,500. He kept the car for four years before selling it through Gaston Andrey to George H. Parker of Rome, New York, for $4,900 plus an Aston Martin in trade. After many owners, it was rescued by Heinrich Kämpfer of Seengen, Switzerland, who immediately shipped the car to his homeland to be fully restored. No stranger to early Ferraris and with a well-regarded reputation for accurate, correct, and well-executed work, Kämpfer restored the car himself in Switzerland. By the end of the restoration in October 2011, it was estimated that Kämpfer spent 3,000 hours of work on the car with an additional 800 hours completed by outside specialists. Reflecting the restoration’s overall attention to detail, the Ferrari is accompanied by an incredible file, detailing not only the history and restoration of the car but also containing samples of the paint, leather, and carpet, as well as original screws, nuts, bolts, and clamps found on the car when it was disassembled prior to the restoration. The car’s first public outing was at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2012, where it was awarded the Trofeo Foglizzi for best interior design. The restoration of the car was further lauded in issue 194 of Cavallino magazine, where Alan Boe authored an 11-page color feature about this car, its history, and the restoration. Subsequently, the Vignale coupe was purchased by Tom Peck of Orange County, California, in 2013. During his tenure, the car was shown at the 60 Years of Ferrari celebration on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills in October 2014 and further profiled in the November 2014 issue of Automobile magazine. Following it showing at the 2015 Cavallino Classic, where it was awarded Platinum and the Ferrari Classiche Cup for most outstanding factory-certified Ferrari, chassis number 0313 EU was purchased by its current custodian. Today, it remains just as beautiful as it was the day it left Vignale’s facilities and is a highly compelling example from Ferrari’s coachbuilt era. While the designs of Pinin Farina ended up winning over Enzo’s...

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