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Muscle Cars, A Corvette And VW Type 1 At The CMBC Car Show

By   September 29, 2014

CMBC Last Car Show of the Season

CMBC Last Car Show of the Season

As we shared not too long ago, the Clovis Missionary Baptist Church (CMBC) in Clovis California, hosts a weekly community car show. The show runs every Friday evening through the spring and summer months.

The cars at the show are different from week to week and you will see everything from a 1920’s Ford to a new 2014 Maserati. This past weekend was the last show of the season and there was a good turnout of car enthusiasts.

After eating the good food that was provided by CMBC, we took a look at the cars on display. There were plenty of great rides, but for this video we focused on the American muscle and sports cars (with a Volkswagen thrown in for good measure).

The weekly car show has been a lot of fun for all the automotive enthusiasts as well as for the Church. It is also a good outreach opportunity to allow those in the community to know where the Church meets and if someone is looking for a new Church home, they may decide that this is a good place to attend.

We have loved attending the car shows and plan on having more coverage of future shows when the season starts again. Smaller intimate community shows like this one are a great way for people interested in cars to meet new people and see some great vehicles.

While we enjoy all the world class machines that we see at Pebble Beach each year, a more intimate show can be just as much fun and there usually isn’t a cost for admission.

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A Brief Look At The History And Future Of Ferrari

By   May 14, 2014

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari is the manufacturer of some of the most famous and world-wide types of sports cars in history. They have also become a driving force in professional racing by constantly producing automobiles with phenomenal speed and acceleration.

The history of Ferrari is one of success and absolute passion from the creators and the people that have the pleasure of driving or racing in one.

Where did it all begin?

Enzo Ferrari founded the company in 1947, Modena, Italy. He started as a passionate designer and participated in many test race car driving events and worked for Alfa Romeo as head of the racing department.

Enzo left the company once he heard of their plans to take action in taking over Scuderia Ferrari, his racing team and company.

The first car to ever be designed and constructed for Ferrari was the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815. This car did not become a great success as it raced in the Brescia Grand Prix in 1940 and had multiple engine problems, failing to grab anyone’s attention at the race. (At least not for good reasons, anyway.)

The first ever road car that Ferrari created that got the Ferrari name recognised was the 125 S designed in 1947. It raced in Piacenza at the racing circuit and didn’t actually finish the race. Nevertheless, this car was raced again and made it’s first ever Ferrari victory in Rome at the Grand Prix.

1962

The company designed the Ferrari 250 GTO as a competitor against Jaguar’s E-Type. Driver Phil Hill drove this car into the Sebring race, coming in first place. The car was a great success in winning races throughout the whole year. It became better than Jaguar and was pronounced one of the most famous sports cars ever.

1969-1971

Ferrari developed and raced with the Group 6 Prototype Sports Car, Ferrari 312P in competition with new builds such as Porsche cars designed by German manufacturers. This Ferrari only entered a few racing events in this year until further prototypes were developed.

Later that year, there had been 25 productions of the Ferrari 512 which were entered into an international championship.

The 512 was soon forgotten about and Ferrari decided to stop focussing on it as it stopped winning races and eventually became out of fashion when new models were being designed.

1972-1973

Ferrari worked carefully on the design and production of the 312PB which entered the World Sportscar Championship and completely dominated the race.

In 1973, Ferrari lost championships against the Matra team and decided to retire from Sports Car Racing so that they could instead focus on Formula 1 races that they took part in in the 1970’s and won the World Championships in 1975 and in 1977.

1988

During this year, Enzo Ferrari sadly passed away at 90 years old. The last model he was alive to witness was the F40 which was a design made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ferrari. It was the fastest and most powerful car that they had produced. However, it was unfortunately discontinued in 1992 due to the introduction of the F50 in 1995.

1995

The F50 was designed in this year as a convertible for 2 people. There were almost 350 cars of this type made and shortly after, it was updated as the F50 GT that had a new style spoiler and a fitted roof. It was one of the fastest cars they had made but the speed was ignored and the design was cancelled.

1996

Jean Todt became sporting director for Ferrari and was missioned to bring the company back up after years of lows.

To do this, he asked world champion Michael Schumacher to join the Scuderia.

He joined the company and gave Ferrari a brilliant reputation after he won 2 races including the Grand Prix of Italy.

2000-2004

From this year Todt achieved his mission as Schumacher won 5 championships in a row. Ferrari was officially heading back up.

2008

Ferrari was now 85% owned by the Fiat group and Enzo’s second son was brought up to own 10% of it.

2009

Ferrari F60 was used to compete in the Formula 1 races in 2009. This race car celebrated the fact that it had been 60 years of Ferrari taking part in the Formula 1 races

Since then, Ferrari have released hundreds of automobiles for racing as well as for the general public.

These include:

  • SA Aperta
  • F12 Berlinetta
  • 458 Italia
  • 458 Spider
  • 458 Speciale
  • Ferrari California
  • FF
  • Ferrari 599

Ferrari are doing nothing but improving and becoming more and more complex with their designs.

What can we expect next?

LaFerrari – This new model will evoke all types of speed and thrill to create a car that truly represents the idea of Ferrari.

It will have an impressive V12 engine and be produced only 422 times, making this a highly desirable car.

Ferrari F149 – This will be an upgraded model of the 2009 version with a lighter body but with much higher performance and the power output will be increased to 480 horsepower.

F14-T Ferrari will release a new Formula 1 car with a unique body and an impressively shaped front.

It is said to be being driven by some of the world’s best drivers ever!

Ferrari will no doubt continue to impress and sell some of the world’s most timeless cars. The classics that have become rare are still available for sale in very expensive auctions. Other classic cars can be viewed car museums such as the Fox Classic Car Museum.

Did you enjoy this article? What do you think Ferrari has in store for us in the future? Leave a comment below.

This article was written by Rachel Jensen on behalf of www.evanshalshaw.com,the UK’s leading car dealership.

5 Best Production Sports Cars Of All Time

By   July 31, 2013

Porsche 911 RS

Our List of the 5 Best Production Sports Cars of all Time

There have been some great sports cars made over the years. From modern supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to classics like the Lamborghini Miura there are a lot of great cars to choose from. Some are just incredible straight line performers, while others are more about handling and some can do both well.

We’ve put together what we think are the top 5 sports cars of all time. Checkout the list and see if you agree with us or not.

  • Ferrari 250 GTO
    Ferrari 250 GTO
    The beautiful design and great performance of the 250 GTO make it one of the all time greats. Only 39 examples were sold in order for homologation of the car for racing in the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car class. These cars are extremely valuable with one going for $35 million dollars in 2012 and they are owned by the likes of Ralph Lauren. When you think of great Ferraris the 250 GTO is pretty much in a class by itself.
  • McLaren F1
    McLaren F1
    The F1 was the first production road car by McLaren and it was a doozy. For a while it was the fastest car in the world with it being able to hit a top speed of 243 mph. Unlike the modern Bugatti Veyron that accomplishes its high speed using many technological tricks and a huge engine, the F1 was all about high horsepower, lightweight materials and great suspension. Oh and it seats three with the driver in the middle, which is about as cool as it gets.
  • Porsche 911
    Porsche 911 RS
    Is there a more iconic sports car than the Porsche 911? The rear-engined car is designed backwards and yet is able to do things that other sports cars only dream of. The car is the pinnacle of engineering taking a platform that performed well, but with finicky the handling, and evolving it into a complete package. Beyond all this there aren’t many sports car models that can say they have been in existence for 50 years.
  • Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    The 300SL Gullwing is one of the most recognizable cars in the world. In many ways it can be thought of as the father of supercars. When it was introduced it was the fastest car in the world and could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. When you think of the fact that a car from the ’50s was capable of hitting 160 mph (depending on gearing) that puts it in supercar status right there. Of course the brakes would make that a very scary speed to be driving. Of course it is the “Gullwing” doors that really make it the iconic car that it is.
  • Chevrolet Corvette
    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    The Corvette is the American sports car. There have been other sports cars from the United States, but none has been as successful as the Corvette. The model has been with us from 60 years. It started with a lightweight stylish sports car with an inline-6 engine, but it was when a V8 was put into the car that it started to become a legend. While some of the models have had their quirks the car has really grown up and the 2014 Stingray looks like it will be an incredible sports car.

So those are our top 5 sports cars, did your favorite make the list? No matter if you agree with us or not, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news, videos and lists like this (scroll down to see the subscribe box).

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Ferrari At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

By   July 15, 2013

Ferrari 250 GTO at Goodwood

Ferrari at Goodwood

This past weekend was the 20th Anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and it was another good one. The yearly celebration of the performance automobile had multiple automakers celebrating important anniversaries. For Ferrari this year saw many great cars represented at the event. From classic road and race cars to modern sports cars, there was a lot for enthusiasts to take in.

Cars at the event included the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO, Formula One cars and the F12berlinetta. There was also Eric Clapton’s on-off SP-12 that made its Goodwood debut at this year’s event. The car was made by the Italian automaker special for the famous musician and includes a V12 from a 512BB and styling based on the Berlinetta Boxer.

These are just a few of the cars that were at the event. There were many more cars from the Prancing Horse that ran in the famed hill climb. No matter what type of race or performance car you like, Goodwood always has something for you.

Let us know what you think of the cars at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the comments below.

Press Release

Although the excitement of the 20th Anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is over for another year, Ferrari fans will have many memories on which to reflect until next year’s event. Ferrari was represented by a diverse array of classic and modern road and race cars from the Prancing Horse’s illustrious past, including two historically significant cars from its 250 series, a 2010 F10 Formula 1 car and its newest V12 flagship model, the F12berlinetta, as well as a very special one-off car from the company’s Special Projects division.

Scuderia Ferrari test driver Marc Gené’s demonstrations of the team’s 2010 F10 Formula 1 car was a special occasion, emphasising the Italian company’s great history in grand prix motorsport. Gené was driving F10 chassis no.285, formerly driven by Fernando Alonso who took four victories with the car in 2010. Marc Gené has represented Ferrari at Goodwood for several years, and always lists it as one of his favourite events in the calendar.

Another highlight for Ferrari was Marc Gené’s drive of Eric Clapton’s one-off SP12 EC which made its Goodwood debut as a private entry, at the invitation of Lord March. The SP12 EC’s unique styling was inspired by a memorable Ferrari from a previous era, the iconic flat-engined V12 512BB. Clapton’s fondness for the Berlinetta Boxer – of which he owned three examples – can be clearly seen in his bespoke SP12 EC from Ferrari’s Special Projects division which commits to only ever produce one example of the client’s design.

The F12berlinetta also made its first UK appearance at the Festival of Speed this weekend. Spectators crammed into the Michelin Supercar paddock to catch a glimpse of the most powerful road-going Ferrari ever. Flanking the 740hp F12berlinetta were a ‘Tailor-Made’ Ice White Pearl 458 Spider and a FF showcasing the model’s new glass panoramic roof option. The Tailor Made programme allows clients to create a car of their dreams, with personal design touches and clever detailing to make their car unique, designed in partnership with Ferrari’s own design team.

Ferrari were also well-represented at the Cartier Style ex Luxe lawn with two particular GT cars standing out. The first was a 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale originally commissioned by actress Ingrid Bergman, who was known as one of Ferrari’s best clients in the 1950s. The 250 GT is finished in her own personal paint color called Grigio Ingrid but sadly, Bergman never actually took delivery of the car.

Next to the GT Speciale was a 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Pinin Farina in a striking color combination, finished in Bordeaux with a contrasting Bianco roof and sills. The car was personally commissioned by a friend of Battista Pininfarina, founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company, one of Ferrari’s longest-standing design partners.

On Friday, Bonhams offered John Lennon’s 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Berlinetta for auction, a car that was originally purchased by Lennon in February 1965, the month that he passed his driving test and The Beatles recorded ‘Ticket to Ride.’ The beautiful 330GT, wearing its original number plate, achieved a remarkable £359,000 – approximately double the pre-sale estimate, demonstrating once again the incredible investment potential of a classic Ferrari with “celebrity ownership”.

Although the thrills and excitement of Goodwood are over for another year, fans can see a compilation of the Ferrari action on the Ferrari.com website, with a dynamic video and a gallery of images.

Tons Of Incredible Ferraris In One Place – Video

By   April 12, 2013

Ferrari has made some great cars over the history of the company. Their road cars are some of the most saught after in the world, but old man Ferrari used to say that he only sold road cars in order to race his cars. It is rare that one would see an F40, GTO, multiple F1 race cars, the LaFerrari and many more important Italian cars in one place.

This video is of perhaps the best Ferrari only show ever. The show has multiple concept, and racing cars as well as some of the best road going sports cars in history. Checkout the video to see all the great cars as you take a look at the short video highlighting the cars in this epic show.

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