Driving the White Car

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Driving the White Car

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Today I made my first big solo drive in 4247 GT. As many of you know, I purchased the derelict car in 2002, futzed with it for 12 years or so, drove it about 2 miles in Monterey in 2015 with a borrowed engine (thanks Scot!), around Palm Beach in January and on a shakedown drive with Tom Y a month or two ago.

Before the car was delivered to my house In Los Angeles, I got a notice of an FCA drive through Malibu and jumped on it. With my daughter’s boyfriend Jose as navigator, this morning we met 45 Ferrari’s and owners for coffee and conversation. As my car and a Daytona were the only vintage cars in the pack, we were a hit. I spent the social hour showing off the car to the folks there and talking about Ferrari history.

Then off we all went for a 45 mile ride through the back hills of Malibu, where I learned why power steering was invented... However the twisty mountain roads let me keep up with the guys with 2-3 times the horsepower of my GTE. Jose and I had a blast, learning how to handle the car and and just bonding as car guys.

I now have a different position on this web site, that of a driver, not just one who hoped to drive some day. Thank you guys for all of your encouragement, help, ribbing and companionship over the years. Next time we meet, I will still be asking for a ride in your car, but now I will be able to offer you a ride in mine!
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Wonderful story! I’m sure it was a special day and It was worth the wait.
Now enjoy it and share more experience here!
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HI Tom,

That's great news! I can only imagine the fun you had and how proud you were to be among all the other Ferraris! I have found you get a lot of "street cred" bringing an older Ferrari out to run with the newer cars.

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great perseverance with your journey with the car......now enjoy the car....what a longgggggg story this was.

i always loved the white on red as well......!
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Hey, Tom this is good news, now drive the heck out of it. Although my car is not as nice as yours, I reached the "get-in-and-drive" point late last year. Now that my engine is broken in and producing great power, I pour it on as often as possible, it runs better after a few visits to 6,500 rpm.

I hope to see you around SoCal at some event soon.

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Look who showed up on my Instagram feed.
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I'm Famous!!!
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Congrats, Tom !
Let me know when you‘re ready for some spirited drives on ACH or other similar roads in around here and I’ll make an effort to join you.
Maybe you can soon start a new thread “Drifting the White Car (up in the mountains)” :mrgreen:
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Uh Oh, do I smell a Southern Ca. vintage Ferrari gathering in the making?
If so, I'm all in!

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Timo wrote: Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:18 pm Congrats, Tom !
Let me know when you‘re ready for some spirited drives on ACH or other similar roads in around here and I’ll make an effort to join you.
Maybe you can soon start a new thread “Drifting the White Car (up in the mountains)” :mrgreen:
We'll have to teach Tom the "Scandinavian Flick!"

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Tom, Congrats on your perseverance and success! Much to admire and applaud. Pretty darn cool! steve
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Congrats Tom! Great to see you enjoying the car after a loooonnnnggg journey. The length of the journey makes it all the more sweet.
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Today's drive was a loop around the Palos Verdes peninsula, a beautiful drive along the cliffs overlooking the Santa Monica bay. It was a bit overcast, but at least today I did not have air conditioner envy!
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On the way down the 405 freeway I got surrounded by the South Bay Car club, a group of about 30 modern Ferraris, McLaren's, Lamborghinis and even a Mercedes SLS decorated as a police car. Got lots of thumb's ups and shouts of "Great car!". At one point, an SUV with SBCC Photo Car on the side blew by, then slowed down and passed again with cameras hanging out each window. The car does get a lot of attention.

An ulterior motive of this trip was to get a photo of the car in front of my Mother-In-Law's former house, which is across the street from the photo above. She really wanted to see the car finished, but unfortunately I was too slow in the restoration, so this was the best I could do.
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The car is running like a champ and and I am having a blast. By the way, Monday the car goes into the shop to stop the small leaks that TomY mentioned on his blog. Unfortunately the truck ride across the country made them bigger leaks. I want to fix them now so I can visit you guys and not trash your driveways!
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