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    Jay Leno
    Something I don’t understand, yet I see quite often, is supercars - some fairly new and some over a decade old - with almost no miles on them at all. Recent ones I've seen for sale are a 2005 Ford GT, white, with 105 miles. And a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, red, with 165 miles. Are these real car people? Why do they buy these automobiles? Is there any real pleasure in owning something that you never use? As much as I hate the investment aspect of it, I understand it. Still, do these cars bring the owners any actual joy or pleasure?

    To me the real fun of owning supercars is learning more about them every time I take them out, knowing I will never be good enough to drive them to their limit.

    I’m now in my fifth year of #McLaren-P1 ownership, and I love the car even more now than when I first got it. I’m rather proud of all the nicks and chips picked up in the last half-decade, and can tell anyone where I was and what I was doing when each one happened. Like the time I slid across the track, touched the wall and shaved a hundredth of an inch off the side of the front splitter.

    I took it back to my shop, got some 2000-grit sandpaper, rubbed it down and touched it up. From that moment on, I loved the car even more because it took away all the mystique. I repaired it as I would a Ford or a Chevy or any other vehicle I might own.

    It might be the ultimate hypercar, but its still a car. It was the same thing when it needed new tyres. Rather than go to the dealer, I ordered the tyres and we mounted them in my garage. I was astounded at how hard it was to get those massive tyres stretched on the rim. It took about a gallon of tyre lube to get them on and then took all night before they finally, under pressure, beaded themselves to the rim with a bang that sounded like a .44 Magnum.

    The technicians that work on these supercars are like surgeons. They are specialists. They travel from dealership to dealership around the globe and know every aspect of the engineering. And the one thing they will tell you, whether it s Porsche, #Ferrari , #Lamborghini or #McLaren , is that you have to drive them.

    I know a few guys with Porsche 918s who have had battery problems, because they don t drive them enough or they forget to put them on the battery charger. You can’t let lithium-ion batteries go dead. You’d think they would remember that, with batteries about $80,000 each.

    I remember once, as kids, we found an abandoned engine and we thought we’d take it apart so we could learn about it. It had been left outside for a number of years but the sump was still filled with oil. When we took it off, everything below the sump level still looked good. Everything above it was rusty and corroded. That’s what I think of every time I see any kind of vehicle sitting in a museum where the cars are just outside. The parts not lubricated are more likely to fail than the ones that are.

    Something I use on some aero engines I own is a pre-oiler. These were popular during the war years. I have a 1915 #Hispano-Suiza aero engine on a 1915 Hispano chassis which uses a rubber bladder under pressure to flood the engine with oil before you hit the starter. The Merlin-engined Rolls has an electric pump that you run for a minute until you see 60-70lb of pressure on the gauge. More damage is done in that millisecond of running cold than in hundreds of miles of driving. I often wonder why pre-oilers are no longer fitted. They would surely prolong engine life.

    That said, the old days when supercars were troublesome and finicky are pretty much over. Even Ferraris, considered pernickety for years, now come with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty and a seven-year service plan.

    My PI has never spent more time in the shop than what’s been needed to perform routine oil changes. With the exception of the initial price (oh my God!) and the insurance (oh wow, wow!) it’s not bad at all. If I had bought my P1 five years ago, parked it and put a cover over it for the same time period, I guess the hybrid battery would have to be replaced, every seal would be dried out and beginning to leak, and the oil sitting in the sump would be starting to break down. And whatever petrol that had been in the tank would have begun to separate. Modern blended fuels really only stay viable for a few months before the ethanol and the water go their separate ways and the fuel loses all hope of volatility.

    I don’t know what s worse, high mileage or no mileage. The answer is somewhere in the middle. Most modern cars are just broken in at 20,000 miles. Its a myth that a car is worn out at 60,000 or 70,000 miles. I’ve got a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 6.3 with 326,000 miles on it and, with the exception of the clock, everything works fine.
    Why don’t I fix the clock? Because I have a wristwatch.
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    / #1977-Ferrari-308GTB : Drawn To Drive / #Ferrari-308GTB

    Steve Bolton is a child of the ‘80s, so the fact that he was influenced by a certain Hawaiian detective TV show is no surprise. The allure of the Pininfarina-styled body and the distinctive roar of the V-8 is a combination that’s hard to resist, no matter your age. The Ferrari 308 came after the unloved #Bertone-308GT4 , and many felt this was finally a worthy successor to the voluptuous curves of the Dino a few years prior. The #1977 #Ferrari #Ferrari-308 was also the first year of steel-bodied cars, instead of fiberglass, plus it had the desirable carbureted engine. Not many people get the chance to drive their childhood dreams, but in today’s film, this is precisely what happens. Even though this particular model is a GTB, versus the famous GTS, the emotion, and sound, is just as exciting.
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    This one-off, genuine #Ferrari-concept was designed by #Michalak and sports a 3.2L #Ferrari-V8 from the 328 GTS.

    / #1993-Ferrari-Conciso / #1993 / #Ferrari-Conciso / #Ferrari
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    David Lee is back with this famous Group B homologation car--the predecessor to the Ferrari F40 the #Ferrari-288-GTO ! / 1985-Ferrari-288-GTO / #1985 #Ferrari-288 / #Ferrari / #Ferrari-288GTO
    • Nice 288GTO - but power like modern BMW 340i
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    • Ferrari felony triggers Maranello memory The recent daylight theft of a Ferrari 288GTO in Dusseldorf elicited anger but reminded me of a trip to MaranFerrari felony triggers Maranello memory
      The recent daylight theft of a Ferrari 288GTO in Dusseldorf elicited anger but reminded me of a trip to Maranello in summer 1987, where I was surprised to see one. With only the hope that the Lottery gods will provide me with one, I’m always thankful to companies like Ferrari for giving us such magnificent icons to enjoy.
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    / #1959-Ferrari-250-TR-Tribute / #1959-Ferrari-250-TR / #1959-Ferrari-250-Testa-Rossa / #1959 / #Ferrari-250-TR-Tribute / #Ferrari-250-Testa-Rossa / #Ferrari-250 / #Ferrari

    The sound is simply intoxicating. Crazy that it was in a wreck before it was first going to be on the show. He pretty much built his own Ferrari and you have to love a guy that will go to those lengths to drive his dream car.
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    Jay Leno
    If you’re anything like me, your whole life probably revolves around things that roll, explode and make noise. Let’s face it, we’re the anomaly. Most people are not like us. I’m constantly amazed at how little most people know about cars. #Ferrari-512TR / #Ferrari-512 / #Ferrari / #Hasan-Minhaj / #Comedians-In-Cars-Getting-Coffee

    A friend of mine called the other day in a panic, they said a warning light they’d never seen before came up on the dashboard. ‘What does it look like?’ I asked, they said it looks like a little gas pump. I said, it means you’re about to run out of gas. Put some gas in it. they said, I don’t have time to stop, I have a meeting to get to. I said, if you run out of gas you won’t make the meeting, they said: ‘I never ran out of gas in my old car. I HATE this thing.’

    My friend Jerry Seinfeld has a very funny show on Netflix called Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. He finds fellow comedians who have some connection with automobiles and then takes them for a ride in a car he thinks they would find interesting.

    Recently Jerry did an episode with a very funny comedian named Hasan Minhaj. The car was a Ferrari-512-TR , similar to the one basketball great Michael Jordan drove. Hasan was a big fan of Michael Jordan, so Jerry thought this car would be perfect. And as Jerry accelerated away, executing each shift perfectly, Hasan looked at him and said: ‘Now, that thing you just moved - what was that?’ the look on Jerry’s face was priceless. Not a car guy.

    One time I pulled my 1925 Doble steam car into a gas station. A woman stopped me and said, ‘Hey, your car is smoking!’ Sensing a chance to educate the public on how steam cars work, I said: ‘that’s not smoke, it’s steam, this is a steam-powered car.’ She then asked me: ‘Why are you putting gas in it?’ You use the gasoline as fuel to heat the water, I said, the water makes steam and that powers the car. She said: ‘If you want to heat the water, why not just park it in the sun?’ I tried to explain that if the sun could boil water we wouldn’t be here having this conversation. She accused me of being a smart-ass and drove off.

    An incident not even related to a car can tarnish its reputation forever. I’ve driven a number of hydrogen- powered cars. Yet whenever I told people they were hydrogen-powered, they would mention the Hindenburg and ask me why I wasn’t afraid to drive it.

    When Chrysler unveiled its turbine car to the public in 1963, it ran a contest where they asked ordinary people to write an essay on why they would want to drive a turbine- powered car. In all, 203 Americans were chosen. Young, old, rich, poor, they were each given the car for three months and told to keep a diary of any problems they had. they had the general public doing their R&D! Can you imagine that happening today in our litigious society?

    One Sunday morning I drove my 1906 Stanley Steamer Vanderbilt Cup Racer to a ‘Cars and Coffee.’ It looks like a coffin on wheels. You have a long hood - about as long as a coffin, actually - and two seats that sit just above the rear wheels. Under the hood you have an enormous fire- tube boiler which releases steam for the two-cylinder engine, which is connected directly to the rear wheels.

    this car has the distinction of being the oldest vehicle ever stopped for speeding on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, the chassis is made of wood, and you’re carrying an open flame. At the time I passed a police officer I was doing 76mph in a 65mph zone, the reason the officer stopped me was that, when I passed him, he noticed I was on fire, the flames were coming over the front of the coffin-nose hood as I went by.

    What you do with a Stanley like this, when you catch fire, is you close the fuel valve and then you increase your speed to blow out the flame. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but it actually works. If you pulled over the whole vehicle would just be engulfed in flames. By increasing your speed with the fuel supply cut off, you’re able to extinguish the remaining gasoline.

    the reason you’re able to increase your speed with the fuel cut off is that the Stanley holds power in reserve. You have 15 gallons of water with about 800psi of steam in the boiler, much like a kettle after you’ve turned off the burner. It’s one of the few vehicles in which you can get burned to death and scalded to death at the same time. When the officer asked about the lack of safety equipment such as seatbelts, stoplights, headlights and turn signals, I explained that in California you only have to have equipment mandatory for the vehicle in the year it was built. He seemed to buy that and sent me on my way.

    I was reminded of this story when I got to the ‘Cars and Coffee’. A young man approached me, studied the Stanley Steamer for about ten minutes, and with a completely straight face looked at me - looked me in the eye - and said: ‘Does this have airbags?’

    ‘THE STANLEY IS ONE OF FEW VEHICLES IN WHICH YOU GAN GET BOTH BURNED AND SCALDED TO DEATH AT THE SAME TIME'
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