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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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    Untold tales The time #Performance-Car upset Ferrari with a #smokin ' Ferrari-456GT Words John Barker

    / #Ferrari-456GT / #Ferrari-456 / #Ferrari / #1994 / #Performance-Car / #1994-Ferrari-456GT /

    I was delighted that we'd managed to bag a big beast to re-launch the Performance Car magazine road test.

    The handsome 456 would produce some arresting numbers at Millbrook and look great on the cover. Best of all, I'd broached the subject of tyre wear with Tony Willis, our contact at Maranello Concessionaires, and was delighted when he said that he was planning to replace the whole set when it came back from the loan anyhow. Very much game on, then.

    At the track we suckered our Datron Correvit test gear to the rump of the 456, wound up its 5.5-litre V12 and side-stepped the clutch. The results were impressive and right on the money: 0-60mph in 5.1sec (the factory claim was 0-100km/h or 62mph in 5.2) and 100mph in 11.2sec. We tried to verify the claimed 186.5mph (300km/h) top speed but on the banked Millbrook bowl (hands-off speed 100mph), the big Ferrari faltered at about 180mph, possibly due to fuel surge, so we didn't push our luck.

    No matter; we got a superb set of photos, including a lovely sequence of oversteer shots at my favourite corner on the B660. For the cover, art director Gill Lockhart and photographer Michael Bailie had come up with a plan that involved a cherry-picker and a standing start with plenty of tyre smoke. With Bailie and his camera poised high up behind the 456,

    I wound the V12 right up and let it go. It felt ludicrous, the rear tyres immediately letting go and only after a few moments finding traction and sending the Ferrari howling down the mile straight.

    'It looks great,' said Lockhart, 'but there's not enough smoke.' Hmm. I tried a different technique, which involved side-stepping the clutch and moving that.

    ‘The editor got a letter from Ferrari UK. The gist was that we’d abused the car and made it unsaleable’ foot immediately to the brake. It worked a treat, the front brakes stopping the car on the spot while the rear tyres spun.

    After about five seconds the car was engulfed. Job done. The rear Bridgestones were hot but remarkably unscathed. In fact, it was the track that had suffered; each tyre had dug a groove in the asphalt. Oops. We cleaned the car up and delivered it back, explaining to Mr Willis how well everything had gone.

    A few days after the magazine hit the newsstand, the editor got a letter A long and very detailed letter from someone else at Maranello, listing everything that was wrong with the car It started with the tyres and went on to catalogue everything we might possibly be culpable for, including minor paint defects, light scuffs on the leather and even a slight smell in the glovebox. (OK, I made up that last bit but you get the idea.) The gist was that we'd abused the car and, because people would know it from the article, made it virtually unsaleable. I thought we'd just shown what a brilliant car the 456 was, both dynamically and in performance. terms. Happily, Mr Willis agreed. A few months later, all was amicable again.

    Left and below In 1994, Performance-Car re-launched its road test with a cover story showing what was involved in obtaining a full set of performance figures. Staged pics of smoking 456 didn’t go down well with Ferrari
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