My $.02July 10 2008 at 11:54 AM
|Joe F |
Response to What surprises me....
If I may add to this modest, but very interesting discussion.
I agree with both Duane and Bob, it's all about the behind the wheel experience.
For many (30) years I have been a happy Fiat owner with asperations of "graduating" (no pun intended) to an Alfa and then on to a Ferrari.
No balony about the mystique of these cars, they are just cars I WANT to drive.
Two stories I wish to relate: Back in 1972 I had an 124 Sport Coupe. Not much of a looker, but as anyone who has driven one can confirm, a great drivers car. My buddy was a devout British car nut. He had a BRG Triumph TR-4 and an MGB. He laughed at my car when I started to expound on its virtues during a heated discussion on sports cars. To make a long story short, I tossed him the keys...he has owned Italian cars ever since.
Second story: As I pulled up to my mechanic's shop a few years ago (Cambridge, MA) there was a red 308 parked in front and when I got out of my X, this guy says " Are you here to test drive my car?" Now, my mother may have raised ugly kids, but not stupid ones, so I said "sure". Big mistake! Driving that Ferrari was like taking all facets of the X-1/9 experience and multiplying by 100. It has ruined me for anything else. I must own one.
I was not in the postion to buy that car (I think I could have had it for 35K) at that time, but I have not yet stopped thinking about it.
Anyway, I wish to thank you gentlemen for this escape from my daily routine and the indulgence in the Ferrari blog and your discussion.
I beleive this type of thing is what has been called the 'soul' of our cars.