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Old 06-18-2007, 07:15 AM   #1
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Default The Ferrari Shoot



This is a story that I have wanted to write for a long time. It's a story about family, tradition, form, and horsepower and the different ways each can be found...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.

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Old 06-18-2007, 07:24 AM   #2
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Great write up... expresses my dream of having a Model A coupe, a 40 Mercury, and a Lamborghini lined up in my warehouse....and my current car sitting in the back corner as the starter to it all. All different, all serving a particular purpose but none more 'special' overall than each other.

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Old 06-18-2007, 07:26 AM   #3
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Food for thought, thanks
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:29 AM   #4
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I Makes You Think A Little....
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:33 AM   #5
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Ryan yet again you capture what it is about great cars no matter what they are...........Passion!
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:45 AM   #6
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Default Re: The Ferrari Shoot

It clears up a bit of fog that's been in my brain from the start...that somehow the builders of European racing cars and high-performance road cars were pretty much the analog of hotrodders and customizers from the US and elsewhere. Sort of like Abarth or Lotus being the bizarro equivalent of Mickey Thompson or Vic Edelbrock. Or Frua or Ghia being the Euro version of Valley Custom. I've been putting those non-US establishments up on a pedestal in my mind for so long...

The idea is a little bit unsettling. I'm going to have to think on this.
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:54 AM   #7
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We can probably add change up that Rob't Williams quote if you throw a Maranello in the mix...

Customs are for getting a girl, hot rods are for getting rid of her, Ferrari's are for when you can afford more than one.

Seriously, Even Enzo Ferrari had to compromise before he could build what he really wanted to build. Build what you can until you can build better.

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Old 06-18-2007, 07:57 AM   #8
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great write
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:03 AM   #9
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A grand comparison, thanks Ryan.

Design: The act borne of desire to express beauty, through form.

(Probably no matter which side of an ocean is your home.)
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:06 AM   #10
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Very good reading Ryan and very true. I have been watching Ferrari's race since the early 50s when they raced through the streets of Watkins Glen. They gave me chills then and they still do today. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:42 AM   #11
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Great reading, I use to vintage race my Austin Healy against #1 0f 5 Ferrari GTO's they are truely amazing machines.
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:48 AM   #12
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the quality of editorial content on the TJJ blog and the overall content of the entire Atomic Industry network never stops amazing me.

this is by far and away one of the most inspiring and thought provocing articles i have read in some time, and being a print rag junkie, this is saying a LOT for Ryans talent as a writer. the artistry and eye for detail in the photos, location and composition put most to shame.

i renued my HAMB alliance membership today before i even read this entry... and having read it now, i remember WHY i ponied up for a second year.

massive cool bossman... thanks
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:51 AM   #13
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Greatness.

Long before I lusted after a deuce coupe or taildragger, or anything else for that matter, the first posters on my walls growing up were Lamborghinis and Ferraris. I may not ever get one, but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for their perfect mix of brute force and elegance all wrapped into one sexy package.

IMO, this TJJ entry ranks right up there with the story of how the Tardel/Cochran Coupe came to be. Relating the souls of some of the coolest cars out there... and throwing in some kick ass pictures for good measure.

Keep up the good work


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Old 06-18-2007, 09:06 AM   #14
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Right in my backyard and I missed it? Great photos and great write up...just one of the many reasons I visit here everyday...
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:32 AM   #15
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Thanks a ton for the nice words... I was a little worried that folks wouldn't get my warped appreciation for all cars... The 575 is obviously a very different car from the coupe and the dahlia, but I thought they photographed really well together and... well... The essence of Ferrari is actually one of the things that drew to me traditional hot rods and customs in the first place.

For the record, this was by far the most fun I have ever had writing a story and shooting some cars... I love all three of these cars and I love all the stories behind them.

I had a sidebar, but decided against running it. I might at a later date... Essentially, it deals with contemporary hot rods vs. REAL contemporary cars like the 575. When you think about it, there is nothing modern about a mustang 2 suspension, or a Jag IRS, or supository lines, etc... Anyway, another day another story...
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:34 AM   #16
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The story seems like quite a bit of a stretch and I don't really see the cars
blending together very well. But it sounds like a cool trip and any time you
get to hang out with your friends is good.

I really enjoy my Model A and it parks next to my stupid fast German daily
driver but the two have virtually nothing in common.

I do still enjoy the TJJ blog, but this isn't one of my favorite.





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Old 06-18-2007, 09:38 AM   #17
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Of course not... I can totally understand your perspective. It's a stretch for most for sure. This article is purely selfish on my part.
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:43 AM   #18
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I'll take the '36 please.........

I haven't liked a contemporary Ferrari since the F-40........

I'm with ya FLT-BLK........
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:52 AM   #19
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Thanks, that was a great read. I'm glad to see this here. I find a lot of connections between Italian cars and early hot rods. Having been around a lot of Italian cars and their owners (I'm talking the cheap ones here, but they all have the same character once you start fiddling with them) they have that same essence to them.

I saw a picture recently of a Model A with 392 Hemi fed by four Weber IDA 48s. That car immediately made me imagine what it must have been like back in the 50s when the worlds of Ferrari and hop up crossed paths in places like the Carrera Panamerica.<

Posers accepted on both sides, I think both are mostly about that love of machinery and what you can do with it
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:56 AM   #20
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Great article. I agree that there are real similarities in the heritage, even though the racing influences were different (Road racing for europe, oval track and drags for the USA.) I see even more similarities in the "special" movement in postwar England. Every motorhead worth their salt was stripping fuel tanks off of decommisioned warplanes and pounding them into sports cars.

As an aside, I've shared track days with a number of exotics, and the sad truth is that very few owners of Ferraris, Lotus', Lamborghinis and such are willing to push them very hard. Partially its due to the cost of the cars, and partially due to the fact that mid-engined cars tend to be more likley to spin. My front-engined beast with only $15k invested is much more forgiving and the tab for a crash isn't nearly as daunting (as long as I'm not part of the tab!) It is fun to pull in behind a Ferrari for a lap or two just to listen to the intoxicating sound - right up there with a P-51 at full song on my list of aural porn.
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