Ages/occupations of owners?

Discussion in '308/328' started by bergxu, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. bergxu

    bergxu Formula 3

    Aug 16, 2005
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    Hey all,

    I was curious as to the average age group/occupations of everyone here on the board.

    I'll start off by saying I am 25. Bought my first Ferrari, a 1975 308 GT4 (s/n: 10340) last year and have enjoyed the car immensely. It was a local car with a top notch service history by a very well known (now retired) mechanic here in Cincinnati.

    I've done all of my own maintenance on the car since acquisition. Any greasy work is no big deal for me, as I started my own service and restoration shop two and a half years ago (we specialize in Mercedes-Benz) after I finished up my studies at Xavier University in Cincinnati (B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship). I've always loved cars and began working for Mercedes-Benz in high school, sweeping the shop floor. They then let me begin doing minor services after they saw I had quite a bit of knowlegde about cars, then eventually sent me for MB factory training, which was like heaven for me. I continued working for the dealer in Cleveland then when I came to Cincinnati for college, transferred to the MB dealer here. I stayed with them a couple of years then moved on to an independent MB shop who, coincidentally, also services a number of F cars here in town. Anyways, when I finished at Xavier, I decided I was ready to embark on my own, so in October '03 I started MB Classic, LLC in West Chester, Ohio. So now, 2.5 years down the line, we're still growing like mad and the learning just never stops, especially on the newer models, as they "phase out" of dealer service and into hands of us indies.

    I've always held Mercedes-Benz number one in my heart but Ferrari is a very close second. I've owned all sorts of old European cars, from MGs, Triumphs, a '67 Bentley T1, a BMW 745i turbo to an Alfa 1750GTV and the madness continues!!

    The BEST part of it all is that EVERY car I have ever owned, from my first steed, a 1963 Mercedes 190D "fintail" with 52hp to my present cars (1983 300SD Turbodiesel "beater", 1992 500E, 1967 MGB-GT and finally the 1975 GT4) were all bought with my own hard-earned money. The parents taught me the value of saving, so when my buddies were buying video games in high school, I was socking away every cent I had to keep the car fire burning. So now at 25, those buddies are driving Hondas and I have two Mercs, a classic Brit GT and a Ferrari in my posession.

    Alright, I've spilt my guts. Now it's up to you guys!

    BTW, I am very keen to begin taking on Ferrari work at my shop. So just exactly HOW does one obtain that knowledge?? I have various Ferrari shop manuals and loads of books, all of which I have read until the pages have worn thin...

    And if any of you happen to be fellow Merc fans and read Mercedes Enthusiast magazine, you can find a reference to me in the Sept. '03 issue. I was invited by the International M-100 Group to their annual national meet in St. Louis to perform tech inspections and service on the members' cars. (For those not "in the know", the M-100s are the mighty 300SEL 6.3, 450SEL 6.9 and Grand 600 sedans).

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  3. Korr

    Korr F1 World Champ
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    Dec 7, 2003
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    29 here. I earn my daily bread by being an Entrepreneurial IP Embezzeler specializing in automotive engineering and information technology.
  4. steve f

    steve f F1 World Champ

    Mar 15, 2004
    12cylinder town
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    21 years old have an ENZO F50 F40 and sell white powder to earn a living
  5. andrewg

    andrewg F1 Rookie

    Sep 10, 2002
    Chester, England
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    The best way to start up a shop that does work on Ferraris is to either work for another learn the trade and then start your own, or employ a tech who's worked for another specialist / main dealer and learn from them (as well as servicing the cars of clients they bring with them!), you cannot expect people to pay for you to learn on their cars!

    Oh an 33, IT Bod / Pie salesman / Ferrari Specialist
  6. Korr

    Korr F1 World Champ
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    No collection is complete without a 288.
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  8. steve f

    steve f F1 World Champ

    Mar 15, 2004
    12cylinder town
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    a few more wraps and i will have one
  9. stevew

    stevew Formula 3

    Jun 9, 2002
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    thought you was an international porn star
  10. barcheta

    barcheta F1 Rookie

    Nov 15, 2003
    38.... cougar trainer :)
  11. Ferrari348turbo

    Ferrari348turbo Karting

    Nov 22, 2005

    Wow, never would of thought there was that much money in Sugar

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  13. indaville

    indaville Formula 3

    Oct 6, 2005
    Louisville, KY
    27 years old, Financial Planner.
  14. judge4re

    judge4re F1 World Champ

    Apr 26, 2003
    Never home
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    Dr. Dumb Ass
    Early 30's.

    Baby sitter/firefighter/sanitation engineer
  15. bwassam

    bwassam Formula Junior

    Jan 3, 2005
    North Bend, Oregon
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    Robert Wassam
    61 and I slop at the public trough. Bob Wassam

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    Nov 19, 2005
    Nashua NH
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    29/ Firefighter
  17. carguywalt

    carguywalt Rookie

    Jan 24, 2006
    New Berlin WI.
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    Hey Aaron: I'm a new member here, 50 year old CPA. My interests are very similar to yours. I have a 87 328 GTS and a 1989 Mercedes 300 CE and some other marques also. I'm impressed by your collection at age 25. Wish I was closer I would check out your shop. Good luck with your Ferrari.
  18. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    May 4, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
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    Cleaning and repair believe it or not.
  19. Michael B

    Michael B F1 Rookie
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    Apr 28, 2004
    US of A
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    #16 Michael B, Jan 25, 2006
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  20. 285ferrari

    285ferrari F1 World Champ

    Sep 11, 2004
    Southern Md
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    Beautiful MB Michael!!!!
    17/No Job---I am Donald Trumps son..

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

    Nov 1, 2003
    Victory Circle
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    Immortal, Underwear Model, Sock Designer, International Playboy
  22. ashsimmonds

    ashsimmonds F1 World Champ

    Feb 14, 2004
    adelaide, australia
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    Humble Narrator
    29. i taste-test food for pets. the bit on kitty's can of minced liver and chicken necks where it says "new great taste!"... that's me saying that!!!
  23. MS250

    MS250 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Dec 10, 2003
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    37 and sponge off my wife.
  24. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    Jim Pernikoff
    53, aerospace engineer.
  25. Rareusgold

    Rareusgold Karting

    Sep 9, 2005
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    31, Fit Model for Extra Large Condoms! I have a 1989 328 GTB. Now a Platinum winner at the Cavallino Classic.
  26. Ciao Bello 348

    Ciao Bello 348 Formula 3

    Oct 3, 2005
    The Garden State, US
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    John C
    34 yrs old / Rodeo Clown.

    STate University of PIDdling FUnny Clown Keeping alumni!

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

    Nov 1, 2003
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    ROFL :)
  28. bergxu

    bergxu Formula 3

    Aug 16, 2005
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    Rather interesting selection here so far. I was disappointed though, thought there would be more Tony Montanas!

    Anyways, MBs are great cars. The two that I presently own are far different models from one another, but they each serve their purpose very well. The turbodiesel, approaching 300K miles on the original driveline, serves as the daily hack and the 500E is to take out on nights with the girl.

    BTW, is anyone familiar with the 500E? It was a pretty special car, hand built at Porsche's Rossle Bau assembly plant in Zuffenhausen, former build place of the infamous 959. Each car took 18 days to complete, and was MBs answer to the M5. What I like is the Ferrari performance with two more doors. The 4 cam, 32 valve 322hp V8 is no slouch either!

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