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Dave Seibert

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  1. Challenge64

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    Dave Siebert passed away two days ago - July 6th, 2020

    For those that don't know, he basically ran the Ferrari Historic Challenge for many years as well as was a plethora of Ferrari knowledge.

    For me, when I was in the Ferrari Challenge, the two of us talked about scale model Ferraris to no end.

    While his passing is sad, he had health problems for many decades. RIP Dave

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  2. spirot

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    So sad, but I know he had lots of medical issues for quite some time. He was a Ferrari knowledge base for sure. He had some really good stories about the Old Man and Piero... he's at peace!
     
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  3. Marcel Massini

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    #3 Marcel Massini, Jul 8, 2020
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    David G. Seibert in Atlanta was a Ferrari friend of mine for 40 years. Dave was a teacher and IBM instructor, and owned many Ferraris over the years. This included a 212 Inter Cabriolet, a 275 GTB and a 500 TRC Spider.
    He was also publisher and editor of the Ferrari Club of America members magazine "Prancing Horse" from 1987 onwards and together with Casey Clavin (Brickhouse Communications) published an outstanding magazine for much more than a decade. The FCA owes Dave a lot. Dave Seibert was also responsible for the Ferrari Challenge Series in the U.S. and did a great job of dealing with the politics of FNA (and there was lots). Dave was also THE man at John Barnes' Cavallino events held at Moroso (later PBIR Palm Beach Int'l Raceway).
    Dave developed very serious health issues in the 1980s. He was the longest surviving double lung transplant person in the world, well over 30 years.
    In about 1984, during a visit at Dave's home in Atlanta, I had an afternoon to kill which I spent in my hotel room in a Holiday Inn somewhere in ATL. That's where I developed the idea for the book "Ferrari by Vignale" and Dave and I - just from memory and without any notes - started a little handwritten list of all the Ferrari chassis bodied by Carrozzeria Vignale. That was the beginning of my 2nd Ferrari book which finally came out in 1993 by Giorgio Nada Editore of Milan, Italy. I continued to see Dave regularly at Moroso, every January, and we emailed back and forth all the time. A true Ferrari enthusiast.

    Dave's death is a massive loss for the U.S. Ferrari community.
    Goodbye David, RIP.

    Marcel Massini
     
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    He was always very helpful and a great organizer, RIP Sir.
     
  5. Marcel Massini

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  6. Texas Forever

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    Really hate to hear this. Fair winds and following seas.
     
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  7. Dincenzo

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    On Tuesday, July 7th, the Ferrari world lost a giant and I lost a great friend. I first saw David Gilpin Seibert at the racetrack back in the early nineties. I didn't know who he was but from all that he came in contact with, I could tell he was someone of great importance. He was the creator of the Ferrari Challenge in North America and the Cavallino Classic Competition in Palm Beach, FL. He was also a Ferrari historian. I have always prided myself on knowing Ferrari's history and specs of the various models. Next to David, there was no comparison. He knew individual cars by serial numbers and engine displacements by sound alone. A visit to his home was like a field trip to Santa's workshop! Filled with all kinds of racing memorabilia and goodies from the Ferrari factory in Italy, reserved for special clients only. He was a racer himself and knew firsthand most of the tracks and drivers. And if you ever found yourself in the market for that rare, seven figure, vintage Ferrari, he knew where to find it, and the history of its ownership. He had a photographic memory, which was needed for the wealth of information that his extraordinary mind contained. Although his mind was strong, his body was often very weak. He was one of the longest living recipients of a double lung transplant. This may have slowed him at sometimes, but it didn't stop him from living a wonderful and colorful life! I was honored to be recognized by him for my work in 2011 at the Ferrari Club of America Annual Meet in Savannah, GA. Thank you David, for that and all of the great memories. You will be missed, but never forgotten, as long as there is still a prancing horse on the open road. Rest easy my friend.
     
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    While I have zero rank in the world of Ferrari collecting, I met Dave at the Ferrari Challenge races. What a wealth of knowledge and just plain enjoyable conversation. Even if he wasn't talking to you directly it was always something to hear what he had to say. I will say I was extremely honored when he walked in the shop at FoA and actually called me by name. I would have never thought he even knew my name. He will be greatly missed be the entire Ferrari world.
     
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  9. Robb

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    Rest In Peace. He left behind much to read and learn.

    Robb
     
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  10. cbennett13

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    Mr. Massini thank you for the kind words about David. He was one of my closest friends and we have enjoyed weekly lunch together for the past several years. I've know David for many years and though we lived only a few miles apart, Luigi Chinetti introduced us years ago. David will be truly missed. We are planning to have a memorial gathering of friends and family in the coming year to pay tribute to David and his many friendships. Will keep all posted.

    Kindest Regards,

    Courtney Bennett
     

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