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Getting cold feet about using a Ferrari as a daily driver in Atl

Discussion in 'South Central - USA (TN, MS, AL, GA)' started by BrooksCopeland, Jan 17, 2023.

  1. BrooksCopeland

    Jan 3, 2018
    Atlanta, GA USA
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    Brooks Copeland
    I’ve been all excited to buy a Lusso or FF. Its been a few years since I had a fun car. I got to talking to a friend and started remembering the crazy interactions I had with my R8. Just a few of the crazy things that would happen - A guy tried to run me off the road repeatedly while my pregnant wife was in the car. I had a guy block me in at a parking lot and got out of his car (before I could get out of mine) only to yell asking if I’d race him. I even had a gun flashed at me while sitting at a red light. There were plenty of thumbs up and respectful people asking for pictures. I used to live in downtown Atlanta which is plenty dicey even without an exotic car and have since moved to a nicer area of the metro Atlanta area (Sandy Springs GA). After a year of searching and about to move on something. I’m getting cold feet about using a Ferrari as a daily driver and toting my 4 yr old around town.

    Anyone in the northern suburbs had major issues while driving around these areas? Am I just overthinking this?

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  3. V4NG0

    V4NG0 Formula Junior
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    Dec 14, 2018
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    Ty Smoochie-Wallace
    Living in downtown Atlanta was your problem. I both lived and worked near Sandy Springs for years while daily driving a Testarossa and had zero problems from people.
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  4. carguy

    carguy F1 Rookie

    Oct 30, 2002
    Alabama (was Mich.)
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    The closest I have been to "daily driving an exotic" was when I had a Maserati Quattroporte for several years. It's not at the Ferrari level so it didn't draw much attention. Back when we lived in Michigan, during the summer months I would semi-daily drive a Testarossa, and I did have some issues. Some that come to mind are finding cigarette ashes all over the car, a packet of ketchup squirted onto the trunk, etc. But the worst issue was while sitting at a stoplight, a couple with small children was crossing the street, the guy was angrily staring at me like he was trying to bore a hole in my head, and as they are going by....he spits on the front of the TR. I just gave him a "are you kidding me" look, but kept under control, as I didn't want to provoke he may kick the car or something.

    Alas my exotic car days are behind me now (sadly). I now live in the area of Columbus, GA, which is like a mini-Atlanta. I know a guy who has a Lambo Aventador...and he quickly learned that he cannot EVER leave that car anywhere. He said he's going to sell it and get a 911 Turbo as that will not attract so much attention. I think the Ferrari FF is a beautiful and classy machine, and would likely be okay in most suburb areas of Atlanta. But downtown Atlanta is another world.
  5. henryr

    henryr Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Nov 10, 2003
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    Juan Sánchez Villa-L
    i work in buckhead. see exotics everyday. personally, i don't think a FF or the like would get a second look.

  6. spirot

    spirot F1 World Champ

    Dec 12, 2005
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    Tom Spiro
    I work from home, so don't have to worry about daily driving a Ferrari... I don't have too much worry about parking the 599 in Buckhead during the day. at night... i think twice. Several reasons:

    1. POT HOLES - Atlanta has some horrific potholes and avoiding hitting them is full time - slightly easier during the day... at night horrible - mostly because of #2
    2. Crazy other drivers - I have noticed a wild increase in the crazy driving - hate to note it - but Afro-American males - driving like its Mario karts... example - West Paces Ferry Road, about 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon- mild traffic ( this was between the holidays ) and a guy comes screaming past a long line of cars - driving about 60 mph in the middle turning lane... blew through the stop light ... I first thought - wonder if he's being chased? - nope ... I'm assuming he drove right past the governor's mansion...
    3. I'm more selective of taking the car due to increased gun violence - no need to place a full-on target on my back. I would never go to any of the malls, in the car... and I try to stay off the major highways - lots of people wanting to "race you" - and again the horrible state of the roads.... it's mostly the roads that drive me crazy.

    Daily Driving a Ferrari - especially a newer one - would not be a problem per se, but the environment is more aggressive than in the past. or maybe I'm just getting older.
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  8. 430jm

    430jm Formula Junior

    Jun 11, 2017
    They get a second look, but just be smart about it. I’d avoid Lenox…
  9. 430jm

    430jm Formula Junior

    Jun 11, 2017
    Peaceful protesters…
  10. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    Feb 27, 2004
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    Jim Pernikoff
    I've had my 328 for almost 19 years now, living in Marietta. I drive the car fairly regularly, nearly everywhere except downtown, and I've never had a problem. Yeah, someone might pull alongside and try to goad you to race, but I ignore them and they go away. I get a lot of positive talk and thumbs ups. Maybe because it's an older model and they appreciate that fact that it's a classic. I expect to eventually get rid of the car, not because of the environment, but because I figure I'll get too old to get in and out of the car!
  11. 4right

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    I think the crazy drivers is due to the influx of people moving here from other parts of the country. Not home grown. Mostly NE and have seen a lot of license plates from FL. Maybe the FL drivers are just passing through. Have you ever driven in FL? It’s a different style/level of driving all together, especially South FL.
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  13. RedNeck

    RedNeck F1 Veteran
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    Jul 8, 2016
    The CSA
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    Atlanta drivers are terrible. I drive a lot for my job and a lot in Atlanta. I don't think you'd have too much of an issue just tooling around SS, but get a beater for anywhere south of there.
  14. 4re308

    4re308 F1 Rookie

    Jun 13, 2001
    Woodstock, GA
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    Mitch D
    Never a problem for me in good ole Cherokee county. Just very pleasant people who appreciate the cars and most people completely ignore my cars.
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