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I'm really having serious problems here!!

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by ryalex, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
    Consultant Owner

    Aug 6, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Ryan Alexander
    I'm sure many of you can relate. It all started 3 years ago, when a friend gave me a ride in his 348 Spyder. I was hooked. From then on, my "carrot" to push me to perform has been F-car ownership. Like others here, car shows and building models was the only thing keeping me sane.

    This summer I tormented myself trying to swing a 308, 400i, Mondial, whatever I could get my hands on. But I don't have a garage, and live in the city. My wife was also hesitant about flashing around in an F-car while in school (we both work though); I ended up with a new WRX that I really, really want to mod, but can never gather up the courage to void the warranty.

    Then came the FFQC. The rides in so many F-cars, including a 360 Challenge and GT (see my description thread), has COMPLETELY WARPED MY FREAKING MIND! I can't focus. I struggle to read my casework. All I can think about is driving fast.

    At the suggestion of some people I met at the FFQC, I've been looking at GoKarting, but am struggling to figure out a) where and b) how to get set up. Raised to be paranoid about motorcycles by my family, I've even been surfing sportbike dealer sites toying with the idea.

    There's just nothing that can give that rush of adrenaline and endorphins that going fast and pulling high-G turns. When they warned me that the track day would be a 'baptism by fire' I didn't realize I was submitting myself to possession by a racing spirit!
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  3. ralessi

    ralessi Formula 3

    May 26, 2002
    Houston, TX
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    I'm with you - what is with this whole "school" thing anyway. I've heard tons of people talking about how much more they learn in one week of work than in 4 years of school. You should just try to get a job at a big firm and buy that fcar with the signing bonus ;)

    I would like to kart as well, but then there is the whole money issue, and how to get there, and finding the time, and wh......

    well, anyway, I hope you find a solution :D
  4. mr. green

    mr. green Formula Junior

    Oct 31, 2003
    I feel your pain, I am trying to buy a business and all I think about is buying a F-car.
  5. jordan747_400

    jordan747_400 F1 Veteran
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    Dec 9, 2002
    Houston, TX
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    Boy I can relate! Although i guess trying to buy a Ferrari at 17 is a bit overkill to some :) So Ive got a few years ahead of me!!
  6. CraigFL

    CraigFL Formula Junior

    Jan 17, 2001
    Panama City, FL
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    Just don't wait until 50 like I did. I should have bought one many years ago....
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  8. jmacphee

    jmacphee Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
    Boston, MA
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    Joseph MacPhee
    For Karting have you tried F1 Boston? You can rent by the hour.

    For a step up, there is Skip Barber at Lime Rock or, occasionally, New Hampshire International Speedway. You can take their racing school and then participate in races.

    Neither, however, will replace staring at a 355 in your own garage. I would also caution against buying a bike or another car if what you really want is a Ferrari. I have done both and neither satisfied the desire.

    BTW, I am supposed to be studying for the CPA exam and look what I'm doing!

  9. bobafett

    bobafett F1 Veteran

    Sep 28, 2002
    F1Boston is bad-ass. I went as well... it's known all the way out here in CA in the local karting circles.

  10. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Aug 6, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Ryan Alexander
    I'm going to look them up (I think they're in Quincy or Braintree...) and try a session or two to see if it works out. My biggest concern is fitting in them (I'm 6'0", 250+lbs.). More motivation to lose the 25lbs I gained this summer (which I had lost on Atkins in the Spring).
  11. ljsaia

    ljsaia Rookie

    Mar 25, 2003
    Houma, Louisiana
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    Lyndon Saia
    Stay in school. Stick with Atkins ( I lost 40 lbs since July 2). A nice 328 GTB is not much more than that WRX. It might not be as practical but if that is what you really want! California Car cover make a great outdoor car cover.

    Karting is as close to F1 driving as you are going to get. POWER to weight!

    I waited until I was 40 to get my first F-car and wished, also, that I had gotten one sooner! You have no kids yet, it only gets harder to get one once the kids start coming!

    Think hard it could be something you could enjoy as a break from school and something you could spend time with your wife on the weekends.

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  13. Ingenere

    Ingenere F1 Veteran
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    Dec 11, 2001
    On the Limit
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    God...does this bring back memories! I got hooked on Fcars when I was 11 at the NY auto show and i got to sit in a Daytona.

    I had a Fiat X 1/9 for a while and that was my Ferrari '154' for a while.

    Since then I have had a 308QV, Mondial t cab, 348 Challenge, TR and an F40....I guess I got hooked!!

    Stay in school! Ciao.....Dino
  14. Matt LaMotte

    Matt LaMotte Formula 3

    Oct 30, 2002
    I feel your pain man! That last event in New Orleans left me with a much worse Ferrari bug than I already had. Just stay focused and keep working at it. Your already on your way with school so just keep your eye open for a good job once your finished. I can tell your heading in the right direction...just keep your self on track!
  15. CMY

    CMY F1 World Champ

    Oct 15, 2004
    Redondo Beach, CA
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    Just 'cause.
  16. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Aug 6, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Ryan Alexander
    Wow, such an old thread! How did you dig this up?

    Did I read right, that you bought a 308?
  17. jaturon

    jaturon Formula 3

    Oct 25, 2004
    Bangkok Thailand
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    Study hard, get a good job or your own business and then start thinking about Ferraris. Good education is what you can fall back on when you fail to achieve your dream!
  18. lusso64

    lusso64 Formula 3

    Apr 12, 2004
    Simi Valley
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    Interestingly (or not) the depreciation "costs" of owning the WRX will set you back a number of months/years from F car ownership.

    Been there, done that. Finally worked it out and drove a beaten up 1972 Celica for a few years and THEN I could afford the Fcar with the repayments I didn't make on a new car I didn't have those few years earlier.

  19. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Aug 6, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Ryan Alexander
    Possibly, but unlikely. Worse comes to worse I could get rid of it - we're not upside down on it - and by the time I finish grad school we won't have much to pay off. If anything, it might be the difference between a 308/328 and a TR...
  20. bill365

    bill365 F1 Rookie

    Nov 3, 2003
    Chicago area
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    Be patient, work steadily toward your goals. I know the "bug" is rough to resist. Learn your trade, get settled in, after that see what it is, you want then. Trim the budget a bit to start building the F-car fund, this way you can soften the purchase. You'll get there.

  21. Ronbo

    Ronbo Formula Junior

    Aug 2, 2005
    Morris County, NJ
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    Dude, you're at HLS, no? Unless you are going to clerk or work for the gov't there really shouldn't be a problem. Just buy a starter car - you probably know what you can afford.

    BTW, a buddy of mine used his summer associate $$ to buy a Bentley Mark VI. Of course he stood out as "the guy with the car", but so what? The irony was that he wasn't from a wealthy family but he started getting attention from girls who were. He married one of them, too.


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