My father passed away recently. Photos of his classic Ferraris.

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by 4thGen, May 16, 2019 at 5:34 PM.

  1. 4thGen

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    My father wasn't a collector. He daily-drove his Ferraris. Every day, every where. Torrential rain? Ferrari. 15 miles to/from work and stuck in traffic? Ferrari. Take me to elementary school? Ferrari. Drive me and two friends to the movies? Ferrari. Two friends in the passenger seat and me on the e-brake. Mom's car? Red Dino. (not pictured). He never kept them for more than a few years. He drove them, loved them, and sold them. There are a lot of Dad's cars that I can't find photos, such as his red 328 GTS, black Boxer 512, and mom's red Dino, but I'll make sure and post them should they appear.

    Rest in peace, Dad. You were awesome. Thanks for everything.

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  2. Scott98

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    Sorry about your father’s passing. He had an amazing collection. You must have tremendous memories.
  3. Bigilo

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    Wow what a great collection of prancing horses! My condolences on your fathers passing, but it looks like he had an excellent life. If cars are a measure of such things (they are).
  4. Dbacr

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    Obviously a man of distinction and great taste. My condolences. You never get over it, only through it. All the best to you.
  5. tomc

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    I think of my dad a lot while driving my Ferrari. He was very proud of our Italian heritage, and he'd have loved to drive/ride in an F-car.
    And, I'd love to have given him that opp, but he passed away long ago, way too young. It's cool to see you honor your dad's memory.
    My condolences on his passing, and my congratulations to you for having such an awesome dad. Forza!
  6. Texas Forever

    Texas Forever Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Wow! Did he ever write down any of his stories?
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    LARRYH F1 Veteran
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    a wonderful post your dad certainly had great taste in cars looks like a nice man .. I know there is not a day that I do not think of my dad who passed away about 10years ago .. thanks for posting this and you take care wonderful memories...
  8. energy88

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    Sorry about your father's passing. What a wonderful legacy of memories he created with his passion.
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  9. 4thGen

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    Unfortunately not. He was very humble and rarely talked about himself.

    One story I remember, while we were building our house, we didn't have anywhere to keep the P3 & P4. The temporary house we were staying was small with only a small garage which he kept his daily driving Ferrari. He ended up building a small lawn mower shack with no floor that was made of vinyl which he used to house both cars. He "locked it" with a small chain and a master lock. I remember always sitting in those cars, tires were flat, pretending I was a race car driver.

    Another one I remember is he and Gene Hackman got their Ferraris mixed up. Gene got his and he got Gene's. They ended up meeting up and swapping cars.

    He also bought a couple Ferraris from Tom Meade, the guy who built the Thomassima, a P3 one-off (iirc). There's a website with a great story of Tom. Here's a photo my dad took of his car.

  10. Mel Spillman

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    Thanks for your post and pictures. May your Dad Rest in Peace.
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  11. Bob in Makiki

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    What a wonderful post! I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing these memories and photos.
  12. Texas Forever

    Texas Forever Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Unbelievable story. Talk about a life well lived. I just went through my 95-year old mother dying. I hope your father passing was peaceful.
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  13. miurasv

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    I am very sorry you have lost your dad. Did he own all the cars in the centre of the pictures?
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  14. PhilNotHill

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    Stunning. Thanks for sharing.

    Ciao Bella
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  15. TheMayor

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    You have to truly admire someone for having such passion and being able to act on it.

    So sorry for your loss but thank you for the wonderful post.
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  16. Dewinator

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    RIP. I'd be willing to bet he enjoyed his years far more than most enjoy theirs.
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  17. kevfla

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    Your father's tastes were exceptional! Condolences from Orlando. There is one photo that another poster mentioned, in the middle of the group of 250 SWBs, of a open, prototype racer and a GTO. These two cars I've associated with Walter Medlin, formerly of Kissimmee, FL. Does that name ring any bells? Thank you for taking the time to scan and post these photos!
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  18. ag512bbi

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    My Condolence to you and your Family.
    Dude, Your dad is a STUD!!!!!!
    I bet he is your Hero!
    What A Collection.
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  19. schwoo

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    Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed the photos. Wishing you all the best.
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  20. randkin

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    Sorry for your loss, your father was a great fan! Did he own some of the cars?
    Wow, what a great post for a new member. It will be tough to top in the future. Thank you for sharing the photos. Do you have any story for any of the photos?:)
  21. PeterS

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    Where does one start?

    Welcome to FCHAT.

    Prayers for your Father's passing, I'm sure he will be sorely missed. From the picture, he looked like a solid guy. My condolences.

    Tell us more about your Father and your self.

    Enjoy the site, lots of great people here.
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  22. G. Pepper

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    Condolences. Your dad was awesome, and you're an awesome son. Thanks for sharing in what has to be a difficult time.

    This has to be one of the greatest first threads in f-chat history.
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  23. Bisonte

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    Sorry to hear about your father, and thank you for sharing these images. Hang in there.
  24. Robb

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    Just wow. Thanks for sharing. The important things are your memories and experiences with your dad. I’m sure he’ll be back with you from time to ime when you are near the things you shared and enjoyed.

  25. Marcel Massini

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    Condolences. Thank you for sharing.
    These pix must have been taken between 1966 and later at various locations.
    Names that come to my mind are Otto Bowden, Lawrence Lee Kitt Tucker, Walter Medlin, Preston Henn, all in FL, and Hisashi Okada in NY.

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