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  1. Drew Altemara

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  3. CornersWell

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  4. Marcel Massini

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    340 America Spider Vignale #0140 A. Gil Nickel bought it August 1980.
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  5. trashidelek!

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    IIRC there was a 500 Superfast parked next to it.
     
  6. lawrencejones

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    What a stunning example!
     
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  8. BIGHORN

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    Gil and Jack May were in the 87 Millie Miglia with this car. Gil unfortunatly passed away some time ago
     
  9. ferraripete

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    he passed away about 4 yrs ago if i recall. he was a neat guy...a collector and avid vintage racer!
     
  10. CornersWell

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    Gil and I ran in the '99 Sebring HSR races together, and after not crossing paths again for a while, we ran into each other in Portofino after the Monaco Grand Prix (maybe '91, IIRC). Small world! We should have shared that bottle of Dolce when we had the chance.

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  11. BigTex

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    The winery is still well known for it's output, I see it here...

    But to get access to the cars has become difficult to do, as I understand it, and always glad to see pictures of them posted again. Thanks!!!

    RIP Gil, any of the R&T articles of his exploits are a great read, just a down to earth real world guy.......
     
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  13. El Wayne

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    By the way, they make a wonderful Cabernet. One of my favorite California wines.
     
  14. bertdeboer340

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    Hello Drew,

    Did you take this picture? And do you have more? I would love to see some..

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  15. schwaggen

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    We went on the winery tour back in April (you do have to book an appointment in advance), and made what seemed to be a pretty standard stop in the car barn [the tour guide's schtick was "OK, now the part for the husbands..ha ha ha..." In fact, the tour was great in every way except for the canned schtick. The guy has just given the tour too many times.]

    They seem pretty proud of the collection and encouraged us to take pics. Mine didn't come out great, but it looks like the yellow one has not moved since we were there. I recall a really cool old Bentley Continental, a newer Bentley, a Jag XK120, an Alfa Guilietta Spyder, three Ferraris- the yellow spyder, the Superfast, and a Daytona, plus a late model Viper, a 70's era F1 car, a London taxi plus a couple of others and a cool steam launch. Could have spent longer in there, but the ladies wanted to get to the actual drinking part of the tour. :)
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  16. Ed Niles

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  17. ryankjb

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    That is a gorgeous car.

    Thanks for sharing the pics.
     
  18. BigTex

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    Thanks for the link.....I read the R&T article/interview and maybe the car was the Salon feature that month??
     
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    BigTex,

    I read the R&T Salon feature on the Bentley Continental R when it was published (I think somewhere back in the 90s). The article did a great job of articulating both how wonderful this model Bentley was (and why everyone should have one) and how passionate Gil Nickel was about the cars he had and enjoyed.
    Good stuff.

    Best,
    Dave
     
  20. stevenwk

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    Don't forget.......I believe Bill Harlan of Harlan Estates still owns a yellow 275 GTB/4.

    Can anyone help with the serial #
     
  21. Jack-the-lad

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    Dolce....my all-time favorite dessert wine.
     
  22. El Wayne

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    Who's that presenting the trophy?
     
  23. furmano

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    LOL, I thought it was Big Tex! ;)

    -F
     
  24. ferraripete

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    i'm a big fan of the nickel and nickel cabernet and merlot.
     
  25. VisualHomage

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    what an exquisite example of stunning beauty

    a rare pleasure to even see pics of in the real world
     
  26. tongascrew

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    HI great pictures, Thanks to you and Ed. just one man's opinion Tongascrew
     
  27. ggjjr

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    About seven years ago I went to a wine pairing dinner at a very casual club I belong to. The chef did a great job of pairing a vertical of about six of Far Niente's cabernets. They were from the years '95 to '03 (not including the '97). The wine was really flowing even though the dinner only cost about $100. I think that I was the only one of the fifty or so people that really understood what we were drinking. I was in heaven! Oh, for the days....

    George
     

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