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Rare F355 Fiorano comes to Southern California

Discussion in 'California (Southern)' started by Throttleman, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

    Sep 26, 2003
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    Well, it finally arrived. After a terrible event which lead to the demise of his red/tan 1997 F355 Spyder my good friend and fellow F-chatter Mike finally took delivery of his NEW even more exotic F355.

    For the full story leading up to this point see:
    http://ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25546

    So needless to say Mike has been very eager to refill his garage with an equally awesome piece of automotive history. True to form, from the guy who coined the phrase "I have never lost money on any of my cars" mr. automotive turns a bad hose clamp engine fire into an opportunity. Once insurance issues were addressed (which to date still have to be resolved) Mike set in motion to replace his awesome car. Turns out that with the insurance money and a little in to boot he was able to swing a deal to land a 1999 F355 Fiorano Spyder. One of 100 in the United States and one of only 104 in existance. Talk about stepping up.

    Mid morning of August 29th a few F-chatters gathered in Woodland Hills for a champagne brunch in anticipation of the arrival of Mike's new baby. It was being transported from Texas by Richie Transport in a closed container long hauler. By about three in the afternoon much were giddy as a bunch of school girls (and a little drunk) waiting to see a red truck with a black trailer arrive near Calabassas. As luck would have it...
     
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  3. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Here's us in Mike's truck looking on the freeway for a truck carrying his new baby.
     
  4. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    First sighting of the truck!!!!!! Yahoo... we started waving and honking to get his attention.
     
  5. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Here she comes...
     
  6. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Now to unload her.... but true to LA style, the streets are narrow and too small for the truck even to enter into a strip mall to unload the car. So what do we do? Oh what the heck, let's just drop it right in the middle of the median (thankfully it was very large and not much taffic and besides if the cops rolled up we'd just explain that "hey man it's a Ferrari, you don't just drop it anywhere."
     
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  8. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    The proud father....
     
  9. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Our cool driver "Danny"....
     
  10. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    First sight...
     
  11. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Bringing her down after unloading a nice Mercedes.
     
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  13. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Down she comes... slowly.... slowly... slowly... easy... easy...
     
  14. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Safely on the ground... we have a once over...
     
  15. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Many thanks to Danny and Richie Transport for a job well done.
     
  16. htran

    htran Formula Junior

    Mar 23, 2004
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    Congrats Mike, make sure all the hose clamps are tight on this new baby. Henry

    PS. After I read your story, I ran out to the garage and check out all the clamps on my 355. LOL
    BTW, seem like we have the same taste in cars- I also own an Infiniti QX56.
     
  17. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Some special components of the Fiorano...
     
  18. SAF1

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    Jun 26, 2003
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    Congrat Mike. She is a beauty..
     
  19. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

    Sep 26, 2003
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    Once warmed up we listen to her purr and take her for a spin... Here's a great shot of me in the second best seat in the city.
     
  20. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

    Sep 26, 2003
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    Just goes to show you how cool a guy Mike is....


    Sure enough he let me take the wheel and enjoy the best seat in the city!! Wow what a car, thanks a million Mike...
     
  21. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Look at the proud new papa!
     
  22. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    Once safe and sound at home we continue to check that all the electrical components are functioning as they should...
     
  23. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

    Sep 26, 2003
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    Later in the day a celebrity friend and F-chat troller came by with his immaculate 512tr for comparison. The 512tr is one of my all time favorite Ferraris and is one of two cars I am considering as my first F-car. Rob the owner is a real class act and took me for a spin for comparison between the F355.
     
  24. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

    Sep 26, 2003
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    Rock Star! No really, I'm not kidding!
     
  25. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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  26. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

    Sep 26, 2003
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    Now doesn't my little streetrod look like she's in very good company?

    Wow!
     
  27. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

    Sep 26, 2003
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    Thank you again Mike and congratulations! Cigars all 'round!

    Rob- It was very nice to meet you and your wife and I very much appreciated the ride! Hold on to her for a few years and I'll come buy to collect her!
     
  28. FastRed355

    FastRed355 Formula 3

    Oct 3, 2003
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    ENJOY YOUR NEW TOY!
    Bring it over to play with mine.
     

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