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VIN 101623 CARETAKER

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  1. slracing

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    #1 slracing, Sep 28, 2016
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    Finally I have become a caretaker for one of these special Challenge cavallinos. It being an emotional sensation, way more than I could ever imagine. The search started quiet a while back, but since the garage already had a 360 Modena in it, I didn`t seem to find the time to actually pull the trigger for a 355...
    Long story short: After getting to know Tony, who has now become a really good friend of mine, even though he beat me to the Lais Power 355Challenge at the auction this spring...hehehe I decided now or never. Once you are determind to find a 355Ch...It usually doesn`t take long before another one shows up and so it did. Having spent 3-4 months negotiating with the previous owner, we got to close the deal in July...what a tremendous feeling that was.
    Since there is next to none official records about these cars, I got in contact with a few of you guys on Fchat and it became clear that my VIN 101623 is a authentic 1995 Challenge with great racing history... incl it being street legal. All this info primarily thanx to our great Ferraristi Robb, which I am sure have helped lots of other Challenge owners as well. Complimenti fratello:)
    The car being tucked away for the last 9-10 years, it needed a complete service ASAP incl engine out. Thats now completed and she is soon to be expected home. Can`t wait to really start "caretaking" for such a piece of italian racing history.
    ...more of its history later;-)
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  2. Robb

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    Just fantastic to see. Congratulations on finding a wonderful car.

    Looking forward to following your ownership.

    Robb
     
  3. 550orm5

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    Well put! Congrats!

    Can't wait to see some interior shots and service shots. I'm also interested to hear what parts were needed to be replaced/serviced after it had sat for that amount of time. Not the engine, more the suspension, brakes, etc.

    Enjoy
     
  4. Marius

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    Fantastic car, congratulations!!!!
     
  5. 308 GTB

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    That's a beautiful F355 Challenge. Congratulations! Track it in good health.

    Barry
     
  6. SoCal1

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    Congrats !!

    Enjoy it in best health :)
     
  7. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    Wow, what a story, congrets. Keep us posted please
     
  8. slracing

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    #8 slracing, Oct 4, 2016
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    VIN facts:
    1995-1997 raced by Dr Peter Worm- sponsered by "Corona Extra" and assosiated with the german Auto Becker Challenge team. It participated in the european series and thus the racing the classic raceways like Spa, Imola etc. Appearing red in color as seen in the first pictures.
    The car was later raced in Asia by Ferrari Challenge veteran Tony Ring- I believe in 1997, but then in its "new" color: Giallo Mondena, also sponsered by Corona Extra. Unfortunately I have yet been able to achieve the results from this era. The car is still Giallo Modena today. After these years the car has had other owners as well, but that I will clarify in another reply.
    As goes with most of these cars they need some upgrading and TLC, when being traded, so mine is no exception I guess. There has had a recent engine out service and at the same time, brakes-calipers- brakes cooling hoses- electrical connections and some other issues where adressed as well. In further details I don`t know- sorry Peter;-)
    Tony Ring in the pictures...
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  9. slracing

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    #9 slracing, Oct 4, 2016
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    Another one of Tony...
    Unfortunately the Challenge seat didn`t come with the 355, so if you know of one please let me know. Grazie....
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  10. Marius

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    Fantastic, I love the Corona livery on the car!
     
  11. Robb

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    Great images and history.

    Robb
     
  12. slracing

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  13. Robb

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    Love the model.

    Robb
     
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  19. F355 CHALLANGE OWNERS

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    Hi Buddy :)
    I just love your car. great history, clean car, and above all it is in absolutely fantastic condition.
    hope we get to enjoy our 355ch next summer.

    the next lunch is on me :)
    Once again congratulations on a fantastic car
    See you soon :)

    Tony
     
  20. slracing

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    #20 slracing, Oct 20, 2016
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    Thanks Tony...Before you know it, I`ll turn up at you doorstep just to make sure that we have some progress in that project of yours;-) Can`t wait to race alongside you down the main-straight...Uno Bianco & Uno Giallo.
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  22. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    Fantastic, thanks for sharing
     
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  24. Robb

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    Love the look of the blue and yellow Corona.

    Robb



     
  25. Marius

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