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I wish I was going to be in Boston. The Museum of Fine Art has an exhibit of some of his nicer cars. http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/cars/default.html mmmmmm.
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these are the only ones you really want to see http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48093 i will be going next week, hopefully the f-car collection is there. pix may take a minute to load, its well worth the minute wait.
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these are the only ones you really want to see http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48093 i will be going next week, hopefully the f-car collection is there.
Say what you like about his clothing. Ralph has amazing taste in cars.
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I went last week during the preview week. Glad I chose to go early on a Sunday morning as it was relatively empty in there. The cars are amazing. Bugatti's are definitely in a class by themselves. The coachwork on the MB Gullwing is amazing. The interior is done in a dark tan and it was well maintained. I wish I could've gotten closer but from a few feet away, the patina looked like an Edward Green shoe. I have seen a bunch of these before, but this was the best example of a Gullwing I have ever seen in person. The matching luggage was on display as well. The McLaren F1 was something I will never see in person again. The Porsche 959 (1988) is something to behold as well. It is the only Porsche where the front is just as wide as the back. The balance reminded me of a mid-engine car. I took about 50 or so digital pictures. Hopefully I will upload a couple from Ofoto.
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interesting, how many of his ferrari's were there? 959's are an amazing car. at one point they were illegal to bring into the country. bill gates, ralph, and the other microsoft owner all had theres detained at customs for years. now there more attainable. none the less an amazing car. about how many cars are on display, total?
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Enjoy.  I can post some additional ones if anyone wants to take a look.  I did the best I could w/o flash and at 10 in the morning. BTW, cars are Porsche Spyder and 959, MB Gullwing, and Bentley "Blower"
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Any pics of the type 57SC ? Jon.
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if you want, send your email address and i will let you view the album on ofoto. about 40 pics in all. i couldn't get a good full shot of the atlantic b/c everybody in the gallery was standing pretty close, but I do have some shots of the grill and the doors. no interiors though, as the suicide doors prevented any closeups of the shifter and wheel.
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these are the only ones you really want to see http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48093
Wow, pretty much every iconic Ferrari I've ever drooled over...in one garage. The 250GT Competition model is one of my favourites. What the riches of the world bring you. A.
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these are the only ones you really want to see http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48093
Wow, pretty much every iconic Ferrari I've ever drooled over...in one garage. The 250GT Competition model is one of my favourites. What the riches of the world bring you. A.
You wanna see more than that? Come to Palm Beach for: http://www.cavallino.com/classic.html Jon.
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Obiovusly they do not make cars like they used to. Those engines can still hold their own against whatever item nowadays.
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I'm reminded of the oil change observation between a car from 1968 and 2005. Whereas in the instruction manual that came with the 1968 car, it would probably recommend oil changes at intervals of about ever 7500 miles, in the instruction manual that comes with a 2005 car, the same recommendation for the oil change service interval is usually every 3000 miles. One primary reason for this is that modern cars run at higher RPM's than those of 30+ years past, thus higher wear and tear of moving parts. It's a trade off however, because you get what you pay for, whereas in the 1968 you pay less for an oil change, with the 2005 car you get a faster, more responsive car. Alas, where I agree that the engine of a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster uses better, longer wearing materials than a 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL600 does today, it is nowhere as fast, can't corner anywhere as close, has no modern conveniences, and is harder to service. Yes, they built the cars to last, to paraphrase Paul Russell when he took apart the seats for a full restoration of the ex-Jack Warner 540K "it was amazing, the interior of the seats was made of layers of woven horsehair, it was like they built the car to last forever". Regarding something's, they just at the end don't build them like they used to. Jon.
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I have always wanted to check out Paul Russell's shop in Essex. For anyone in the Boston area, there is a lecture on April with him, Phil Hill, Miles Collier, and Murray Smith at the MFA in conjunction with this exhibit. Tickets are 10 for members, 13 for public. Here is the info from mfa.org : Calendar: Talks & Lectures Event Series: spring05 Details: An Informed Conversation about "Speed, Style, and Beauty" Murray Smith, former race car driver and founder, Rockefeller Center Classic; Miles Collier, collector; Paul Russell, classic auto restorer; and Phil Hill, Formula One World Driver's championship, contributing editor, Road and Track. Wed, Apr 6, 7 pm Remis Auditorium Learn from the experts why the cars on view in the Gund Gallery are considered masterpieces, and how their singular design and engineering distinguish them. Murray Smith joins eminent car collector Miles Collier; Paul Russell, who has restored many cars in the Ralph Lauren collection; and Phil Hill, first American to win the Formula One World Driver's championship and is a contributing editor of America's foremost automotive magazine, will discuss the significance of these extraordinary automobiles. Support provided by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Tickets: $10 members, seniors, students; $13 non-members Click here to buy tickets on line. You may also purchase tickets in person at the Remis Box Office, Mon, Tues, Sat, and Sun, 10 am-4:30 pm, and Wed-Fri, 10 am-8:30 pm or by calling (617)369-3306, please have your credit card information ready. Should be extremely interesting. Let me know if anyone will be there as I have already bought tickets. FWIW, this event is kind of hidden on their website. It is not advertised very well and I stumbled upon it myself.
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(Aaron @ Mar. 09 2005,23:46) Quote these are the only ones you really want to see http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48093
Wow, pretty much every iconic Ferrari I've ever drooled over...in one garage. The 250GT Competition model is one of my favourites. What the riches of the world bring you. A.
You wanna see more than that? Come to Palm Beach for: http://www.cavallino.com/classic.html Jon.[/quote] Or come to Monterey for the Concorso Italiano or the Concours d'Elegance. I love being here around that time, the whole town is filled with Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Panteras, etc. It's awesome walking down Cannery Row and having all the tight cars mixed in with the every day stuff.
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Originally Posted by Aaron,Mar. 09 2005,23:46
Quote these are the only ones you really want to see http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48093
Wow, pretty much every iconic Ferrari I've ever drooled over...in one garage. The 250GT Competition model is one of my favourites. What the riches of the world bring you. A.
You wanna see more than that? Come to Palm Beach for: http://www.cavallino.com/classic.html Jon.
Or come to Monterey for the Concorso Italiano or the Concours d'Elegance. I love being here around that time, the whole town is filled with Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Panteras, etc. It's awesome walking down Cannery Row and having all the tight cars mixed in with the every day stuff.[/quote] Well, I mention Cavallino Classic because its an all Ferrari, and lots of them, plus the company has an official presence there as well, and oft shows new models. Jon.
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