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Ferrari: Under The Skin will Blow Your Mind
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Jim Ciardella ---  Ferrari Writer Jim Ciardella --- Ferrari Writer
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Dateline: Los Gatos , CA
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

 

Between November 2017 and April, 2018 London’s Design Museum displayed the Ferrari: Under The Skin exhibition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Italian carmaker. It highlighted every stitch of the black horse’s design and manufacturing process, from its debut in 1947 to the very latest models.

Don’t worry if you missed it. Starting in the summer of 2019, you’ll have another chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the design, manufacturing, and engineering of one of the most iconic car brands on the planet. And, the following six-minute Michael Bath video will take you on a tour of opening day at the Kensington Hyde Street Design Museum in London.

You’ll see famous Ferraris that appeared on roads and racing circuits around the world alongside full-sized wind tunnel, and hand-sculpted clay and wood engineering models. Key exhibits include rare personal memorabilia and archival material relating to Enzo Ferrari’s life and early cars, together with the company’s phenomenal attention to detail in every element of the cars’ design. Along with design development and engineering, the exhibition shows the manufacturing process at the Ferrari factory in Modena, Ferrari’s racing heritage, and its celebrity clients.

And, if the video isn’t enough for you, exhibition officials state that the tour will be held at other locations from Summer 2019 forward. We’ll have to stay tuned for more locations. Wouldn’t it be great if they brought it to the US? You can encourage them to do so by sending an email to them at the Design Museum. I did!

Do You Think Every Man Should Be a Ferrari Owner?

When Ferrari celebrated its 70th anniversary at the 2017 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Ferrari owner, racer, and club president Josh Cartu explained precisely why he believes you need a Ferrari in your garage.

“When I was just a boy, before the internet, Instagram and Facebook, my father’s friend brought over a poster of a yellow Ferrari 355 Spider. I saw it and was completely hooked. It went up on my bedroom wall along with images of fighter jets and space ships, but it was my favorite—it was an attainable dream. That day, I became a Ferrari owner. Not in the same way I am today, but in the sense that I bought into the brand.

Growing up, I couldn’t help but think of that 355 Spider. Several years ago, I finally felt I could afford it and bought my childhood dream car. At least the modern version of it—the 458 Spider.

My other cars had been easy to get to used to, so I assumed that a Ferrari would be the same, especially considering that the electronics were more advanced and the chassis was more evenly balanced. In some ways, I was right, but in others, I was wrong. Very wrong. The sensation of driving it was completely different. The sound of the engine; the visceral feedback through the steering wheel and seat; the lightning-fast gear changes; and, most of all, the incredible suspension that defies all logic as you sail over bumps in the road without disturbance.”

That car surprised John in many ways making him a believer that every man should own a Ferrari.

“The Ferrari universe teaches you how to drive, how to network, and how to communicate your passion meaningfully,” says John. “But if you’re not ready to commit just yet, maybe you could start with buying a poster. I’d recommend one of a yellow 355 Spider.”

A Lucky Day and An Awesome Dream Car

Josh’s story brings back memories. As a young man, I was completely hooked watching Tom Selleck on TV as Magnum, PI drive around the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii in a red 308 GTSi.

That car impressed me so much I hung a framed poster of it on the wall in front of my desk at work. For years, every time I looked up, I saw dual round taillights on either side of the prancing horse—Ferrari’s famous logo. I told my kids, “Someday, dad will have a Ferrari like that.” I held on to that dream for a long time.

About 12 years ago, I fulfilled my dream, and it’s still in my garage today. It would definitely be hard to part with.

I know some of you have a similar story. Share it with us here, or leave a comment below.

Photo:  Goddard on the Go / Alamy Stock Photo

About the Blog

The blog FLGstory.com tells how two young men had a dream to sell Ferraris. In 1976, Richard Rivoir and Brian Burnett's dream turned into a Silicon Valley business that became the best-known Ferrari dealership in the world. It's the story of Ferrari of Los Gatos and corresponds with a book that is a work in progress. 

About the Author 

Jim Ciardella is a storyteller, Ferrari enthusiast, and native Californian. Born and raised in Palo Alto, he grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley and witnessed the dot.com boom and the changes it created.

At one point, he met Brian Burnett, co-owner of Ferrari of Los Gatos. Over the years, Brian told Jim numerous stories about Ferrari of Los Gatos and finished each tale with these words: “And someone ought to write a book about it.”

One night, after many stories and Brian’s predictable conclusion, Jim told him, “I’ll do it. I’ll write the book.”

When he isn’t writing to tell a story, Jim, a finance executive, helps technology companies. He started his career in public accounting and soon realized that growing and improving businesses was his calling. And there was no better place to fulfill that calling than Silicon Valley, the land of startups and successful hi-tech firms.

Writing played a big part in all of Jim’s business experiences and is his real passion. Jim believes, “The written word weaves memories into an amazing story.”

 
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