Nov 22 2019

Lyft 5 off first 10 rides

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Lyft 5 off first 10 rides

Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart was inspired by a futuristic short story called “A Nice Morning Drive” published in Road & Track magazine in 1973. The story told of a world where safety laws had turned motor vehicles into Modern Safety Vehicles where all cars could withstand a 50 mph impact. Long gone was the passion for vehicle styling. Sadly, this is relevant to the evolution of some segments of the car industry of today.

Thankfully this wasn’t the case in the 1940s. Famously, Enzo Ferrari cared only for performance and styling. Ferrari had the body of the 166MM designed and built by Carrozzeria Touring and it was approved by Enzo himself. From the egg crate grill, that can be swapped out for an endurance racing grill that houses additional lighting, to the beltline that swoops across the sides, the car is the absolute emanation of all things beautiful.

The body is built using the Superlegerra technique that fixed aluminum-alloy panels to a tubular space-frame. Luigi Chinetti drove a 166MM and convinced Ferrari, after significant debate, to sell him 25 models to take to America to sell. Chinetti can therefore be credited with bringing Ferrari to America and it makes the 166MM the first Ferrari to be sold in America.

It was an Italian sports car in an age where the term “sports car” did not yet exist. It really was an Italian race car, that was somewhat suitable for the street. Under the hood is a 1995 cc V12 engine, one of the smallest displacement V12s ever built. The 140 horsepower may not scream speed these days, where 1,000 hp exotics are relatively commonplace. However, this was an age of racing where drivers chose not to wear seat belts because they would rather be thrown clear of a wreck than burn to death or be trapped in a crumpled mass. Think about that mindset for a moment and a car like this becomes quite formidable.

So, when my friend invited me to tag along to a Ferrari-sponsored track day at The Ridge Motorsports Park, where he was going to bring something special from the collection he cares for, I was delighted when it turned out to be the Red Barchetta. This car is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million dollars. That means it was worth more than all the other Ferraris at the event and track and facility combined.

It was with considerable care that I opened the 67-year-old wing door and climbed in for a spin around the parking lot and the short drive to the paddock where the car would be presented. Heads of all ages turned as we parked off to the side. My buddy spent much time sharing the car’s considerable pedigree and details with those in attendance. I got some time alone with the car to take the photos you see here.

While originally we were to do a couple parade laps, there was apparently a miscommunication and the track’s insurance could not accommodate the open-top classic. Several lucky and worthy guests were given rides off the property on the country roads surrounding the track. That ride was an experience that it was obvious, even the longtime owner of Ferrari of Seattle, an Italian himself, cherished.

My consolation prize, and I use that term very sarcastically, was two separate lapping sessions in what was one of the fastest Ferraris at the track, second only to the Challenge cars: one of the three 458 Speciales that were on hand. The owner is an acquaintance of my benefactor and after chatting cordially between sessions I asked him if I could come along as a passenger. He was happy to oblige.

Coincidentally, this gentleman has allowed a couple of his cars to be photographed for Forza Motorsport games and, going back further, Project Gotham Racing games. He has a collection of cars that would make any Forza fan scream with glee and has been driving in track days and raced his cars for around 20 years. Suffice to say, his skills behind the wheel were more than adequate to match the top lap times for similar cars.

It’s difficult to convey the thrill of riding in what is easily one of the most desirable track cars in the world with a skilled driver behind the wheel. I assured him that he could not scare me and to not hold back on my behalf. While the driver was definitely not trying to kill us, we found the edge of grip, and felt the ABS kick in many times. And let me tell you, braking hard enough to engage the ABS and blasting in and out of apexes under maximum acceleration in this car is enough to make even my stomach begin to turn a bit.

After my last ten laps in the 458 Speciale, the Red Barchetta was already packed back up in the trailer and many of the participants had gone home. Those of us that remained took to the go-kart track which is a 1/5th scale version of the full-size track. Here with the recent inspiration of riding in the 458 I gave it all I had and even impressed myself with my own driving.

I’m sure my mom was looking down on me proudly, and once again reminding me to “never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.” And while I still may not have a Ferrari of my own, this day of experiencing the ancestral Ferrari and one of the latest most amazing incarnations of Enzo Ferrari’s genius certainly outmatches that childhood dream.


Lyft 5 off first 10 rides


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