Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Ferrari Dino

The name 'Dino' was made famous by The Flintstones' animated sitcom.

Ah, the Dino, named after Enzo Ferrari's son, who died of leukemia.

The Italian-themed festival we attended on the weekend had a Ferrari car show in front of the old theatre, where I took some shots of a Dino. Some of the supercars were new, some were old. Most were red. A few were yellow. Magnum P.I.'s 308 was there. Well, it wasn't really his. It actually belonged to Robin Masters, but Magnum was allowed to use it.

There are a number of auto afficionados, car-guys, motorcoach enthusiasts, wheels worshippers, automobile addicts, gas-guzzler gurus, motor vehicle devotees, car-crazy nut-jobs, and Ferrari freaks out there who think the Dino isn't a Ferrari. They think this because the Dino didn't have a scripty Ferrari badge, and because for the first few years it was equipped with a 2.4L V-6 engine.

But here's why they're wrong.

The number one reason why the Dino is a Ferrari, is because it was made by Ferrari. Seems logical, doesn't it? This particular Dino was a V8, and wore the badge: Ferrari Dino 308GT+4. It even has the little horsey on the grille, and we all know that little horseys are what make cars fast, right 1978 Ford Mustang?

The horsey badge adds at least six hp at the wheelsWhile checking out this unusual Ferrari, I ran into one of my homies, P-dizzle. He was chillin' at the event, checking out the wheels as well. He knows the owners of this particular Dino and informed me that they used to use it as an everyday car, for work, groceries, vacations, everything.

Wow! Imagine taking your Ferrari to Costco just to quell your craving for Swedish Berries! Some things I'd like to do with a Ferrari: go to Canadian Tire for an oil change, Home Depot for a couple of propane tanks, and a Hyundai dealership to enquire about a trade-in. I'd also really love to buy an 8x6 area rug at Wal-mart, and try to hold the 'bonnet' shut with a bunch of rusty bungie cords. As everyone gathered around me to watch in horror, I'd just tell them "don't worry, it's not a real Ferrari. It's just a stupid Dino." I'm sure they'd all be relieved.


Blogger Rainypete said...

That's what I'd do with it. After all it's just a car right?

4:25:00 PM

Blogger Ellie Creek Ellis said...

ummm, don't go to walmart, Target is much better!

11:25:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ferrari Dino is pathetic! Even the 308 sucks. Who wants a four-seater Ferrari? Not me.

3:38:00 PM

Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

Somebody knows there cars well..


10:30:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad that you enjoyed the Westitalia Festival in September Martini. I've owned the Dino in your photo for five years and yes, it certainly is a Ferrari, built in the Ferrari factory and identified as one on the manufacturer's identification plate. Accepted as such by other Ferrari club members it's pedigree is never questioned by informed enthusiasts (such as yourself). One ride would convince the doubters.
It's stored now for the winter but perhaps in the spring we can get the DMC and Dino out for a spin!

6:36:00 PM


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