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

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Ferraris Fancify Festival

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOn the weekend Suz and I attended the 3rd annual Westitalia festival, which I've blogged about before. The weather was good, but I was reluctant to go because of the pain in my feet. After a discussion, we decided to ride our bikes.

The first year I went I was told by an event employee to get off my bike and walk. I tried to explain to him that I was unable to walk, but he refused to listen, interrupting me only to tell me again to get off my bike, while rowdy teenagers rode their bikes in a rowdy fashion, knocking old ladies over only 10 feet from us.

Furious at how I was singled out despite my cautious & mature riding, I angrily walked away, then hopped on my bike and rode home as fast as possible. I emailed the event organizer (who happens to know my mommy) and told him how I was treated poorly and how I hoped the 2nd Westitalia festival would be different.

The organizer felt badly about the situation and assured me that would not happen again.

This year I was able to ride my bike freely through the streets and around the stages and tents without incident. We admired the massive sand-sculpture, ate Willy-dogs and talked to the Green Venture lady about idling cars. She was pleased to learn we drive an Insight which shuts off when stopped. With a smile on her face, she accepted my offer to bring the Insight to any event they organized in the future.

The highlight of the day, at least for me, was the display of super-cool rare Ferraris. The owners stood nearby while gawkers took in the incredible sight with cameras made mostly in Japan. Combined, there must have been nearly 3,000 horsepower on display, including the ultra-cool Dino 308GT+4 that I wrote about last year. And a car whose owner I had the pleasure of meeting this year.

The new Ferraris are gorgeous cars - there is no doubt about that - but I still prefer the styling of years gone by, and chrome, which the Dino has plenty of.

A week earlier I spoke with the organizer of the event and was disappointed to learn I wasn't able to bring my DeLorean to any of the car displays. Even though it was designed by a famous Italian designer, Guigaro, it certainly wouldn't fit in with the Ferraris. It doesn't really fit in anywhere.

As the sun dropped lower in the sky, the Ferraris started disappearing from the lot as their owners took them home. Suz and I bought $2.00 cupcakes and rode our bikes home. Somehow, it's just not quite the same.


Blogger Monogram Queen said...

I hope those $2.00 cupcakes had cream in them at least.. I get bored at the car show portion of festivals. I mostly go for the food and buying of shiny, pretty things. :)

1:36:00 PM

Blogger Jerry Bowley said...

I am now eagerly awaiting Martini-esque reviews of both the Willy-dogs and the cupcakes.

4:05:00 PM

Blogger Vengelyne said...

Hmm... I thought your Back To The Future car would make a good display at the event.

5:55:00 AM

Blogger Louisiana said...

sounds like a good time..glad that they treated you better this time. love that line of your mommy, lol..now you need to email again and get them to let you bring your beautiful car next yr..hope your feet are feeling better.

9:35:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Cuppojoe - you know me so well. Stay tuned for the 'Cupcakes' review, and I'll consider the Willy-dogs. If only I had a pic of them.

11:31:00 AM

Blogger Bub said...

Nice meeting you and the Suz on Sunday....thanks for the kind remarks about my Dino, I didn't realize until after the event that it was the oldest car there.

I led the other cars to the event from the Milton area, quickly, via a windy assortment of roads, surprisingly not one fell off the pavement (not all Ferrari owners can drive). Lots of compliments on the pace, so the old iron can still move when pushed......but damn it should after the eleventy gazillion $$$$$ service bill I just had. Oh well.....boats are worse.
Come for a ride sometime!

8:41:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Ah, sorry Bub. I missed your comment. It's hard to keep in touch on this blogger thing. Anyway, thanks for the invite - sounds fun. Sorry to hear about your massive auto bill. Cars are funny that way.

4:12:00 PM


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