A Ferrari fest at the Petersen

Three-way celebration includes cruise, show and stories

Officially, it was called “Rosso — 25 Years of FCASW.” In reality, it was a two-day celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region, the 25th anniversary of the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the 121st anniversary of the birth of Enzo Ferrari.

It began with a VIP reception that featured a panel discussion with Bruce Meyer, a Ferrari owner for more than 30 years; Michael Leventhal, who owns, races and rallies in a 340MM and 1956 TdF; and Derek Hill, racer and son of racer Phil Hill, sharing stories, and with Phil Hill’s widow, Alma, invited to the microphone to share a few of her own recollections.

Ferraris in line as the garage opens

The next day, the museum hosted a Ferrari cruise-in that by 8 a.m. had a line of Prancing Horses waiting to enter the Petersen’s parking structure. More than 200 Ferraris turned out on a brisk, sunny Southern California morning.

Among them was a red 2013 458 owned for about a year by Richard Purcell.

“It’s great to get together with all the local guys that have Ferraris and share stories and experiences,” he said.

Samy Spera showed an interesting 1972 Fiat Dino 2400 coupe that was built by Ferrari in Maranello with the Fiat badge with the same engine and drive line as a Ferrari Dino.

Best of show winner Tomy Dressi and his 1963 Ferrari Lusso

Tomy Drissi, collector and racer, presented his gorgeous blue 1963 Ferrari GT Lusso that he has owned about 15 years — and that he drives often, and as it was meant to be driven.

Drissi’s car won the best of show honors. 

“I love coming to these shows to share our ‘artwork’.” he said.

Howard Koby

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