The sun was barely up at 6:00 am on Sunday, April 26, as the many volunteers began arriving in Pacific Palisades to organize the second Ferrari Show on the streets of this beautiful Los Angeles beach-front suburb. They came from FCA, the Palisades Chamber of Commerce, FOC, Explorer Scouts, and plenty of local residents and business people.
Then the cars started to arrive. First came the major exhibitors; Steve Tillack, with no less than two race vans and 8 cars, including a 212 Export and a 340 America, (both of which are on the way to the Mille Miglia); the "Sinclair" 212 Export LWB, a former MM 2nd place finisher and the winner of the 52 MM, a 250S; and #0622 500 Mondial TR, just restored. Ferrari of Beverly Hills and Ogner Motorcars displayed a total of 13 both new and historic cars; Ogner featuring a "cut" 365 Daytona Spyder and a 250GTO remake on a Lusso chassis; Ferrari of Beverly Hills with 3 F355s, a 456GT and a 550 Maranello. GT Motors featured a display of the "before, during and after" restoration process. Symbolic Motors came up from La Jolla with 6 cars including an F40 and a new 456GTA,; a 355 Spyder and a 348 Spyder; a 90 Testarossa; and the ex-Dick Irish 67 GTB/4.
Then, the individual owner/drivers started to arrive: well over 100 of them. All told, 142 Ferraris graced the Palisades streets, which were blocked off courtesy of the LAPD. And, as reported by them to the Palisadian Post, over 12,000 spectators came out on a beautiful Sunday to admire the Ferraris, enjoy the music, fashion show, food and entertainment, and patronize local businesses. Every "entrant" who brought a car received a care package, which included a trophy, free lunch tickets for two (furnished by Morts Palisades Deli), a bottle of Mothers Wax for last minute touch-up, and a tee-shirt provided by Ferrari of Beverly Hills. The cars were on display on 3 picturesque Village streets on both sides of Sunset Boulevard for 6 hours, giving everyone ample time to ogle and take pictures.
Due special thanks for the work it took over the past three months to put on this spectacular show are Marshall Leib and Shin Takei, representing the FCA Southwest Region; David Williams, Mort Farberow, Mazi Aghalarpour, Roberta Donohue, Ed Lowe and Arnie Wishnick (among others) of the Palisades Chamber. Contributing greatly to the successful event were sponsor/participants GT Motors, Ferrari of Beverly Hills, Ogner Motorcars, Tillack Motors, Ferrari Owners Club, and Vivians Boutique. And, FCAs own thank you to Wally Clark and Bill Inglis for manning the FCA Southwest Region booth. Earl Gandel
Pacific Palisades Ferrari Show II Winners
|Best of Show || |
|George Barnes ||1973 Daytona Spyder |
|Other Winners || |
|Rob Scherk ||1974 246 Dino GTS |
|Steve Tillack ||1956 500 MDR |
|Jim Flagg ||1980 BB512 |
|Rick Principe ||1990 F40 |
|Larry Newberg ||1989 Mondial |
Fast, Flashy And Totally Ferrari
An estimated 12,000 car enthusiasts came out on a perfect, sunny California day to see the 142 Ferraris on display at the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Palisades Ferrari Show on Sunday. There was everything from a a rare (one of six in existence) gray 1953 "342 America" to a red "GTB".
On Via de la Paz, Antioch and Swarthmore, bandstands were set up where Michael Cladis, a singer/guitarist who plays folk/rock, the homegrown Friday Night Jazz Band and the rock band Sidestreet, led by Palisadian Paul Burkhart, provided the entertainment.
A special birthday celebration was held for 1997/1998 honorary mayor Eddie Albert, who turned 90 on April 22. Mort Farberow made a "Green Acres" cake (farm animals and all) for the birthday boy, best known for his role as Oliver Douglas on that late 60s/early 70s TV show.
The event was chaired by Mazi Aghalarpour, owner of the Village 1-Hr. Photo. (Story courtesy Palisadian Post)