Originally posted by ItalFord:
I agree. Ferrari people find Panteras so degrading.
Doug, Its not as bad as you make out to be here in So Cal. I used to go to Irvine C&C often with the Pantera, 575M, and the Bora. I don't think I was treated any differently.
I will say however, If I take any of the above cars to a local muscle car show no one even looks at them. (my mustangs they look at) I guess its all Italian crap to those old (by old I mean not open minded)American iron straight line guys.
I don't think that the Ferrari guys necessarily mean anything by it at all. They are just into their cars. If you watch them they are definitely floating around on endorphins. Been there...done that!
I will say that I got VERY uncomfortable at an Italian Car Day show I went to in Staten Island.
As far as friction between the makes, here it's always been that way. A guy at a car show with a Hemi something, (I could have sworn it was a Checker Cab) came over to break them on me with my Shelby and started on the roll bar. "Why would you ever conceivably need one in that car? It's a Ford isn't it?"
The Cobra guys would start with the Corvettes about "there is better fiberglass in a toilet seat than a Corvette", and on and on.
I was at Lime Rock Raceway once and was looking at a "Ferrari Daytonna 'Cabriolet'" parked unattended. The owner came running up to move it and says "do you even know what you are looking at?". (and he wasn't kidding with the attitude either) I said "yes, a 'Daytonna Convertible', I was trying to determine if it is factory or an 'aftermarket' car. Seems the original convertibles there are only 25 of and lots of people are making "copies" and want a million for the copies".
I don't think he liked that answer. He glared pretty hard at me. All 5'6" of him. Never did point out the serial number to show it was real or not?
I always liked Gary Hall. That kind of stuff never bothered him and he always made me feel welcome and relaxed and enjoyed all of the cars.
Look. Most car manufacturers are industrialists and they are competitive in a lot of different ways. It's like a NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the NY Giants.
I'll bet no one says, "excuse me for stepping on your toes or sorry? Why car owners pick sides I'm not sure.
The Steinbrenner family (who owns the Yankees) could care less what I think. "Just buy a ticket and go sit down".
Most of the time "I did something" to piss someone off, I never knew what it was. sometimes I just think it's because I'm breathing.
If you remember the story of the local cop looking at my Panteras engine and saying loudly "that's illegal!", that's a true story.
Maybe I'm just too sensative when people say these things to me? I'll admit it. When a woman tells me "drop dead", I get upset, I think she really means that?