Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
My favorite car - 1939 Delahye Type 165 Cabriolet. 1 of 6 produced with a V12 engine. It was originally built for display at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was impounded by US Customs because of some hassle associated with WW II. It was later sold at auction and after changing hands a few times, ended up being owned by a tow truck driver in Fresno, CA!
One of the centerpieces of the museum - 1938 Talbot Lago Tisocs "Goutte D'Eau"
They actually have more Bugatti vehicles than I have ever seen in one location - and then you read the display tags and they say "1 of 10 produced", "1 of 4 produced", etc, etc. Upstairs they have about a dozen Grand Prix race cars from the 20s and 30s. Can you imagine going 150 MPH a couple of feet from another car, with you head & arms 12-18 inches from a spinning rear tire, and no seat belts?
If you are ever in Ventura County, CA, and you have 2 hours to kill, I *highly* recommend the Mullin Automotive Museum!
I sure will, that looks amazing.
I'd say you'd like our muscle car museum too. It isn't as upscale, but there are some really rare beasts there, like the
original Bullitt GT (1 of 3). I love that Talbot (and the Delahye). That's going on our things to do list when we go to LA, along with the Peterson museum.
Today was our track day, so we packed everyone up and went for our lessons, which was awesome. The instructor liked the Porsche RS, we took it, the converted MINI Cooper, and the Aventador (it wasn't for the driving lesson). I was very proud of my wife, she did a great job and it looks like she's going to pick up on track driving quickly. She has great reflexes, it's just she tends to panic when other people get too close, her gear shifts and wheel control have improved dramatically. Heel-toe braking is going to be rough, it was for me when I taught myself, but few drivers at this level can do it anyway. So after the lesson we hung out, the track had its Spring gathering, and they grilled food, plus there was an auction for the ADA and a 20 lap race for Post-War classics. We won a few lots and picked up some cool swag, like Bugatti jackets and sunglasses. Emma was a hoot, she definitely knows how to network. She'd just randomly walk up to people and hand them her toys, and she was all decked out in her Ferrari finest. They have a small playground and she got to mingle with other little kids (with Rosa there) so she had a ball.
Speaking of Bugatti, I finally got to drive a Veyron. Not a Super Sport, but one of the Grand Sports (1001bhp), and I gotta say, it's a nice luxury car and very fast, but it's no sports car. No matter what kind of suspension trickery they tried, it just doesn't handle that well (4400lbs). I think it would make a great, albeit very expensive, GT car, but it doesn't drive as well as the (comparatively) much less expensive Aventador (3600lbs). Though, the Lambo's suspension has been tuned to within an inch of its life. Oh, got to see a 430 Scuderia blow up, there was a loud pop and black smoke poured out (broken rod). The owner just shook his head and laughed.
The folks from the Charlotte Ferrari dealership were there. Ferrari claims all their LaFerraris have been sold, well don't believe that. All of them have been allotted, but not all of them are spoken for... because, well, I put down a deposit for one today. The salesman was very convincing and I was weak, we were both weak, my wife was hyped up over it too. Mamma mia. Edited by Magick Man - 4/13/13 at 10:53pm