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Smash Boy

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  1. It would be amazing. Best part of the late '00s was LP!
  2. Sorry for late response here..... I have some shots from the Revuelto event on the 29th of March I can upload here, but didn't take anything inside the museum unfortunately as it was late after the event. The media pics very much capture the cars they have in there, except possibly that Urraco on the main floor.
  3. It proves the very casual nature of most of society. Before social media, all we had were forums. Hell, before forums, we had email lists like Ferrari List and Lamborghini List....circa late '90s to early '00s. I believe they're still around mostly because the community forged back then was quite small and strong, and unlike forums, NOT anonymous. Social media is fun, but is an awful place to hold real conversations, IMHO. There's no long term organization to the conversations, and there's less sense of an actual community as opposed to a bunch of strangers talking about cars, with maybe more annoying personalities on average. It was fun while it lasted, glad to have the friends I made........like everything else, every good thing must come to an end.
  4. Congrats Tommy!! I too finally made it out to Sant'#### Bolognese.......was a real treat! Where's this pic above taken?
  5. I was there with VCR and Fortis, and hard to disagree with VCR's reasoning! I'm generally slow to warm up to the styling of new Lamborghini models, so I cannot offer judgment on the car at this time. Hopefully in 12-18 months time I can weigh in on it. VCR is definitely right in how it doesn't feel like a totally new car. A little bit better in person than the photos I would say but not huge difference. One thing I will say is that I would want to wait to see it in the wild.....it's there where the Aventadors popped for me versus seeing them at Cars and Coffee. TBD.
  6. Smash Boy

    My "new" Car

    How about start with a nice aftermarket steering wheel? You know, the only thing needed on a car, per me.
  7. Americans don't buy wagons unfortunately.
  8. I know the concern of buying from a private party, and went through this last year and didn't purchase anything from a private party but settled on a dealer. At the very least if you go through with this, I'd hope the car in question has a clear title so that's not another hurdle to deal with. Dealerships have to guarantee title in like 30-45 days (lien or no lien), which is peace of mind that is worth it. Once you sign the contract and give them money, they'll do all the work with registration/temp tags, etc. Unless you do this often or like doing this stuff, seems like a hassle. Buying private has its advantages, mainly price and more inventory (if you're looking at something rare or specially optioned). But it can be a hassle, especially when you have to travel to get it. Still would need to register the car in NJ when you get it, regardless of where you buy it from. The out of state purchase adds this level of headache, plus you would have to pay sales tax on the car upon receiving it separately instead of up front (which may be an issue to those financing). COVID adds delays to the registration these days, at least in the tri-state area. BTW, PPI services aren't too difficult to arrange unless you're buying the car in a remote area. Any major city can handle PPIs for a variety of brands. Greater Seattle shouldn't be an issue. Dealer or private seller, shouldn't be a problem to arrange. If they resist, then there's an issue.
  9. I always wondered how the Performante and SV(J) can be so fast at the Nurburgring and not much faster (if at all) than the competition at other tracks. Figured it was the ALA system adding incremental touches throughout a 13 mile track, that over several minutes would be notable. What the Porsche engineers said is most certainly true, and I wouldn't doubt them. But I believe they were talking about the perspective of instantaneous cornering grip versus what it could do over a long period of time. And with that, Nurburgring lap times, as cool as they are, aren't the best indicator of real world performance (except at that track of course).
  10. The idea sounds worse than the reality I think, with the exception of Geneva. In the states, for quite a number of years, Lamborghini and Ferrari were no shows at the NY Auto Show (consolation prize was Manhattan Motorcars had a booth right outside the main gate). I think maybe in the late '80s/early '90s they had a presence then by mid '90s to mid '00s were missing. Eventually they returned and then they all came (McLaren). Detroit I believe had exotics uninterrupted, with them being the center of the auto industry here obviously. LA I don't recall, but I believe they were slightly up over NY. IMO, this was all a big deal in the good ole days pre-internet. Now with Cars and Coffee everywhere and the multitude of non corporate events, it's easier to see these cars.
  11. A GT that has the raw feel of a '91 is pretty wicked. Hopefully you got the brakes from a GT in this one too.
  12. Late to this thread but have seen the car on IG/FB..... Wingless better with Bravos? I concur with Allan Lamborghini!
  13. Unfortunately most people cannot handle reality. They definitely prefer to hear what they want to hear than the truth. And of course they tend to panic too easily. What I've discovered is that bad things actually happening are usually not as bad as thinking they will happen (and then not even happening). So for example, being pulled in and laid off from a job stings but is not as stressful as worrying about that possibility for weeks or months. We find ways to deal with stuff in the moment that when looked back in context you often wonder how you dealt with it, but you did. If the reality is we'll all be going back to work mid summer and we'll have to continue this life until then, well that sucks, but it's not as annoying as constantly being teased with it being over quicker than it should be. Now the only big unknown here is how the economy will deal with a prolonged absence in consumer spending. Today my company let go of a few people that was only necessitated by this situation, only two weeks in. What happens over 2-3 months is anybody's guess...
  14. BTW, this virus pandemic sheds a whole new perspective on being financially independent. The enlightened people know that owning a business is the way to go for security over being an employee, but yet certain businesses have been told to shut down completely and many have had their cash flows affected severely. Yet employees of companies that can work from home, have experienced no real risk, at least not for awhile. Construction workers only have to deal with the physical risks, but still have plenty of work to do. Fortunately for those of us in the construction industry, that continues to go on.
  15. I agree, the complete lack of a timeline is super frustrating. Anyone who has ever been out of a job for several months can tell you that having no idea when it will end is a thousand times worse than knowing when it will end, even if it seems longer than you'd like. I was reading an article that said that the government just bypassed businesses' ability to come up with their own social distancing guidelines and other sanitizing measures. We went from complete normalcy one day to full shutdown of public places pretty damn fast with nothing in between. Now, you could argue that the shelter in place lockdown might be better overall but at some point we'll have to consider letting businesses provide their methods of dealing with this issue. You know what seems to be the issue nobody is talking about? It's that people seem to make a big deal about social distancing on subways, streets, restaurants for takeout but perhaps neglect that maybe people aren't washing their hands enough. Unless you wear gloves you are touching quite a few door handles publicly and even in your apartment building (if you live in one, which is a good chunk of NYC). Then when you go shopping at a convenience store and grab items, you have to assume they could be infected. Did you reach into your wallet to get your credit card or cash? You're "infecting" them. Grab your keys to open the door of your house or car? You're "infecting" them too. To protect yourself 100.0% is a huge effort, possibly an impossible effort. I've been working from home since the 18th and this has probably been the biggest concern I've had. It's not that I'm overly concerned, but if you asked me to walk around my neighborhood and go into numerous establishments without having to buy anything or open doors, I'd have very very little concern (walking NYC streets in the early '90s was far more adrenaline inducing than this could ever be). And yet, ALL OF THE CONCERN is predicated on people's proximity to others. I spoke to a good friend who used to work for the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda about 25 years ago. He told me his personal exposure to blood, AIDS and other dangerous viruses were not taken quite as seriously as we are taking Corona right now. Granted the situations are somewhat different, but Fauci never said air exposure was that dangerous except after sneezing/coughing in proximity. I dunno, confusing AF. I see both sides and can't resolve it yet.
  16. For a bigger extended stay in Italy and a direct flight from major hub cities, this is preferred.
  17. Man, what an itinerary that is! I just saw on IG that bunch of Lambo guys went to the drift school out there....must be the same guys.....lucky!!
  18. A very well made film I thought. It definitely was more of a story about Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles than it was about the Ford GT40 vs Ferrari P3/4 battles at Le Mans, which gives it universal appeal outside of the car fanatic genre. Everything was top notch as far as dialogue, acting, driving action, cinematography, pacing, scenes in Italian, etc. You'd figure with Maaaaatttt Daaaaamuuun and Christian Bale you'd get a quality product, but no guarantees in this business. The movie uncovers the little known fact that Ferrari was willing to consider the buyout from Ford but balked at the idea of giving up full control of his racing program, which was more important to him than actually building street cars. Despite this, it still parrots the idea that Ferrari rebuffed Ford out of arrogance. What was cool is hearing all of the names being mentioned that if you've followed racing from the old days you'd recognize. Even to hear Bob Bondurant get talked about as a racer is wild...….you forget he raced Le Mans and is still alive! Would definitely recommend to anyone, esp. anyone on here. The Fords and Ferraris sounded great too. BTW, this movie is called "Le Mans 66" in most other countries....
  19. I agree in spirit with Destructo, but the problem is that it's just way too hard to determine where the line should be drawn on which cars should not be touched whatsoever, which cars can but should be done in proper taste, and maybe even if nobody should say a thing about modifying cars and people can do whatever the hell they want. Let's take something a bit more mild. *Real* Lamborghinis and Ferraris of the '70s and '80s getting subtle style treatments and engine work (i.e. bigger, more modern wheels and rubber, proper engine builds). The community seems to be divided on this, but certainly not to the extent of kit car madness, or maybe doing LS swaps into the exotics. The general idea is to keep the DNA of the cars relatively in tact and do what's tasteful. The Countach for example I've considered relative perfection from a styling standpoint for a car of that vintage - meaning, it had decent non SUV ride height, good looking wheels, etc. which was no all that common back then. I can't say the same for the Boxer from the factory.........nice but could be better. I've seen some work from Caribou that made the BB look a lot more aggressive while still maintaining the overall look (imagine F40 wheels and ride height under a BB body). Some could be sticklers for OE wheels but that's going too far IMO. Had the Jalpa only come with the wheels they tended to come with, I'd definitely insist on putting those Silhouette Bravo wheels on them (I know I've seen a few just like this) - 85% of the reason why the Silhouette looks better are probably the wheels. There are some kits by RCR for the old GT40 and 917 that are somewhat tempting if one could source the original engine. If you don't pass them off as the real thing, don't see the issue (also very common with the 289/427 Cobras and Daytona coupes). It's tricky, but if it's generally distasteful to where many people can easily see why it's a bad idea, then I agree that people should make an effort to discourage those from going through with their stupidities. The amount of energy and time the whole lot of us on this forum have point into cars over their entire lifetime is far too great to merely just ignore desecrations as they come about.
  20. Was great to hear from Ferruccio directly on the Urraco-Dino 308 GT/4 connection.....confirms that the Dino 308 GT/4 for all intents and purposes is a Ferrari with Lamborghini styling. I've always read that Enzo Ferrari had a mock up that allowed him to modify the wheelbase and a few other dimensions of the Dino in the prototype phase, so it's likely that what we know now as the 308 GT/4 would have looked slightly different as an Urraco had Ferruccio accepted it. All that's left of the mystique is why Enzo went to Bertone for his 2+2 car and not Pininfarina? I've read some things, but nothing was ever conclusive. And surely he knew he had a Lamborghini on his hands and still accepted the design to be built for production.
  21. I'm a big fan of the AMG GT. The blue one in the OP looks really nice.
  22. Ferrari doesn't play passive aggressive games, and to do so would acknowledge Chevrolet as an equal.......couldn't have that.
  23. Do we know if the Sterrato comes with a hydraulic e-brake? Very important to know!! There's the Jaguar F Type rally car, so Lamborghini wouldn't be the first to do this even in the last year.
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