Virtual Ferrari F1 2000, Come Play!

Virtually of course!

Although we couldn’t produce a real one to show you.., yet. We do have a second best option to “play” with today for a bit of diversion.

A 3D virtual Ferrari F1! That’s right, you can zoom, rotate, flip and in general get a great look at this fantastic example of 3D and great looking ultra automobile.

Remember that back in 2000 the F1 2000 won Ferrari the constructors championship as well as the drivers title for Michael Schumacher and the first title for Ferrari in quite awhile. Anyway you don’t need me to rewrite the story. You can check it out on the F1 Technical Blog, where you can read the full specifications of the car, along with it’s lustrous history.

But don’t forget, AFTER you’ve finished reading, come back and entertain yourself with this cool virtual one. All it would need is that Ferrari engine sound in the background and.., perfection!

To play with the virtual F1 press play (the arrow in the center) and after it loads the model, use your mouse to manipulate the car in any direction by clicking and holding your left mouse button down while moving your mouse around the screen. Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out to get that up close and personal feel. Be sure and check out more automobile 3D models and other things on Sketchfab, it’s a pretty fab way to waste an hour or two.

 

Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee May 21 2016

And an unexpected event!

What an eventful day! We started out to enjoy it bright and early at Cars and Coffee in Aliso Viejo. The skies were overcast threatening rain so we were surprised at the number of people who turned out this weekend! Thanks to cloudy skies and colorful autos our photos were particularly popping! Lots of exotics this time around and one of our favorites was the corvette with the mini corvette sitting on top of the engine.

What can we say, we’re Italian, regular coffee isn’t strong enough!

As usual, we stopped to chat with our friends and clients while admiring their automobiles Then we headed back to the shop for own version of C and C, we’re calling it Espresso and Cars. What can we say, we’re Italian, regular coffee isn’t strong enough!

At the shop, we helped a client repair a few annoying chips in the paint of his 308 Ferrari. We were lucky to be pleasantly surprised by one of our clients and friend who dropped in to invite us to the Nobles Family Museum in Fountain Valley for a tour, generously put together by our local chapter of the Ferrari Owners Club of Southern California.

We quietly followed him around at least 5 rolls of exotic automobiles, and that was only the inside…,

We raced off to the museum (raced, get it?) where we were treated to a light buffet, then a brief biography by the owner of this wonderland, Yes, Professor Anthony Nobles gave us the tour himself, explaining each car of the collection while we stood around gawking and drooling at them. He described his love for all his exotics and how he drives them in a rotation. He is a definitely a Ferrari enthusiast, with about a third of his automobiles being Ferraris. He even owns the F2001 driven by Michael Schumacher in 2002. We quietly followed him around at least 5 rolls of exotic automobiles, and that was only the inside, outside the entire parking lot was ringed with exquisite automobiles too!

We were very lucky to get a chance to attend!

The museum is not often open to the public. But the Professor sponsors and hosts all kinds of charity events at his museum. We were very lucky to get a chance to attend!

Unfortunately, our photos don’t begin to do it justice to the place although we’ve included what we took. At the bottom is a link to some truly amazing photography that captures the feel of Professor Noble’s dream garage.

A big thank you to Mark Snow, Professor Noble and the Ferrari Owners Club of Southern California for making this one delightful day!

Professional Photos Of The Noble Family Museum

Here is another link for more information about Professor Noble himself. Professor Anthony Noble.

Ferrari Owners Club SoCal

 

 

Here comes the bride….,

And if she’s arriving at a church in Italy, it won’t be in a limo.

Arriving in style in Italy means to get there in a spectacular classic Italian automobile! Rich or poor, a vintage Italian automobile is a requirement. Vintage and antique cars play a huge part in traditional weddings in Italy. Perhaps it’s their version of Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

 Even cars are romantic in Italy!

Not that they need a wedding rhyme in order to include these legendary charmers. As a matter of fact, classic vintage Italian cars (the older the better) play a big role, not just in weddings but in many of their celebrations and ceremonies. You’ll see them in everything from anniversaries to parades. When we got to attend a wedding in Sant Anna, Italy, the cars and motorcycles were only secondary to the bride and groom themselves. That’s when we realized that even cars are romantic in Italy! We carried these highlight moments back to America with us.

After the bride’s car came the roar and dust of the groom…

The bride made a glamorous entrance in a vintage Fiat 1100 (Millecento) decked out in strategically placed large white bows that complimented the already awesome little car. After the bride’s car came the glint of chrome and the roar and dust of the groom and 25 of his elegantly dressed friends astride motorcycles, most vintage. The grooms bike was decked out in the same big white bows as his soon to be Mrs’s Fiat. The noise, the cars, the motorcycles and the festive atmosphere made for a chaotically delightful, and dramatically beautiful event!

They took their first ride as a married couple in a vintage Ciao..

After the newlyweds finished exchanging vows, they took their first ride as a married couple in a vintage Ciao with a handmade rigged sidecar attached to it for the bride. As the little scooter carried the couple in a hitching, stop start circle around the piazza of the church, the spectators cheered them on. The bride looked a little nervous at her predicament, much to the delight of the crowd.

Today many Italians use vintage America cars in their public celebrations. But this particular wedding was unforgettable, and the addition of the various vintage vehicles (alliteration!) took it over the top and made it an extravaganza, giving it that playful, ever stylish, Italian edge that we all admire and secretly wish we could emulate!

Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee Mar 12th 2016

You would think that after visiting so many cars and coffee events that people might eventually become bored with the whole car scene. But for the owners and their car fans, Saturdays are always worth getting up early for; passion never grows old.

What exotic, vintage, strange or rare vehicle will show up today?

Whether making a new friend, showing of a vehicle, or oohing and ahhing over a new arrival,  C&C mornings like these are relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. What exotic, vintage, strange or rare vehicle will show up today? Mix that with the passion in the air and it’s never boring, no matter how many times you attend.

As the crowds snap photos of the cars and the car owners chat the latest gossip, there’s an under currant of anticipation; people’s faces light up and are filled with delight like little kids at a carnival. Some are imagining their dream car, that one there, right in front of them, but instead its sitting in their own driveways.

Once in awhile you see an automobile that brings back memories.

It’s a pleasure to meet up with old friends and tell of new automobile adventures while planning new adventures for the future. But I think probably the best part of attending a Cars and Coffee event is the reminiscing. Once in awhile you see an automobile that brings back memories. At one C&C awhile back there was a Corvair which was the first car I owned after I got my first drivers license. To look at it brought back flashes of joyful moments and life experiences long forgotten.

This time the bittersweet moment a BMW M1, happened for Massimo. He had rebuilt an engine of an M1 back in Colorado for a avid collector of BMWs, (This man had the largest collection it the state at the time.) They were good friends and of course the M1 reminded him of this man. This collector had since passed away, but Massimo still has the valve adjusting shims from that project tucked in his toolbox.

Before I get too sentimental here, without further ado, here are my photos captured from the Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee this past weekend and of course as always, see you next week!

Cars and Coffee Feb 27 2016

Another beautiful Saturday morning for cars and coffee at Aliso Viejo. This time we decided to show off our 1995 Alfa Romeo 164 LS as it had just been detailed and looked spectacular if we do say so ourselves. We set up and then wandered through the event. It was crowded this week, as you can see from the pictures. Many folks came from far and wide. As you know, this particular location attracts a variety of automobiles in various condition which makes Aliso Viejo a very colorful car show to attend. We saw a lot of friends and customers enjoying the day, adding to the fun! A number of Porsche 914s filled up a dream roll on the asphalt including an orange one that had a sticker on it from the 1971 Rally Of Monte Carlo. Now here’s where we got excited, If the sticker isn’t a reproduction then we and this particular Porsche share a common history; Massimo and his brother Bruno Mondino were there at that same rally in 1971!
This week a number of Mini Mokes made an appearance together. They’re such a cute rugged little car with such a rich history that we were just charmed. We learned that the word Moke was an archaic term for donkey and that this mini automobile was designed with the military in mind as a light vehicle but its wheels were just too small. Low ground clearance made it impractical for rough terrain so it became a passenger car. FYI, The Mini Moke had a long production run (1964) through several countries before ending in 1993.

Other cars that caught are attention were 3 Lamborghini’s, (we believe came from the dealer in San Diego) but the show stopping twist, at least for us, was a Ferrari 308 that had been modified into a fully electric vehicle if you can imagine that. In the photos you can see how that looks with cables and batteries. It bore the mark “GTE” instead of the normal GTS. The owner decided he’d had enough and pulled out as we watched it. Even though we knew it was electric, it still left us in a bit of a shock as it accelerated, the only noise it left behind.., a resounding silence. The familiar Ferrari growl disturbingly absent.

As it accelerated, the only noise it left behind was a resounding… silence, that familiar Ferrari growl disturbingly absent.

It was one of those strange disappointments that stop you for a second, and makes you think! We ended up taking a moment to reflect and talked about a future where there were no more of these amazing automobiles and powerful engines with distinctive sounds. It made us miss a future past, a future that we’re at the beginning of now and a past to mourn in our future. Nevertheless, the GTE is  green and promises a cleaner future. A double edge sword and hopefully a fair trade.

 

Source: Mini Moke  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Moke

Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo Dec 12 2015

This morning found us at the Cars and Coffee in Aliso Viejo, our favorite venue for cars, coffee and pastries from Panera Bread. This time we brought our own Ferrari to show off so we were there bright and early. We don’t know if there was something in the air this time, perhaps a bit of magic? But this weeks gathering was particularly captivating with many stunning vehicles and interesting folks in attendance. One BMW brought along some Christmas cheer to share with all of us (First photos) that we think set the tone for good lightheartedness and above all, fun for the upcoming holidays! We even had a celebrity among us or so it was rumored, a very well loved actor arrived driving car “42” do you recognize him? One photographer gave us the idea to take moon hubcap photos, shooting to capture the other vintage vehicle in the hubcaps reflection. We’re not sure we did a great job but what an excuse to capture more pictures of these awesome cars! After much laughter, chatter and of course a couple of pastries; pain au chocolat, we headed back to the shop where we indulged in our own interpretation of coffee, you guessed it, espresso, Italian style. All in all, we think this weeks Cars and Coffee was one of the best we’ve been to. We still look forward to next week’s though!

Remember, if you see us at Cars and Coffee wandering around, it means afterwards we’ll be headed back to the shop (It’s right up the street) for espresso. You are more than welcome to come and share some talk and some really amazing espresso with us!

The owner even created a matching helmet for it!

The guys took to the highway to attend “The Best Of  France and Italy” car show on Sunday Nov 1st 2015 in Woodly Park, Van Nuys, California. They came back with a bunch of photos.., um, that were so bad I couldn’t use. Nevertheless I thought I’d post the 5 good pics as they capture some of the coolest cars ever made, including one artistic handmade newcomer based off of the Italian Piaggio, a 3 wheeled motorcycle, body wrapped in gleaming chrome. The owner even created a matching helmet for it!

The day was perfect for this laid back extremely European festa/celebration of fine French and Italian vehicles. This is a once a year event thrown by the kind folks from Autobooks-Aerobooks and I’m hearing it was one of the most attended since it’s beginning 14 years ago. Needless to say there were plenty of folks to show their cars and others to admire all the entrants with just about every make and model of Italian and French vehicles represented. Participants were allowed to come and go with said vehicles, (hence the laid back description.) and there was plenty of parking for all the spectators, which is always an important detail.

“The sleekest car there.”

While Massimo’s friend showed his 308 Ferrari, Massimo wandered the park. He was most impressed by these 3 vehicles (probably why the photos came out so well.) The Piaggio, the black and  yellow Bugatti and his ultimate favorite, the Zagato. “The sleekest car there.” He felt that the design was so elegant with the graceful dip it it’s roof; there was just nothing else that compared.”  Of the French cars he said; “Amazing, some of those cars I haven’t seen since I was 14.” Which in my mind literally means you’d have to had grown up in some exotic locale in Italy or France to have seen these vintage beauties as daily drivers…, sigh.

All in all The Best Of France and Italy was a fantastic day for car lovers of all kinds and the extraordinary techs who love to work on them and next year it will be the “guys” and the gal in attendance.

http://www.franceanditaly.com/

Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo All Hallows’ Eve

Most Saturdays find us at the local car shows as you know, after viewing all the cars, our visits and chats with the owners, some coffee and of course pastries, we’re back in the shop, finishing needed projects and preparing for the next week of work. The car shows and especially this one, energize and inspire us for the week ahead which is what they should do; spark dreams and ignite passionate ambitions.

Today’s’ (Saturday Oct 30th 2015) Cars and Coffee was as inspirational as ever and there was nothing spooky about it, being Halloween and all that is. There were a couple of skeleton dogs and one guy dressed up as a viking.) Lot of Ferrari’s here today as well, but what interested us this week were some of the more unusual automobiles like the Topolino. We always love to see these vintage automobiles and it’s always a treat when you realize that it may be the last time to actually see in person that very auto you’re admiring at that moment!

To see all these beautiful automobiles week after week never gets old. There is always something new, something unique or flat out strange, to enjoy. Obviously we aren’t the only ones who feel this way as each week we see familiar friendly faces ready to chat with us. Here is our take in pictures of autos not seen at the Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee previously.

 

As told to me by Massimo Mondino:

Mind The Gap!

Mind The Gap! Click To Englarge

Recently we got in a 1964 Ferrari 330 that came from another shop where it was restored. It was suffering from a lack of performance; not performing the way it’s suppose to.., close to it, but just not quite there. So I began to search for the cause. What was holding this engine back?

After checking the distributors making sure the points dwell was right and also that the points were synchronized on my distributor machine, I moved forward to check the spark plug wires. I did a compression test and a leak down finding uneven cylinders. So I went ahead and did a valve adjustment, I found that the valves were too tight. After putting everything back together I set the timing to proper specifications and also removed the top of the carburetors and checked the the floats. I found that the floats were completely out of adjustment. I went ahead and set them to the right specs as well. After everything was reassembled I went for a test drive. Although the car improved a bit it still wasn’t performing as I expected it to. So at that point I decided to remove the carburetors because although they did look like they were (new) fully rebuilt, after finding the other miscellaneous problems on the car, I just had the feeling that something was still wrong between the carbs and the intake, maybe an uneven carburetor base, or too much free play in the shafts which I know from experience, that in the DCZs are a common problem. I went ahead and removed the carburetors completely placing them upside down on the bench, I checked one carburetor at a time for free play on the shaft and using a straight edge, checked the carburetor base to see if it was warped. When I got to the number 3 carburetor I noticed that when I would fully open the throttle the secondary shaft driven by gear, was loose and intermittently, would only open partially and when it did it was never the same. It would open every time at a different degree/angle. Basically the car was running with 12 cylinders and sometimes only with 10 and some. A simple loose clamp was the culprit that created this extremely frustrating, time consuming and hard to find problem.

Moral of the story? In my line of business when it comes down to particular repairs, like a carburetor rebuild, you make sure that when you start putting it together you finish the job, you don’t walk away in the middle of it. It is too easy to forget a really important technicality. Attention to detail is essential in this business. The clamps forgotten by the last mechanic, not only affected the performance of the car but caused concerns for both the customer (prompting them to take it to another shop) and for me, in trying to track down the problem they left behind.”

Ferrari Water Pump Shaft and Gear

Ferrari Water Pump Shaft and Gear

(This is a reprint from my first blog, Sept 2007, of one of Massimo’s most memorable Ferrari stories and one of my favorites as well since I was around and actually saw what had happened, it was fascinating and I thought it was time for a re-share.)

MIA or Missing In Action

A client came in with a blown head gasket due to over heating, on a 1985 308 4 valve Ferrari. Massimo pulled the engine out, pulled the heads off, replaced the head gasket and thermostat. He than checked the water pump and looked through the water pump housing pipe as well, everything appeared fine, no leaks..,

So why had it overheated?

Massimo is meticulous and always double checks everything. And on a hunch, he pulled the water pump cover, but again no obvious reason for the trouble, the shaft had no play on the bearing, seals looked recently done, no problems right?

Wrong.

When he tried to turn the shaft by hand the shaft would spin without consistently engaging the gear. In other words the shaft is supposed to be locked onto the gear so that it doesn’t move at all! First thing he thought of was that the Woodruff key notch, a piece that sits on the key and fits into a spot on the gear wheel, was completely worn out. But when he pulled the front engine cover off and saw the gear bouncing on the shaft he was intrigued.

Moving? He thought, this thing wasn’t suppose to be moving around at all!

After getting down to the Woodruf key itself he saw clearly that there was no notch at all! As you can see in the photo there is nothing attached to the shaft! Instead, the Woodruff key had been pressed in. It is very likely that the shaft came like that from the factory, hard to tell, but because the notch wasn’t milled onto the shaft, the water pump circulated sporadically, which in turn caused over heating and finally catastrophic failure.

So Massimo replaced the water pump shaft and the problem was solved.
But he later confided to me that this was really strange and he’d never seen anything like this in all of his years working.