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I Stumbled Across My Old Ferrari During Monterey Car Week

I’m walking through a parking lot during Monterey Car Week, which is when and where you see every possible car in the world, including some impossible cars, such as a BMW X5 with a McLaren F1 V12, and then, I see it: a red Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe. Immediately, this prompts my friends to say, "Hey, Doug, look! It’s your old car!" See the Ferrari 360 models for sale near you

I get this all the time now. Every single time anyone sees a Ferrari 360, a Hummer or a Nissan Skyline, regardless of color, modifications or body style, someone asks, "Is that your old car?"

When I owned my silver Skyline, I’d get tweets from people in Seattle who saw a black one, and they’d say, "Hey Doug, were you in Seattle today?" Seriously. So naturally, I get a bit annoyed when this happens.

Except for this time. This time, it actually was my old car.

Yes, it’s true, at this year’s Quail Motorsports Gathering, which I "attended" by walking through the parking lot, I briefly reunited with my old Ferrari 360 Modena. The car I took to the drag strip in rural Georgia. The car I used to try and pick up women. The car I let all my friends drive. The car I brought to a McDonald’s drive-thru with a television strapped to the roof. There it was, in my presence, once again, for the first time in 2.5 years.

Admittedly, I wasn’t exactly stunned by this development. I sold the car to a guy in northern California, and he mentioned he might attend Monterey Car Week. But it was still exciting to see the car that started it all, the one that launched my YouTube series and catapulted me from a guy on the internet who nobody knows to a guy on the internet who virtually nobody knows.

And so, my friends and I asked a passerby to take a photo of us next to my old Ferrari. In a parking lot full of LaFerraris, Bugattis and three Porsche 959s, we wanted a photo next to an 11-year-old Ferrari 360. The guy who took the picture must’ve thought we were insane. Little did he know, he was photographing the highlight of my Monterey Car Week. Find a Ferrari 360 for sale

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Here Are All the Cars You See on the Street During Monterey Car Week

 
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. The line “he was photographing the highlight of my Monterey Car Week” warmed my heart lol. Love the stuff you’ve been writing, Doug. So much so that I made an account just to comment.

  2. My dad bought a 1982 Mercedes 240D new and my family drove that bastion of smelly, loud, luxury “performance” until I totaled it into the back of a Jeep Cherokee in ’97.  Over a year later I was walking into my job at the local mall when I spotted a similarly midnight blue example in the parking lot.  It’s still not uncommon to see these little tanks in the northeast, so I couldn’t tell you why I thought “that looks like my old one”, but I did, and went over to take a closer look.  In the window was a parking decal from my college, joined by a couple from the local community college, which I never attended, but that combo isn’t uncommon either.  I got closer and looked inside.  The cushions under the perforated vinyl back seat were flat and uneven, showing the exact wear of driving 3 kids around for 15 years and then the oldest kid’s friends for the last 2.  There was a scratch in the only exterior mirror, on the driver’s side, which was at the exact same height of the bent rivet on a pair of jeans I had in middle school.  The safety laminated wood insert across the middle of the dashboard was cracked right under the slider for the vents that made me afraid to move it too much, lest I break the wood more.  It was my old car, raised from the dead!  I know I freaked out two of my coworkers who were walking past to their cars when I looked up with teary eyes.

    So, in TLDR… I understand Doug.  I understand.

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