Kettle Call Rally & Ferrari Convention
Last week was full with excitement. It all started Friday morning while my wife and I where heading northbound on 294 to meet our group of car enthusiasts for a caravan to Road America. The meeting time was 8:00 am at the Lake Forest Oasis, we were running a few minutes late and traffic was becoming an issue. Once past I-90, I notice a guy wearing a red shirt walking in the middle of the Tollway. I said to Graziella, "who's that nut walking in the middle of the road and without an empty gas container"? It turns out to be Joe LaBarbera whom we were to meet at the Oasis, he waves me towards him and explains that he's looking for the rear wheel of a Testarossa owned by our other friend Dominick Busa's whom had just lost his tires going Northbound towards our meeting spot. I noticed the traffic coming to a crowl and feared the worse. I realized that all was ok with the exception that a rear 24" tire was missing from a Testarossa, the single hub was nowhere to be found and it was becoming a highway circus with one Testarossa body on the ground, another one parked right behind it and a bright yellow 1750 GTV in front of both cars.
A state tropper no shorter than 7' tall walks out of the squad car and is amazed to see two Testarossas parked to the sides, trucks coming within 12 inches of the cars and two wild Sicilians looking for a massive tire and a hub.
Needles to say, here comes Dominick rolling this monster tire across the southbound lanes and Joe coming from what seamed a 1/2 mile south of the parked cars with the hub intact. The Testarossa's tire apparantly hit the barrier missing all northbound vehicles, flew across 4 lanes of southbound traffic without killing anyone and landed on the grass 80 feet away from the barrier!
Using the other jack from Joe's Testarossa, we raise the car, use the other jack to bring it up and perch other jack at correct jack-point, visually inspect the car and install the massive tire and hub. All of this is happening within 30 minutes, believe it or not!
So now you have traffic gauking to view the cars, construction workers coming over to know and take pictures of the cars, a 7' tall officer wondering what in the hell just happened and to make this story complete, Dominick in his best Sicilian gesture, pulls out the espresso thermas and lights a cigarette as if nothing ever happened. He says, "lo prendi un cafe'"!
This is a true story guys, the go home to drop off one Testarossa and proceed to catch up to us later that day before the start of the Rally.
The picture below is of the two characters adamiring their cars at another event. Classic!
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'60 Giulietta Sprint
'64 Giulia Spider Veloce
'65 Giulia Sprint Speciale
'71 1750 GT Veloce