RE: Ferrari 458 Italia (2009) CAR review
All the posts below make for an absorbing read posted as they are by an honest group of enthusiastic hooners. My thanks to the writers. Let's have more posts like them untroubled by mind numbing hostile quips of "fridges," and commies lurking under every car.
I too am an enthusiastic driver; why else would I join the loneliness of the long distance blogger? But when reading of the joy of others I wonder why it is I don't get quite the same thrills about fishtailing down my high street, or "doing 360s." My work takes me to exciting places and projects and driving a car fast for thrills, rather than well for pride, doesn't compare with the intensity of the work I undertake. Track racing is a different issue.)
For me, a hoon, or a blast at night to clear the head, is therapeutic, a private place to think on the move and stay motionless while I think, the effect heightened when in a car of great character and potency. I get pleasure from owning the car often more than the drive, though they can coincide now and again if the weather if fine and optimism is dominant. owning a car that was handbuilt to some degree boosts enjoyment. And I derive greatest pleasure of all in renovating a fine car to a higher standard than it ever left the factory, and then accepting with grace and courtesy psing compliments from other car enthusiasts.
Not so long ago I parked a powerful sports car I had while I talked to a friend. A man and his young son stopped to look at it. I teased the father by opining it was not a very practical vehicle. Not knowing I was the owner, he said, "Yes, but it sure makes the heart beat faster." Now, that I understand, and it's that that stay in the mind more than a memorable drive, for me at least. I have a feeling I am not alone in sharing that form of automotive bliss, after all, I don't regard myself as a particulary skilled driver, only one with many thousands of "flying" hours under my belt.
I agree with Jay Leno about Ferrari's. They are aspirational but not an obsession. And I may be alone in feeling none of the contemporary style, engine behind the driver, are as beautiful as the front engine cars, new and old. I like the tidiness of the 458's front end - it's difficult to give a definitive opinion based upon a two dimentional photograph - yet cannot see it as beautiful for it looks like every other Ferrari only a little more refined, a model still overtly deravitive of the McLaren F1. And it is irritatingly symmetrical. Again, Leno is right when he says everyone knows about Ferraris but real aficionados know about McLaren.