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Homestead, October 21, 2001

Despite threatening weather in the form of a Tropical low forming in the Caribbean, the second Ferrari Owners Club Florida Region track event "A Celebration of a Championship" took place at the Homestead-Miami International Raceway October 18-21 sponsored by The Collection of Coral Gables.

Rain from the low slowed down track events somewhat but hearty club members fell in love with the challenging Homestead combined oval and infield road course which has hosted such events as SCCA TransAm, GrandAm and FIA GT races.

The track was a complete contrast from the first FOC Florida Region event "Ferraris at the Swamp" in Gainesville as members were able to fully realize the potential of their cars under the guidance of noted racing instructor Terry Earwood.

The event which was a celebration of the 2001 World Championship season by the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team and driver Michael Schumacher was attended by upwards of 45 cars. Notable entries in attendance featured a stock car formerly driven to victory at Watkins Glen by Jeff Gordon now owned by FOC Florida Region Track Director Bob Zinzell.

Assistant Regional director Ray Maranges showed up with his beautiful silver Ferrari 360 Challenge (attached) but pulled a surprise by debuting an awesome Lamborghini Challenge car which drew a lot of interest in the garage.

Among other interesting attendees was the Toyota 2000 GT of FOC Social Director Craig Zinn. Craig naturally had his 355 Challenge at the track but took the special Toyota 2000 GT on the course before rain set in. Craig is the proud owner of the largest collection of Toyota 2000 GT's in the world (13) and defended Toyota's honor against much more powerful machines taking part in lapping sessions in the newly formed GT category.

A diverse entry of Ferraris such as 355's, 360's, F-40', Mondial's, Dino's, 308's and 512's took part in the lapping sessions on the famous course. Members were able to keep their cars dry in the modern and spacious F-1 style garages at Homestead where they could watch the weather radar on closed circuit TV when not out on hot laps.

The awesome Doral Golf and Spa Resort hosted the Ferrari Owners Club Florida Region event featuring spectacular meals and rooms in the heart of Miami.

A film crew taped the track sessions which was presented to members as a movie after the Saturday night dinner at the Doral hosted by Craig Zinn.

Images and other news from the "Celebration of a Championship" event may be found on the Ferrari Owners Club Florida Region website...

The Ferrari Owners Club Florida Region is looking forward to an active season beginning 2002 with a Concourso at the beautiful Saint Armands Key in Sarasota Janurary 12 always with a mindful eye on events in our country.

Concorso 2001 at The Doral
The rain filled weekend failed to dampen the spirits of the FOC at Homestead and with the Concours crowd at The Doral Hotel. Although the threat of rain reduced the number of cars to be judged, we still had a "hearty" group of 10 entries representing 4 classes. Because of the inclement weather, the entries that were originally scheduled to position themselves on the putting green, where placed in the front courtyard of the hotel. Mounted silver bowls, sponsored by The Collection, were presented to the winners and runner-ups. A larger group of Ferrari's will participate next time and better weather will also be guaranteed. After all, we do live in Florida!

Congratulations to all!
Paul Bianco, Concours Director

CLASS 1 308/Mondial


1979 308 GTS Pedro Freyre


1986 Mondial Frank Prieto


1975 308 GT4 Ira Schwartz

CLASS 2 512 TR


1994 512 TR David Bobe


1992 512 TR Carl Lunderstadt

CLASS 3 348/355


1997 355 Berlinetta Charles Scardina


1996 355 Spyder Robert Brinckerhoff


1991 348 Berlinetta Martin Wiescholek

CLASS 4 360 Modena/ 550 Maranello


2001 360 Coupe Paul Bianco


1998 550 Craig Zinn
360 modena
FOC Concourse Director Paul Bianco, Tresurer  Robert Brinkerhoff and Regional Director David Bobe
FOC members gathering for lunch at the track
360 modena
Lamborghini Diablo decorate by the cartoonist Wollinski for H.Poulain
512 TR's