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was enough. Having a sense of humour was a must. And last but not least, you gotta be able to take as good as you give. Ah, youth … oops! Sorry about that. I just had a

“grasshopper” moment. The car that said it all to me was the Magnum PI

Ferrari 308 GTS. Once I saw that baby I knew: Oh yes, one day you will be mine. What I didn’t know was that “one day” was not going to happen until I hit 44. Through research and checking Ferrari 308s and

328s I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase an immaculate 1986 328 GTS. All original, 100% factory, no after market “stuff” to ruin this work of art.

Yes, it is red with a tan interior, and every time I

take it out I defy anyone to try and wipe the smile off my face. If you see a 328 GTS with the license plate “Budabing”, that would be me. But I digress. The feeling of driving home from Ferrari Quebec was amazing, I was transported back to being 18 years old and the sheer thrill was and continues to be

unbelievable. How do I describe driving home for that hour and a

bit, listening to the roaring motor that sat right behind my head? Simply put, there is a God, and he is a Ferrari Fan. Once I arrived at home and parked it, I realized that

I had just purchased my dream car but I didn’t have a clue about who I could go to if I had any problems. That was followed by the sinking feeling that in reality

I knew very little about driving a high performance vehicle. Chances were I had better get up to speed in a hurry before I ended up in a situation that was over my head. When I purchased my Ferrari, the salesman,

Robert Labeau, provided me with a one-year membership to the Ferrari Club of America (FCA), the largest Ferrari club in the world with a membership of 5,000 across the U.S. and Canada. The events calendar was full of Track Days,

Concourse D’Eleganze, Pleasure Drives, dinners, barbeques: you get the drift. One problem. Unless you lived in the U.S., Montreal or Toronto it basically sucked to be me in Ottawa. As luck would have it, I bumped into an old

friend, Carm Scaffidi. He, too, was an FCA member and proud owner of a 355. Peter Evans, Andre Awad and a number of other Ferrari owners connected with us via Dr. Jay and his friends were one of the first Ferrari owners in Ottawa and had over the years created a Ferrari owners’ club of sorts. This dynamic group of people all came together

in June, 2005 at Laurysen Kitchens showroom to form the FCA Ottawa Chapter. Today, although we are one of the smallest chapters in North America at about 23 members, we are perhaps one of the most active in Canada. The club organized our first rally in September,

2005. Friendships, fun and Ferraris all came together,

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Photos Courtesy of ANDRE CHENIER

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