Palm Springs Weekend

Article by Wally Clark

Photos by Demetri Zafaris and Steve Crise Photo

April 7-8, 2001

We had all the weather you could want for the Palm Springs weekend! We had rain (on Saturday), we had snow (at the top of the tram) and we had a beautiful sunny day (on Sunday) for the Concours. Ah, yes, California is the spot!

On Saturday, those who were brave enough to take their Ferraris out in the rain made the trip to Palm Springs.  We met up with some members of the Jaguar Owners Club and had our own special parking lot at the Palm Springs Tram.  We went up the mountain in the newly renovated tram cars which rotate 360 degrees as they go up from the desert floor up to over 8500 feet altitude. It was sprinkling at the bottom and it was snowing at the top!  And, it was COLD! 27 degrees and blowing wet snow.  A fun time was had by all and a few of us took some wet snow ball hits!  Lunch was set up in a special area for us and then it was back down to the desert floor.  With the clouds all around us, the view going down was not as spectacular.

After checking in to the Wyndham Hotel and relaxing a bit, we all met for a nice dinner with dancing with a DJ. Then it was up early Sunday morning to clean up the cars for the Concours which was held at the O?Donnell Golf Course.  About 30 Ferraris lined up for special awards. 

The concours winners were:

Class 1Early to 1980
1st Len Renberg, 1964 400SA Super America
2ndCharles Berryessa, 1973 365GTB/4 Daytona
3rdBill Follett, 1969 365 GTC
Class 2308/328/348  V-8 Cars
1stCarlos Amato, 1980 308 GTS
2ndTad Davis, 1989 328 GTS
3rd Cyrus Shargh, 1994 348 Spider
Class 3Late cars to 1990
1st Andrew Alcazar, 1986 412
2nd Craig Eckberg, 1990 F40
3rd Steve Ellsworthy, 1988 Testarossa

Best of Show for the Ferrari class was Len Renberg?s 400 Super America.

Thanks for all the members who showed up in the inclement weather and for those of you who stayed home, you missed a great event! Thanks also to Demetri Zafiris and to Kevork Hazarian for setting up the weekend.

Wally Clark