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2005 News Events

Sat - Dec 17, 2005 - Holiday Party
Panevino Ristorante was again the setting for our annual holiday party. Panevino Ristorante provided a separate parking area for our cars, a beautiful atmosphere overlooking the airport, and truly excellent cuisine. Our tables offered a beautiful view of the strip. Penske-Wynn Ferrari Dealership helped to sponsor the terrific event with complimentary wine. Many thanks to Carla Lindert for organizing the event. See the pics...

Sat - Dec 10 - Lakes Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights Car Show at The Lakes invites the Ferrari Club every year to celebrate the holidays. An entry form will be available. The show is located across the street from Canyon Gate Country Club entrance on Sahara (just west of Durango). This event really has it all - from food to fun to entertainment, and it brings together our entire community for a beautiful occasion to kick off the holidays. See the pics...

Sat - Nov 26, 2005 - Italian Auto Luncheon
We are always welcome to join the Italian Auto Club at their 12:30 Luncheon on the 4th Saturday of every month at The Bootlegger Bistro, 7700 Las Vegas Blvd (south of the strip) on the corner of Blue Diamond Road. Join Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini and Maserati people for lunch and drinks in the lounge (or on the terrace weather permitting) and enjoy the “Best Authentic Italian Food in Las Vegas”. Designated parking is reserved in front of the terrace. Join us in welcoming Neil Breen, new member and Formula Atlantic Racing Champion seen here with his beautiful Testarossa. See the pics...

Sat - Nov 19, 2005 - LVMS Track Event
Roush Owners and Enthusiasts Association invited our club to participate in their ROEA Track Event at the Las Vegas Speedway outer road course. The basic track event teamed us up with equal cars/drivers and we all got several long driving sessions on the track during the day. Jim Navarro drove his Lotus, Jeff Wenger his 308, and Rich Stevens tracked his new F430! See the pics...

Thurs, Nov 17, 2005 - Election Meeting
Election Meeting of the 2006 Board of Directors at Sieno Bistro. Cocktails at 6:00 PM and dinner at 6:30 PM. The Bistro is located at 10575 Siena Monte, 341-9200, which is between Tropicana and Flamingo off Town Center Drive in the Village of Siena. The following officers were elected:
  • President – Jim Navarro
  • Vice President – DeShawn Shaw
  • Secretary – Carla Lindert
  • Treasurer – Paul Hesselgesser
  • Webmaster – Jeff Wenger
  • At Large Directors:
  • – David Dewane
  • - Paul Johnson
  • - Gordon Tronson
    Many thanks to Bob Lebenson who retired after 2 years as President. See the pics...

  • Sat - Nov 5, 2005 - Car Club Challenge Rally
    The Fifth Annual Rally in the Valley - Photoshoot was sponsored by the Ferrari Club this year as we challenged the Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Corvette, Viper, British, Italian Auto Club and all other area car clubs. This year the Ferrari Club is combining the annual Challenge Rally event with our very popular annual Calendar Girl Photoshoot event! The entry fee included an 8x10 glossy mailed to participants immediately after. We started at Norm Baker Lotus, and stopped at Italy Service, Dark Horse Racing, Lamborghini of Las Vegas, and Checkpoint #4 was at Pioneer Saloon in Good Springs, NV at the I-15 Jean exit. The final party was at Hooters on Sahara.
              Much thanks is due all the beautiful Hooters Girls, and to our photographer, Rob Hatrak! Special thanks also to all the volunteers who made it possible and especially to Ed Pasini and DeShawn Shaw.
              First Place went to Nancy Melonas (#304) and her son Simon won driving a Silver SLK55 AMG Mercedes. They held a Jack Hi Club straight flush. Second place Went to Matt Hunt (#902) in a "68" Mustang with four 5's. Third place was held momentarily by the Millers with a full house Aces over 8's but at the last minute... Third place was taken by Harvey Lee who checked in with four deuces in his Red Porsche Carrera 4S (#208). See the pics...

    Wed-Fri - Nov 1-4, 2005 - SEMA Show
    SEMA hosts this hugh annual event in Las Vegas every year. The show runs several days and is meant for the trade only, but most of us have connections that allow us to get in. SEMA again staged it's annual convention at the Convention Center, and again the products and scenery were terrific. A number of Ferrari models were on display again this year. The best are located by the wheel manufacturers. See the pics...

    Sat - October 29, 2005 - Concorso Arizona
    The FCA Desert Region in Arizona hosted this impressive annual event. The show ran all day from 9:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, October 29th in Scottsdale. Bob, Ellen and Richard Lebenson, Gary and DeShawn Shaw, Paul and Shawna Hesselgesser, Barbara and Gordon Tronson, Paul and Tammy Johnson all flew or drove out together to view and/or participate in the show. They enjoyed the show and also took in the local sights including Frank Loyd Wright's Taliesin West. See the pics...

    Sat - October 22, 2005 - 12:30 PM
    The Las Vegas Italian Auto Club held their monthly meeting as always on the fourth Saturday of every month at The Bootlegger Bistro at 7700 Las Vegas Blvd (south of the strip) at the corner of Blue Diamond Road. There are reserved spaces out front and an Italian lunch at 12:30 PM. For more information see

    Sat-Sun, Oct 22-23, 2005 - Track Event
    Racer Factory staged their 10th annual track event which some of our members, Duncan, Bob, Alex, Jeff and DeShawn entered last year at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. They now offer Driver Education training for first-timers.

    Sat-Sun, Oct 15-16, 2005 - Track Event
    Porsche Club of America Las Vegas Region invited us to join them for this PCA/SCCA Joint Drivers’ Ed track event in Pahrump. We drove the NEW track for the first time which incorporates many new corners and increases total length well above 2 miles at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. Jim Navarro didn't track it, but he brought out his beautiful new Stradale for us to admire. See the pics...

    Sat - October 15, 2005 - Brunch - Bertolini's
    Bertolini's Authentic Trattoria Quarterly Brunch Meeting 9500 West Sahara Avenue (just west of Ft Apache) is held quarterly on the second Saturday of Jan, April, July and Oct at 11:00 AM. We're seated along the front windows with excellent parking right in front, and the cuisine is excellent. See the pics...

    Sat - Oct 8, 2005 - Lake Las Vegas Drive
    We met at the Claim Jumpers Restaurant parking lot and drove east on 215 to Lake Las Vegas approximately 30 miles east of town and then took a short tour around the lake. We parked our cars around the Vineyard Ristorante courtyard, and enjoyed a gourmet brunch at Vineyard Ristorante which overlooks this beautiful golf course. See the pictures...

    Friday - Sept 30, 2005 - Track Event
    Honda S2000 Club and Trackmasters Racing invited us to join them for a track event at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. TrackMasters Racing out of Northern California ran the event for the S2000 club.

    Sun - Sept 25, 2005 - F1 - Hot Rod Grille
    This was the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix in Sao Paulo. The race started at 9:00 AM. We met at the Hot Rod Grille 1231 American Pacific Dr in Henderson 567-5659. They offer plenty of food & drinks in a fun format with plenty of parking and big screen TVs for Formula 1 Racing. See for future race information. Join us in welcoming a number of new people including Aris Melonas and new members Vincent Chu and Rich Stevens. See the pics...

    Sat - September 24, 2005 - Bootlegger
    The Las Vegas Italian Auto Club held it's monthly luncheon at The Bootlegger Bistro where we join the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini and Maserati people for lunch and drinks in the lounge (and on the terrace weather permitting). This month several of us drove over to view over 500 cars at The Super Run Hot Rod Show in Henderson afterwards. See the pics...

    Thurs, Sept 22 - Lamborghini Las Vegas
    All Ferrari Club of America Las Vegas Chapter Members were invited to the grand opening party of of Lamborghini Las Vegas, the new dealer near I-15 and Blue Diamond at 7770 South Industrial Road. Gregg Giuffria Became their first customer when he received delivery of a beautiful yellow Murcielago. The party was wonderful, and an Elvis impersonator was there to pose with the ladies. See the pics...

    Sat-Sun - Sept 3-4, 2005 - Track Event
    Porsche Club of America Las Vegas Region invited us to this track event. This PCA/SCCA Joint Drivers’ Ed track event is in Pahrump. We were unable to drive the new track at reduced speed to get a first look at it as it was not yet finished. Our regular track time and driver ed went on as usual using the existing track as we have done in the past. Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

    Sat - August 27, 2005 - Lamborghini Dealer
    After the Las Vegas Italian Auto Club Luncheon at The Bootlegger Bistro we were invited to attend a private tour of Lamborghini Las Vegas, the new dealer across I-15 at 7770 South Industrial Road. This was one of the biggest turnouts for LVIAC. We dined inside at the Bootlegger and then the highlight of the afternoon was the private viewing of Lamborghini Las Vegas' exotic cars: Spyker prototype from the Netherlands, Bentley, Rolls, Austin Martin, Saleens, Ferrari, and of course many Murcielago and Gallardo Lamborghinis. See the pics...

    Friday, August 19, 2005 - Concorso Italiano
    Paul Hesselgesser is to be congratulated. At the recent Concorso Italiano in Monterey, Paul’s 288 GTO was presented with a Gold Award. As most of you know, the Concorso is one of the largest gatherings of Ferraris and Italian cars in the country. It is really very special for Paul’s car to be recognized in that kind of company, and all of us in the Las Vegas club should be very proud of him. Additionally, Paul got a special assist from Carla Lindert. Because of a foul-up in Concorso’s pre-registration process, Paul’s car was not listed to be judged. Fortunately, Carla was a member of the on-site registration team, and pulled the strings to enable him to participate. Attached is a picture Carla took of Paul’s car on the podium when the award was presented. (And yes, he’s in there driving it!)

    Sun - July 24, 2005 - Mt. Charleston Picnic
    The Mt. Charleston Picnic was a great success despite rainy weather. We had a terrific turnout considering the inclement weather. As it turned out the rain was only in the valley and the sun came out atop the mountain. The menu included burgers and Italian sausage cooked on the largest barbeque ever mounted on wheels. Thank you Paul Johnson!

    Sat - July 16, 2005 - Brunch Meeting
    Bertolini's Authentic Trattoria Quarterly Brunch Meeting 9500 West Sahara Avenue (just west of Ft Apache). We sat along the front windows with excellent parking right in front, and as always the cuisine was exceptional. Afterwards we retired to the Wenger's for fun by the pool. Gregg brought over his new Lambo, Carla brought over lots of food and a grill, and John cooked up a gourmet feast! See the pics...

    Sun - June 12, 2005 - F1 - Hot Rod Grille
    We met at the Hot Rod Grille, 1231 American Pacific Drive in Henderson 567-5659 to view the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal. The race started at 10:00 AM. The Hot Rod Grille offers Food, Drinks, and Fun with plenty of parking and big screen TVs for Formula 1 Racing. See for race information.

    Sat - June 4, 2005 - Northern Trust Show
    Northern Trust Bank hosted a Ferrari Maserati Car Show at their facilities just north of Summerlin Parkway at the Town Center exit. The event showcased our members Ferrari's and Northern Trust provided a wonderful assortment of food and drinks for our members and their invited guests. The new Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati dealership provided 3 beautiful automobiles for our viewing pleasure including the "Enzo". Many thanks go to Carla Lindert and Reed Radosevich for organizing this great event! See the pics...

    Sat - May 28, 2005 - Birthday Bash Car Show
    Gasoline Alley’s Sixth Annual Birthday Bash was expanded to a two day event for 2005. The event kickoff party was held on Saturday, May 28th, from 12:00noon to 10:00pm at the Cannery Casino and Hotel and including live bands, dedicated parking, trophies and drawings. Sunday, May 29th, from 7:00am to 5:00pm, we were on the grass at Eldorado Park. As always, this event is open to all vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, low riders, racecars, etc. See last year's pics.

    Sat - May 28 - Italian Auto Echo Bay Drive
    Las Vegas Italian Auto Club planned a drive for the 28th of May. Our destination was Echo Bay and we took the Lake Meade route along North Shore Drive. We met at Timbers on E. Lake Meade just east of Nellis Blvd. at 12:30. We then departed going along Lake Meade drive until we hit North Shore. We stopped at Echo Bay Resort for a late lunch then drove back using I-15. On the way back some of us attended the Birthday Bash Car Show as spectators.

    Sat - May 21, 2005 - Nellis AFB Car Show
    The Ferrari Club participated in this monumental show. 100 specialty, classic and exotic cars attended including entries from FCA Las Vegas, Mopars of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Cruisin' Association, Viper Club, Corvette Club, and a number of cars from the Fairway Chevrolet Auto Collection. Nellis Air Force Base promoted the show to over 10,000 Military personnel.

    Sat-Sun - May 14-15 - Open Road Race
    This is the flat out road course sanctioned by the Nevada Highway Patrol over Nevada public highways. Unique throughout the world, expect competitors from worldwide. As long as you have an automotive helmet you qualify. We started in Vegas and headed north to Elko for a weekend of parties and high speed fun. For more info about these events contact Jim Navarro 702-499-0029.

    Fri-Sun - May 13-15 - Ferrari 360 Challenge
    This is the first year the FCA Ferrari 360 Challenge has been held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway so it's an event we didn't want to miss. The high bank tri-oval was not part of the layout although the event ran on the roadcourse inside the stadium. FCA members who showed up in their street cars were given car blanche to head out onto the track in between race sessions. See the pics...

    Thursday - May 1, 2005 - Grand Opening
    Ferrari-Maserati Dealership at Wynn Las Vegas Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas Blvd at Spring Mountain. Shortly after their May 28th premier, the new Wynn Ferrari Dealership invited us to an exclusive grand opening party. Many local members, Ferrari executives, local media and national automotive magazines attended. Roger Penske and Steve Wynn made brief speeches. A number of locally owned classic Ferraris complemented the newer offerings. This was a memorable event that was very enjoyable for FCA members. See the 360 degree virtual tour and you also see the pics from the opening...

    Thurs-Fri - April 28-29, 2005 - Pantera Event
    Spring Mountain Track Event with Pantera Club This was the annual international Pantera meet so car shows and events were in progress all weekend at the Orleans Hotel & Casino on Tropicana just west of the strip. They offer an excellent event for first timers. Although some FCA members participated this year no photos are available so see last year's pics.

    Fri-Sun - April 22-24, 2005 - Rampage
    The First Annual Scuderia Rampage at the Paris and at numerous other casinos and locations were here in Las Vegas with participants arriving from all over the world. Activities included a track event at Spring Mountain, a drive to Lake Las Vegas, a drive to Cascata Golf Course for a scenic photoshoot, and numerous other events and parties. We are the local club sponsor for the Scuderia Rampage international event. A number of Enzos, F-40’s, 430’s, Lambos, Carrera GT’s and others from NY, CA, CO, AZ, UT, TX and elsewhere all attended this exciting event. See the pics...

    Fri, April 22 - Cascata Golfcourse Photoshoot
    Cascata Golf Club in conjunction with the Scuderia Rampage invited us to pose on the course for photos. Celebrated as one of the finest designs in the world, Cascata is only 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. Cascata is the ultimate in privacy, luxury and uncompromising service. Few places on Earth offer such extravagance. Cascata, Italian for “waterfall,” is aptly named. A 418-foot waterfall flows from the steep mountainside, tumbling over mammoth boulders, cascading into a river that roars through the clubhouse. See the pics...

    Sat - April 16, 2005 - Brunch - Bertolini's
    Bertolini's Authentic Trattoria Quarterly Brunch Meeting 9500 West Sahara Avenue (just west of Ft Apache). Bertolini's can be easily accessed from I-215 by exiting onto Sahara Avenue heading east. Bertolini's is located about a mile down on the left (north side of Sahara) 869-1540. We were seated along the front windows with parking right in front, and the cuisine was excellent. See the pics...

    Sat - April 9, 2005 - Gordon's Party
    Gordon invited everyone to his place again for a party... Entertainment: “Live Band” “Live Band” “Live Band”. Occasion: Spring time and why not. Where: The Tronson residence, 1215 San Eduardo Ave, Henderson, NV 89015, tel-566-9839, cell-521-5786. Time: From around 5:30 pm 'til whenever. What to bring: Liquid of all kinds. There will be light food, munches & sweets. If you drink too much: plenty of places to crash. Walk-ins welcome: no undesirables! Please bring your friends. See the pics...

    April 7, 2005 - Exotic Cars at Caesars Palace
    April 7 was the grand opening of the Exotic Cars showroom in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. It is located at the end of the "Great Hall", where the "Atlantis" show used to be. We did not participate in the opening itself, but are discussing with them their sponsorship of future club events.

    Sat - Mar 26, 2005 - Lake Las Vegas Drive
    Italian Luncheon at the Vineyard Ristorante at the Falls Golf Club which has an Italian theme. Some of us started at the Viva Las Vegas Car Show at the Gold Coast and others met us at the Claim Jumpers Restaurant parking lot. We took a short scenic tour to Lake Las Vegas approximately 30 miles east of town. See the pictures. We parked our cars around the Vineyard Ristorante courtyard, and enjoyed a gourmet brunch at Vineyard Ristorante which overlooks this beautiful golf course. Afterwards a few of us went back to the hotrod show.

    Sat - Mar 19, 2005 - Mario Andretti at LVMS
    Mario Andretti Day Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Get a taste of what Mario has experienced as a Race Car driver. Following minimal instruction, suit up, get buckled in and drive a full sized, Indy-style Race Car for 6 heart pounding laps around the world's premier superspeedway. Paul Hesselgesser and Duncan Lee both took their Indy cars out on the highbank tri-oval. Duncan Lee reached speeds of 150 mph in the rain!

    Sat - March 5, 2005 - Formula 1 Race Party
    Gary Shaw and DeShawn Slaughter were our hosts at Gary's new home - 7156 Palmyra Ave. The race was less than spectacular for Ferrari fans, but the party was awesome. The party was well attended and everyone had a great time. You did a beautiful job on the house, and we especially like the waterfall behind the bar! See the pics.

    Sun - Feb 20, 2005 - Fast Lap Kart Racing
    Adam, John, Paul and Jeff came out for a thrilling time on a challenging kart track - the only indoor track in Las Vegas. This is where the NASCAR drivers come to play between races. Seriously! It's fun even for spectators who may not want to participate. Everything is provided. See the pics. The Ferrari Club had the track to ourselves and raced the clock in competition and got timed printouts.

    Wed - Feb 16, 2005 - Rampage Pre-Party

    The Scuderia Rampage organizers celebrated a scouting expedition to Vegas. The weather was perfect for the track so a few of us passed everything in sight on the way to Pahrump and turned a few fast laps around the race course. Later we toured bikini photoshoot locales at Cascata Golf Course, the Paris and Caesars and that night attended a party with Pamela Anderson. See the pics......

    Sun - Feb 13, 2005 - LV Motor Speedway
    We met at Green Valley Ranch District in the PF Chang's parking lot and drove to the big track and parked in the pits, mingled with the race cars and drivers and got a first hand look at what club track events are all about. We drove through the tunnel into the infield, parked together in the pits area for the best view of the event. We also observed the track from atop the infield start/finish line building. This event had all three levels of motorsports - simple lapping, time trials, and racing. This was the POC Porsche Owners Club and TCRA Touring Car Racing Association Track Event, Time Trials and Race Event. Ferrari Club of Las Vegas Membership Chairman Jim Navarro participated in his silver Lotus Elise. See the pics.

    Sat - Feb 5, 2005 Track & Winery Luncheon
    Tour to Pahrump for Track Laps and Lite Luncheon at Pahrump Valley Restaurant. This event had something for everyone: a scenic drive through the mountains, free track time, a tour of the winery complete with wine tasting, and fine dining at Pahrump's only 4 star restaurant. See the pics. We met several others enroute at the gas station on the intersection of Charleston (Route 160) and Blue Diamond (Route 159). We took a moment to sign waivers and then "roared" straight over the Spring Mountains to the track to line up single file in front of the gate in the order in which we arrived. At noon we took 5 or 6 "Parade Laps" with no passing allowed and no helmets required. Then we proceeded another mile or so west on Route 160 to The Pahrump Valley Winery for a four-star luncheon. Afterward those interested toured the winery and indulged in wine tasting.

    Sat - Jan 15, 2005 - Breakfast Meeting
    Quarterly Breakfast Meeting at the Blue Ox Tavern. This was an important meeting since it included discussion of FCA membership including FCA National Membership Chairman Chris Parr's visit, an analysis of the benefits of becoming affiliated with the Ferrari Club of America as a Chapter or Region, and the merging of dues, etc. Discussion carried around the room and each member present was invited to offer their opinion with regard to this question. Everyone expressed positive opinions. The Board recommended the merger and called for a vote.
              A vote was called for and carried unanimously to merge the Ferrari Club of Las Vegas with the Ferrari Club of America to become the Las Vegas Ferrari Club of America Chapter of the Desert Region (formerly known as the "Arizona" Region). The FCA affiliation will take effect immediately and the transition will transpire over the next few months. We all look forward to new benefits of becoming part of the FCA. For more information about the FCA contact Pat Current, Executive Director of the Ferrari Club of America. She can be reached at phone number: (301) 924-5369 or emailed at:
              New Board Members were elected and a vote carried unamimously to extend current officer's terms for another year through 2005. Re-Elected Board Members are:
  • Bob Lebenson, President
  • Gary Shaw, Vice President
  • David Dewane, Secretary
  • Paul Hesselgesser, Treasurer
  • Jeff Wenger, Webmaster
  • New Board Members are:
  • Carla Lindert, Activity Chairperson
  • Gordon Tronson, Ride & Drive Chairman
  • James Navarro, Membership Chairman
  • Please welcome our new officers. A suggestion was made that the club utilize an address other than the residence of one of the officers, so we now have a new address. Our new address is:
    Ferrari Club of Las Vegas FCA
    8635 West Sahara Avenue # 548
    Las Vegas, NV 89117-5859



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