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2006 News Events


Saturday - Dec 23, 2006 - Christmas Run
Our 2nd Annual Christmas Run started at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino (Sahara & I-15) at 10:30am in the north parking lot, under the big sign. We then departed at 11:00am and headed north on 1-15 to the Valley of Fire. We took the lake road around and stopped at Lake Las Vegas for lunch. Despite some unexpected construction, everyone had a great time. Thanks to DeShawn Shaw for organizing the event. Thanks also to Mike Lysiak and Rudy Mortero for the photos...



Saturday - Dec 16, 2006 - Holiday Party
Our Holiday Party was held at Corsa Cucina Restaurant located inside the Wynn Las Vegas Resort Hotel. Members received a beautiful invitation by mail. The restaurant is adjacent to the Ferrari Boutique and Penske Wynn Ferrari dealership. Cocktails were at 6:30 PM followed by a pre-fix dinner menu at 7:30 PM. A choice of entree selection was included in our invitations. We are very appreciative to the Penske Wynn Ferrari dealership for their generous contribution to our holiday party. Many thanks go to Carla Lindert who made all the very wonderful arrangements. A great time was had by all. See the pics...



Saturday - Dec 16 - Christmas Toy Run
The Annual Christmas Toy Run is sponsored each year by the non-profit Las Vegas Cruisin' Association. This is a chance for all car clubs to be charitable on the east side of town. We met at 11:00 at Charlie Holder's Casino, 920 S. Boulder Hwy / Palo Verde Drive in Henderson for the annual "Christmas Toy Run" with Santa. We parked our cars together at the casino and then drove together over to Robert Taylor Elementary School, 144 Westminster Way (off North Major Ave), Henderson, NV 89015. There we parked together again because a helicopter took aerial photos of our cars from above. We brought unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 4 to 13 that Santa handed out at noon to all the underpriviledged kids at the school. See the pics...



Thursday - Dec 14, 2006 - Board Meeting
Carla Lindert graciously hosted the Ferrari Club Board meeting at her house. In attendance were Carla, Gordon Tronson, Jesse & Jill Maheu, Jeff & Vicki Wenger, Paul Hesselgesser, Bob Lebenson, and Deshawn Shaw. Ideas were discussed for the 2007 event calendar. Please see The Minutes also in image format. See the pics...



Sun - Dec 10 - Toy Drive Drive-by
KLUC 98.5 Las Vegas' #1 Hit Music Station 2006 Toy Drive was on the west side of town. We met at 9:00am on the southwest corner of Sahara & Decatur in the Circuit City parking lot in front of Hobbytown. At 10:00am we drove up to the toy dropoff location at Comp USA on Sahara in our exotic cars. We all got together to do something great for the kids of Southern Nevada. They needed unwrapped toys for all boys and girls of all ages from 0 to 17 years old. We had a tremendous turnout of very generous Ferrari Club members who brought a large number of toys. Many thanks to Jesse Maheu for arranging our participation in this worthwhile event.



Sat - Dec 9, 2006 - Lakes Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights Car Show at The Lakes invites the Ferrari Club every year to celebrate the holidays. The show was located across the street from Canyon Gate Country Club entrance on Sahara (just west of Durango). This event really had it all - from food to fun to entertainment, and we’ve always had a good time there in the past. We had an excellent turnout of cars again this year. See the pics...



Nov 15, 2006 - Social & Election Meeting
Ferrari Club Social and Election Meeting. We met at Sapporo Restaurant in Summerlin for happy hour from 6-7:00pm and voted for officers. Half of the officers are elected on even years, the other half on odd years for two year terms. There was protected parking, so we brought our Ferraris and other exotics. DeShawn Shaw was re-elected as VP and Carla Lindert was re-elected as Secretary. Both positions are for 2 years. President and Treasurer will remain for the following year. Elections for those positions will be held in 2007 to allow for continuity in the board. Chris Tromba was elected as Director at Large replacing David Dewane, and Jesse Maheu was elected to an addition to the board as Director at Large. See the pics...



Nov 5, 2006 - Veterans Day Car Show
VFW Post 3848 Annual Veterans Day Car Show invited the Ferrari Club to celebrate Veterans Day by participating in their car show near Green Valley Ranch. It was a beautiful Sunday, and the entry fee of $25 was donated to the VFW. The show was located at the I-215 Green Valley Ranch exit just south of the District. The show was well attended by several car clubs, and the Ferrari Club took the award for the best participation. See the pics...



Oct 26, 2006 - 599GTB Intro at LVMS
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway was one of only four events across the United States along with Dallas, Darlington and Richmond to celebrate the launch of the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. The 599 arrived at a Shell Station on Blue Diamond Wednesday evening and then Thursday morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. FCA members took a 160 mph ride-along racing experience with The Richard Petty Driving Experience. Lunch was also provided to FCA members, and there was a Ferrari corral in the infield parking lot for display of our cars. See the pics...



Oct 22, 2006 - Las Vegas Concours at TPC
Concours d'Elegance Las Vegas at TPC inaugural event took place at The Canyons - Tournament Players Club. We were joined by a wonderful group of 16 Ferrari Club guys and gals who brought their ten cars in from the Arizona Region. Chris Willett was one of the judges, and John Ratto was Head Judge. One of the highlights was the opportunity to meet the very personable George Barris, the "King of the Kustomizers", considered by some to be the most respected custom car builder of all time. Congratulations to Bob Lebenson, Bill Bowdish and Paul Hesselgesser for their respective awards at the Concours! Very cool! See the pics...



Oct 21, 2006 Lamborghini of LV & Osaka
A number of us joined in welcoming our fellow FCA members from the Phoenix region this weekend. We met at the Convention Center parking lot at the Mandalay Bay for a drive to Lamborghini of Las Vegas who had numerous Ferraris and other exotics on display. That was followed by cocktails at the Wenger's and then Osaka Japanese Restaurant for Hibachi style cuisine. Thanks to Carla Lindert for making many of the arrangements. See the pics...



Sun - Oct 8, 2006 - 10:30AM - F1 Brunch
The Grand Prix of Japan Formula One Speed Channel Replay was shown outside on the terrace at 10:30AM at the Big Inning Sports Pub on Sahara and Buffalo. It was a very exciting race, and Michael Schumacher blew his engine on lap 16. After the race a number of drove out to Lake Las Vegas for Italian lunch by the lake. See the pics...



Fri-Sat - Oct 6-7, 2006 - LRS Formula USA
The Los Angeles Auto Gallery invited us to the U.S. introduction of the LRS Formula 1 USA Driving Experience held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Wynn Casino Hotel. Space was limited to the first 25 Las Vegas FCA Members so if you are not yet a Las Vegas FCA Member, signup now! We would love to have you join us. We departed Italy Service early on Friday for the state line to meet the Las Vegas bound people coming in from Calabasas, CA. The cars included about 80 Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and others and everything was filmed for the Speed Channel. Saturday night we were also invited to join everyone for a lavish complimentary dinner at the Wynn and then complimentary first class Lure Nightclub treatment at the Wynn. See Friday's pics... and Saturday's pics...



Sun - Oct 1, 2006 - F1 Brunch
Grand Prix of China Formula One Speed Channel Replay was shown outside on the terrace at 10:30AM at the Big Inning Sports Pub on Sahara and Buffalo. It was a very exciting race, and Michael Schumacher won it on a wet track. The Ducati Motorcycle Club joined us for breakfast and brought their impressive lineup of bikes. Check out their website www.ducatidogs.com. Also join us in welcoming Jordan Wirsz who brought his Silver Gallardo. See the pics...



Sat - Sept 23, 2006 - Lake Las Vegas Dinner
MiraLago Lakeside Mediterranean Restaurant was the destination for an evening on Lake Las Vegas. We enjoyed cocktails on the terrace overlooking the lake and then were seated for a wonderful dinner in their dining room. The restaurant is located on the far side of the lake in a beautiful setting. Continue past the Ritz Carlton Hotel, turn right onto Montelago Blvd, look for the sign for "Reflection Bay Clubhouse & MiraLago Restaurant". Join us in welcoming newcomers Mark & Louise Rozich and their beautiful Pantera. See the pics...



Sat-Sun, Sept 16-17, 2006 8am - Track Event
The Porsche Club of America Las Vegas Region invited the Ferrari Club to join them for this track event in Pahrump at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. The Porsche Club has driving instructors available to ride along with you and help you improve your high speed driving skills. Jim Navarro, Jeff Wenger and Ron came out for his first track day in the blue 360 Spider. See the pics...



Sun - Sept 10, 2006 - F1 Brunch
The Italy Grand Prix Formula One Speed Channel Replay was scheduled at the Big Inning Sports Pub, 7777 W Sahara Avenue at the SE corner of Buffalo (702) 255-8708. Breakfast, protected parking for your car, big screen TVs and a casual atmosphere made this a fun event. Rick Mukherjee was there from FCA Regional in Phoenix, and James came by in his Murcielago roadster. Michael Schumacher won the race, and then announced his end of season retirement. Check out the pics...



Sat - Sept 9, 2006 - Night Shift Party
Night Shift Car Event at Sam Boyd Stadium invited the Ferrari Club to join them for this Show Car, Drift, Drag, Music and Models event. Six owners were invited to participate by displaying their cars in the roped-off Show Car Corral outside the stadium. We dropped off our cars at 9:00 am Saturday where they stayed until the end of the event at 11:00pm. Our complimentary limo service courtesy of Chris Willett dropped off and picked up again a number of us in time for the show. Some of us stayed and partied all day. We were granted VIP status and had the best opportunity for photos with the many models. Check out the photos.



Thurs - Sept 7, 2006 - 6:30 - Board Meeting
Jim Navarro generously invited the Board to his house in Red Rock for a steak barbeque. Board Members present were Jim Navarro, Bob Lebenson, DeShawn Shaw, Jeff Wenger, Paul C. Johnson, Gordon Tronson, and Carla Lindert. Also present was Rick Mukherjee from Phoenix, President of the FCA Desert Region. Bylaws were approved, and Board Member terms were set at 2 years with some elected odd years and others elected even years. The October 7th picnic was canceled, and replaced with an October 6-8 LRS Formula One LA to Las Vegas Event. A Thursday, October 26 event was also added for the first 25 Member's Ferraris only: Introduction of the 599 GTB Fiorano Introduction at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. To be eligible to attend, you must be one of the first 25 members in good standing to email Jim Navarro at jplotus@yahoo.com or jplotus@yahoo.com



Sept 1-4, 2006 - Sedona, AZ Run
The Las Vegas Ferrari Club drove to Sedona, Arizona in two groups on Friday and Saturday. The first group dressed up as Pimps and "Hos" for the drive out. We met up in beautiful Sedona. Lamborghinis were well represented, but the highlight was taking rides in the orange Pumpkin early 70s Dukes of Hazard style Plymouth Fury. We met up with members of the Arizona Ferrari Club who came up from Phoenix. We drove to the quaint mountaintop town of Jerome, to Flagstaff, and to a winery. Everyone had a blast! Thanks to DeShawn Shaw and Chris Willett for the photos.



Sun - Aug 27, 2006 - F1 Race Party
The Turkey Grand Prix Formula One Speed Channel Replay was at the Big Inning Sports Pub on Sahara Avenue at the corner of Buffalo. Breakfast, protected parking for our cars, big screen TVs and a casual atmosphere always makes this a fun event. Michael Schumacher placed third, and his teammate Felipe Massa came in first for Ferrari.



Sat - Aug 26, 2006 - Bull Run Casting Call
Spike TV Casting Call for a new reality TV series featuring contestants driving from Vancouver to LA called Bullrun took place in the west parking lot of the Palms Hotel and Casino. Casting directors were at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on from 10am-6pm, looking for "colorful characters, drivers with a passion to compete, and badass cars - we need car lovers to explain exactly why their car fits them! Teams must be 21 and over. Drivers must have a good driving record to participate. Cars can be as new or old as you like. Car lovers with guts, the brains, and the wheels to win BULLRUN should come down!!!" DON'T MISS OUT - there is still a chance to be on the show by applying online at www.bullrun.com. See the pictures.



Sat - Aug 26, 2006 - Mt Charleston Run
The Las Vegas Italian Auto Club also sponsored a Mt Charleston Run. We met at Chris Tromba's house at noon and then left together around 12:30. We took the long way around including the windy mountain pass that leads back to the hotel and lodge. We enjoyed lunch at the lodge, and then some of us headed back to the Palms for the Bullrun Spike TV Casting Call. See the pictures.



Sat - Aug 19, 2006 - Mt Charleston Pig Roast
Lee Canyon Picnic Area at Mt Charleston was the location for our picnic in 2006. This year's event was held jointly with the Porsche Club and the Mercedes Benz Club. A good turnout and excellent weather was enjoyed by all attendees including a number of cute canines. See the pics.



Fri - August 18, 2006 - Concorso Italiano
Concorso Italiano Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course, Monterey Bay, California. This year honored 100 Years of the Lancia, 100 Years of the Targa Florio Race, 50 Years of Design by Giorgetto Giugiaro, 35 Years of the Pantera, and the Apollo Reunion. A number of Las Vegas Ferrari Club members attended this and other Monterey events. A special congratulations to Paul Hesselgesser. At the August 18 Concorso Italiano Paul's 288 GTO won a Gold Award.



Thursday - Aug 10, 2006 - Board Meeting
Board Members attended the meeting at Hash House A Go Go, 6800 W Sahara Ave, just east of Rainbow. Members interested in volunteering to help plan an activity are also invited to attend. Current Board members are: Jim Navarro Bob, Lebenson, Paul Hesselgesser, DeShawn Shaw, Gordon Tronson, Dave Dewane, Jeff Wenger, Gary Shaw, Paul Johnson, and Carla Lindert. For more information contact Jim Navarro at 702-499-0029.



Sun - Aug 6, 2006 - F1 Race Party
The Hungary Grand Prix Formula One Speed Channel Replay is at the Big Inning Sports Pub 7777 W Sahara Avenue. Breakfast, protected parking for our cars, big screen TVs and a casual atmosphere made this a fun event. See the pics.



Sun - July 30, 2006 - F1 Race Party
The German Grand Prix Formula One Speed Channel Replay is at the Big Inning Sports Pub at the SE corner of Buffalo. Brunch, protected parking, big screen TVs and a casual atmosphere made this a fun event. (Schumacher won, and Ferrari was one and two!) See the photos.



Sat - July 29, 2006 - American Racing
American Racing Academy (formerly Derek Daley) invited us to their facilities at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a tour of their facility. The tour consisted of the adademy's facilities where we saw students in advanced sports car handling driving technique classes. We also took a drive around tour of the road racing course with one of the racing instructors and then back to the showroom for a tour of the showroom with the Formula One cars and race garage with the Indianapolis built formula 2000 cars. We then had lunch at the Fast Lane Café across the street. See the pictures.



Sun - July 16, 2006 - F1 Race Party
The French Grand Prix Formula One Speed Channel Replay was at the Big Inning Sports Pub, 7777 W Sahara Avenue at the SE corner of Buffalo (702) 255-8708. Breakfast, protected parking for your car, big screen TVs and a casual atmosphere made this a fun event. (Michael Schumacher won for Ferrari.) See the pics.



Sat - July 15, 2006 - Auto Museum
The Auto Collections of the Imperial Palace at 3535 Las Vegas Blvd is located on the fifth level floor at the rear of the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino (702) 794-3174. It is the "World's Largest & Finest Selection of Antique, Classic, Muscle and Special Interest Automobiles". There was unofficial designated parking area on 5th level of the rear parking garage. We met in the Auto Museum Lobby on the 5th Level of the rear parking garage where we had complimentary tickets and were also admitted to the "private" car salon in the rear. See the pictures.



Wed - July 12, 2006 - Nora's Social Event
Nora's Wine Bar 1031 S. Rampart Blvd (across from Boca Park) adjacent to William Sonomas and PF Changs was the setting for our July Social event. The wine bar is owned by the same family that owns Nora's Italian Restaurant, so expect the same excellent quality. Nora's Wine Bar serves only wine and beer. We took part in the enomatic wine sampling. There was roped off parking in the rear so we felt free to drive our Ferrari and other exotic cars to the event. See the photos.



Sat - July 8, 2006 - 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. The Quarterly Meeting is held on the 2nd Saturday of January, April, July, and October. We're usually seated along the front windows with excellent parking right in front, and the cuisine is excellent. See the pics.



Sun - July 2, 2006 - 9:30am - F1 Race Party
The U.S. Grand Prix was our third Formula One at the Hot Rod Grille, 1232 American Pacific Dr. Henderson, 702-567-5659. The pre-race on Speed Channel started at 9:30AM. We met upstairs in the restaurant where they have a Speed Channel feed and wide screen TV’s. See the pics from a previous event.



Sun - June 25, 2006 - F1 Race Party
The Canadian Grand Prix is our second Formula One race party of the season. The party started at 2:30pm with qualifying, and the race at 3:30pm (recorded 10:00am local time). Lamborghini Las Vegas, the new dealer just northwest of the I-15 and Blue Diamond Road intersection at 7770 Dean Martin Blvd (formerly Industrial Road) sponsored our event. We viewed the race from their showroom amid their exotic cars: Spyker, Bentley, Rolls, Austin Martin, Saleens, Ferrari, and of course many Murcielago and Gallardo Lamborghinis. See the pics.



Sat - June 24, 2006 - Kart Racing
We challenged the Italian Auto Club, BMW Club, and other car clubs 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 for the whole family. Everything is provided. Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing at 4288 Polaris Avenue, is a few blocks north of the Polaris & Tropicana intersection (which is just west of I-15) 702-736-8113. See the pics from a previous event.



Sat-Sun, June 10-11, 2006 - Speed Ventures
Speed Ventures invited us to the newly-expanded racetrack at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outside Track. LVMS is located on I-15 north of Vegas at exit 54. This is a 2.5 mile track. All turns but one are moderate speed (35 - 70mph), making it a safe place to take your street car and find its limits. All the turns but one have wide runoff areas of well-packed dirt. This track is highly-recommended for car and driver development due to it's lower-speed, technical nature.



Thursday - June 8, 2006 - Board Meeting
Board Members attended the Board Meeting at Hash House A Go Go at 6800 W Sahara Ave. Members interested in volunteering to help plan an activity are also invited to attend. Current Board members are: Jim Navarro Bob, Lebenson, Paul Hesselgesser, DeShawn Shaw, Gordon Tronson, Dave Dewane, Jeff Wenger, Gary Shaw, Paul Johnson, and Carla Lindert. For more information or to inquire please call Jim at 702-499-0029 (cell) or 702-732-9797 (work) or write Jim Navarro at jplotus@yahoo.com



Sat - June 3, 2006 - Northern Trust Show
Northern Trust Bank again hosted an Exotic Car Show at their beautiful facilities just north of Summerlin Parkway at the Town Center exit. The event ran from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and showcased our member's Ferraris. There was a People's Choice Award to vote on your favorite exotic car. Northern Trust provided a wonderful assortment of food and drinks for our members and their invited guests. The new Lamborghini Dealership Lamborghini of Las Vegas also provided cars for our viewing pleasure. Paul Hesselgesser's Ferrari 275 GTS won the Peoples Choice Award. See the pics...



Fri-Sun - June 2-4 - Porsche Track Event
PCA Intermountain Region This was one of the last opportunities to ever go out onto the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Big Track Tri-Oval and Race Course as an amateur driver since new LVMS owners plan to completely re-design the track for NASCAR racing this spring. This is an exciting event for participants and spectators alike. Only Porsches participated in timed events and races, but all makes were eligible for Drivers Ed sessions.



Memorial Day - May 29 - FCA Track Event
Spring Mountain was the host of our first ever FCA Track Event on Memorial Day Monday, May 29th, 2006. This was a 100% FREE EVENT for all FCA members and friends courtesy of Spring Mountain Motor Sports Race Track. We had the full 3.5 mile track including the new extension. Spring Mountain Motor Sports sponsored the corner workers, ice water, and a catered lunch. Many thanks to our volunteers and officials who helped organize this fantastic event! See the photos.



Sat-Sun, May 20-21, 2006 - Open House
GRAND OPENING... Club Spring Mountain... A Private Motorsports Club Club Spring Mountain is the only Private Motorsports Club of its kind in the southwest, and we were invited to the Grand Opening Festivities! As a member of this very exclusive Club, we drove on this highly-acclaimed, challenging road course with other like-minded people who enjoy the private Motorsports club experience. On Saturday we were invited to a delicious BBQ lunch, a RADICAL Race, and a Ferrari Challenge Car - Z06 shootout for our enjoyment. Many thanks to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch 800-391-6891.



Friday - May 19, 2006 - Cuba Social Hour
The Spirit of Cuba was the host of our club social outing on Friday May 19th from 6:30 pm until 10:30 pm. Located on the SE corner of West Sahara and Decatur behind Starbucks (702) 791-2822, this nostalgic and romantic atmosphere is inspired by the famous restaurants and salons of Old Havana, Cuba of the 40s and 50s. We socialized with friends and enjoyed the cuisine, rhythm and art that are authentic Cuban. We also brought our exotic cars as extra arrangements were made for security in the parking lot. See the photos.



Sat-Sun, May 13-14, 2006 - Track Event
Porsche Club of America Las Vegas Region invited the Ferrari Club to join them for this track event in Pahrump at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. As always, the Porsche Club opens their track events to all deserving drivers with well maintained cars and offers excellent instruction.



Sat - May 6, 2006 - Gordon's Party
Gordon Tronson invited everyone to his place again for a fantastic party. Entertainment included a Live Band! The Occasion? Spring time and why not! As always a great time was had by all. Abbey Tromba indulged us with an impressive vocal performance. See the pics!



Sat - May 6 - 11-3:00 - Nellis AFB Car Show
Nellis Air Force Base is the host of this annual charity show. The Ferrari Club participates in this car show of 100 or more specialty, classic and exotic cars including entries from FCA Las Vegas, Mopars of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Cruisin' Association, Viper Club, and Corvette Club. The Air Force Base promotes the show to over 10,000 Military personnel. Congratulations to Bob Lebenson. Bob's 365 GTC won 2nd and 3rd place awards. See the pics.



Thur-Fri, May 4-5 Pantera Track Event
The Pantera Club invited us to their annual event at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Park in Pahrump. The 2.2 mile track is technically demanding with elevation changes and plenty of run-off room. See the pics from previous year's events.



Thursday - May 4 - Board Meeting
Board Members attended the monthly meeting at Hash House A Go Go, 6800 W Sahara Ave, just east of Rainbow. Members interested in volunteering are also invited to attend. Current Board members are: Jim Navarro Bob, Lebenson, Paul Hesselgesser, DeShawn Shaw, Gordon Tronson, Dave Dewane, Jeff Wenger, Gary Shaw, Paul Johnson, and Carla Lindert. For more information please call Jim Navarro at 702-499-0029.



Sun, April 30th – Calendar Photoshoot Party
The Emerald City Girls set up a photoshoot at Lamborghini of Las Vegas and invited both Ferrari and Lamborghini owners to come out and partake in the shoot. We get to use the professional photos for our FCLV calendar and met some great girls who are very serious about their modeling careers. Individual photos may also be available for purchase. This had the makings of a great party! See the pictures.



Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Valley of Fire
Fire to Water Run. The Porsche club invited us for a picturesque drive through the Valley of Fire along Lake Meade, and luncheon at the Vineyard Restaurant at Lake Las Vegas. We met at The Fastlane Café, across from LVMS at 8:30am and departed at 9:00am.



Sat-Sun, April 22-23 Speed Ventures Event
Speed Ventures invited us to the newly-expanded racetrack at Spring Mountain Motorsports Park in Pahrump. The full track is nearly 4 miles in length and technically demanding with elevation changes and plenty of run-off room with a back straight that’s almost 2,000 feet long. The facility is located approximately forty minutes from Vegas, on Highway 160 in Pahrump, Nevada.



Sat-Sun, Apr 22-23 BMW Track Event
The BMW Club invited us to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2.4-mile Outside Road Course. The track is located north of Las Vegas and can be reached off of I-15 at Exit 54. This is a high performance driving school, held under close supervision by trained instructors excellent for those who have never attended a high performance driving school before.



Thurs-Sun, April 20-23, 2006 - ExotiCorso
ExotiCorso provided exotic car enthusiasts from all over the United States an opportunity to gather for a unique "all-exotic" 2006 event. Registration/reception was at Lamborghini Las Vegas. ExotiCorso accomodations were at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. An Open Track Day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the "Big Track" inside the Superspeedway included the road course and the high-banked Tri-oval. Other events included a visit to Lamborghini Las Vegas and a drive to a historic watering hole. Participants proudly displayed their machines from all over the country and featuring numerous makes and models. For a look at the fun see the photos.



Sat-Sun, Apr 8-9, 2006 - Track Event
Racer Factory hosted two track events this year at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump. Racer Factory offers Performance Driving Clinic with Instructors for first-timers. Called "one of the most technical tracks in the country" by quattro quarterly, Spring Mountain has recently gone from a 2.2m to 3.8m mile track that offers an excellent balance of high-speed straitaways and a variety of trickly low-speed corner combinations to challenge even the best driver. See the pics from previous year's events.



Sat - April 8, 2006 - Brunch - Bertolini's
The Quarterly Brunch Meeting was held at Bertolini's Authentic Trattoria located at 9500 West Sahara Avenue (just west of Ft Apache). The Quarterly Meeting is held on the 2nd Saturday of January, April, July, and October. We usually sit along the front windows with excellent parking right in front, and the cuisine is excellent.



Fri - April 7, 2006 - AutoRox Party
The Spike TV AutoRox Party started with filming on Fremont Street featuring Pamela Anderson and Ice Cube, and the party moved to an exotic nightclub by invitation only. The Ferrari Club contributed to the filming of the TV special and was invited to the lavish RAIN after-party at the Palms. As evidenced by the pics..., pics... and more pics a great time was had by all!



Thurs - April 6, 2006 - Board Meeting
Board Members attended a Board Meeting at Hash House A Go Go, 6800 W Sahara Ave, just east of Rainbow. Members interested in volunteering to help plan an activity are always invited to attend. Current Board members are: Jim Navarro Bob, Lebenson, Paul Hesselgesser, DeShawn Shaw, Gordon Tronson, Dave Dewane, Jeff Wenger, Gary Shaw, Paul Johnson, and Carla Lindert. For more information or to inquire please call Jim at 702-499-0029 (cell) or 702-732-9797 (work) or write Jim Navarro at jplotus@yahoo.com



Sat - April 1, 2006 - Formula 1 Race Party
We watched Ferrari launch another world championship winning season with the Formula One race from Melbourne, Australia. The party started at 6:30, and the race began at 8:00 pm. Gary Shaw and DeShawn Shaw hosted the party at their home. Their parties are always well attended and everyone had a great time. See the pics.



Sat - March 26, 2006 - Death Valley Run
This had to be one of the windiest weekends to run to Death Valley, but a number of exotic car driving enthusiasts made it with a few rest stops along the way. Don't believe the speedometers? You should have been there! Did someone take their hand off the wheel to take the photos? Check out the pics...



Sat-Sun, Mar 25-26, 2006 - Track Event
Lapping Days invited the Ferrari Club to join them for this track event in Pahrump at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. Helmets were required (a limited number of rental helmets may be available at the track). Vehicles were inspected for safety. Long sleeved shirts, long pants and closed toe shoes were required. Rob Hatrak, Scott Yancey, Jeff Wenger and Jim Navarro participated. See the pictures.



Fri-Sun, Mar 17-19 - FOC Las Vegas Fun Run
Ferrari Owners Club San Diego Region - Las Vegas Fun Run They took a two night overnight trip to Sin City, and we were invited to join them. Their fun run through the desert was followed by two nights of fun in the city where “what happens here stays here.” They enjoyed a private tour of the new Ferrari dealership, dined at Bartolotta, and got group seats at Le Rêve.



Sat - Mar 18, 2006 - Hobo Picnic Drive
Hobo Picnic - Drive to Kelso RR Station Participants departed at 10:00 AM sharp from the Arco Truckstop at Las Vegas Blvd & St Rose Parkway for the Kelso RR Station and a drive into western history. The Railroad station is now a museum. People packed a picnic lunch. The drive was organized by Ed Pasini.



Wed - Mar 15 - Social Hour at Spiedini's
Spiedini Ristorante hosted our first ever appetizers social hour in their upscale restaurant. We parked on the north side of the Rampart Casino complex off Summerlin Parkway at the Rampart Blvd. exit. Spiedini features fabulous dining and spectacular outdoor dining, weather permitting. We enjoyed appetizers and drinks in the restaurant bar area and a number of us stayed for dinner afterwards. See the pictures.



Fri, March 3, 2006 - Ferrari Chat Drive
Ferrari Chat people showed up from all over the southwest and took off from the Paris Hotel and Casino for a high speed drive up the north side of Lake Mead. We stopped for lunch on the water and then continued for a thrilling drive through the Valley of Fire. See the pics...



Sat-Sun, March 4-5, 2006 - Track Event
Porsche Club of America Las Vegas Region invited the Ferrari Club to join them for this track event in Pahrump at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. Snell rated helmets with the "SA" designation are required. Vehicles are inspected for safety. Long sleeved shirts, long pants and closed toe shoes are required. The Porsche Club always has driving instructors available to ride along with you to help you improve your high speed driving skills. Anyone with an interest in tracking their car will find that the local Porsche Club is a great way to start.



Sat - Feb 25, 2006 - Bootlegger Bistro
The Las Vegas Italian Auto Club meets for lunch at the Bootlegger Bistro at 7700 Las Vegas Blvd (south of the strip) at the corner of Blue Diamond Road every month. A number of new friends joined us this Saturday for the “Best Authentic Italian Food in Las Vegas”. This month Bruce brought his beautiful bright blue Pantera. See the pics...



Sat - Feb 18, 2006 - Oz Gutsche Collection
After lunch at Bahama Breeze long time Ferrari Club members Oz and Jeanne Gutsche very generously invited everyone over to their home to tour their garages and view his very extensive auto collection. Their home in an exclusive gated community features attached garages on both sides of the house connected by a circular drive. The European cars are on one side, and the American cars are on the other. Oz's collection includes a Testarossa, a number of vintage Porsches, and a few Mercedes Benz. The other garage houses a large number of vintage Detroit autos including Oz's first car, a straight eight, a woody and a number of rare and beautifully restored Cadillacs. Oz does the restorations himself. From here we drove to Lamborghini of Las Vegas, and then to Bob and Ellen Lebenson's home. Happy Birthday Bob! See the pics...



Sat - Feb 18, 2006 - Bahama Breeze
After the Penske-Wynn Ferrari Tech Session event we headed over to Bahama Breeze for lunch at Paradise and East Flamingo, followed by another drive after lunch. Bahama Breeze offers Carribean cuisine in a tropical atmosphere. Our group filled an outdoor enclosed patio area overlooking our cars in the parking lot. From here a number of us drove to the home of Oz and Jeanne Gutsche to view his outstanding auto collection. See the pics...



Sat - Feb 18 - Penske-Wynn Tech Session
Penske-Wynn Ferrari Tech Session. Kevin Taylor at Penske-Wynn Ferrari scheduled a Tech Session for us starting promptly at 9:00 am. There was indoor parking for our cars, so we brought our Ferraris and other exotics. We met outside the dealership at the service parking area (which is located at the hotel main entrance) and then moved our cars downstairs. This event was certainly one of the best as Kevin Taylor showed us what to look for in a pre-purchase inspection. There are over 100 items that are checked in order to certify a car. Penske-Wynn Ferrari provided a continental breakfast. We had an excellent showing of support for the event with a hugh turnout. Of course, everyone was invited to visit the showroom and the pre-owned showroom after the tech session. After the event we headed over to Bahama Breeze for lunch at Paradise and East Flamingo, followed by a casual city drive. There was an invitation in the mail that went out to all members, so we were able to show them our appreciation with a large attendance. See the pics...



Thursday - Feb 9, 2006 - Board Meeting
Jim Navarro called a 6:30 board meeting for this week at his house in Red Rock at 2587 Red Springs Drive. All Board Members were asked to attend, and all Members interested in volunteering to help plan activities were also invited to attend. Board members present were: Jim Navarro, Bob Lebenson, Paul Hesselgesser, DeShawn Shaw, Jeff Wenger, Paul C. Johnson, and Carla Lindert. The Meeting Minutes are available for review. For more information or to inquire please call Jim at 702-499-0029 (cell) or 702-732-9797 (work) or write Jim Navarro at jplotus@yahoo.com



Sat - January 28, 2006 - Bootlegger Bistro
The Las Vegas Italian Auto Club invites us to join them at The Bootlegger Bistro at 7700 Las Vegas Blvd (just a few miles south of the strip) at the corner of Blue Diamond Road every 4th Saturday of the month for an Italian lunch get together. Join the Lamborghini, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and other exotic car lovers for lunch and drinks in the lounge (and on the terrace weather permitting) and enjoy the “Best Authentic Italian Food in Las Vegas”. Designated parking is reserved in front of the terrace. For a sample of the fun see the pics...



Sun - Jan 22, 2006 - Bugatti Unveiling
Lamborghini Las Vegas invited the Ferrari Club to the Las Vegas unveiling of the Bugatti Veyron. Most attendees agreed that the Veyron looks even better in person than in photos. Welcome to the height of high-performance! The Bugatti Veyron’s 16-cylinder monster engine produces 1001 horsepower for a top speed of more than 250 mph. The French Bugatti Veyron is now considered the fastest production car in the world, narrowly edging out the Swedish Koenigsegg. The Bugatti was started up in the showroom, and many of us got an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the cockpit. Most interesting was the gauge on far left side of the dash that measures horsepower up to 1001 HP! At $1.2 million it's a super sportscar, and very luxuriously appointed. see the pics...



Sat - Jan 21, 2006 - Track & Winery Tour
This tour to Pahrump for a highspeed track session and then lunch at Pahrump Valley Winery Restaurant had something for everyone: a scenic drive through the mountains, track time on the new expanded racetrack, a tour of the winery complete with wine tasting, and fine dining at Pahrump's only 4 star restaurant. We met at Starbucks on Sahara and Fort Apache, drove through Red Rock, met up with others at Route 160 & 159, drove over the Spring Mountains to the racetrack at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, ran a long track session with the Alfa Romeo Owners of Southern California on the newly expanded racetrack, and then enjoyed winetasting and a four-star luncheon at the Winery Restaurant. See the pics...



Sat - Jan 14, 2006 - Brunch - Bertolini's
The FCA Las Vegas Chapter Quarterly Meeting is held at Bertolini's Authentic Trattoria for Brunch on the 2nd Saturday of January, April, July, and October at 11:00am. Located at 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. Join us in welcoming new members Chris & Abbey Tromba who have relocated from Detroit. They drive a beautiful yellow Diablo. We usually are seated along the front windows overlooking the parking lot with excellent parking for our Ferraris right in front. Join us for a nice brunch and good time. The Italian cuisine is excellent. See the pics...




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