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Ferrari owners invited to participate in show

July 13, 2007

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Chris Barteldes polishes his Ferrari in anticipation of this weekend's show in Lawrence.

Chris Barteldes polishes his Ferrari in anticipation of this weekend's show in Lawrence.

Ferrari owners have their priorities.

"Once they start talking about vehicles, everything else is secondary," said Maria Martin, a Lawrence resident and member of the Ferrari Club of America, Kansas City chapter.

Don and Maria Martin, owners of Southwest and More, 727 Mass., have a love for Ferraris. And they're hoping to spread their enthusiasm to others during the Kansas City chapter's Ferrari Car Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Seventh Street, between Massachusetts and Vermont streets. The street will be closed for the event.

Because Lawrence doesn't have a Ferrari car club, people in the surrounding areas will be driving in, and anyone who owns a Ferrari is invited to participate.

Don Martin said people usually buy these cars for one of three reasons: to look at, stick in their garage or drive down the highway.

Whatever the reason, he said there's a mystique about them that makes people love them.

"Unlike most cars, people consider them a piece of art," he said.

The Martins' business and The Eldridge, co-sponsors for the show, are hoping to provide an event for the car club, while also bringing more people downtown.

"It's a way of promoting the car show, but also to invite the community to come downtown, see these cars and walk around our wonderful community," said Maria Martin.

Don Martin said he'd like to have more car shows in Lawrence.

If it rains, or if rain is threatening, the event will be canceled.

Comments

lunacydetector 7 years, 2 months ago

so, how many ferrari owners live in lawrence anyway, but the real question is - how many own authentic ferraris and how many own ferrari look alike kit cars?

i've seen two kit car ferrari cars driving around town. one looks like a 308 and the other looks like a testarossa.

an enviro-mental group will have an anti-big oil demonstration in front of the courthouse since ferraris get bad gas mileage. it's expected to last about 2 minutes - long enough for the cars to drive by.

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Raiden 7 years, 2 months ago

This is the height of conspicuous consumption and so antithetical to what Lawrence claims itself to be. The cost of one of those cars could be sufficient to build the homeless shelter or make the repairs to the community shelter or build a Habitat home. Shame on them for flaunting their egos and bank accounts in this way. I hope there's a big storm and they have to go hide in their garages. And before anyone jumps on me for this opinion, I know that people can choose to do what they want with their money. I just don't understand people who feel the need to do that when this is a time in our nation and in our town when some people are truly suffering and in real need.

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Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 7 years, 2 months ago

The cost of one of those cars could be sufficient to build the homeless shelter... Shame on them for flaunting their egos and bank accounts in this way.

Why should a guy who EARNS enough money to buy a nice car feel pressured to sell it and use the money to support lazy drunks who refuse to work? Who's to say that these Ferrari owners don't already donate some money to charity?

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