Ferrari Car Show
It was eye candy for car lovers, and the heat didn't keep them away.
About 20 sports cars, mostly different models made by Ferrari - all red but a few - lined Seventh Street between Massachusetts and Vermont streets Sunday afternoon as part of the Ferrari Car Show, organized by members of the Kansas City chapter of the Ferrari Club of America.
The attraction of Ferraris lies in their exclusivity, according to Ferrari owner Greg Lusk of Kansas City, Mo.
"You don't see them everywhere you go," he said.
The American Airlines mechanic showed off his 1987 328 GTS Ferrari. He bought it from a Chicago dealer last year, and it's one of about only 6,000 in the world, Lusk said.
That's the lure of the rare and expensive sports cars, he said. He's driven it at 130 mph before, but it mostly sits in the garage.
Lusk bought the Ferrari with 16,000 miles on it, and he's only put on a couple thousand more, mostly by driving it to the club's weekly breakfast meetings.
But fascination with the car's build and style makes him want to keep his Ferrari in top condition for any chance to show it off, which is what the club is about.
"Everybody in our club is an enthusiast," Lusk said.
Enthusiasm was evident as many people wore Ferrari logos on their clothing at Sunday's event.
Most owners drove in their cars from out of town and parked them in the blocked-off street. One Ferrari fan accidentally happened upon the show as he drove by it.
"I've been pretty impressed," said Rishi Surana, a 2002 Free State High School graduate who this fall will attend medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Lawrence residents and club members Don and Maria Martin, owners of Southwest and More, 727 Mass., helped organize the show and said they were pleased with the turnout.
"Downtown is a perfect place to have events like this," Maria Martin said.
She said the club may try to expand the event next year and possibly include an art show. The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass., was a co-sponsor.