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Ferrari Club show boosts downtown’s horsepower

July 16, 2007

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Two-year-old Cordan Vaeono inspects a Ferrari on Sunday during a car show by the Kansas City chapter of the Ferrari Club of America in downtown Lawrence. "He loves cars," his father, Tony Vaeono, said.

Two-year-old Cordan Vaeono inspects a Ferrari on Sunday during a car show by the Kansas City chapter of the Ferrari Club of America in downtown Lawrence. "He loves cars," his father, Tony Vaeono, said.

Kansas City chapter's Ferrari Car Show

Greg Lusk, of Kansas City, Mo., talks about his red 1987 328 GTS Ferrari, which was on display with about 20 others Sunday afternoon in downtown Lawrence as part of the Kansas City chapter's Ferrari Car Show. Enlarge video

Ferrari show draws car lovers to downtown Lawrence

It was a day that would have made any car owner smile. Ferrari lovers revved up this afternoon for an event that was a sight for sore eyes. Enlarge video

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.

Comments

Charles L Bloss Jr 7 years, 11 months ago

Oh please, don't tell Neil's daughter. Thank you, Lynn

Sigmund 7 years, 11 months ago

Ok, so you're going to buy a Ferrari and it's going to cost you an arm and a leg. Fortunately you have two of each so you have one to spare! The question is, F430 or F60 Enzo? You're going to need to watch these videos to help you decide ,,, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN9xlMgAPuU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8KuetZuOAc

IceCream 7 years, 4 months ago

I couldn't believe that there wasn't a Ferrari 456 GT at the show! Oh well, this is the 2nd best show that I've ever been to in my life. If you want to find if there are more Ferraris and other exotic cars in Kansas and around the world, go to www.exoticspotter.com

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