REPOSITORY OF DATA PART II

Jim Weed

Volume 43 Issue 12

Jun 9, 2018

I’m sure many writers and magazines experience this.   I write many articles in the Ferrari Market Letter, not in every issue, but often enough that it sometimes feels like it. Our every two week schedule makes the next issue come around…well, every two weeks.

    I’m sure many writers and magazines experience this.

    I write many articles in the Ferrari Market Letter, not in every issue, but often enough that it sometimes feels like it. Our every two week schedule makes the next issue come around…well, every two weeks.

    I cannot be at every event or auction, so we have others who provide coverage for your enjoyment. Even if I can’t be there I still get to experience what the event was like. I imagine most of you are, like me, able to keep up with the Ferrari world through these pages.

    Most of the time, I don’t get a lot of feedback from my written words. I take the attitude if there are no complaints it must be all right. Ferrari people can be fairly critical if I get a serial number or a piece of Ferrari history wrong. Fortunately, I get it right most of the time. Not perfect mind you, but good enough not to be chastised by historians with greater credentials than me.

    I have written about such diverse subjects as obscure races in Texas and Argentina to prestigious concours at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. Fun events like Atlanta’s Italian Car Day and Celebration Exotic Car Festival always seem to write themselves. Auction reports are difficult when Rick Carey is not doing the review.

    Also, since I’m sitting in nerve-central of the Ferrari market I get to analyze the state of the market and give my opinion on these pages. The future is always a little murky as to what direction the market is headed but I try to give you my best informed guess. I try not to be as optimistic as your stockbroker.

    With all the things I write, nobody could have been more surprised at the response from my April 14th article in Vol. 43 No. 8 than me. In the Repository of Data article I described the over forty year history of the Ferrari Market Letter collecting information on Ferraris. I detailed the types of data we collect, what we do with it and how you could be part of the collection process.

    Wow!

    There are subscribers who normally send me information on the car they own. When we sent Archives Registration forms a couple years back I got many back, with details of lineage, colors, mileage and engine numbers along with other pertinent details. These folks have readily drunk the importance of Ferrari history Kool-Aid. I heard from many of those same subscribers and they added a few more details to each file.

    This time the article resonated with a whole new group. The emails came in, not just a few, but lots of them. Attached were Carfax reports, photos, work orders and details about how they found their Ferrari or where it came from.

    Proud owners were sharing their story. The story of the challenges of finding the right car, or the lucky break that brought the Ferrari into their life. And photos, you know how we love getting photos.

    Every Ferrari is beautiful; I can be just as excited to see a 288 GTO or a 400i. To me they are all special and I enjoy that you are willing to share your passion with me. A good story becomes part of the history for both the car and the owner. I know the time I spent with my 330 GT 2+2 was short, but the memory has lasted thirty years.

    The details you send become points on your history timeline. That same information can also help others. I recently needed to explain the early history of a 1960s Ferrari. Through the data we collected over the years, I was able to put together a logical explanation that should help guide this Ferrari through its Classiche certification. Sometimes a problem needs a deep forensics dive to sort out the history.

    There is no end to the tasks we perform. Collecting history, sightings, auction reports, historical photos and current photos, history reports and writing and producing the Ferrari Market Letter fill each day. There is never a dull moment as Cathy and I say, “We get to do this again in two weeks”.

    So, keep those stories coming. Scan those receipts and any other documents you have and of course send me a photo or two of your car. If I haven’t replied to your email yet, I’m working on logging the information you sent. I will reply.

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