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  1. Marcel Massini

    Marcel Massini F1 World Champ
    Honorary

    Mar 2, 2005
    16,181
    I am an FCA member since 45 years and live 5'000 miles away from the U.S.

    Marcel Massini
     
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  3. jm2

    jm2 F1 World Champ
    Lifetime Rossa Owner

    Aug 19, 2002
    13,912
    michigan
    Full Name:
    john
    Cool, I joined in April of 1976. Seems like yesterday. Manfred Lampe talked me into joining.
     
  4. Scott98

    Scott98 Formula 3
    Silver Subscribed

    Nov 3, 2004
    2,165
    Weston, FL
    Full Name:
    Scott
    Exactly! Could you imagine them meeting for lunch at a roadside barbecue place like used to happen? Nope. Gotta be somewhere really fancy. Nothing at all wrong with fancy as long as that’s not all or the majority of what you do. IMO, it’s gotten really over the top. Way to country club for my taste.
     
  5. Admiral Goodwrench

    Admiral Goodwrench Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2005
    512
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Full Name:
    Robert Phillips
    In forty five years and hundreds of transatlantic flights I would expect that your frequent flyer miles were really worth something! I cannot count the number of car shows where we have met.

    Best regards old friend,

    Robert
     
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  6. Labman

    Labman F1 Rookie

    Jun 25, 2010
    3,696
    Long Island, NY
    Full Name:
    Steve
    Ummmm...are you confusing us with the Porsche club? LOL! All kidding aside, this does not sound at all like the guys that join here on Long Island. They are the most welcoming, down to earth guys you can imagine. Is there the occasional DB? Of course but very few and far between. The one thing I never do is ask what a newbie member does for a living. I couldn't give a rats butt! We welcome them in and get to know them and make sure they get involved with the club and our events (and we have many). Then if it comes up in convo that he is an MD, so be it. What I find most amusing is that I get asked how much the yearly dues are by a guy in a $500k Pista! Come on!
    Trust me the FCA is worth every penny. Come to LI and we will welcome you with open arms :)
     
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  8. spirot

    spirot F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed

    Dec 12, 2005
    13,071
    Atlanta
    Full Name:
    Tom Spiro
    I'm the former President of the FCA GA chapter. Membership is what you make of it, but I've been a member for 25 years, and loved it. I highly encourage membership you will meet life long friend, and it will impact your life for the better. Not to mention some cool cars.
     
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  9. ScottJon

    ScottJon Karting

    Jul 14, 2018
    52
    Hollywood. Ca. USA
    Full Name:
    Scott Leibow
    i joined and continue membership. I really like the Southern California chapter, I’m in Hollywood area. I have gone on several of the group rides and have enjoyed each one. I haven’t met as many people as I would like because of COVID but I hope that changes in the future. Of the people I have met, they have all been super nice. I recommend it, I certainly can’t speak for other areas of the country but this group is cool.
     
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  10. MaurizioAM

    MaurizioAM Karting

    Sep 5, 2018
    78
    Plano Texas
    Full Name:
    Maurizio
    I just joined last week, but I’ve been going to the public FCA meets for about a year now. It’s been great, great people and pop up events. Good organization to be a part of, money well spent.
     
  11. Clint 360

    Clint 360 Rookie

    Apr 25, 2018
    12
    Gold Coast, Australia
    Full Name:
    Clint
    We are pretty lucky in Queensland (Australia) the club has been flat out with more events than previous years. They are good social events where you get to drive and look at other Ferrari’s happy days!
     
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  13. Fiorano 550

    Fiorano 550 Rookie

    Dec 18, 2012
    20
    If you have all the friends you need or want, and do not want any new experiences to liven up your life, Do Not join the FCA. It is said a Ferrari is the ticket to more fun life experiences. Joining the FCA has made my ticket (488 GTB) good at places like the country gas station and cafe where I meet for a cheeseburger and two hours of mountain driving with three or four of my FCA buddies. Or to Maranello for a personal tour of the Classiche Dept and the unveiling of the new F1. People and places I would never have even thought of without the FCA. Sorry though I am one of those MDs that another FerrariChat member was concerned about (retired surgeon no less) It’s all good! Enjoy
     
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  14. Mirek

    Mirek Formula Junior

    Oct 20, 2019
    399
    Los Angeles, CA
    Full Name:
    J,Mirek
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  15. mjz

    mjz Karting

    Aug 3, 2007
    117
    Houston, Texas
    Full Name:
    Michael
    I recommend joining FCA and getting involved at local events. We have been members for almost 20 years with several Ferraris (F430 one of my favorites!).
    Here is a video link to an event we just did last Saturday at a local distillery - drive + 'tasting':
    Great fun!
    (Play the whole video - drone was awesome)
     
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  16. dgunn365

    dgunn365 Karting

    Dec 15, 2006
    62
    New London NH
    Full Name:
    David Gunn
    I am sure the 'old timers' will agree with two things; 1) to a certain extent you can be an influence; at some level within FCA; and 2) it is no longer 1974 (when I joined) and change is inevitable; within any group. Avoiding judgement on whether it is for better or for worse means you are adjusting. FCA is not at all hard to enjoy.
     
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  17. Mike-456M

    Mike-456M Rookie

    Jun 10, 2016
    22
    I’ve been a member for about five years since I bought my car. We have a pretty active Central Florida chapter with many events each year that make it well worth the cost of membership. The annual national meetings are also lots of fun and provide the opportunity to talk with fellow enthusiasts, have your car judged by national experts (if you wish), do road rallies and track time, and other events as well. Of course, the meeting moves about the country so some years it is easier to attend than others.


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  18. Mike-456M

    Mike-456M Rookie

    Jun 10, 2016
    22
    If you have the time, get involved and increase the activity level. Once someone takes the initiative others will often join in. Every member has ideas about what they would like their local chapter to do.


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  19. SCantera

    SCantera F1 Rookie
    Silver Subscribed

    Aug 4, 2004
    2,793
    Living Falls NC
    There is the FCA Experience coming up at the Broadmoor in CO. Should be a fantastic event!
     
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  20. SCantera

    SCantera F1 Rookie
    Silver Subscribed

    Aug 4, 2004
    2,793
    Living Falls NC
    Wow....55 years!!! I salute you Sir!!

    I am just a junior member at 45 years ;)
     
  21. SCantera

    SCantera F1 Rookie
    Silver Subscribed

    Aug 4, 2004
    2,793
    Living Falls NC
    Seems like a few 45ers are on here.

    I joined in May of 76.....when I bought my first GTC from Ed Waterman at Thorobred Motorcars in Arlington VA.

    Have been active in both the FL [Naples] and now just getting started in NC. Once I have my many projects at my home completed I will host and organize some drives in the NC mountains. NC and FL both have active Chapters. One day I gotta do the VIR event w/ the NC/SE region!!!
     
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  22. jm2

    jm2 F1 World Champ
    Lifetime Rossa Owner

    Aug 19, 2002
    13,912
    michigan
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    john
    Very cool. Think about that, 45 years!
     
  23. SCantera

    SCantera F1 Rookie
    Silver Subscribed

    Aug 4, 2004
    2,793
    Living Falls NC
    I try not to....makes me think I might be old....lol!! I am not old dammit!!!
     
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  24. BruceC

    BruceC Karting
    Silver Subscribed

    Apr 26, 2018
    161
    Tucson, AZ
    I was in the SC Chapter for 3 years but dropped out with all but one event occurring at least a 2-hour drive or more from our area. I'd estimate there had to be nearly a dozen F cars locally, and maybe 4 FCA members, but it was difficult to get local non-members interested and most of the events within range were oriented towards "fine dining." Best experience was attending the national meet in Daytona - worst was having my input brushed off when the chapter was planning the one local event in our area.

    I'll probably try again now that I live in AZ.
     
  25. SCantera

    SCantera F1 Rookie
    Silver Subscribed

    Aug 4, 2004
    2,793
    Living Falls NC
    Glad you came to the Daytona event.

    My job was to run the Awards Ceremony Dinner. Typically these Annual dinners ran for 5+ hours and every attendee would become bored to tears. I bucked/ignored the FCA execs and ran it on my own tight schedule. Including the 1 hour cocktail time I got the entire ceremony over in 2 hours and 58 minutes. My target was 3 hours.

    As a 45 year FCA member I stopped going to these Award Ceremony dinners until I was given the job to right the ship. I doubt anyone will ever beat my time. [patting myself on the back...lol]
     
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  26. Stams

    Stams Karting

    Apr 30, 2020
    107
    Colorado
    Full Name:
    Sean
    I’m a new member in CO and I’m signed up for Colo Springs!

    Should get a chance to meet some of you before then. Looking forward to it!


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  27. Way2fast

    Way2fast Formula 3

    May 24, 2006
    2,065
    Santa Barbara County
    Full Name:
    Sam
    I have belonged since buying my car in 2007. Lots of great events and have made some life long friends. I am now president of our Central Coast chapter
     
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  28. Mirek

    Mirek Formula Junior

    Oct 20, 2019
    399
    Los Angeles, CA
    Full Name:
    J,Mirek
    Awesome and I hope to see you around. Appreciate the feedback.
     

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