Passion on display at the annual “Ferraris at Cielo” car show

I​ncludes video of street-driven Ferrari 330 P4 replica!

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A beautiful day in the countryside setting of Rancho Santa Fe was the site for last Sunday’s San Diego Ferrari Owners Club’s “Ferraris at Cielo” car show.

While this was the club’s third annual show at this venue, it was by no means one of their first car shows. Way back in 2005, I covered their event when we were honored with the presence of automobile racing legend Phil Hill (see “A Day & Drive with Phil Hill,” in “AutoMatters & More” #147).

Racing legend P​hil Hill at a San Diego Ferrari Owners' Club event in 2005 (photo by Jan Wagner)

Racing legend P​hil Hill at a San Diego Ferrari Owners' Club event in 2005 (photo by Jan Wagner)

I interviewed the organizer of Sunday’s event, who lives in the community of Cielo. The turnout — both in terms of participants and visitors — far exceeded expectations, with roughly 45 cars on display, mostly from the immediate area.

Several dealers were represented, including Ferrari of San Diego who was the event’s primary sponsor. They brought three cars: A Ferrari F8 Tributo Spider, a Ferrari Roma and a Maserati. They also offered test drives to people who signed up in advance, for which they were quickly booked solid.

The non-profit San Diego Ferrari Owners Club runs about 12 events per year. After expenses, funds collected at their various events go to charities that include Ronald McDonald House, Wounded Warriors and the Make A Wish Foundation.

The purpose of their club is to bring people together who have a commonality of interests, centered around the automobile, and to have fun, but it is more than an interest, it is a passion. Car people are very passionate about what they drive, no matter what it is or what its price tag may be. Driving their special cars puts smiles on their faces. You also get to meet a lot of great people. They talk about cars, shows, and auctions all over the country and all over the world.

Owning a Ferrari is not a requirement to be a member, or to participate in events. The club has three or four driving events over the course of each year.

In February, which is Enzo Ferrari’s birthday, they usually gather together maybe 20 to 30 Ferraris and drive up around Julian and Temecula, with a stop for a fabulous lunch at a winery.

They just had a driving event that ended up at the San Diego Auto Museum, in Balboa Park.

Another driving event is still in the early planning stages. They will be going to go to the Bugatti Museum in Oxnard.

The winner of the People’s Choice award was a beautiful, 2003 Enzo Ferrari.

My vote went to a fantastic replica of a 1967 Ferrari 330 P4, street-driven race car — the originals of which were most recently made famous in the hit movie “Ford v Ferrari.” In addition to being raced at Le Mans, it “won numerous races and earned its place in the history books after a memorable 1-2-3 at Daytona,” as stated on

According to the replica Ferrari 330 P4’s owner, it was built in the late 1990s by a company in Detroit. These are very difficult to find. Ferrari has taken legal action against their manufacturers, so no companies build them anymore. After years of searching, the owner found this car four or five years ago on the Internet.

This replica is much like the original, but with one significant difference. Like the original, it has a monocoque chassis, and other comparable details abound, but in place of the original’s V12 engine, this one is powered by a Chevy. The owner considered replacing this engine with one that is more authentic — perhaps a V12 Ferrari Testarossa engine — but this car drives extremely well as is, and has plenty of power. It also makes glorious sounds!

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V​ideo of "Ferraris at Cielo," including a replica of the 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 race car. Listen to it!

He told me that he bought it because: “I like the shape of it. It’s pretty much a race car underneath, so it does what it was built for. … I love it. I love it for the fact that it’s a cool car.”

There is that passion. It is the essence of what makes a car person tick, and why car clubs like this one exist.

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Comments (12)

  • Student driver… funny

      3 days ago
    • Yes, wouldn't it be cool to have a driving instructor pull up with that to a teenager's house for a driving lesson?

        3 days ago
  • Jan, it’s so relaxing to read your articles…lots of photos, nice narrative and the occasional video. I only recognize a few of the better known models, but a true Tifosi can name all of them in an instant.

    Now that you have done a Miata Club and a Ferrari Club event this year, you only have 2998 more car brands to cover. Enjoy! David.

      4 days ago
    • I'll be covering Ford this Sunday, at "Fabulous Fords Forever" at Irwindale Speedway.


        4 days ago
  • Beautiful setting and amazing cars!

      4 days ago
  • What a fun day that must have been. And I do love that P4 replica, that must be fun to drive, listening to that engine (with a lot less stress than an original)! Beautiful Enzo though, looks like it absolutely deserved to win. Fantastic photos as usual, Jan!

      4 days ago
    • Thanks Owen,

      Were you able to hear the sound of the P4 as it accelerated away, out of sight behind the trees? I was tempted to crank up the volume, as I let that sound continue, while I showed that still photo of another Ferrari in the video. How...

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        4 days ago
    • I did hear it, and it was incredible. That must add so much to the drive that I might want to keep it in instead of add a more authentic engine.

        4 days ago
  • The P4 replica is excellent,it looks so real!

      4 days ago
    • MADJ,

      That Ferrari 330 P4 replica absolutely did look — and to my untrained ear, sound — real.

      It was parked a little bit away from most of the other cars on display. I was surprised that it did not have a crowd of people continuously gathered...

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        4 days ago