Why is Our California Highway Patrol Going to Escort Ferraris Across the Golden Gate Bridge on Sept 23?

[UPDATE: I seriously doubt I’ll be going to lunch, you know, despite the invitation, with anybody anytime soon to discuss this government-subsidized boondoggle. It’s possible I know all about how it and similar events work and yet, still, I don’t approve. Educating me about the details isn’t going to change my mind. Similarly, I don’t approve of the CHP 11-99 Foundation and the negative aspects of that organization. See? It’s not just you. But that’s OK, right? Enjoy the helicopter photography of yourselves in your grand caravan on the Golden Gate Bridge. “Look at me and my Ferrari! And I’m such a Good Person too!” I won’t stop you. Let’s hope you all give away more than 3.6%. ]

[UPDATE: Comment time! Check it, “Harry” cries foul:

“What do you have against raising money for underprivileged children?

Tax deductibility, primarily. Plus, I hate kids, all of them. Except David after Dentist kid – he’s pretty cool. And he, unlike the members of your crew, has never cracked up a Ferrari. And he doesn’t drive drunk. You know, I’d love to see the DMV printouts of all your drivers. Those docs would most likely prove interesting to some. Do you take all comers or do you have any standards? I don’t know.

Did you even investigate it before you slammed it?

Well, are you saying people aren’t taking deductions on this look-at-me joyride? That would be worthy of investigation, certainly.

What kind of hit and run journalism is this?

My kind, but I wouldn’t call it journalism necessarily.

Tell us what’s bad about this charity.

Tax deductibility, primarily.

I’m sure that some of us would like to know, especially the parents of the children who participate.

I’m sure that the parents involved can tolerate a WordPress blog post. Better than you, anyway…

Most of the kids are African-American.


I have to think that 50 Ferrari owners could easily write checks to this charity, but the attention that 50 Ferraris draw will raise double that.

Really? Random people say, “Oh you have a Ferrari so let me donate money to your charity and then let the Treasury match my donation come tax time!” Do people really say that? Do they really do that? Hey, I know – why not sell all 50 Ferraris and then take the millions raised and give it to the beneficiaries of the charity, and here’s the key part, and then don’t take any tax deductions? If all you mofos got together and did that, well, that would impress the hell out of me. And I’m sure your beneficiaries would greatly prefer that.

If Ferraris don’t have front plates, then they can be ticketed.

I agree that they can be ticketed, but it doesn’t really happen IRL, right? I mean, not enough anyway. Most Ferraris in California don’t have FLPs and most non-Ferraris do have FLPs. Why is that?

And where are your statistics on Lamborghini registrations?

I don’t know, experience? I’m talking about Lambos in San Francisco. Most that you’ll see don’t have California plates with current decals. Just take a look. And compare that with Ferraris – most of them do have CA plates. See? That’s a good thing, that’s a compliment for your marque ‘n stuff. You all could be worse – I’m acknowledging that.

This comment confirms that you have no idea what you are talking about and just make stuff up.”

All right, here’s a Lambo what was around town for a while – notice any possible issues? And here’s another without any plate at all, but the license plate holder makes reference to the CHP 11-99 Foundation. Speaking of which:

Can drivers buy CHP leniency? License plate frames for donors to the 11-99 Foundation are seen by some as speeding-ticket insurance. The group will stop issuing them.

Isn’t that funny? The CHP 11-99 Foundation has stopped issuing these licence plate holders but they’re still all over the place.

And, since I’m making things up, why don’t I make up a story about this guy, whose F355 Spyder lifestyle gets him in all sorts of trouble, dealing with multiple LEAs in multiple counties, and judges and lawyers. And he just happens to be the dude who got into trouble for hanging out in a bar and messing with police radios down in the Peninsula – it made the papers and everything:

That’s your image, that’s the kind of baggage that you carry, whether you realize that or not.

That’s something to think about as you leave the GGB at 9:30 AM attempting to make the five hour trip to Morro Bay in time for lunch, you know, taking the PCH.]

I don’t know, is this upcoming Ferrari Owners Group (FOG) Road Rally from San Francisco to Los Angeles a good thing?

Oh, it’s associated with non-profits? And it’s for charity? OK, so it’s just like the Silver State Classic Nevada has, right? Is that good?

I don’t know man, on September 23rd, 2011, we’re going to have scores of piloti del Ferrari trying to “make time” to get to Morro Bay for lunch and Santa Barbara by 5:00 PM come Hell or high water, you know, after they leave the CHiPpies in San Fran* at 9:30 AM near the GGB toll plaza.

So, if you’re driving a Winnebago RV or something south through Big Sur around lunchtime, you can look forward to being passed over and over and over and over on narrow Highway One.

Check it:  

Meet the crew.

Oh here’s one, it’s Alfonso the actor. Hurray! Yay, Alfonso!

And let’s all look forward to the CHP rigorously enforcing CVC 5200 on all the Ferrari owners, you know, while the party’s going on:

“Display of License Plates

5200.  (a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.”

All right, Vaya con Gaia, but try not to kill yourselves, Ferraristi.

And oh, don’t look for the upcoming party at “Ferrari of San Francisco” in, you know, San Francisco, ’cause it’s not here. En realidad, it’s up in the Great White North, up in Mill Valley, the drunk driving capital of the Bay Area.** Shouldn’t they call it Ferrari of Mill Valley instead? Seems they should…

All the deets, after the jump.

*Oh, I’m sorry. How about “Frisco” instead?

**Look out. The local yokels know all about your little soiree and they’ve got nothing better to do than to lie in wait for you to weave your way past the In & Out on your boozy ride home…


“CarWoo! Sponsors Ferrari Owners Group Road Rally to Benefit Opportunity Impact. Ferraris Drive, Kids Win Thanks To The FOG Rally From San Francisco To Los Angeles

BURLINGAME, Calif., Aug. 4, 2011- CarWoo! announces that it is the Presenting Sponsor for the Ferrari Owners Group Road Rally from San Francisco to Los Angeles beginning with a pre-rally launch party on September 22 and concluding with a charity auction and banquet on September 24. All proceeds from the rally and its associated events are being donated to San Francisco based charity, Opportunity Impact.

Tommy McClung, CarWoo! CEO said, “It is important for CarWoo! to give back to the community that we are a part of. It is exciting for us to be involved with the great people of the Ferrari Owners Group and through them to really help change the lives of children through Opportunity Impact. We anticipate being a part of this effort and supporting Opportunity Impact for a long time.”

Opportunity Impact is serving children in the lowest income areas of San Francisco. According to Emily LoSavio, Executive Director, “Opportunity Impact has shown that when all areas of a child’s life are nurtured, starting early and with consistency, children from our lowest income communities can gain the skills to overcome the multi-faceted obstacles they face and define their future success for themselves.”

The rally festivities begin with a Launch Party at Ferrari of San Francisco on Thursday evening, September 22 at 6PM. The rally cars will be on display. Several local high-end wineries will be serving their fine wines and there will be food as well as live music. Attendance is expected to be around 500 guests, including local celebrities and luminaries. Tickets are still available for $100 each and may be obtained on the FOG Rally website (http://www.fogrally.com/register.)

“Seeing 50 Ferraris escorted across the Golden Gate Bridge by the California Highway Patrol and then streaming down Highway 1 all the way to Los Angeles is going to be an incredible spectacle,” said Joe Keon, Founder of the Ferrari Owners Group. “We intend to transform this event into one of the largest rallies in the country. We are excited that we can support a cause as worthy as Operation Impact.”

The rally itself kicks off on Friday morning, September 23, precisely at 9:30AM following a launch breakfast at Piazza D’Angelo Restaurant in Mill Valley. Drivers and their cars will be available from 7:30AM. Emily LoSavio, Executive Director for Opportunity Impact will also be present.

At 9:30AM the California Highway Patrol will escort the Ferrari caravan across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cars and drivers will arrive for the night at the Mar Monte Hotel in Santa Barbara between 5:00PM and 6:00PM.

After making their way into Los Angeles, drivers, guests and friends will gather at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel at 6:00PM for cocktails, a charity auction, fund raising awards, a banquet and a comedy show. One “item” being auctioned is a dinner prepared in your home by for up to ten people by Chef Dominique Chen who has been Michelin starred in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and is an Iron Chef Winner. Tickets for this event are $250 per person and can also be obtained on the FOG Rally website.

“We are incredibly grateful for FOG’s support,” said Emily LoSavio. “Our program is nearing capacity in terms of the children we can support and so our budget is the largest it has ever been. At the same time, some donors are pulling back in the current economy and FOG has stepped in at a time when we really need them. I can’t thank Joe Keon, FOG and their sponsors, like CarWoo! enough for supporting OI.”

Additional details on the rally, including the route and driver information and on Opportunity Impact can be found on the Fog Rally website or on the CarWoo! Chronicle.

About CarWoo!

CarWoo!, as seen on The Today Show, CNN Money and other leading national media outlets, is the only online marketplace for car buyers and sellers. It was founded in 2008 by serial entrepreneurs, Tommy McClung, Erik Landerholm and Michael Young. It is the only online marketplace where buyers remain anonymous and dealers are ensured buyers who purchase within two weeks 80% of the time. With early funding by Y Combinator, CarWoo! is based in Burlingame, CA and is now funded by Blumberg Capital, Comcast Interactive Capital and Interwest Partners. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/carwoo and on Twitter at twitter.com/carwoo.

About Opportunity Impact

Opportunity Impact was founded in 2007. Opportunity Impact offers youth the skills needed to be free from the obstacles faced in our lowest income communities and to gain the opportunity to create the life they desire.

Our goal is to create a new reality of unlimited opportunity for this generation of youth who are growing up in America’s lowest income communities. The Executive Director for Opportunity Impact is Emily LoSavio. An informational video interview with Emily LoSavio can be seen here.

About The Ferrari Owners Group

FOG’s chief mission is to harness the spectacle of exotic and vintage Ferraris in order to draw attention to and raise support for worthy charitable causes. FOG also provides a calendar of driving and other social events for Ferrari owners and resources for local services. Visit our monthly events calendar to learn about upcoming track days, GT rallies, wine country tours and other events in which you may wish to take part.

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17 Responses to “Why is Our California Highway Patrol Going to Escort Ferraris Across the Golden Gate Bridge on Sept 23?”

  1. Sameer Bhansaki says:

    If SFPD can blow $thousands in police overtime to escort around our monthly Friday-night bicycle rally and a bunch of hipsters protesting the killing of an armed felon in another neighborhood, then surely the cops can provide a vehicle escort for a road rally, right?

  2. sfcitizen says:


    If I were going to Morro Bay via the PCH for lunch, I’d leave earlier than 9:30 AM. Wouldn’t you?

  3. PN says:

    Not if I had a Ferrari and a police escort.

    Hope the cops can keep up…

  4. Dave D. says:

    …Prolly a ” Re-embursable services contract ” in which the Dept. is re-embursed for all expenses and the officers are off duty and on overtime. That’s the way the traffic detail is paid for at Sears Point raceway when it impacts traffic.
    …But, I’m just guessin’. Call the Marin office and ask the FOO ( Field Operations Officer ), a Lieutenant. He’ll know.
    ..And just for shits and giggles, the Vehicular Code doesn’t apply during a parade.

  5. sfcitizen says:

    Well, all right, but most of these Ferrari don’t have FLPs, parade or no.

    The CHP is just another expense for the charity. I don’t nec. approve of a lot of these non-profits, but oh well…

  6. Dave D. says:

    …I know 5200v.c. is near and dear to your heart, but I suspect the reason they are paying the moola for escort is that many of them aren’t registered, equipted or insured for the road. At least, that was the case when we escorted vintage race cars from Serious Point to Sonoma for a benefit dinner at Sebastiani’s winery ( for the Boys and Girls club ).
    …Unless they changed the policy, re-embursable services contracts are only to be provided for movie details and agricultural events. I pointed this out back in the day, but the policy is really just for……….when they want it.

  7. sfcitizen says:


    Well they’re going all the down to LA and back – they’re going to need lic,. reg plates ins – the whole works.

    Ferraris in SF tend to be registered in CA but Lambos tend to be not registered and/or regged in Oregon or Nevada….

  8. Harry says:

    What do you have against raising money for underprivileged children? Did you even investigate it before you slammed it? What kind of hit and run journalism is this? Tell us what’s bad about this charity. I’m sure that some of us would like to know, especially the parents of the children who participate. Most of the kids are African-American. I have to think that 50 Ferrari owners could easily write checks to this charity, but the attention that 50 Ferraris draw will raise double that. If Ferraris don’t have front plates, then they can be ticketed. And where are your statistics on Lamborghini registrations? This comment confirms that you have no idea what you are talking about and just make stuff up.

  9. RedHead says:

    Hi, SFCitizen and Readers.

    I came across your article because I’m a reader and follower of
    SFCitzen, and I am participating in the aforementioned rally.

    I am very passionate about this event and the money raised goes to support local disadvantaged youth. No individual is being compensated for their charitable efforts and no tax dollars are being spent. It is nice to know the CHP wants to help raise awareness for these kids – some of which are without a single parent to guide them or a positive roll model.

    We can sure use your support. If you are interested in helping us
    toward our fundraising goal, please let us know, so we can all help
    out these wonderful children!

    Thanks, in advance, for your time and consideration.

    Respectfully yours,

    — RedHead

  10. sfcitizen says:

    I don’t know, Testarossa, you want to give some numbers from last year?


    And what’s the difference between spending tax dollars and taking a deduction on your taxes. It’s the same thing, right?

    If all this money is after tax, well then that would change everything…

  11. Harry says:

    If you had done any research before you lit into this charity event, you would know that this is their first year. Whether any of the donors take a tax deduction is between them and their government. But the money is going to a very good cause…kids who have not been served by their government. Opportunity Impact and the Ferrari people are private citizens trying to pick up for the failure of our government system that requires front license plates, gives lots of parking tickets, but can’t educate children. By the way, the CHP 11/99 Foundation is going strong and still handing out license plate frames and other goodies in return for donations to the families of fallen officers. I checked their website. Obviously you did not before you incorrectly stated that they had ended their program. You just spew hate and tell lies, like no Lamborghinis are licensed in CA and because one Ferrari owner breaks the law they are all bad. Why do you hate people who are trying to make a difference for our children? Now, more than ever, we need targeted help from those who can give it. As Mrs. Clinton says, “it takes a village to raise a child.”

  12. sfcitizen says:

    OK, this is whose first year? What are the deets?

    The fact that this event is paid with pre-tax dollars is the problem. That means that this little event is subsidized by the government, right?

    How much money is going to the kids? Who is paying for the helicopter?

    Our govt. can’t educate children?

    CA requires FLPs, I think it’s the last state to do so.

    The CHP commish was embarrassed by the CHP 11-99 license plates. As of 2008, they stopped issuing the frames. If they started up again, then that’s worthy of me making another post. They probably lost a lot of money from not being able to give out the frames.

    The 11-99 Foundation gives off a strong odor, IMO.

    Some Lambos in CA are licensed. Most in SF are not properly licensed. Ferrari owners break laws all the time, more than most, actually. Why don’t you encourage your friends to put FLPs on?

    I hate children and Ferraris of course, can’d decide which I hate more.

    Anyway, they did end the program, you know, owing to the embarrassment. See?

    “September 28, 2008|By Associated Press
    The California Highway Patrol and a CHP benefit foundation are doing away with expensive license plate frames that may have bought some drivers a pass on traffic tickets.
    Commissioner J.A. Farrow worries the frames create a perception that contributors to the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation are getting beneficial treatment from CHP officers.
    At Farrow’s request, the foundation, which takes its name from the emergency police radio code for “officer needs assistance,” voted last week to stop issuing the frames by January.
    Donors who gave $5,000 received the license plate frame and a brass identification card with a small star similar to a CHP officer’s badge.
    The foundation says the items aren’t designed to buy immunity from traffic tickets.
    But an online Mercedes-Benz chat board called the frame “the ultimate speeding ticket solution in California.” The frames have been selling online for $250 to $1,000.
    Several thousand frames have been issued, and are most often seen on expensive cars like Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Land Rovers, BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes and Audis.”

  13. John Paris says:

    I smell a strong odor of jealousy bread from assumption

  14. sfcitizen says:

    Assumption bread? Is this a Catholic thing?

    What, do you think I wish I had my own non-profit? No, not really.

  15. Anon. says:

    I’ve issued speeding citations to people with 11-99 Foundation license plate frames. “…without fear, favor or discrimination…” -An oath that most people don’t take before starting a new job. If someone deserves a ticket, they get one. Most of the people supporting that foundation realize that CHP Officers are more often killed by people driving like idiots, so they it’d be a little hypocritical for them to be speeding around endangering motorists and officers. Then again, there are people that just buy the frames on Ebay, hoping to get out of a ticket……it won’t work.

  16. Hi, everyone.

    I just wanted to let y’all know that this year, FOG is raising money for Blue Planet Network (BPN). BPN provides clean sustainable water for countries that need clean sustainable water — even the US.

    Check us out at http://www.FOGRally.com.

    The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco is our presenting sponsor — we are so honored to have their support.

    Plan accordingly if you’re going to be in the area near the Fairmont — SFPD will be closing off streets for our Ferraris.

    Thanks for all your comments — I enjoyed reading them.

    BTW, I never drive with Front Plates except for a photo shoot — why spoil the looks of a beautiful Italian exotic?

    Check 6.

    /s/ Alfonso Faustino

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