[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:
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?
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.
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.
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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