Ah yes, the follies of youth they say. Some things follow us our entire lives, and in some cases we aren’t quite sure even why. We now continue our running photoblog series called the “Motor Gathering“, and in today’s post we check out a model of car that has been in my mind and imagination all these years. Behold the beauty of the Ferrari 308 GTS, a car made famous on the American TV show Magnum, P.I.
I grew up watching Magnum, P.I., never missed an episode. Recently I was lucky enough to get a chance to watch the entire series from beginning to end, and even though the years have gone by and some scenes were a tad bit cheesy, it still totally satisfied my craving for watching fast cars and helicopters chasing bad guys. The backdrop of Hawaii didn’t hurt either, the scenery they captured during the filming of the show was beyond amazing, and it always left you feeling as if you’ve just had a brief vacation.
I am sure you can well imagine my personal joy when I came across several of these classics at the event. I am quite positive the fellows who were seated next to this beauty were used to hearing tales such as the ones I spun, and if I recall they even said “are you a Magnum P.I. fan then?”. Once I stopped hopping up and down I answered in the affirmative, and then I wandered away sheepishly.
Some things are just bigger than me.
As we continued to wander through the big event, we came across several more of these gorgeous cars. This one was really cool, the owner’s son had a perfect replica version of it as a pedal car, and he was super cute as he drove his way around the event in full-blown authentic Ferrari clothing looking just like the cat’s proverbial meow. I was told (more than once) that I would not fit in the pedal car, and furthermore it wasn’t nice to try and steal it from a young boy like that anyways.
Serious bummer there.
Just down the hill and around the corner we came across this one. Another beautiful representative of this amazing motorcar just sitting there waiting to satisfy my intense love for these cars. I can seriously hear the sweet tones of the engines these beasts possess in my mind’s ear as I sit here typing this, it truly sounds as if the heavens themselves opened up and all the angels are singing in sweet harmony.
OK, well, that may be a stretch to most. But it certainly describes it to me.
In many ways, cars like this take on a personality of their own when you see them in your favorite shows. The wicked cool black Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit is another example of this notion. These cars came alive on our screens, driving into our living rooms and literally becoming one of the family.
We are lucky enough to have such a car in our garage, our beloved 1987 Corvette roadster we fondly refer to as “Beastie”. You can read all about it here, “The Toad’s Chariot” if you are interested.
This is a car I’ve dreamed about my entire life and we got it for my 40th birthday (I’m not going to say when that was) and continue to cherish it like it’s a family member today.
Some things are bigger than the sum of their moving parts. Some things take on a life of their own.
Thank you so much for your kind visit to The Hollow today, we really appreciate it. As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.