Last weekend we attended an AutoShow, or Car show for want of a better way of putting it, and it was a real mix. With cars from lots of different manufacturers, typical Ford ST/RS brigade, VW GTi’s, Scooby’s and so on. Enzari took something different, thanks to our friend John Pogson from Italia Motorsport we decided against taking a modern Supercar but opted for a 1975 Dino 308GT4.
It is a very good looking car, even more special as this one bears the Dino badge, not a series two with the Ferrari badge on. I won’t go into the history of it, it would probably be quicker to Google it than listen to my long winded version but suffice to say it is an interesting car from the Italian legends. Complete with it’s original interior, it is a really stunning car, it was in fact a real crowd pleaser.
Many people at a car show make a bee line for the bright red Ferrari, who can blame them! But what surprised me more was peoples interest in the Dino. People wanted to know more about it than just, ‘is it a Ferrari?’ This was not just my or the older generation either, in fact a young boy of 12 asked me, why it had the Dino badge not Ferrari, and telling me ‘wow the body is sick (apparently that means cool?!)’ as so it went on. This was brilliant, a car almost as old as me and it got admirer after admirer, asking about it, not just a quick photo for their Facebook page.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of modern Supercars, the technology, ride handling and so on is something I could only dream about when I was younger, but the Classic’s have an enduring appeal, it is an appeal that is only going to grow. As we move forward and technology of electric power replaces the combustion engine, these classic’s, and we don’t even have to go back to the 60’s or 70’s, but more recently such as the F355, Alfa Romeo 916 – and on a personal note the Alfa 156 which I still say is a damn good looking car – these cars will continue to gain admirers, their appeal will go on, and so it should. They are the heroes of the current car world – Long live the Classics!
*A big shoutout & thank you to John Pogson of Italia Motorsport for joining us last weekend with his awesome Dino*