GTO 3987 on Mulholland

GTO 3987 on Mulholland

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Steve McQueen, James Garner, Jack Benny &...


The star of Elysée Wednesday this evening was John Ling who grew up in a showbiz family--his father wrote for the TV series Waterfront starring Preston Foster--and who worked for Sal di Natale back in the day in order to afford a 250 SWB Berlinetta with three over-sized Webers. He had some great anecdotes--Steve McQueen was always a gentleman who never complained about repair bills on his NART spider, James Garner wanted the aluminum Borranis on his 250LM chromed, Jack Benny drove a clapped-out Ferrari 250 Cabriolet that smoked from the tailpipes and from under the hood and how Sal drove the Alfa BAT from New York to California with his two babies tucked into the voluminous door side pockets. My favorite was the surprise birthday party John threw for Peter Helm at 5:30 one morning surprising blonde superstar Joey Heatherton in the process. John arrived in his Citroën SM, which collected a crowd of admirers, and we hope to see more of him.