Last night's gathering of Elysée Wednesday set an all-time high for a number of reasons. It was, as usual, a great mix of personalities, intellects and interests. Raphael Finn, whose father Jean-Luc Desreumaux markets magnificent vintage era racing posters, made his first appearance with us. Matthew Ettinger was first on the scene and in great form as one would expect. Richard Mitchell entertained us with his "How I spent Memorial Day" with nothing left to the imagination. Martin Mervel debriefed us on his Timeless exhibition currently at the Pacific Design Center and brought with him Roberto Prado of the Ariadne Media Group who, along with me, had an essay included in the exhibition. Jeanetta Dumouchel, Tom Gurnee and Matthew discussed Cuba, its politics and customs and poet/photographer Elena Secota brought some of her captivating moonscapes to share. Roberto explained how news gathering has devolved into an increasingly smaller number of aggregators and speculated on the future of news and journalism--quo vadis. At one point, we left the table to inspect Matthew's Ferrari 550 Maranello and Richard's turbo-charged Bentley coupe both of which looked stunning together under the lights.
The topic of conversation turned to our Carrera Panamericana documentary when Chad Glass, who was under the weather, emailed the lastest evolution of the poster he is executing for us. It looked great and stimulated a lot of conversation about the Carrera which was overheard by someone at the next table. "Are you talking about the Carrera?" he inquired. It turns out his father, Salvador López Chavez raced in all five of the original Carrera Panamericana races. Seen here is a picture of his father in his Porsche 550.
The gentleman, Tomás López Rocha, had himself raced last year in the current retro Carrera winning his class in a Ford Falcon. The lead photo in this post features me with Tomas and Matthew, who ran in the 2000 edition of the Carrera in a 1954 Lincoln that is a replica of the famous Ray Crawford Lincoln.
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Ferrari GTO 3987 at speed by Yan denes
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Ray D. Shosay's Journal (excerpt)
"Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
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"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
Carrera Panamericana (1950-54)
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Ferrari GTO 3987
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Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
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Meeting Enzo Ferrari
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I bought Bentleys in England and Ferraris & Maseratis in Italy to re-sell in Los Angeles as a teenager. I met Enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio and Steve McQueen. I 'grew up' on the set of Mission: Impossible and other episodic TV series of the era. For a few years, I owned a Ferrari GTO that is owned by Ralph Lauren today and valued at approximately $52M. I began my film career by writing, producing and directing Montmartre in Paris in French. I founded and ran a repertory company for film & TV for 20 years in Los Angeles. I created a TV series which had fans that included Marlon Brando. I authored the first new acting technique--Action/ReAction--that was not based on Stanislavski's Method. I am currently writing my third novel and shooting my spy thriller Exigence. If you can't make movies, live your life as though you were in one...