Velocity Invitational 2021


Cobrar

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For those of you who left early, you missed Henry Ford III.
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Great pic! Who’s that guy in the middle again? Looks familiar! 🤓
 
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Cobrar

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What a lame response from the GT "manager". Thanks for posting Jeff. Wonder what "unique insurance/bailment policy" Sam Walton had to acquire to deliver his GT40 to the Apex track event? What a stupid response.
Dave, where is my popcorn?
Guess i’d like to have some clarification on ‘GT Properties’ being committed to SEMA and the Austin pop-up events. Attended both, the only GT that I saw was an older marketing car (static display Mk2 in disguise?) with some really awful graphic wrap on it.

In retrospect of the Rally event, it was fabulous but I admit I was disappointed that Ford elected to support the Invitational vs, the Rally. As an ex-marketing guy it reminded me of discussions on strategies focused on ‘conquest sales’ vs. current customers.
 
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It has nothing to do with Ford really, and only one guy. Think of the absurdity of the "Ford GT Program Manager" (which is a hilarious misnomer, especially if you know how that designation has been used historically) telling a customer "I'm not sure which Ford employees are planning on attending" the single largest, most expensive gathering of the cars you are ostensibly responsible for in history. Probably a good opportunity to ask.

Now, let's compare that with the below. No kidding, I was yanking stuff out of a filing cabinet the other day and pulled this out at random.

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Obviously the complicated bailment and insurance requirements were very different back then. 😂
 

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It was great to see Steven, Pearce, and the other concierge group being involved with Rally 13. Raj’s team's involvement presented a classy and friendly attitude and were a welcome addition to the event. Well done for making this happen!
 
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07XL0027

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Having just attended the Velocity Invitational, I can tell you it was definitely not a Ford event. Ford had a presence but it was put together by a local Californian. Anyone that has been to Car Week has been to similar events. While I enjoyed the outing, it definitely was no Ford GT Forum event. If I could only attend one car event a year, my only choice would be a Ford GT Forum Rally every time. The Scottsdale Rally 13 was second to none.
 
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07XL0027

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“Believe me, this is me at like a 2 out of 10 on this topic. I really, really do not advise making me turn the dial any higher than that.”

If this is you at “2”, man I don’t even want to see your “5”.
 
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07XL0027 You are correct. You probably do not want to see a 2+ response....

Now, let's compare that with the below. No kidding, I was yanking stuff out of a filing cabinet the other day and pulled this out at random.

Obviously the complicated bailment and insurance requirements were very different back then. 😂
And I was there for that first rally. It too was a fabulous event put on and coordinated by DBK with a little Denby thrown in for good luck.;)
 

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I was there Saturday afternoon, it was a little quiet then, but I had a good time at the event. Next time, I'll sign up sooner and get in on the special food and hospitality area and skip the food trucks!

McLaren and Ford had the biggest presence there. There were about a half dozen Speedtails on display, which was very cool. Anyone else think the NFGT is an overall better-looking design?

The collection of Le Mans FGTs was great. I was happy to be able to see the '22 Heritage up close (it was parked at a distance at Pebble Beach in August). Some of the details of the '22 are pretty unique!

I thought the vintage race cars on display were very interesting and really enjoyed walking around them and soaking it all in
 
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