FCA-Desert Region JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER  

2018 Christmas Party
 I'm very happy to announce that the 2018 Christmas party will be held at the Arizona Biltmore on December 1st. Save the date! I will be posting an Event Registration with more information in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!! 
 The Biltmore has offered a special holiday discount of 10% off  published guest rooms rates. This discount is applicable to a maximum of 14 guest rooms and applies only to rates published by the Arizona Biltmore website. It is not valid with conjunction with other discounts, package pricing, or rates from third party websites. As supply is limited, make your reservations ASAP.
 Please refer the Group Code HOL18 when booking your discounted room rate by calling 1-800-950-0086 for the reservation center. You may also call the main hotel at 602-955-6600 and ask for In-House Reservations.  Hours for In-House Reservations are from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  
Phoenix Wine Social!  
Ferrari Wine Tasting - For the last two years we have had a wine tasting at Phoenix Wines and both times sold out. This year we will be tasting Ferrari-Carano Wines accompanied by pizza. The date is Thursday July 26 at 6PM and the cost is just $30 per person. Attendance is limited to 30 people so sorry but only one spouse (you should only have one anyway) or guest.
Visit their website! 
Register Here!!!! 
Thanks to all those who attended the dinner at Tommy V's last week. I think everyone had an enjoyable evening.  Zoran the owner and I would like to apologize for the delay in getting your checks to you. He and I had a misunderstanding about the paying of the bill, and then to complicate the problem, his payment systems chose to throw a fit at the same time.  Our apologizes to all!  Dennis
Canadian Grand Prix!
What could possibly be better than watching the Canadian Grand Prix on a huge screen?
Watching it on two huge screens with 68 of your closest friends and fellow Tifosi. And with a delicious brunch of overstuffed sandwiches and wraps, gourmet potato salad and pasta salad, chewy cookies and deserts, a cheese platter, fresh fruit, and cold drinks.
But as wonderful as all this was, with great thanks to Gary Simon and his colleagues at Scottsdale Ferrari and the Penske Racing Museum, the real icing on the cake was Sebastian Vettel leading from the pole and never under threat to win the race, and once again taking the lead in the World Driver's Championship.
We had a record attendance of 69 members and guests, and no there is no hidden meaning in that number. A Contest to win a beautiful hard-cover coffee-table book entitled "Gentlemen Start Your Engines" was won by Carlo Rao who came closest to forecasting where Vettel and Raikkonen would finish.
The next race will watch at the Museum is the US Grand Prix on Sunday October 21. Watch for the announcement and do register early as we almost reached our maximum limit of 75 this time.
Carlo successfully guessed the finishing order of Team Ferrari, and was the big winner!! 
Welcome to our new sponsor Oliver Smith Jewelry! 
We'd like to welcome and introduce our latest sponsor, Oliver Smith Jeweler. Many of you know Oliver who very generously always provided espressos and cappuccinos for the monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering (aka Cars & Coffee) when it was held at the Shops at Gainey. He also invited the whole club to attend his annual December Cars & Cigars where he provided a delicious barbecue lunch, live music and premium cigars.
 Oliver is a car guy himself but sadly with one of those over-priced Volkswagen's called Porsche. Many of the club members are already customers of Oliver's and we are diligently working on him to upgrade to a Ferrari, which would be far more commensurate with the fine styling and quality of his jewelry.
 President, designer, owner, and all around Big Parmesan, Oliver Smith got his start in the jewelry industry after graduating from Lock Haven University with a BA in Economics. Originally from Worcester, Pennsylvania, this GIA graduate gemologist came out west in 1981 to start his own jewelry business and has been successful ever since. With exquisite designs, competitive pricing, and the highest quality of craftsmanship and ethical standards, Oliver creates jewelry to last a lifetime.
 Oliver also represents many of the finest Swiss watch brands, several of which are exclusive to Arizona including Richard Mille, Panerai, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Hermes.
 When not hard at work, Oliver enjoys being outdoors, playing golf, hiking, horseback riding, surfing, doing yoga, and barbecuing with his family.
 Oliver invites all club members to drop in to have a coffee while seeing the extensive inventory of new Oliver Smith designs and estate pieces, and of course special FCA pricing will apply when possible so please ask.   
Oliver Smith Jeweler
8787 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 116
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Stephen Gould
Regional Director

Clay Stephens
Activities Director




Rob Biddle and I are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the honor to host the Ferrari Club of America National Meet for 2019. This is held every year in a different place but has never been in Arizona, so we get to show off our wonderful state. It will be held from November 6-11, 2019. Many members have warned us that we are crazy to take on this workload but we are hoping, actually confident as we already have over 50 volunteers, that we can show the rest of the country how good we are and have them leave with a great impression of Arizona. While November 2019 may seem like a long way off there is a lot to do. We have already contracted with the Doubletree on Scottsdale Rd. as the official hotel and with Bondurant to be the official track. Scottsdale Ferrari/Maserati has also very graciously offered to host a cocktail party at the Penske Museum. The concours will be held at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. We will give you updates as things fall into place but welcome any suggestions and assistance. If you too would like to volunteer please send me an email.

Well summer is finally here and the last of the snow in Scottsdale has melted so you can all get your Ferraris out of winter storage. Oh sorry - that's for the members up north. 

We have some new events for July but attendance is limited so sign up now as we've been selling out fast.


Review of Pomo Dinner

What a great evening this turned out to be. Our hosts at Pomo went all out for the fifty plus members who enjoyed a wonderful, hearty Italian dinner. Our gratitude goes out to to Stefano and Cricket who comped us Prosecco to start and Limoncello to finish. Reserved parking right in front turned into a very colorful display of Ferraris and Maseratis. The consensus was that we need to have an FCA dinner at Pomo every year.


Review of Canadian Grand Prix & Brunch at Penske Racing Museum

Well Scottsdale Ferrari/Maserati certainly raised the bar with a total first class event. Our thanks goes out to our hosts - Gary Simon, Tim Cupp, Chad Morgan and Valentina Dibbern. A special cinema setting was laid out by LMC (Legendary Music & Cinema) with a huge screen and what we estimate was at least $250,000 worth of audio equipment, which in many ways was better than actually being in Montreal for the race. A fabulous brunch buffet of a variety of delicious, overstuffed sandwiches, huge bowls of potato and pasta salad, cheese platters, gourmet cookies, blondies and brownies plus cold drinks kept us all well fed and quenched. An over-enthusiastic young Dutchman took Vettel's front wing off within the first few corners relegating him to almost the very back of the pack but his skill and tenacity combined with the best F1 car in the world enabled him to finish an amazing fourth, and with just a few more laps, inevitably a podium. Kimi came in seventh with overheating brakes. Still it was an exciting race with lots of overtaking. We have been invited back for the USGP on Sunday October 22nd and LMC are installing an even larger screen and more equipment. LMC is the southwest's premium retailer, designer and installer of world-class audio/video components so we can expect something spectacular.

Review of Sedona & Hummer Off-Road Tour

A dozen or so Ferrari's plus one Maserati took to the scenic road and headed for Jerome. There they were treated and greeted! Treated to a wonderful lunch by Gary Simon from Scottsdale Ferrari and greeted unofficially by a gathering of Hell's Angels! They continued the drive to Sedona and enjoyed a nice evening at Cucina Rustica celebrating fellow club member, and Maserati driver, Barby Barone's birthday. On Sunday club member Marc Balocco, owner of Sedona OffRoad Adventures, treated participants to a rugged Hummer ride through the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. The highlight was a white tablecloth lunch of caviar and smoked salmon topped off with champagne from Ferrari embossed glasses and creme brûlée! A big thank you to Gary and Marc for their generosity.