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2016 was an exciting and eventful year! A number of significant restorations were completed including two Ferrari 250 PF cabriolets, a Ferrari 250 Lusso and a Ferrari 365 GTC/4. In addition our 906 Porsche was tested on track along with the pontoon fender Ferrari 250 re-creation we just finished. We presented cars on the lawns (and pavement) of Amelia Island, Pasadena Ferrari Car Show, The Quail "a Motor Sports Gathering" and the first LA Summer Concourse held in downtown Los Angeles. We hosted two Open Houses for the Ferrari Club of America which let us renew old friendships and meet new Ferrari owners. The shop has been busy all year long performing service and maintenance on a variety of different marques including Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Jaguar, BMW, Lotus and Mercedes among others. We are working on a one of a kind, ground up restoration for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concourse. It is the 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale with body by Boano. In 2017 we will be supporting 7 cars at the Mille Miglia. We have many projects in the works at the shop. Stop by and take a look. 2017 will be an AWESOME year!

February 2016 Retromobile

This was our Retromobile display at the Porte de Versailles. We presented a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export (2nd place 1951 Carrera Panamericana), 1960 Ferrari 246 Dino, 1952 Ferrari 250 Sport (winner of 1952 Mille Miglia), 1964 Brabham BT8, 1937 Bugatti Type 57/59, 1955 Lancia D50.

A Fastcars 2016 Restoration 1964 Ferrari Lusso

March 2016 Amelia Island Concours

The 21st Annual Amelia Island Concours drew a capacity crowd and more than 320 cars and motorcycles into 43 classes from 10 different countries. The honored marque was the Spanish built Pegaso and we were there to support our customer's Pegasos on the field.

March 2016 Open House

Fastcars Ltd.'s March open house had over 60 people and 30 Ferraris. All departments of the shop were open for guests to view our work in progress and have questions answered by our staff. Everyone was then treated to a wonderful BBQ lunch.

A Fastcars 2016 Restoration 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

April 2016 Buttonwillow Raceway

We make a track day as seamless as possible for our customers. We rent the track, transport the cars, provide mechanical support and lunch. All our customers need to do is show up and have an awesome day of racing. This was a test day for our ground up restoration, 1966 Porsche 906. It was the first day the 906 ever turned a wheel. With great excitement we watch the customer drive lap after lap. The smile on his face when he got out of the cockpit said it all...

May 2016 Mille Miglia

The Fastcars team drove the support vehicles for our customer's 1956 500MDTR and 1956 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce. They chased those car 1,000 miles around Italy from Brescia to Rome and back again. The Mille Miglia has been call the very best vintage sports car event in the world. In 2017 we have 7 cars entered. Let us help you enjoy a top "bucket list" event.

A Fastcars 2016 Restoration 1962 Ferrari 250 Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet

June 2016 Pasadena Ferrari Car Show

We have participated many times in the Pasadena Ferrari Car Show. We displayed 8 cars including a 212 Export, 250 Sport, 246 F1, 250 PF Cab, 365, 250 California, 246 Dino, 328 and 550 Maranello. It is always a spectacular show on Colorado Blvd.

June 2016 LA Summer Concours

This was the first year of the LA Summer Concours at Gilbert Lindsey Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. This concept was to created to give the automotive connoisseur a unique event, with direct access to the world's best cars, food and beverages in an all inclusive experience. We brought eight cars to be displayed and support this event.

A Fastcars 2016 Restoration 1960 Ferrari 250 Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet

August 2016 The Quail a Motorsports Gathering

The 14th edition of The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, celebrated Rivalries of the Ages, 100th Anniversary of BMW, A Retrospective of Laguna Seca Raceway, and the 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura. This year was brimming with exquisite cars on display, sponsor unveilings, delectable culinary offerings, and an unbeatable ambience set by unique musical arrangements. We brought four cars to display on the field including a Ferrari 250 PF Cab, Ferrari 275, Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint Veleco and a Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport Prototipo. This was our first showing of the finished ground up restoration of the 1960 Ferrari 250 Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet.

September 2016 Vancouver, Canada

Our car, the 1960 Ferrari 250 PF Cab, won Best Of Show at the Luxury & Supercar Weekend held in Vancouver, Canada

October 2016 Fast Cars Open House

We had double amount of Ferraris and people attending this year's 2nd Open House. Parking got a little crowded.

Owner Craig Calder with one of our Special Guest, Ferrari Legend Ed Niles.

October 2016 Metal Shop Master Class

Craig Calder hosted a private master class for his medal shop craftsmen given by Kent White of TM Technologies. Kent started working for the Harrah’s Auto Collection in 1972 at age 22. At that time the youngest technician at Harrah’s was 46 and the oldest had two tanks shot out from under him in WWI. In 1976 he achieved Master Technician status and was responsible for that year’s Pebble Beach Best in Show Winner with the Harrah’s 1937 Bugatti Type 57Sc Atalante Coupe. Since that time he has participated directly in over $40 million worth of auto restorations.

A Fastcars 2016 Restoration 1958 Pontoon Fender Ferrari 250 Re-creation

November 2016 Buttonwillow

This was the first time the Ferrari 250 was on track and it ran like a clock. We also brought the Porsche 906, Ferrari 250 SWB, Ferrari GTO, MGB and a Lotus.

We saw a preview of our 1963 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type with all the body panels in place. It is a re-creation of 49 FXN the Lumsden/Sargent car. It has a special low drag body designed by Dr Samir Klat. We can hardly wait until it is finished so we can see it tearing up the track.

Fastcar Restoration in Progress 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS

Purchased at Gooding's 2016 Pebble Beach auction, this Alfa was brought to Fast Cars Ltd. for a full ground up restoration. The owner has decided to return the car to its original color, yellow body with a black roof. The body was built by Boano and the Alfa was first shown at the 1955 Torino Motor Show. It will be ready for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concourse.

The Alfa on the lawn at 2015 Pebble Beach in the Preservation Class

From Gooding and Company's auction catalogue. During nearly a decade of production, Alfa Romeo’s highly successful 1900 series included just 854 examples of the 1900C SS, with the “C” denoting its short-wheelbase chassis and “SS” declaring its competition-oriented specifications. The 1900 also benefited from the deft touch of Italy’s top coachbuilders, often featuring bold designs that profoundly influenced automakers on both sides of the Atlantic. Notable among them are the 2000 Sportiva designed by Franco Scaglione for Bertone and Scaglione’s radical B.A.T. (Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica) 5, 7, and 9 show cars of 1953-1955, as well as Touring’s 1900 C52 Disco Volante (Flying Saucer).
Utilizing the split rear window also seen on Bertone’s B.A.T. cars and Perón’s Boano coupe, this car revels in comparative simplicity, particularly the unvented front fenders and updated rear-window treatment. Notably, the Alfa’s distinctively swept B-pillar would resurface on Boano’s short run of notable Ferrari 250 GT coupes just a few years later. A stretched hood, short deck, convex body sides, fine chrome bumpers, and round tail lamps further define this Boano Coupe, which was finished in yellow with a black roof. At Torino, it was an unqualified sensation, prompting correspondents to announce, “Boano in style, rivaling the two largest: Pinin Farina and Ghia…. This Alfa Romeo was a masterpiece.”

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