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GTO's for US$ 430,000,000 cruising the Californian highways and byways


Up close and personal - a fabulous motoring machine at the Mot &  Chandon Tour

Up close and personal - a fabulous motoring machine at the Mot & Chandon Tour

Collector's items - a rare gathering of 21 of the worlds most exclusive sports cars in the Napa Valley for the Mot &  Chandon GTO 45th Anniversar

Collector's items - a rare gathering of 21 of the worlds most exclusive sports cars in the Napa Valley for the Mot & Chandon GTO 45th Anniversar

A clean break ... chef Thomas Keller and Jean Berchon, co-organizer of the GTO 45th Anniversary Mot &  Chandon Tour at the French Laundry on Day

A clean break ... chef Thomas Keller and Jean Berchon, co-organizer of the GTO 45th Anniversary Mot & Chandon Tour at the French Laundry on Day

A little tour through Napa Valley's most beautiful vineyards

A little tour through Napa Valley's most beautiful vineyards

Inaugural dinner Mot &  Chandon GTO 45th Anniversary Tour in the cellars of the Napa Valley Reserve

Inaugural dinner Mot & Chandon GTO 45th Anniversary Tour in the cellars of the Napa Valley Reserve

The Ferrari 250 GTO's driving back from the Meandowood to the Pacific Coast and back to the Napa Valley

The Ferrari 250 GTO's driving back from the Meandowood to the Pacific Coast and back to the Napa Valley

The Ferrari 250 GTO's driving back from the Meandowood to the Pacific Coast and back to the Napa Valley

The Ferrari 250 GTO's driving back from the Meandowood to the Pacific Coast and back to the Napa Valley

The spectacular Napa Valley foreshore, site of this year's Mot &  Chandon GTO 45th Anniversary Tour

The spectacular Napa Valley foreshore, site of this year's Mot & Chandon GTO 45th Anniversary Tour

On the road for the opening of the Mot &  Chandon GTO 45th Anniversary Tour

On the road for the opening of the Mot & Chandon GTO 45th Anniversary Tour

The GTO belonging to the owner of the Michael Kors label, Lawrence Stroll, glides through the giant Redwood forest

The GTO belonging to the owner of the Michael Kors label, Lawrence Stroll, glides through the giant Redwood forest

The Pacific Ocean forms an idylic backdop, all the better to show off "The Mona Lisa of motoring"

The Pacific Ocean forms an idylic backdop, all the better to show off "The Mona Lisa of motoring"

Rout One ... as fabled for its magnificent serpentine curves as for the beauty of its ragged cliff faces

Rout One ... as fabled for its magnificent serpentine curves as for the beauty of its ragged cliff faces

The Ferrari 250 GTO's driving back from the Meandowood to the Pacific Coast and back to the Napa Valley

The Ferrari 250 GTO's driving back from the Meandowood to the Pacific Coast and back to the Napa Valley

Dominus Estate, belonging along with Petrus to the Moueix family

Dominus Estate, belonging along with Petrus to the Moueix family

Tom Price & 250 GTO

Tom Price & 250 GTO

On your marks .... for the Prix de la Regularite

On your marks .... for the Prix de la Regularite

Lucky number 7 soars ahead on the Infineon Racetrack

Lucky number 7 soars ahead on the Infineon Racetrack

The GTO's in hot pusiut of the Mot &  Chandon Prix de la Regularite ath the Infineon racetrack

The GTO's in hot pusiut of the Mot & Chandon Prix de la Regularite ath the Infineon racetrack

Beauty, elegance, efficiency .... on the Infineon racetrack

Beauty, elegance, efficiency .... on the Infineon racetrack

Lunch at the Keller Estate, before an exclusive visit of the winery and its extensive private collection

Lunch at the Keller Estate, before an exclusive visit of the winery and its extensive private collection

The 2007 Mot &  Chandon Tour ended at Napa Valley Reserve, where it began

The 2007 Mot & Chandon Tour ended at Napa Valley Reserve, where it began

On the road throughout the Napa Valley vineyards, a last class photo before a Mexican barbecue, served with wines from the Napa Reserve

On the road throughout the Napa Valley vineyards, a last class photo before a Mexican barbecue, served with wines from the Napa Reserve

 

Ferrari 250 GTO 45th Anniversary Meeting - Napa Valley

Napa Valley, California, 21 25 October 2007

Whereas previous 250 GTO anniversaries have been celebrated in France and Italy, the 45th anniversary gathering moved across the Atlantic to California, where a celebration of this iconic Ferrari took place in the Napa Valley across the Golden Gate Bridge to the north of San Francisco.

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Only thirty six 250 GTOs were produced between 1962 and 1964, and amazingly all examples still remain in circulation. Well, maybe not so surprisingly in recent years, as they have become one of the most sought after and valuable cars on the planet, but in the late sixties the majority were just spent racing cars, with little value. It is understood that a UK collector has recently paid 14,000,000 Euros for chassis number 5095 GT, so with twenty 250 GTOs plus a 4 litre example at the reunion, we were looking at a combined value in the order of 294,000,000 Euros (circa 212,000,000 or US$430,000,000), cruising the Californian highways and byways!

The anniversary meeting was based at the Relais & Chateaux Meadowood Chateau, deep in the Napa Valleys vineyards, with the welcome dinner party prepared by chef Pascal Tingaud. Maurizio Parlatto, the head of Ferrari North America, was a guest at the dinner and gave each entrant a gift of a Ferrari Classiche jacket. The next morning the multi million dollar cavalcade left the vineyards of the Napa Valley for a journey that took them through the spectacular Redwood forests, en route to the Pacific coast at Mendocino. The second leg took the party along the scenic narrow and winding coastal road, to the Dominus vineyard of Christian Moueix, before heading back to base at Meadowood. In the evening there was a sumptuous dinner at Thomas Kellers The French Laundry restaurant. Day three saw the participants head to the Infineon circuit at Sonoma for some laps of the circuit. Tom Price set the fastest lap with his 250 GTO, 3943GT, whilst Nick Mason in chassis number 3757 GT, set the fastest non-American lap. The final day of the event was another relatively gentle scenic tour during the morning, with a barbecue lunch at Napa Valley Reserve. A further afternoon tour preceded the farewell party in the evening at the Harlan Chateau, attended by Frdric Cumenal, chairman of Moet & Chandon, who were instrumental in organising the gathering.

» Ferrari 250 GTO Register

Participating Cars/Owners

3387GT

Blue Met'/White stripe

Bernard Carl

3413GT

Red

Greg Whitten

3445GT

Blue/Yellow Stripe

Chris Cox

3451GT

Red

Lawrence Stroll

3505GT

Pale Green

Eric Heerema

3527GT

Dark Red

Lord Irvine Laidlaw

3607GT

Red

Robs Walton

3647GT

Red

James McNeil Jnr.

3705GT

Red/RWB Stripes

Ed & Leslie Davies

3729GT

Red

Jon Shirley

3757GT

Red

Nick Mason

3767GT

Green/Yellow nose

Sir Anthony Bamford

3943GT

Red

Tom Price

4091GT

Dark Red

Peter Sachs

4219GT

Dark Blue

Brandon Wang

4293GT

Red

William Chip Connor

4399GT

Red/Pale Blue Stripe

Sir Anthony Bamford

4675GT

Red

Yoshiho Matsuda

5571GT

Red

John McCaw

5575GT

Red

Carlos Hank Rhon

4 litre GTO

3765LM

Red

James Jaeger



David ONeill
12/2007