Ferrari 330 P4
There is only one original 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 that exist in the world today. Jim Carpenter’s Italian Design & Racing in Tempe, Arizona built this recreation from the chassis of a 1967 Ferrari 330 GT. The Ferrari 550 Maranello V-12 power plant, monitored by a Haltec Engine Management System, sets this build from the rest. Not only that: the Porsche G50’s transaxle allows it to handle the 600hp, sending the rear wheels into a frizzy to grab traction.I took the long route up the coastline of Maine to a place called Maine Line Exotics. Bob Tkacik and Peter Starr share an exquisite collection of fine automobiles that I was fortunate enough to visit. The cars were stunning and iconic. The anticipation to be in the room with this car, alone, and review its lines was invigorating.One of my favorite parts about being an automotive photographer is to sit with the cars as it is utterly quiet in my surroundings. It is at this time I am able to imagine and review what the designer was trying to accomplish. Being alone with these beauties affords me the opportunity to hyper focus on what I am trying to achieve. These are the gratifying times of my job.Bob climbed into the cockpit of this lightweight jet fighter and began to flip switches to turn on the systems. The interior had a sense of wonder about it. When the vehicle started, it let out a sinister snarl and the excitement within me elevated. This is purely a racecar for the streets and its loud revs as he moved the car into position spoke to me and told me its’ story. His passion and love for this car was clear as he sat gripping onto the wheel, pressing the foot down. He became illuminated. Pure enjoyment. The car sat as if it wanted to be driven fast around corners and drifting over the finish line. A task that I would have taken if offered.The uniqueness of their collection is that every car is driven, not just stashed away behind four walls. They explained that if the car is no longer being driven it will be up for sale and another jewel would take its’ place. The enjoyment of riding up and down the coast of Maine, through the majestic mountain roads, is something that never grows old.It is evident that Bob and Peter take pride in their cars. Their meticulous attention to the set up and maintenance of their collection makes it no wonder the pictures felt alive. What an experience to be able to photograph this beauty. Being a recreation, it was sure able to convince me otherwise.As always, just keeping it to the details.