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This Is The Admiral’s Ferrari 500 Mondial

Would you buy and fix a racing car by yourself?
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[…] few years back, Petrolicious shot a video featuring the admiral’s 500 Mondial roaring through the hills of Monterey County. In it, […]

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[…] few years back, Petrolicious shot a video featuring the admiral’s 500 Mondial roaring through the hills of Monterey County. In it, Phillips […]

Mark
Mark
4 years ago

I just saw this car is up for auction in Pebble Beach in August. Hopefully the new custodian enjoys it in the same way as the admiral

Christian G. Del Rosario
Christian G. Del Rosario
4 years ago

Good evening, I’m watching right now the show and a little correction: President Trujillo and Porfirio Rubirosa were from the Dominican Republic, not Venezuela, even if the race was held there.
Really interesting, since I don’t believe this fact of the 500 Mondial is known.
Hope the Admiral enjoys his beautiful car for eternity!

Felix Trzetrzelewska
Felix Trzetrzelewska
5 years ago

Wishing you fair winds and a following sea, Admiral. What a great film and a beautiful reflection of your hobby (and your family for embracing it). Hope to see it one day around Santa Fe. The only down side was wondering how you found it in yourself to put two screws into the stern, err, rear panel for that silly license plate.

Boxy02
Boxy02
6 years ago

I love the car and the owner’s automotive philosophy that these cars must be driven, not collecting dust in a museum somewhere. Didn’t know they raced with four cylinders, that was neat to hear! Drive on, Admiral!

Amil Eoj
Amil Eoj
6 years ago

What a magnificent car–with a magnificent caretaker to match. Thanks to the Admiral for preserving and restoring and, not least, continuing to drive this beautiful machine. Your evident love for and pleasure in it is utterly infectious. And thanks to Petrolicious for sharing all of that with all of us. Bravo!

darinschnabel
darinschnabel
6 years ago

Awesome !

A Dias
A Dias
6 years ago

Fabulous car! Great story and owner.

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

What a car, what an inspiration this chap really is….simply defines petrolicious. Keep up the fantastic work guys, beautiful short film. An absolutely pleasure viewing….

Henrik Hammarvid
Henrik Hammarvid
6 years ago

Amazing story, car and character. Excellent production value. One of the best on the forum.
Thanks to all involved

Juan Escalante
Juan Escalante
6 years ago

El Almirante Phillips! Your amazing car won its class at the ’55 Venezuelan GP and I remember my father telling me all about the three GP (’55-’56-”57) held in our native Caracas, Venezuela. It was certainly the golden age for motor racing and car enthusiasts in the country. I want to thank your family for supporting your love and passion for such beautiful car. Ohhh the twinkle in your eye for #8 is evident from the moment you unhook the straps inside the trailer to later tightening the wheel spindle to finally sitting behind the wheel and carefully checking the gauges as you warm up it up. Thank you Admiral Phillips for making this about your emotional connection with the car and not about the money. We need more of you! Last…thank you Petrolicious. Not an easy task to convey the love passion and dedication some of us have towards an automobile in a video lasting less than 10 minutes. You do this masterfully!!! Until next Tuesday!

Aaron McKenzie
Aaron McKenzie
6 years ago
Reply to  Juan Escalante

Juan – Thank [b]you[/b][i][/i] from Petrolicious for helping us trace the origins of the archival images featured in this video. Suffice it to say, without your help I never would have found my way to an 85 year-old man living in Spain! I hope you enjoy this video all the more knowing that you had a hand in making it possible.

Looking forward to seeing your own “El Hemi” atop this page soon!

Redvers Arnold
Redvers Arnold
6 years ago

Wonderful story, loved the Senior Citizen comment. Keep on enjoying it sir.

Henrik Meerburg
Henrik Meerburg
6 years ago

The fact that this specific vehicle has been owned by Porfirio Rubirosa!!
The man who lived every mans dream and still lives on in Paris in the fact that the big dark pepper mills in restaurants are called Rubirosas…
A Ferrari driven and owned by the man who bedded women such as Jane Mansfield, Ava Gardner, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Barbara Hutton and who died by crashing his Ferrari in Bois de Bologne, Paris.
If you’re curious of an interesting life story, please do read (oh, beautiful car by the way..;)):

https://www.thrillist.com/vice/porfirio-rubirosa-the-most-interesting-man-in-the-world

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2156698/The-playboy-called-Mr-Ever-Ready-Despite-short-violent-high-society-beauties-Monroe-Ava-Gardner-jumped-bed-Porfirio-Rubirosa.html

Shooter Stu
Shooter Stu
5 years ago

What a hero. Thanks for the links.

Lee King
Lee King
6 years ago

I don’t think a car could be any more perfect. Just beautifuly.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
6 years ago

Apologies for being the sole voice of descent but in all honesty this one left me a little … flat . Both the car .. the owner .. the video .. and especially the ( cough ) background music all coming together into what I’d call a fairly reasonable albeit mediocre effort . Not that any of it is bad mind you . Its just not what I’d consider good either . Especially in comparison to the standard by which all should be compared to here . I’m speaking of course of the Novo Garage video . Hmmn ………..

Robert Chave
Robert Chave
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

For me, personally, the remarkable thing is that someone is able to find the time and the funding to make these videos at all, documenting the rich engineering, social and architectural history of these kinds of cars. Before this video, I didn’t know a thing about a four cylinder Ferrari. Yet, in someways, this car, the Mondial, is kind of a lodestone, pointing towards so much that will follow. And the primary reason that the car exists, in this form, is that this man made the radical decision to spend 2/3’s of a years salary on a car with a seized differential, which had been out in the weather. I am amazed that his marriage survived this. His wife must have truly loved him. The Novo Garage video was very content rich, but the videographers had a lot more to work with in that video. You had two generations of builder-restorers, right in the middle of their work. In this instance, the work of restoration, was done a long time ago. The builder is looking back at his work, he is not in the middle of it. And so the video is, necessarily, going to be a little sentimental. It is an artifact of the situation. Financially Phillips decision, turns out to have been a good one. What he saw, others would see, and one of the cars recently sold at auction for, what, five or six million dollars? At the time, however, his mother-in-law probably wanted to hang him up by his thumbs.

Jonathan WC Mills
Jonathan WC Mills
6 years ago

Fantastic story and owner – once again proving that great cars deserve to be kinetic sculpture. Not static.

GibsonSG
GibsonSG
6 years ago

“It was born to be driven”. Amen to that. Another classic story

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
6 years ago

Fabulous film and an even better story.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
6 years ago

To answer the question: I would absolutely buy and fix a racing car myself. In my opinion, this is the only way to fly.

I will look forward to watching this film later this evening with my father and my son. It surely promises to be a magnificent story.

Can hardly wait… Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Mario Baroz
Mario Baroz
6 years ago

As stated by you guys already, great story, great car. I just wondered, in the part where he talks about the next owner, I wonder why his son wouldn’t inherit it if it was such a part of the family? Perhaps it would but they way he was saying what he was saying, it sounded like it wouldn’t.

Marc
Marc
6 years ago

Saw it in person at Santa Fe concourso and met the admiral. Beautiful car and lovely color at that. Great story.

Nate
Nate
6 years ago

Amazing car, even better story.

Philemon Kanabe
Philemon Kanabe
6 years ago

What a great car! Amazing!

Bill Bowdish
Bill Bowdish
6 years ago

A great story, tastefully presented by Sean and Jeremy. Well done!