When Ferrari wanted to race in Formula 2 with its new V6 engine named after Enzo Ferrari's son Dino, Ferrari faced a problem. They needed to build enough cars to satisfy the homologation rules, so Ferrari turned to Fiat for help. A deal was struck with Fiat to build the Dino Coupe and Spider, and with this, Ferrari got its chance to compete in Formula 2. Danny Soukup always loved the way the Dino Spider looked, so for decades he worked his way into a position to buy the car of his dreams. He shares the new perspective into life that his car has given him.
“There was a guy who lived up the street from me who had one,” Geoff Ombao remembers of his boyhood. “And every time he drove by, it was like watching Santa Claus driving the ice cream truck.” Santa’s ice cream truck, in this instance, was a DeLorean DMC-12, a stainless steel, gullwinged car that–thanks to the Back to the Future film franchise–would be forever associated with time travel in the popular imagination. For Ombao, however, the car’s appeal lies in the marque’s short-lived, tumultuous history.
What happens when your passion bleeds into your day job? For Antonio Alvendia, the choice of this particular Toyota coupe says a lot about who he is—both on and off the clock.“I don’t have two of the same car, I have five of the same car… I’m just kind of a victim of a good deal,” he says.