My Old Asbestos Garage

I have lived in my current house in Fairfield West for 20 years. When I bought it I was not aware, the handy little garage out the back that I planned to house many a classic car (and I did) was riddled with asbestos, as many houses and garages in the area were in those days.

The main danger of asbestos is a type of cancer called mesothelioma that is almost always eventually fatal. A lot of people never even show symptoms for decades, but 30 years after they are exposed to asbestos, they may die from this dreaded disease. I certainly didn’t want that to be me.

You cannot get sick just by being in the same room or looking at this material. However, fibers tend to come lose and they can get inhaled without even realising it.

So anyway, I had the garage inspected when I moved in, there was some minor Asbestos disposal sydney to be taken care of and I was given the all clear to use it.

I housed many cars in that garage over the 20 years, including my valued ’67 Fastback and ’69 Pontiac.

But now has come the time to say goodbye, I am replacing it with a Colorbond structure that will hopefully still be there when I decide to kick the bucket, and long after.

asbestos riddled garage

 

I will say that I will be glad to have this old thing off my property, despite the many happy memories I had in there, it always made me a little paranoid, that I was going to break off a piece of asbestos and break in it’s toxic nectar.

Good bye old friend, good bye!

 

Now That’s a Ferrari

The car was more widely known as the Daytona after Enzo Ferrari’s plans to name the car after his team’s 1967 triumph became common knowledge, even though Ferrari himself had subsequently shelved those plans and reverted to the original name.

The 365 GTS/4 was a ‘Spyder’ variant of the original Ferrari Daytona, the 365GTB/4 from 1968. It was designed after the realisation that a Spyder variant could increase the appeal of the GTB/4, labelled a ‘berlinetta’, or in more common terms a saloon or coupe.

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Although the GTS/4 sported new bodywork and panelling, the specifications were the same, with both cars able to achieve speeds close to 275kmh thanks to the V-12 engine that produced 355hp and 427nM of torque. This enabling the 15 competition models of the GTS/4 that were produced to win many a race over the years.

Fewer than 125 models were built overall, making them all the more desirable, to the point where some of the more numerous GTB/4s had to be rebuilt with the new bodywork to convert them into GTS/4s.

With its combination of power, looks and later a prominent television role it has a long standing fanbase. It was the dream car of many young males of its era, although its rarity meant that only a select group of society could actually get their hands on one.

Nowadays the value of the GTS/4 has increased even more due to the lack of them. $450,000 tends to be as cheap as they can be found, while some have been sold over $1million.

Car insurance quotes for expensive classic cars such as the 365GTS/4 are usually less than the actual value of the vehicle, with many car insurance companies unwilling to take the risk of insuring them for full value.

In Miami Vice, the 1980s crime drama, the main character – undercover detective Sonny Crocket – drove the GTS/4 for the first two seasons. Although the series attached yet more prestige to the car’s name, it was a contentious issue at Ferrari as the car that was actually used was a Corvette with a Ferrari body.

Ferrari Daytona restoration specialists, McBurnie, who still operate today, were met with a lawsuit from Enzo Ferrari, who was annoyed that the show was gaining fame by using a fake Ferrari Daytona Spyder. This led to the GTS/4 being dropped, depicted in an explosion in the third series, replaced by two Testarossas donated by Ferrari himself.

Although more traditional Ferrari colours are red (thanks to the racing department) or yellow (representing their hometown of Modena), the Daytona featured in the show was initially black, although the Testarossa was changed to white on Ferrari’s request.