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FEBRUARY 2017 THE SHOP 31 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ PERFORMANCE we're busy on the next car. We don't have time to count them." And while the Mazzer cost him many nights and weekends, it's now a great pro- motional tool. It lives in his showroom, and in most years de Groot takes it out to up to a dozen car shows. "It attracts people like flies to sugar. And, of course, I hand them my business card," he explains. "We were invited to the Columbus Day Parade on New York's Fifth Avenue in 2013. I didn't want to bring the car into the city, with its big potholes and metal plates in the street. But the organizers twisted my arm, and I brought it in. What I didn't know was that the Italian car portion of the show was sponsored by Maserati." And whether it was because of the car itself—or Miss USA Erin Brady riding on the deck—"my car appeared more in newspapers and on TV than any of the sponsor's cars." Not long after, de Groot brought the Mazzer to the Garden State Fall Festival of the Ferrari Club of America—where he's a well-known member of almost 30 years. Driving up to the gate, he was loudly announced as "the man who ruined the Columbus Day parade." He seems to consider that a badge of honor. It has since been shown at a November 2012 Cars and Croissants event in Cha- tham, New Jersey, and at the DARE exotic car show in Upper Saddle Brook, New Jersey in 2013. At one point he considered adding a 2.0- liter Lysholm, screw-type supercharger. "I have one on the shelf and it's like new. It would be perfect for it." John F. Katz is a freelance auto- motive journalist and historian. He is a regular contributor to THE SHOP as well as other automotive industry publica- tions. He lives and works in south-central Pennsylvania. SUPER FAST SHIPPING 98% FILL RATE CODE: H716-SX2V Your One-Stop Source For Your Next Vintage Rebuild Main Bearings Rod Bearings Cam Bearings Gasket Sets Pistons Rings Valves & Guides Valve Springs Lifters Sprockets Timing Chains Timing Gears Oil Pumps & Kits Connecting Rods Rocker Arms Rocker Shafts Rocker Assemblies Water Pumps Fuel Pumps Motor Mounts REBUILDERS CHOICE BY PACKARD INDUSTRIES Your One-Stop Source For Your Next Vintage Rebuild ST CALL FOR A FREE CATALOG REBUILDERS CHOICE 1930's - 1990's VINTAGE CAR - TRUCK - INDUSTRIAL Commercial Accounts Call: 866-902-0661 AutoMeter gauges and prominent warning lights enhance the modern, racer-functional theme of the cockpit. Heat insulation and a Vintage Air heater are among the few concessions to comfort. Tapering rear fenders slashed by louvers echo the original 450S, but again, de Groot's version is beefier, more abrupt— more modern.

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