His father worked at the Harrah's Automobile Collection (now the
After closing time, my friend's dad let us climb in and all around the cars.
I remember walking around in the back of a custom Rolls that Queen Elizabeth II gave Bill Harrah for the collection, and a powder-blue Ferrari that Harrah was giving his bride-to-be, Bobby Gentry. (It had a small silver plaque on the dash that said: "To Bobby with love, from Bill.") But the real thrill was getting close to the exotic European racing cars, like Bizzarini, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. And now, decades later, I have the chance to drive a modern day descendant of such a car. Over the past few years, there's been a trend to bring consumer versions of autos with a vintage racing lineage into the U.S. One of the most recent contributions is from Maserati.