Submitted by Allen Stephens on 01-31-2013
Location: Portland - Oregon
Contact: Jerry Sorenson
On March 2nd, Portland Section members toured the private car collection owned by longtime Ferrari dealer Ron Tonkin. Stepping into the warehouse, our eyes adjusted to the sight of rows of vintage and modern Ferraris, as well as pristine examples from Maserati, Alfa-Romeo and Lamborghini. Our host Art Smith, General Manager of Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo, allowed our group to roam freely among the 50 cars in the collection and he answered our questions.
In one corner crouched Ferrari supercars including a Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F50 and the last Ferrari 288GTO to roll off the assembly line. Along the wall was a row of classic Ferrari’s including a yellow 1967 330GTS that is Mr. Tonkin’s first and favorite Ferrari. In another corner, an ultra-rare Lamborghini Muira SV. In between lined in tight rows sat a Maserati Mistral and Bora, a Vector, and a Ford GT40. Mr. Tonkin’s Ferrari F40 and 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter coupe were not in the garage as they are on loan to the LeMay Museum in Tacoma.
On the catwalks above, many of us paused to get some overhead pictures and linger in the lounge area. We soaked in one of the world’s finest collections of Italian supercars, vintage cars, and production sports cars. As we walked back into the daylight after the tour, we reflected on what an honor it was to see this exceptional collection and are thankful that Mr. Tonkin is open to share it with others. We thank Art Smith for hosting our group.