Scuderia Southwest                                                                                                            #19 
In This Issue
FUN with Cars!
Go-AZ Car Show
Cars & Coffee
Pizza Party!
LeMans 24 Hour Recap
F12, Aventador, Vanquish Review
Name that Car!
Scuderia SW hosts C&C at Gainey Ranch as well as drives, track days and dinners.  The non-car club, car club... SSW.  No drama!  No meetings!  No egos!  Just fun with cars!

No Dues!  No Drama!  Just Fun with Cars!
The Exotic Car Club for Enthusiasts, by Enthusiasts
Scuderia SW                            6/26//13

Pizza and exotic cars.... especially Italian exotics, go hand in hand.  I can't decide which was better, the cars, the pizza or the crowd.  I'll settle on an equal distribution of great!  If you missed pizza at Nicantoni's, you missed a good one.  Check out the pics below.

Cars and Coffee on July 6th, will feature the American icon...... The Viper! Hopefully everyone will contain their enthusiasm (and their driver's license), and behave themselves on the roads around the event.  Expect a presence of Scottsdale's Finest, due to some hooliganism over the last several months.

The 24 Hours of LeMans ran last weekend.  The Audi's were brilliant, but the event was marred by a fatal accident, early in the race.  Check out the article and pictures.

This week's Supercar review is on the Aventador, F12 and Vanquish, complete with video, enjoy!
See you soon.




Calling All Italian Cars to G0-AZ Motorcycles!!
Pasta, pizza, calamari... We all know (and love) everything Italian.  And of course the cars and bikes have a special place in our hearts.  On June 29th, from 10am to 2pm, we are invited to come join in the celebration of everything Italian, at the Scottsdale Ducati dealership, Go AZ Motorcycles.  If you are Italian, or just have an Italian car or bike, you are welcome to display them and smooze with some Italian Superbikes.  Information is on the event poster below.  See you there!

Cars & Coffee 
SSW's Cars and Coffee brings out some of the best cars in the country. Here's a sampling from C&C past.   


Cars & Coffee Scottsdale
Date:  7/6/13
Time:  7:30 am
Location:  The Shops at Gainey Village
Honored Marque:  Viper
Its a Pizza Party!
Pizza Nicantoni's rolled out the Red Carpet (or was it tomato carpet?), for SSW for the 2nd year, and there were no disappointments.  Great food and company made the drive to my old stomping grounds worth it.

Vic Copter
Copterjon presented Nicantoni's proprietor, Vic Buono with a picture of the latest Ferrari Design 348 Pizza Grill
'13 Group
Sully w/pizza
With pizza this good keep your hands and feet away from hungry SSW member's mouths.  You have been warned!  CS Nicantoni

TR Nicantoni

If you are ever in Gilbert and have a craving for pizza, this is your spot!
Address:  1430 W. Warner Rd
               Gilbert, AZ  85233 

 Le Mans 24 Hours - Kristensen leads Audi home in race marked by tragedy.
Audi's Tom Kristensen won the Le Mans 24 Hours for a record ninth time on Sunday in a victory dedicated to fellow Dane Allan Simonsen, the friend whose death cast a pall over the race's 90th anniversary.

  Le Mans Audi 2013




With Danish flags at half-mast over the podium, a standing ovation was held before the victory ceremony in memory of the Aston Martin driver who died after crashing only minutes into the race on Saturday.

Kristensen, Denmark's greatest racing driver, told the crowd he had intended to pay tribute to his father but the first race fatality in 27 years at the Sarthe circuit had forced a change of plan.

"He can wait for the next victory of mine," he said, voice laden with fatigue and emotion after the final stint to the chequered flag. "This victory today I dedicate to Allan Simonsen, a great fellow Dane."

The muted win, after a race littered with safety car periods on a wet weekend in western France before the sun came out at the finish, was Audi's fourth in succession and 12th in a dominant 14 years.

Kristensen, whose last Le Mans success was with Audi in 2008, shared the number two car with Britain's Allan McNish - now a three times winner - and local man Loic Duval making his first appearance on the top step.

"Three's a much nicer number than two, especially when it's at Le Mans," said McNish, whose Audi R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid had started on pole position.

2013 LeMans winner  

His 45-year-old team mate was already the most successful driver in Le Mans history, having surpassed Jacky Ickx's tally in 2005. The two greats hugged on the podium in an embrace laden with sadness.

Toyota finished as runners-up in the 81st running of the endurance classic with their number eight car driven by France's Stephane Sarrazin, Britain's Anthony Davidson and Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi finishing one lap behind the winners.

 Le Mans 2013 pit



That provided more of a feel good story with Davidson stepping onto the podium a year after he broke his back in a huge crash at Le Mans.

"This time last year I was lying on my back in Le Mans hospital," he said. "I felt like a needed a bit of luck this time. This race has been so cruel to me so many times."

Davidson also paid tribute to Simonsen, an old rival he first raced against in go-karts in 1996.

"It's very hard, especially with what happened to me last year, to fight my own demons and carry on driving," said the Briton. "It's sad, sad news and it puts everything into perspective."

Audi's number three car took the final podium place with Spaniard Marc Gene, Britain's Oliver Jarvis and Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi.

Toyota took fourth place while the number one Audi finished fifth, denying a third win in a row for Germany's Andre Lotterer, Switzerland's Marcel Fassler and Frenchman Benoit Treluyer.

Le Mans 2013 Dunlop Bridge  


Simonsen's Aston Martin team had vowed to carry on and win their GTE Am class in a tribute to the 34-year-old and at the request of his grieving family but that was not to be with Porsche taking that honour.

"The whole team pushed because they wanted to get the win as a tribute for Allan but a series of small incidents, small accidents, small mistakes and we did not quite achieve it," said Aston Martin boss David Richards.

The most recent fatality connected with the race was Frenchman Sebastien Enjolras, killed during pre-qualifying in 1997, but the last to die during the race was Austrian Jo Gartner in 1986.

Le Mans, the scene of motor racing's deadliest accident when at least 80 people died and scores more were injured in a 1955 disaster, ranks with Indianapolis and Monaco as one of the sport's great events.

Most of the first hour of the race was behind the safety car before racing renewed in a battle between Audi and Toyota that lasted through the night and into the dawn.

The number one Audi suffered a knockout blow at the quarter distance when a problem with the motor generator kept the car in the pits for 43 minutes before it returned to the track in 24th place and 12 laps behind.

The number three Audi also hit problems, dropping to fourth place where it remained through the night after limping back to the pits with a right rear puncture and then also requiring repairs in the garage.

Through it all, the number two Audi kept out of trouble with neutrals willing Kristensen on for the emotional finale.

458 Le Mans 2013


Le Mans Grid Girls    
Le Mans has some pretty good Grid Girls as well!


Supercar Review
F12, Avent, Vanq
 Ferrari F12 v Lamborghini Aventador v Aston Martin Vanquish

Can the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta match the GT credentials of the Aston Martin Vanquish and outperform the wild Lamborghni Aventador? We head to Italy to find out...

It should make for a fascinating battle. The Ferrari F12
 is one of the punchiest cars to wear the Prancing Horse badge, its 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 730bhp and 509lb ft, enough to hustle the 1630kg past 211mph via a 3.1sec 0-62 time. With a seven-speed DCT gearbox, rear-wheel drive and a host of electronic trickery - E-Diff, F1-Trac - it weighs in at $365,000.

The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 trumps the F12 for drama, and they trade blows closely on paper. Its mid-mounted 6.5-litre V12 drives all four wheels with 690bhp and 509lb ft, allowing the F12 a small victory, but its sleeker shape and 1575kg kerbweight result in a swifter 2.8sec 0-62 time and 217mph top speed. It costs more, at $375,000.

The relative bargain of the group is the $288,995 Aston Martin Vanquish. It has the same front-engine, rear-drive layout as the Ferrari. But with a less potent 565bhp 5.9-litre V12 up front and with a heftier 1739kg to shift, it's more sluggish with a 4.1sec 0-62 time and 183mph top speed. It's a more subtle, friendly approach to the supercar recipe, though, which could win it favours against the more brutal Italians.
Ferrari F12 vs Lamborghini Aventador vs Aston Vanquish | evo REVIEW
Ferrari F12 vs Lamborghini Aventador vs Aston Vanquish | evo REVIEW

Courtesy of EVO
Can You Name that Car?
Back to the historic racers.  Can you name this one, the chassis,  drivers and the race?  If so, email me and coffees on me!

We finally had a winner on the last one.  Well done Dave Evans!
That's our newsletter for the week.  We will be putting these together several times per month.  Expect events like these, as well as socials.

I hope to see you at an event soon...