I am very sad to read this. Last time I spoke to JR is when I purchased skid pads from him for my 355 a few years ago. I then exchanged messages with him hoping to meet him at the lat Concorso in Monterey. I think his car broke down and he never made it.
When JRV went off and started this site, I wasn't sure where it would go, or even if it would be a success. But thank God it did flourish, and many great people are here. When I was in a tough spot, JRV always helped me get through it along with other terrific people here on f-talk. John acted like a big brother to me. I came to realize that much of the controversy surrounding JRV was unfounded, and I found myself defending him when ever the need arose. The success of this site vindicates his ideas of what a Ferrari Website should be. You will NOT find a better place for information, and the people give help and advice freely. If I just wanna talk I can go anywhere, but if I wanna fix my car I come to f-talk.
I am not an emotional person. Going to the school of hard knocks for nearly 50 years tends to make you pretty grissly and impervious. But when I read this thread I wept....
It comes from my heart that I wish John the best. I hope he knows how much he has impacted this community, and how much better we are for his guidance. John.....I've never personally met you...but if I could I would give you a big hug and tell you THANK YOU for all you have done. Gotta sign off now....
My first contact to JRV was around 2001 on ferrarilist, he talked me through an alternator exchange. This was also my first hands-on Ferrari experience. Since then he helped me out of quite a few tricky situations, including a major engine service, with great advice.
I always wanted to thank him in person for his help, but did not have the opportunity to come across the sea to Huston. Thank you, JRV and all the best for you.
Great photo Allan. John and Sid Simpson at the UCP Classy Chassis show in '04. I remember as a kid going to Ferrari of Houston, Sid was the only one who would even look in my direction. He gave me a poster and some brochures, and told me how to one day own a Ferrari. He said to either marry a rich girl, or become an OBGYN. LOL!!! I will never forget his humor and love for the cars. He and John are two of the good guys in the Ferrari world.
JRV, I am from the Lamborghini-Talk forum web site you also set up. We all appreciate what you did for the group over the years.
I was sorry to hear of your illness. Hang in there. You are close to MD Anderson hospital so I assume you are getting the best possible treatment. It's amazing what they do these days. I wish you the very best and a rapid recovery.