From Models to Ferrari it’s all about Red and Canada!

A red Ferrari, and models are inseparable. They are interchangeable, models and red Ferrari, Ferrari and models. They have remained over time, grafted as one.

A women’s body might as well have been designed by Pininfarina.

Walking into the CN Tower towards the EdgeWalk reception the very first visual that stopped me in my tracks was a fashion editor with legs in red shoes. These where not just legs, these where legs like those of a fine wine.

This was followed by the models of America’s Next Top Model Live Canada Olivia Singh, Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, Heather Kelsall the supreme performer Farahri, and Lisa D’Amato all slipping intoCarol Brantnell, Heather Kelsall something more comfortable, red jumpsuits.

So here I was with models in red jumpsuits, a fashion editor in a short mini black trench with long legs in red shoes and dynamo performer who can make anyone’s body shake with a name Farahri, it was no surprise that my mind drifted to Ferrari.

My first time visiting the Fiorano circuit in Italy it was brought to my attention that painted on the track was a very large red maple leaf to honour the infamous, talented, fearless Canadian formula one driver Gilles Villeneuve.

My plan, and I usually don’t have a plan was to discover all the talent at America’s Next Top Models Live and then jump on the plane to Fiorano to watch Jacque Villinuve drive his father’s 1979 Formula One car at Fiorano on May 8, to mark the 30th anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve’s death.

The Canadian driver was regarded by many as one of the fastest drivers ever to compete in Formula One, Gilles Villeneuve earned legendary status for his heroic driving style behind the wheel of his Ferrari. He may only have won six grand prix in his tragically short career, but Gilles’ talent, speed and bravery ensured that his memory remains alive and vivid today in the minds of race fans worldwide.

Then there was the awesome moment and I use the word awesome for what it is intended for, not causally thrown about frivolously, when the great one gave me a ride in his red Ferrari. Wow! you say. Yes, it was wow! No I tell a lie, it was freek’n awesome!

Having befriended the CEO of Labatt’s beer I was introduce to Gilles. The CEO of Labatt’s and I had the similar passion for formula one racing. Labatt’s sponsored the greatest race car driver ever to come out of Canada, the infamous Gilles Villeneuve.

It was Gilles who gave me a valuable lesson about life. He had imparted this wisdom to me. Life he had told me was like driving a Ferrari, you don’t need a rear-view mirror, because what is behind you doesn’t matter. You never look back. Just keep going forward. It was also the manner in which Gilles drove.

The 1979 Ferrari 312 T4 was the most competitive car of Gilles Villeneuve’s career, and Jacques will drive the car at Fiorano on 8 May, 30 years on from the day that his father lost his life in a crash in qualifying for the Belgian GP at Zolder.

A Ferrari statement said Jacques Villeneuve’s outing in the 312 T4 would be “a fitting occasion to evoke the memory of a man who has and always will have a place of honour in the history of Ferrari.”

It is absolutely magical how Ferrari, red, models, red jumpsuits, all intersected for me at America’s Next Top Model Live. It was a natural, just like Ferrari and models go hand in hand so does Ferrari, Italy and fashion. Those are words that can drop with easy from ones lips like apples fall from trees.

My iPhone was about to die from the tweeting, tumbling, photography, video recording and editing at the America’s Next Top Model Live kick-off at the CN Tower so I stopped into a friends coffee shop to have it charged up. I could hear Swedish being spoken, which is not something you hear often in Toronto. After the girl on the phone had finished her conversation I asked her, “so where in Sweden are you from ?”, she seemed pleasantly stunned and told me “Uppasla”. My conversation was as easy as a hot knife going through butter. After all she was Swedish, and one of my most trusted best friend is Swedish. When the nasty vicissitudes of life fell upon me it was Swedes who came to my rescue. It was like being with family. The girl in question is studying mathematics’s, speaks three languages, and occasionally models. I told her that I have a race car driver friend who is Swedish, Stefan Johansson who drove formula one for Ferrari.

This was a day of red, Ferrari, models and talent of Canada. The legendary Canadian driver to the performer Farahri on the tallest catwalk in Toronto, the talented Canadian models to the 1979 Ferrari in Fiorano where on the track is the red Canadian maple leaf.

Life is magic, and magic is real and dreams come true.



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