What a Ride!

June 30, 2011

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I love cars, especially fast cars.  On my recent trip to Spain to launch our new AC Hotels by Marriott brand, my host and new business partner Antonio Catalan took me out to the Spanish race track in Madrid.  Even though I speak little Spanish and Antonio doesn’t speak very much English, we both have a tremendous passion for great hotels and also race cars.  


Take a look at the great picture below.  Can you identify the car I’m driving? Guess the car

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What a ride.  I reached speeds that must have been close to the sound barrier – or so it seemed.  As a token of our new partnership, I was presented my own racing helmet. 

Earlier, we had toured two of Antonio’s historic hotels in Madrid.  They are now part of our Autograph CollectionAC Santo Mauro is the former palace of a Spanish Duke.  AC Palacio Del Retiro is protected by Spanish National Heritage.   Each hotel has about 50 rooms and a lot of great old-world charm. 

I’m not sure which part of my day was more fun.  Touring our two new “historic” Autograph Collection hotels or putting the pedal to the metal at the Spanish race track.

The photo showing my “two-thumbs up” says it all.  It’s symbolic of both our companies coming together to form a winning team in racing and hotels.  There’ll be a lot of checkered flags in our future.  

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.

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It looks like a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC sports coupe with left hand drive, five-speed transmission and 4-litre V12 engine. I hope you had fun!

Looks fun, and it might be time for another trip to Laguna Seca to add to your collection.

Hi Bill,

This is Ferrari 365 GTC ("Grand Tourismo Coupe").
Between the 1968 and 1970 about 150 cars were built, including RHD examples.
With the integrating the gear box with the final drive Ferrari 365 GTC gained 50:50 balanced weight distribution.
This masterpiece has V12, 4390cc engine, 3 Weber twin choke 40 DFI carbs, 5 speed manual synchronized transmission, independent rear suspension, employing coil springs and wishbones, servo-assisted disk brakes all-round with a split circuit system.

I would like to have one.


Bozhidar Petrov

Looks like 1961 250 GT California Spyder - Hardtop

Is it a 1967 Maserati Spider???

I think that you should be worried about bug infestation at your hotel and not how fast a car can go. I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend. Ours was ruined wondering if we had bed bugs in our luggage.

Well, it's definitely a car from the 1960s and my guess, late as it may be, is that it's a Maserati. I've driven a few upper end older cars but never had the privilege to drive a Maserati. I'll be waiting to hear what it is!

It's a Superfast

Will also be nice to know a fast car that you own, perhaps, posting a photo of it for us. Thanks for sharing the photo above.

Ferrari 330GTC around 1967.. Fun car !

Ferrari 330 GTC....always finding enjoyment in whatever you are doing...that's what I love about working with you!!

Mr. Marriott~

It looks like a Ferrari 275 GTB.

Hope driving it was as much fun as we all imagine.
Agree with the 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC... Looks great on the Spanish roads, but would look even better on the Baltimore Grand Prix course this Labor Day Weekend.
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Those were great answers to the car question. Keep guessing and I'll fill you in shortly.

Ferrari 330 GTC, I googled it! Definitely Mr. Marriott you must have had a blast! Good for you!

I will concede the guessing game to the respondants who seem to know, but I will say, that car looks great on you Mr. Marriott! It's great to see you laugh and smile. Keep enjoying yourself!

Love the car. I have no idea what it is. How fast did you go?

It is a Ferrari 330 GTC 1966?

It must be a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC, although I thought at first it was a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato.

Glad you had some FUN!

I'm pretty sure it's a Ferrari 500, maybe a '65. Great post Mr. marriott!

Late 60's Ferrari 300 GTC 300HP V12, triple Weber carbs, 5 spd

Has to be an AC, Cobra underneath with a custom body by Frua and a ford V8?

If I am not wrong it is a Ferrari 330 GTC probably a 1966 /67 model. The car was design by Pininfarina and was fitted with a 12 cylinder engine. each cylinder is developing 330cc hence the name 330. Probably one of the best sport car of that time.

Bill, greetings from sunny Maui. Antonio knows how to pick-em' that is a 1967/1968 Ferrari 330 GTC, my dream car! Sweeeeet!!! Bet you were sporting a perma-grin for the rest of the day after that drive! Warmest Aloha, James Lynch
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