The residential garage was designed as a showroom for spectacular automobiles. (Photo courtesy Brightcatch Media) (Photo by Courtesy Brightcatch Media)
The Al Ross luxury home, setting for the Ferrari Festival kickoff, featured a mermaid in blazing Ferrari red sequins. (Photo courtesy Brightcatch Media) (Photo by Courtesy Brightcatch Media)
Ferrari of Houston GM Tony Nevotti, 'Car Girl' Diane Caplan (Photo by Chris Bachman)
Nadia Ross, Natasha Henderson, Alexis Guillory (Photo by Chris Bachman)
The parking courtyard at the Al Ross home on Memorial Drive filled with Ferraris. (Photo by Brightcatch Media)
Please don't call it a garage, this is a car showroom perfect for your Ferrari collection. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Tina Tosian, Sonic Ali, Ballard Infante, Nadia Ross (Photo by Chris Bachman)
Al Ross, with Ferrari of Houston's Tony Nevotti, Joe Maniaci at a party at 8833 Memorial Drive, which sold in January. (Photo Courtesy of Brightcatch Media)
Kailey Welch, Cara Moves (Photo by Chris Bachman)
Laura Tracey, Robyn Chance, Diane Caplan, Laurie & Tony Nevotti (Photo by Chris Bachman)
Michael Midtown (Photo by Chris Bachman)
The Al Ross home was the perfect setting for the Ferrari Festival kick-off. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Rémy Martin's Matthew Springate explains the 100-year art of creating Louis XIII cognac. (Photo by Chris Bachman)
Franco Valobra, Tony Nevotti, Diane Caplan (Photo by courtesy Brightcatch Media)
Brittany & Ross Brown (Photo courtesy Brightcatch Media) (Photo by Courtesy Brightcatch Media)
J.D. Bartell, Al Ross (Photo courtesy Brightcatch Media) (Photo by Courtesy Brightcatch Media)
Tastings of the 100-year-old Louis XIII cognac were part of the Ferrari Festival kick-off entertainment. (Photo by Chris Bachman)
When a home garage is actually a Ferrari showroom. (Photo courtesy Brightcatch Media) (Photo by Courtesy Brightcatch Media)
We can't get enough of the mermaid in Ferrari-red sequins at the festival kick-off. (Photo by Chris Bachman)
Are Ferraris the hottest cars on the road? Find out Sunday at the Ferrari Festival in River Oaks District. (Photo by Chris Bachman)
Say goodbye to the mermaid in Ferrari-red. ((Photo courtesy Brightcatch Media) (Photo by Courtesy Brightcatch Media)
Let’s face it. It’s just so damn cool to own a Ferrari. Just ask the high-cylinder clique that recently rolled into Al Ross’ latest luxury home. The 10,900 square foot mansion on Memorial Drive with a mix of Miami and Los Angeles vibes was an ideal setting for the annual Ferrari Festival kickoff. The ample parking court was filled with the ridiculously shiny, growling Italian works of automotive art.
Hosted by Ferrari of Houston and Ferrari of The Woodlands, the swank party was prelude to this Sunday’s Ferrari Festival in River Oaks District. This free-to-the-public confab will feature dozens of Ferraris in all of the brand’s racy and racing incarnations.
Leading the pack will be jeweler Franco Valobra, who founded the festival a dozen years ago, and has since placed it in the hands of Ferrari of Houston and Risi Competizione. But he is still very much on the scene. With the 2019 event, the festival continues its mission of supporting Texas Children’s Cancer Hospital.
Valobra was one of the many Ferrari owners who roared into the fab dwelling last week to pick up their registration materials, grab their festival caps, polo shirts and license frames and pick up a copy of the collector’s festival magazine. And then there was the tasting of 100-year-old Louis XIII cognac ($3,500 a bottle), compliments of Rémy Martin.
Touring the beautifully crafted and furnished home, interior design by Ben Johnston, was part of the entertainment. But none could have been more intriguing than the sleek auto showroom (please, do not call it a garage) where two dazzling specimen of Italy’s finest automobiles were on display. Would you prefer the blue Portofino on the right or the red GTC4 Lusso on the left?
Captivating in addition to the magnificent cars was the mermaid, costumed in Ferrari-red sequins, who was perched on the side of the swimming pool. (If you had arrived early enough, you would have seen her being carried from her dressing room to poolside because, as we know, mermaids cannot walk.)
PC Seen: Tony Nevotti, Ferrari of Houston general manager; Ferrari of The Woodlands store manager Paul Frame; “car girl” Diane Caplan; luxury home builder Al Ross; sales agents with Compass Nadia Ross and DeeDee Guggenheim Howes; designer Benjamin Johnston; artist Cara Moves; architectural designer J.D. Bartell; Tina Tosian, Sonic Ali, and Ballard Infante.