Even by most classic-Ferrari tale standards, the story behind the star of Mecum’s 2014 Monterey auction is remarkable. From its beginnings as a winning racer in the stable of a controversial Los Angeles construction magnate to its restoration in the hands of two Southern California college professors, this seductive 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Spider has more history in its Pinin Farina-sculpted body than an entire fleet of lustrous Prancing Horse garage queens.

Even by most classic-Ferrari tale standards, the story behind the star of Mecum’s 2014 Monterey auction is remarkable. From its beginnings as a winning racer in the stable of a controversial Los Angeles construction magnate to its restoration in the hands of two Southern California college professors, this seductive 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Spider has more history in its Pinin Farina-sculpted body than an entire fleet of lustrous Prancing Horse garage queens.

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So almost 5 years ago I decided I was done with California and especially Hollywood, and everything it was about. I came to Texas and reconnected to my passion for building things with my heart and hands. I took the my skills and knowledge of metal and started applying it to firearms.
It is very special to me that some familiar faces from that past life recognized what I was doing and wanted to be part of it.
 
I built this custom pair of Cisco 1911’s for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Both are Government size. Her’s is chambered in 9mm and his in .45acp . Both are hand fit from all oversize parts, making them incredibly accurate, well shooting pistols.

Our engraver did some of his best work on both slides and grip panels. Her slide says “MAMA KNOWS BEST” and His says “BIG PAPA”.

To finish them off my master woodworker friend Jason Bedre hand made a set of incredible presentation boxes.

Thank you so much Brad and Angie for trusting me with a project like this. I hope they bring you many years of enjoyment.

#jessejames


www.JJFU.com

Ten cities in particular have captured a larger share of the total jobs added in the U.S., according to a new study by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists. The study looked at what should have been the total job growth in the 50 most populous metro areas between 2010 and 2013, based on the total job growth in the country. By calculating the difference between these two measurements, it found what it calls the competitive effect – which indicates how much each city has exceeded, matched or fallen behind national job growth trends due to specific dynamics in local industries. The addition of 108,229 jobs was due to regional growth trends that helped the city to outpace the national growth average.

Ten cities in particular have captured a larger share of the total jobs added in the U.S., according to a new study by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists. The study looked at what should have been the total job growth in the 50 most populous metro areas between 2010 and 2013, based on the total job growth in the country. By calculating the difference between these two measurements, it found what it calls the competitive effect – which indicates how much each city has exceeded, matched or fallen behind national job growth trends due to specific dynamics in local industries. The addition of 108,229 jobs was due to regional growth trends that helped the city to outpace the national growth average.