Dave Dell'Aquila, born in Japan and raised in Silicon Valley, has a passion for cars that started at age 10 when he was fortunate enough to get a personal tour of the Maserati factory by then Chief Engineer Giulio Alfieri. In high school, his parents purchased a 1968 MGB-GT which was handed down to Dave while he was in college.
Dave attended UC Davis to study Computer Science at the beginning of the personal computer revolution, and was quickly drawn into the rapidly evolving world of user experience design. Dave’s interest in cars and photography was further inspired by his two older brothers who managed to turn their hobbies into their professions. Dave spent the next several decades working in the software industry, and after getting married and raising two boys, the little MGB-GT started to suffer from neglect. As his boys grew up, they too developed an early fascination with cars, and when they were old enough, they both learned how to drive and work on cars using the MGB-GT as their classroom.
It didn’t take long for Dave to discover the community of other like-minded vintage sports car enthusiasts who love the unique experience that can only be delivered from an all-analog sports car from the golden era of sports cars. Dave his family have become regular participants in the annual two day rallies around Northern California using that same little MGB-GT that’s been in his family since high school.
Dave and his family love driving great roads, and have amassed a collection of great driving machines with a rich racing history, including an MGA Twin Cam, Triumph GT6+, several MGB roadsters, BMW E36 M3, E39 M5, and a 2.5L Mazda MX-5. Family road trips have ventured to Europe where they’ve re-traced the route of the Mille Miglia, spent days exploring the Italian and Austrian Alps, and driven hot-laps at the Nurburgring.
Wanting to share this experience with others who may not have the resources to own a classic car, Dave started Sports Car Adventures with the intention of sharing the unique driving experience with those who might not otherwise be able to feel what it's like to drive a classic sports car on California’s best backroads.