With life after the accident now mostly returned to normal, it was nice to resume attending car shows, and where better to continue than the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It has been four years since I first attended, although unfortunately my Ferrari was still out of commission and in need of a wing-mirror, so we joined my brother and sister-in-law for just a single day in the sun surrounded by the smell of petrol and burning rubber.
Back again, to finish the work started a few weeks ago: swapping the front radiator air-intakes from their original standard egg-box get-up to the Challenge-style mesh. And once again we are following the guide by Aldous Voice to remove the front bumper and make the necessary changes. As mentioned in part 1, before we could remove the front bumper, we needed to get hold of a low-profile jack that would actually fit under the jack-points. Having made sure that we had everything necessary after finishing the rear, it was just a case of waiting for a weekend where both my dad and myself were free to get started. Oh, and it had to be before the Goodwood Festival of Speed!
This long, Spring Bank Holiday weekend I was able to finally get started on making some of the modifications I mentioned in my last post: the Challenge-style grill and front radiator intake covers. All of the parts arrived a week or so ago (care of Eurospares) but this was the first available weekend I had to start the work. I wasn’t quite able to get everything done, but the car now has a Challenge-style rear grill, as well as a properly connected battery conditioner cable, and black carbon Scuderia shields by the front wheel arches (with matching carbon ornament on the front luggage compartment).
A year after we found ourselves in the worst possible situation, I am once again back behind the wheel of a Ferrari 360! This time though, I’ve decided to be a little less mainstream and have opted for a yellow F1, which will hopefully stand out just a little more from the crowd. (I mean, even more than a Ferrari does anyway.) It’s not been easy to achieve, but I was determined not to let some reckless driver deny me my dreams.
It’s been over a year since I’ve posted an update here, and for the worst possible reason: my Ferrari 360 is no more. Unfortunately I was driven off the road back exactly a year ago, on my way to have the 360 serviced, and because of the motorway speed we were travelling at there was total carnage: because of one lunatic who didn’t look or signal before changing lanes I was forced to attempt an emergency stop, which didn’t pan out as expected and we span off the motorway, collecting another unexpecting driver on the way.
So it’s now been just over three years since I bought my first Ferrari, my 360 Modena, and this year has been rather special as it has been both the 70th anniversary of Ferrari and the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain. This meant that there were many events throughout the country to celebrate both occasions. I was lucky enough to join in a couple, yet gutted that I missed a couple that—in hindsight—I could easily have attended. Ah well, one can’t always have everything.
To round off a truly memorable anniversary year for Ferrari and the Owners’ Club, Ferrari hosted their annual racing days once again at Silverstone this last weekend. As members of the Owners’ Club we were encouraged to attend—in a Ferrari of course—to join in the festivities. I had intended to be there last year but other events took precedence; not this year with two major milestones to be celebrated. And despite the damp start the day quickly brightened up beautifully, allowing hundreds of exquisite cars to glisten in the autumn sun.
Time for another Ferrari Owners’ Club event, and this time it’s at Blenheim Palace on the tail end of the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance for their inaugural Classic & Supercar event. So a little earlier in the year the owners’ club invited members to join them to celebrate both Ferrari’s 70th and the clubs 50th at an end of summer party following Salon Privé and we we jumped at the chance to enjoy the 360 once more (before both its MOT and then hibernating it away for the winter months). It was an early start for us, having been asked to arrive before 9 o’clock so we would all be in place before the gates opened to the general public at 10.
What a fantastic day it was to help celebrate the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain’s 50th Anniversary—in addition to Ferrari’s 70th—in the grounds of Danesfield House, alongside the clubs EFG sponsored Concours competition. With nearly 250 Ferrari’s and over 1,000 members (reportedly), it was a beautiful day out in the sun.
So here we are again with another tale from Bath: we’re back again for the Bath Festival of Motoring, with its charity supercar dream rides. Once again, being able to use my Ferrari 360 for good and to help others is one of those things that makes it worthwhile. (And I don’t just mean taking out punters who aren’t in a position to buy their own supercar…)