Going Nowhere Fast

The comings and going of my Ferrari are hardly the most important topic at the current moment in time, but nonetheless it’s probably worth typing this up to give me something to do during the lockdown.

I had scheduled for my 360 to be dropped off for its annual service at the end of next week, with Dick Lovett Ferrari, as it is close to both where she’s stored and where my parents live. The latter being important as it means the car can stay on their nice big driveway for a few weeks between servicing, any self-repairs we would have chosen to do, as well as the long weekend for Easter. (This was actually one of the reasons I chose to store her at Rudler’s in the first place: their village is a better starting point than the middle of Watford.)

Unfortunately with the governments announcement that we should all stay at home, collecting the 360 and getting her serviced has now been pushed back, as has the MOT. Hopefully this won’t be an issue in a few months—unlike if I’d booked a service closer to my home—as it’s entirely reasonable to get from Rudler’s to Lovett’s for an MOT, whereas driving halfway across the country might draw unnecessary attention from plod. The downside to this, is that I won’t really have the opportunity to give the Ferrari a spring shake-down, so if any gremlins crept in during the winter the first I’ll know is when I get a phone call explaining what work’s been carried out. Hopefully though, everything will be okay on the night, so to speak.

So until there’s more freedom of movement and everywhere starts to open their doors again, this could be it; stay safe.

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Time For a Challenge (Part 3)

It’s finally time for a final update regarding the cosmetic changes I started at the beginning of the summer. So just a quick recap first: I wanted to change the rear grill and the front air-scoops to their challenge-style counterparts, all of which was successful. Unfortunately as we were finishing—the wheels were back on, all we had to do was get the car off the axel-stands—and my dad cracked his head on the driver-side wing mirror. Unable to source a replacement within the UK, I decided to switch to carbon fibre. (Yes, I could have asked Maranello, but the third-party mirrors said they would be available within a couple of weeks.)

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

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.

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Time For a Challenge (Part 2)

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!

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Time For a Challenge (Part 1)

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).

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Back In The Driving Seat

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.

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The Unthinkable

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.

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Another Year, Another Recap

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.

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Ferrari Racing Days 70 Anniversary

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.


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