Dawn of a New Era

It’s been three years to the day since I lost my first 360, and also nearly lost the love of my life! Thankfully the one who really mattered pulled through and we’ve pushed ahead with the rest of our lives together. And although 2020 was not much of a year for car shows and the like, there was a brief few weeks between the various lockdowns where my fiancée and I were able to make good and move out of our tiny flat in the centre of Watford to a nice house in a small town in East Northamptonshire—complete with driveway and garage!

This major change in our living arrangements means that there are a few things re: Ferrari that will need to be updated, specifically long-term storage and servicing. If I would be willing to drive to Silverstone there are quite a few options, although I was hoping for both solutions to be a fair bit closer to home. Partly because—being the only driver in the household—Silverstone isn’t actually that easy to get to without a car, so going to retrieve the car from storage or after dropping it off for a service would be tricky; and partly because—with Silverstone hosting many events—there’s no point attending such an event and only driving the last ¼ mile in the 360.

There are a couple of other options that are a little more convenient to get to, which isn’t too bad, but we’re definitely not ideally situated. On the plus side, our house does have enough space out the front to park a couple of small cars (much better than on-the-road parking in the middle of Watford), although getting two large cars on the driveway is currently a tight squeeze. The plan is to redo the entire front garden and just make it a four-car driveway, mostly as a way for any guests to easily park off the road so as not to obstruct our neighbours. It will also fix the bodge the previous owners did adding a second parking spot, using paving slabs next to the original tarmac.

So if anyone local to Irthlingborough knows of any storage facilities or Ferrari servicing specialists—or even someone who does driveways—then I would love to hear from you, just to see if I’ve missed any. But in the meantime, keep an eye out next month as I bring the 360 up from its current West Country home to join us in our new life.