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About Ashley

First-time Ferrari owner: a rosso corsa with tan, 2001, 360 Modena. It has long been a dream of mine to own a Ferrari, and in the summer of 2014—shortly before I turned 30—I was lucky enough to be in a position to buy my first. This blog is where I aim to share my experiences along my Ferrari journey.

Ferrari For Hire

So last week my 360 went off on an adventure of its own. My brother had asked if he could borrow it for a couple of days while his wife and he stayed at Limewood. As it’s a fancy place, and I had no plans to use the car for a couple of weeks, I agreed he could showoff for a few days. All I asked was that he try and get a couple of good photographs of the Ferrari in front of hotel’s main building, which he was more than happy to do.

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Down on Power

Unfortunately for everyone involved (though mostly just myself in reality) the weather for this long Easter weekend was less than ideal, which meant that although I got out to my car, I had decided that it wasn’t really worth taking it out in the rain just to drive to dinner.

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A Slow Start to 2016

Just a quick post, as there hasn’t been much going on in the world of my 360, as she’s been tucked away since the middle of October—hibernating until the better weather. That said, some have had their Ferrari’s out judging by some recent YouTube videos, though it appears that the FF is the Ferrari of choice for this time of year. Despite it actually making me feel a little envious (knowing I could be out doing the same), when I take a look at my calendar for the summer months I know there are many exciting weekends lined up ahead where I can cruise around, clocking up miles.

On a website related note, I have added an event calendar to highlight car shows and other public events that I may attend. I will try to remember to update an events details if I will actually be attending, so feel free to persuade me and then come along and chat in person.

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First Year Recap

So it has been just over a year now since I bought my first Ferrari 360 Modena. There have been highs and lows, it’s been fun yet stressful, and I have learnt a great deal and met many wonderful people. I probably over estimated the number of events I would attend, when I was initially pondering my first spring/summer with the 360—dreaming of joining in with all of the picnics and being on display at every car show—but I have been able to show all of my friends and family, and perhaps more importantly: just getting used to driving a Ferrari on the road.

I’m a lot less nervous whenever I set off wherever I’m going, but still cautious if I have to drive into a town centre; I still feel proud and enthusiastic if someone stops to take a photograph or compliment how lovely she is (just don’t start on about whether she’s real or how I’d be better-off financially with a more economical car or some other rubbish!); and I am still impressed and excited every time I see another owner enjoying their Ferrari, even if I’m just walking down the street—despite owning one, the allure and mystique of Ferrari’s still exists. This seems to hold true for other owners too; whenever someone pulls up in their Ferrari (whether we’re at a show or just out for lunch) everyone descends upon the new arrival to not only see who it is but also what colour their interior is, if they have a traditional manual, whether their exhaust has been loudened, et cetera. We’re just as curious—if not more so—than non owners, maybe because we know what to look for but more likely because it’s clear we’re already Ferrari enthusiasts.

Now with the insurance paid up for another year, an MOT passed with flying colours, and a service scheduled for the coming weeks, not to mention the upcoming renewal of my Ferrari Owners Club GB membership, I’ve started thinking about 2016: where could we go? (Le Mans? A Grand Prix? The Italian lakes?) We’ll see, I have a few months to plan these things out and see who might be interested in coming along for the ride, but for the time being the 360 is tucked away and having a well earned rest.

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CarFest

Another summer weekend, another car show. And again, this was a large one! Six days of cars and music, spread over two weekend and two locations; all in need of Children in Need. The Ferrari Owners’ Club had managed to secure fifty places per day for members to exhibit our cars, and I was able to put myself forward for the Sunday at CarFest South. After waiting excitedly for weeks, it all came crashing down the Thursday before when we were informed that due to the amount of rain that had fallen, the field was so saturated that the Owners’ Club was pulling out of the entire weekend.

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Uxbridge Charity AutoShow

Another high profile outing, and this time one much closer to home. In fact, I have been looking forward to this show since last year, when I walked along to look at everything. Obviously being my closest car show, as soon as online registration was open I signed myself and my 360 up (although not for the concours, as my patience for immaculate cleaning is rather low—especially with a car I’d rather drive and not just look at). A whole day, looking at some absolute classics, alongside my modern-ish Ferrari: perfect!

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GVE London BBQ

Just a quick post to link a few photographs I took this last Saturday, at a BBQ lunch, hosted by GVE London.

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They seem to have slipped under my radar despite being only a few minutes walk from home. It seems that having focused on the export market for the last few years they’re now trying to grow their presence locally (hence the invite to Ferrari Owners Club members).

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