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.
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…)
So today we made the short trip back to Uxbridge, to see our friends as GVE London, as they were hosting a supercar charity open day for the KidsOut charity. Lunch and drinks were provided with the proceeds going to KidsOut. There was good turn out with a variety of supercars, including many Ferrari’s, some Lamborghini’s, and a couple of McLaren’s.
It was great to be out in the sun, knowing that even small gestures can have a huge impact on the lives of those who are less fortunate. I can be easy to forget that despite owning some of the most exclusive cars, there are many people who are struggling to with even the basic necessities of life.
So without further ado, here’s who came out in support:
What a fun day that was! Meeting up at a local service station, so we could all drive-in together to the Classics at the Villa: Fast Cars and Slow Food, car show. At 9 o’clock this morning, there was approximately fifteen Ferrari’s outside a drive-though Starbucks, patiently waiting so we could convoy the seven miles to Villa Scalabrini, and once we arrived we were greeted by—maybe—another fifteen Ferrari’s who had made their own way to the venue.
Last week was the setting for one of the highlights of my Ferrari orientated year: the Harpenden Classics on the Common. I had heard about it last year but too late to purchase tickets or even attend, so this time around I made sure that I bought tickets in good time. It was to be one of the biggest car shows I would attend, with over 1,000 cars, including several dozen Ferrari’s. I was looking forward to the idea of convoying in and arriving with other Ferrari owners.
What a great weekend! A big thank-you to everyone involved: organisers, owners, drivers, and the general public. From what I heard we raised quite a sum for charity offering rides in our supercars for a small donation. There was a nice selection of supercars, from Ariel Atom’s to Ferrari F40’s, and many in between (including my own Ferrari 360, of course).
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.