Join Date: Oct 2011
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Mini Flife meeting in Germany
Last saturday me, my 21 yr old son and my 550 left early in the morning for a trip to Germany to meet up with Barry and Michael (575er). Our two Flife friends were visiting the Nurburgring so we decided to meet in the middle in Dusseldorf, a drive of around 1,5 hours of Autobahn for all of us. As this was my first drive after the hibernation I was extremely keen to experience how she performed after service done by our fantastic mechanic at Forza Service in Holland also used by other fellow members.
Man, she didn't disappoint us! What a great car this is to drive with such little effort and so extremely comfortable. The thrill of speed and the sound between 5000 and 6500 RPM is just so amazing and addictive! The handling superb, sharp, clean and without ever surprising you. In Holland we had to respect the max. speed of 100/120 km/h but once we crossed the German border we unleashed all 500 horsepower. Obviously you all know the feeling of that experience, the massive torque that never seems to end and the sheer thrill of speed with the clicking sound of the stick shift!
A M A Z I N G!
We arrived around 10.30 am in Dusseldorf and met up with the guys. It was great to meet Michael and his beautiful 575 and to see Barry again after last years FLED in Scotland. We had something to eat, admired each others cars and had great fun discussing all our Fcar experiences. After about 3 hours it was time to go.
Back on the autobahn I pulled in at the first gas station (after about 5km), got out and tossed my son the keys. The look on his face was magnificent to see as he had only driven the 550 for a few miles last year and he never expected this to happen. There's just nothing in the world better then that moment, this is what owning a car like this is all about, sharing the experience!
No need to tell that he proudly joined the 280 km/h club (he didn't want to push it further on his first run) and we both had a stupid grin on our face all the way home.
Greatest part was that when we arrived at the border, he suddenly pulled in to a very busy gas station and said he had to use the bathroom. He parked the car right in front of the station and got out of the car with about 30 people watching him (probably wondering how a young guy could have a car like that), walked in with a very serious face and I sat in the car and laughed until I cried, not sure whether it was emotion or fun.....
Below a few pics of the 3 Fcars at the parking where we met.
550 Maranello 7-2000 nero/nero
1974 Ducati 750 Yellow Sport
1974 Ducati 350 Desmo Yellow Sport
2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200S
(And a few Alfa Romeo's and Range Rovers)
Power is nothing without control