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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.
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Great story and love the pics. can tell everyone had a great time.

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Excellent Jeroen! I was excited to see Barry's invitation a month ago. A real shame I could not make it. But it is so nice to read your stories and to see that FLers are having a great time enjoying their wonderful cars.

I hope we get some more pics and stories from the other hooligans that were there.


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550 Maranello. Derestricted Autobahn. On a mission to meet fellow FLifers. Heaven!

Great write up Jeroen!

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550 Maranello. Derestricted Autobahn. On a mission to meet fellow FLifers. Heaven!

Great write up Jeroen!
Yup, that was heaven allright! Only thing missing were Blackbird's 2 Dutch sibblings...

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Excellent Jeroen! I was excited to see Barry's invitation a month ago. A real shame I could not make it. But it is so nice to read your stories and to see that FLers are having a great time enjoying their wonderful cars.

I hope we get some more pics and stories from the other hooligans that were there.


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Tx Onno. I wonder why they haven't posted yet. Probably still en route home

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Jeroen- A really fun time from the sound of it. Plus a very happy son. I really miss the autobahns. Has been a long time since I drove on one.

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Has been a long time since I drove on one.
They're not as great as they used to be (too crowded, too many roadworks, less and less derestricted zones - most of the time you can only drive unrestricted for 10 minutes or less), but just the fact that you can exercise your F properly on a public road is quite something and you can hardly find that anywhere else on the planet. They're still a treasure.


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We're back!

Just rolled off the ferry in Dublin today after an EPIC Ferrari trip to the Nurburgring - but more about that in a separate thread.

Was great to have a mini F-Life meet up in Dusseldorf - and great to see you again Jeroen (and meet a new generation of Dutch Ferrari drivers )

We had a similar autobahn experience ourselves both there and back, but on the way back to Nurburgring decided to take a diversion of the autobahn and along some magnificent B roads. Ended up on a Ferry traveling across the river Rhine and then carving through the Eiffel mountains on the most glorious sunny, spring day in Germany, my 360 screaming in all it's V8 glory and with Michael's V12 providing a deep bass accompaniment. A wonderful way to spend a Spring Saturday!

A few pics I took myself...
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Guys, not much more I can add to that, except to say it was an absolute pleasure to drive the 150 odd miles each way to meet for a coffee! The day was perfect and the company even better.

Our meeting spot might have lacked a little finesse, but I think we did our bit for the urbane landscape quite well.

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Proof of finesse......
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Likewise, Michael, was great meeting you!

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Our meeting spot might have lacked a little finesse, but I think we did our bit for the urbane landscape quite well.
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Proof of finesse......
Hey, c'mon on guys, that was my local for 3 years. It had a certain je ne sais quoi...







ok - it was no Scottish castle

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