Went to the East Midlands Ferrari meet at Graypaul in Nottingham this morning. With the exception of the F50, 550 Barchetta, a 575M, a 328 GTS and a 16M Scud spider, the showroom seemed very dull, lots of 430's, a couple of Gallardo's, a couple of 911's and a Bentley but nothing of any great interest, it looked like every 430 in the country was sat there. Still, it's always nice to have a look round and get up close and personal with cars I am not going to own for another 10 years at least, and as common as 430's were today, I absolutely love them.
After a brief meet and bacon sandwiches for breakfast, along with a dozen or so other Ferrari's from the East Mids chapter, we headed out on a 2 hour drive around the country lans of South Notts and North Leics. The weather was glorious, and with the roof off the GTS, the sound of the exhausts was like a symphony. The route took us along country lanes with narrow stone walls and tree lined tunnels, the noise bouncing off the surrounding countryside was great. I think I terrified one poor chap who was walking his dog through the road tunnel under the motorway. As we got to the tunnel, I had to drop it from 5th to 3rd and floor the gas to see how it sounded. The sound was awesome, but the man and his dog nearly jumped out of their skin.
I've had the 308 for about 5 weeks now, and have got used to it not being quite as powerful as the 328. Mid range power from 4K RPM in third is great, but low down in first and second, it makes a lot of noise but takes a while to get going. Having said that, I am really enjoying myself driving "Nero" (sorry that's it's name), and today's run had lots of twisty roads which tested my driving and it's handling. The 308 handled like a dream