Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,881
October 1983 Ferrari Factory Visit
I took my wife and 7 year old daughter to visit Italy in October 1983. I had just finished up a tour flying F-111Fs at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England and was going back to a TAC test unit in Sacramento, CA, and had some time off.
The Navy had a C-130 flight they contracted with the AF to fly between RAF Mildenhall, a major Military Airlift Command base and Naples, Italy to support 6th Fleet operations. The flights left every Thursday and there was a return flight every Monday. Nobody had ever been denied a free flight on the birds, which normally flew nearly empty except for cargo. So we hopped a flight on a Thursday, with a planned return 10 days later on Monday. It all worked out fine.
All that just leads up to a visit to the Ferrari factory. We visited a couple of the old Ferrari shops in Modena and stayed at the Hotel Europa in Maranello. I called up the factory the first afternoon we were there and asked if they could give us a tour. As soon as I told them I was a Ferrari owner, they said show up the next morning and they would show us around. We got a one on one tour with Ing. Andreone, probably a bit more limited than what they do now, but very informal and very enjoyable. This was long before the new facilities were built and there were no giftshops, museum, etc.
So all this leads up to the fact I have some photos some of you BBi, 308 QV, and Mondial QV owners might enjoy seeing. Maybe your car is in one of them.