Join Date: Apr 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,200
For Christmas one year around 1960-1962, my parents gave me a blood red cotton/nomex driving suit for kart racing, and it had the yellow shield with black prancing horse logo. My parents didn’t realize that for kart racing, we were more concerned about losing our skin from abrasion than fire, so I never wore the suit in competition, but still loved it. After doing a little reading about what the prancing horse was about, I was hooked, although as Onno said, they seemed to be the stuff of fantasy, not reality, and certainly out of the reach of mere mortals.
Fifty years and one heart attack later it was time to get serious about the bucket list. The 550 was the car that ticked all the right boxes for me, so after a year’s research, in October last year the right one came along & I bought it. Funny thing is that prior to buying the 550, I had never driven or ridden in a 550, or any other Ferrari for that matter. I just knew that the 550 would be "right", and it certainly was/is. It still gives me a chill/thrill every time that big V12 barks to life.
'99 550, Rosso Corsa / Nero, S/N:114654, Assy: 31836, Engine: 52084
High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.
Maranello Skunkworks Team Member