Join Date: Oct 2011
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,127
Yesterday I picked her up at Forza, my Fguys. Polished and looking gorgeous I couldn't wait to take her for a long, well deserved drive. First I had a coffee together with David who happened to drop in as well. Was very nice seeing him again and we spent some time looking at the cars and talking about Fled, we're both looking very much forward to that! Was great to see you again, David!
Finally it was time to leave....first few miles to let her warm up and feel the difference as the riding hight was adjusted to standard specs. Wow, the handling and cornering improved significantly and the engine runs so smooth!
Inside the cockpit a lot of stuff has been straightened out like sticky parts and the interior has been thoroughly cleaned. The leather looks absolutely great now...what a car!
After a few miles I left the motorway and followed the small curvy roads on the dikes along 1 of our largest rivers. Starting out carefully I felt she was in her element so I attacked each bend a bit faster. The response of the engine, the contact with the road through the steering wheel, it all fell into place and suddenly I realized I was doing 110 km/hr on a 60km road....Bend after bend, massively enjoying the car and the view. The torque of this car when pushing the throttle coming out of the bends, the massive engine braking and just quickly touching the brakes whilst entering the corners, it really felt like the car was driving itself. I have driven these roads many, many times on my bike which is great, but the excitement and experience driving this beauty on these magnificent roads..wow, I am truly privileged to be the owner of this great 550. Funny thing is that when I take her out for a drive I always have this little nervous feeling of excitement, but on these roads it multiplied by 100! I felt I was smiling all the time and started pushing the car more. The more I pushed it, the better the ride got, this car is truly amazing! There was hardly any traffic so I was able to use the entire road and really feel what this car is all about. Very predictable (I know....never lose your focus or else...) smooth, powerful and, as I believe Boxer once said about one of his cars, it felt like it was getting smaller and I really became part of it. I was thinking of changing my sport seats to Daytona's but I completely changed my mind. The sport seats really make you 1 with the car, they're staying! I ended up emptying the tank, before I realized it I had done 200km...(3 times the same route) so I drove her home for a well deserved rest and a coffee for me. Now I feel my muscles, but what a great way to work out, I'm taking her out again in a minute!
Took this picture along the way and tweaked it a bit "TopGear style" hope you like it!
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
Last edited by 550JM; 02-26-2012 at 01:36 AM.