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post #1 of 28 Old 03-04-2017, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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70th. anniversary celebrations in Maranello

Does anyone know exactly what is going on in Modena in September (around the second weekend, I believe) to celebrate the 70th. anniversary? And what opportunities there will be for owners to participate if we bring our Ferraris?
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Unfortunatly not.

I will go next week to Geneva and try to get more information.
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Unfortunaetly not.

I will go next week to Geneva and try to get more information.
Thankyou, Joel. Looking forward to hearing further from you - any info will help.

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Thankyou, Joel. Looking forward to hearing further from you - any info will help.
However, I've already booked rooms in Maranello for some friends and me from 7th to 10th september

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However, I've already booked rooms in Maranello for some friends and me from 7th to 10th september
Yes, so have I, but thanks for the suggestion. But part from the dates, I know absolutely nothing about the event(s).

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So, back from Geneva and..... no news about 70th anniversary.

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Thanks for that. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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It's official !!!

70 Years of Emotion

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It's official !!!

70 Years of Emotion
Yes, fancy website and b****r all information (about the events in Maranello, that is) other than the date - and that was in the email: the calendar of events doesn't even list it! Unless I am being thick, of course

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Evening all, has there been any further updates on what is taking place in Maranello on the weekend of the 9th and 10th September?
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Evening all, has there been any further updates on what is taking place in Maranello on the weekend of the 9th and 10th September?
There is a Concorso for older / classiche certified cars on Sunday, by invitation only, and a tour from various starting points arriving in Maranello on Saturday, also invitation only. My understanding is that there is no event open to all. Apparently the following email was sent by Ferrari to various owners' clubs:

"As you already know, on September 8, 9 and 10, Ferrari has organized some private events to celebrate the 70th Anniversary together with some of the closest clients to our Factory. Unfortunately there won’t be activities open to everyone, as occurred during the festivities of the 60th Anniversary. For this reason, we do not recommend that you organize other activities with your club members in Maranello during those days"

I was invited to the Concorso and a weekend of supporting events, but I have declined after all my efforts to get some specific information from the organisers met with "pay your entry fee and then you will find out in due course".

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This is not untypical of modern Ferrari. Like several friends, I have made hotel bookings and was about to book flights, assuming that the details would arrive a couple of days before departure, in accordance with usual practice.

A great disappointment. Twenty years ago all were welcomed, the streets of Maranello and Modena were packed with exotic cars, which one could examine and photograph at close quarters and Fiorano was open to all who bought the necessary pass. Factory tours were organised until late in the evening to accommodate everyone who wanted to go and souvenirs and gifts were handed out or for sale at modest prices.

I wonder if those with truly special cars who have decided not to contribute to the Classiche gravy-train will be turned away at the gate!

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Please do not cancel your plans just on my say so.

It is of course quite possible that Ferrari will have a change of mind and open one or more of the events up to all-comers, or are planning to do so all along and just want to hook the likes of myself on the exclusivity / prestige of being invited, and get the money in before they announce that it will be a big beano like the 60th. was.

I suggest you either contact Ferrari direct, or speak to your local dealer to get confirmation first.

Back in May, I received an invite direct from Ferrari in Maranello, asking me if I would like to enter my car in the Concorso and participate in a series of supporting events over the weekend of 8/10 September. All for the bargain(!) price of 2,500 euros. To be fair, that does include 4* hotel accommodation for two (although which hotel and where is unspecified, and it was unclear whether it would be for two nights or three).

I had really been looking forward to it, and was very excited when I was eventually told that my car (Dino) had been accepted. Then the trouble started.

Not unnaturally, IMO, I asked for details - where we would be staying, for how many nights, when to arrive, what we would be doing each day / evening, etc. All I ever got was the sketchiest of details, each time the answer was basically the same - "pay now and we'll tell you what you will be getting for your money when we get around to it (maybe)".

Well, I am not prepared to hand over £2,000+, and drive over 1,000 miles each way, for a magical mystery tour - which may be wonderful, but could just as easily turn out to be s**t.

It's like being asked to pay for a package holiday and being told nothing other than the destination.

Nobody else would expect to do business like this. Just because they are Ferrari, they think they can get away with treating people in this off-hand, arrogant manner. Well, as far as I am concerned, they can get lost.

I am also not very impressed with the attitude of Ferrari towards owners of more modern Ferraris and non-owning enthusiasts as per the email I quoted above, which Marcel Massini posted on Fchat.

For me, one of the pleasures of Ferrari ownership is to share my good fortune with others, not just a select band of people who happen to own expensive cars. The ownership experience should be inclusive, not exclusive: it is about those of us who are lucky enough to own these wonderful machines taking them along for other enthusiasts (many less fortunate than ourselves) to enjoy.

Last Sunday, I went to an event in Lymington (Hampshire) where 50 FOC members’ cars (including my Dino) were on display in the morning at the local marina, then travelled in convoy through the town and parked up for the afternoon in the high street, which was closed off for the occasion, with an Italian market along one side, opposite the cars. Not only was our route through the town lined with spectators, taking photos and videos, waving and cheering as we passed by, but there were huge crowds at both display venues (the organisers estimated upwards of 4,000 spectators) – all people who wanted to come and see the cars and talk to the owners and who share our enthusiasm for the marque, despite not being lucky enough to own one, and who had a great afternoon doing just that.

This, for me, is what a celebration of Ferrari’s 70th. anniversary should be all about - sharing the excitement with as many people as possible. I think the difference between the 70th. and the 60th. is indicative of the way Ferrari has changed over the last 10 years. Sad.

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...............Last Sunday, I went to an event in Lymington (Hampshire) where 50 FOC members’ cars (including my Dino) were on display in the morning at the local marina, then travelled in convoy through the town and parked up for the afternoon in the high street, which was closed off for the occasion, with an Italian market along one side, opposite the cars. Not only was our route through the town lined with spectators, taking photos and videos, waving and cheering as we passed by, but there were huge crowds at both display venues (the organisers estimated upwards of 4,000 spectators) – all people who wanted to come and see the cars and talk to the owners and who share our enthusiasm for the marque, despite not being lucky enough to own one, and who had a great afternoon doing just that.

This, for me, is what a celebration of Ferrari’s 70th. anniversary should be all about - sharing the excitement with as many people as possible. I think the difference between the 70th. and the 60th. is indicative of the way Ferrari has changed over the last 10 years. Sad.
It ain't sad, John, it's despicable. And one may be certain that Ferrari is going to pay for its arrogance, cozening to the few super-rich who commission the one-offs and buy the 8-figure 1950's/1960's cars. And disdaining the unwashed who support factory sales and the entire market by buying 'pre-owned' Ferraris. Unfortunately that is likely to occur after The Sweater has retired. I recollect that when he spun Ferrari off he stated that he would retire in 2018. I rather believe he will wish to stay on the gravy train a bit longer but not so long as to reap the whirlwind ("he who sows the wind shall reap.....")

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Strategic mistake by Ferrari. Their exclusive marketing approach may backfire on them. What makes Ferrari great is the passion of the people who love the cars. If the passion of the people is not cultivated eventually all you will have is Ferrari's in museums.

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And one may be certain that Ferrari is going to pay for its arrogance.....disdaining the unwashed who support factory sales and the entire market by buying 'pre-owned' Ferraris.
I have to offer a different perspective here. As the owner of two Pre-owned, albeit newer models, I suppose I fit the definition of the unwashed. So I'll never expect an invitation to a big anniversary bash, a new model unveiling, a concours, or an A-List client event. I'm too small a fish to fry. However, in no way do I feel disdained by Ferrari, either in Maranello or here in the US.

Each time I go to a dealership, I brace for the poor treatment I read about so often in the forums. Yet each time I've come away having experienced very good customer service. And during three factory tours, despite their somewhat rote performance, we've came away feeling truly blessed and well treated. In a word - special.

John, I do understand your disappointment. But even if all they offered for the 2500E was a dish of peanuts and a plastic glass of wine from a box, it would not diminish my devotion to the brand one iota. I'd be tickled pink just by the invitation. Of course I couldn't afford to go, so I'd hang that invitation in my garage, and look at it every time I took one of the cars for a drive.

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And I thought Ferrari just finished the 60th...

Can't keep up with the speed.

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I have to offer a different perspective here. As the owner of two Pre-owned, albeit newer models, I suppose I fit the definition of the unwashed. So I'll never expect an invitation to a big anniversary bash, a new model unveiling, a concours, or an A-List client event. I'm too small a fish to fry. However, in no way do I feel disdained by Ferrari, either in Maranello or here in the US.

Each time I go to a dealership, I brace for the poor treatment I read about so often in the forums. Yet each time I've come away having experienced very good customer service. And during three factory tours, despite their somewhat rote performance, we've came away feeling truly blessed and well treated. In a word - special.

John, I do understand your disappointment. But even if all they offered for the 2500E was a dish of peanuts and a plastic glass of wine from a box, it would not diminish my devotion to the brand one iota. I'd be tickled pink just by the invitation. Of course I couldn't afford to go, so I'd hang that invitation in my garage, and look at it every time I took one of the cars for a drive.
Killer, join the crew of the Ferrari unwashed; me too! Since 1978 I've owned eight not-new Ferraris going back to the 1967 365GTC speciale that sold at David Gooding's auction in 2009 for a sum that after seller's commission and taxes there was sufficient remaining to acquire my 575M, a 412GT, an F355 berlinetta, a Maserati Spyder and a Cadillac STS-V.

The customer service at the three dealerships I've visited and used, all roughly equidistant from Saratoga Springs, has been more or less as yours though not all at the same level. Similarly my wife's and my visit to the factory this past May was more than satisfactory even though, as you wrote, rote. That said, I believe the piper will be paid.

I am not long Ferrari shares.

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That said, I believe the piper will be paid. I am not long Ferrari shares.
As they say, nothing lasts forever.
So I suppose you'll be proven right in the end.
I just hope that day comes long after I'm too old to drive.

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It must be fantastic to see all those Ferrari models
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