Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Exeter, England
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,499
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.
Best wishes, John Ferrari: 550 Maranello S/N 110995, Dino 246 GT S/N 6934 Other: 1990 Bentley Turbo R, 1989 Porsche 911 C2, 2004 Mercedes 500CLK, 2011 Mercedes E350 CDI, 1972 VW T2 Camper, 2014 Fiat 500C, 1963 Jaguar E-type 3.8 FHC, 2015 Maserati Granturismo Sport Website: http://bluebottleonline.com/