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post #1 of 8 Old 03-30-2012, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Hello, FerrariLife Members.

I've been perusing both FerrariLife and McLarenLife forums for nearly a month.
I'm humbled by the halo of passion and grace surrounding these gems of automotive knowledge.

Quite inspiring to an aspiring owner.

I'm a 27 year old, US-born Syrian/Tunisian, who has been raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The father owned a small number of cars during his time, including a green Countach LP400 (Periscopo), and a few Benzes; but he remembers the soul and 'purr' of his black 365 GTB/4 (Daytona) with a rare and elevated fondness. He often says 'Ferrari is a Ferrari'.

Nearly forty years later, I'm hoping to begin the acquisition process on my first performance car during the first quarter of 2013. A difficult decision will have to be made between either the 458 and the McLaren MP4-12C. I'll be test driving the Mac next week. I'm being quoted a wait period of four months on either car.

Up until that point, I will be an active reader and passive poster.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have, including queries on automotive perceptions, preferences, and habits of the Middle East / Gulf region. Although my ownership experience has been limited, I will do my best to answer or refer you to a better source.

I'll leave you with an brief introduction and pictures to Ferrari Saudi Arabia during the 1960's and 1970's.


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post #2 of 8 Old 03-30-2012, 11:19 PM
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Welcome to FlIfe. Look forward to hearing your opinions on the 458 vs the MP4-12C.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-31-2012, 02:30 AM
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Asslemma Ramy, shnowhelik, labez?

It's good to have a Tunisian here. I worked in Sfax for 8 years, and lived there for six. I think the Tunisians, and in general the North Africans, are great people.

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-31-2012, 07:30 AM
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Ramy- Welcome to Ferrari Life. Saw the photos of your father's black Daytona in the other thread and he must have been a brave man to own a black car in Saudi Arabia. I spent half a year in Taif a couple of decades ago. At ~4800'/1460 m it was cooler than the rest of SA, but still too hot for a black car for me.

Good luck on your 458/MP4 decision. I know which one I would rather have.

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-31-2012, 11:58 AM
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welcome want to hear more about your area of the world. hey lot of Ferrari there and other exotics .

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-31-2012, 12:21 PM
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Welcome Ramy. Nice intro and best wishes in your Ferrari vs McLaren deliberations. But as you say "a Ferrari is a Ferrari"!

Ferrari's: 360 Modena, 550 Maranello
Ex's: Dino 308 GT4, 612 Scaglietti
The Rest: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Porsche 911 2.7s, Porsche 911 3.2 Carerra, Ducati 916... and the Land Rovers
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-01-2012, 05:42 AM
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Welcome Ramy ! With that/your great and exclusive family Ferrari history you may should opt for a Daytona....to close the circle !
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-01-2012, 06:38 AM
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What a choice McLaren/Ferrari...get both! We all look forward to seeing what you decide. Welcome to the group!
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