Well its been a long day. Early morning flight from Dublin to East Midlands (UK), with my very excited son (ok I was pretty hyper myself...
). We were picked up by the owner of the GT4 and his son. 40 minutes later and we were drinking coffee and reading through the mountain of paperwork, manuals, service history, reports and other assorted paperwork on the car. The records are a credit to it's 2 previous owners and much more than I could ever have hoped for. An hour of document review and then it was on to the main event.
The 308 shared a garage with a beautiful Gallardo (a good sign). Fired up first time from cold and out she reversed. I could not have been happier and nor could my junior navigator, where I maintained some composure he (as only a 7 year can) proceeded to run circles around the car and scream in delight. Good first impressions...
Formalities over, and after a quick demo on the controls, etc it was off to commence the 180 mile run to Holyhead ferry port in North Wales. Time was tight, roads were slippy and the weather was damp and foggy, but the GT4 never missed a beat (except for one minor issue, but I'll get to that seperately!). Mostly motorway driving with steady cruising at about 70-80 mph, sitting at approx 4K rpm in top gear. We got to the ferry with about 15 minutes to spare and 2 hours later were back in Dublin and shortly afterwards home, tired, slightly stressed and ready for bed.
There wasn't a lot of time for pictures today, such were the tight schedules we were trying to keep, but here's a few we took to give you a flavour of the day, and some of 308 GT4's new home and stablemates.
I'm looking forward to a whole new type of Ferrari experience (and my apologies in advance for the many questions I shall be asking over the coming days, weeks, months....)