What is it that has made Ferrari such an iconic name to motoring enthusiasts around the world? Is it the name that people love? Or possibly the quality of vehicle they produce? Maybe it’s the iconic red they paint most of their cars in? After all, we all know that red cars go faster. For me I think it’s the raw passion and care that has been put into each and every car produced under the Scuderia Ferrari name and Mr Enzo Ferrari himself. Recently Adelaide Ferrari held an event celebrating the 70th anniversery of the very first Ferrari badged car ever completed. September 13th, 1947 was the day this great motoring masterpiece was created and also the day that would put Ferrari on the map as we know it.
The event started in the city of Adelaide where the cars all gathered at a shopping center carpark before cruising through the hills in a large convoy to the National Motor Museum in the town of Birdwood. When you arrive at the event and pay your entry the first thing you are greeted with is an ex Ferrari F1 racecar in the museum lobby as you head out to the event. The great thing about these events at the museum is that when you pay your entry you also get access to the museum, which has a large variety of collectable cars.
Outside vehicles were lining the grass in what appeared to be rows of the same model and era of vehicle with newer cars up front and older rarer cars up the back. Being a fan of the older style Ferrari I headed straight to the back!
It was here that I spotted probably the oldest car on show, and the only front mounted engine as well. This Ferrari 365GT had so much character and stood out from the rest. With pretty much everything still in original condition, it had all the right looks in my opinion. The seats were cracking and the wood grain steering wheel had faded, but it just had that classic retro look to it.
Another really cool car that stood out to me was this Ferrari 308GTS. Not only was it still street registered as a left hand drive here in Australia, but more so that it’s the same car that Tom Selleck drove in the 1980s TV series Magnum PI.
As I wandered through the classics towards the newer cars, I walked past a fellow artist who was using a slightly different medium. This guy goes to a lot of local events doing sketches and paintings of cars. Make sure you keep an eye out at local events around Adelaide and have a look at the awesome work he does.
Once in the newer cars, this 458 Speciale really stood out to me. It was completely stock and sat among many of the same model, but there was something about this particular one that I liked. Maybe it was the blue and white racing stripes and carbon fiber intake, but it just looked different in its own way. When it left the show it seemed to have its own powerful presence compared to the other cars.
This Ferrari 458 Italia looked to have larger after market rims on it that were color coded to match the yellow racing pinstripes over the car. Rocking genuine center caps, I’m unsure if these are actually genuine Ferrari rims or not. Either way they looked perfect and complemented the vehicle perfectly.
As cars started leaving I headed back towards the museum and came across another 458 Speciale that led the convoy of cars up into the hills.
After looking at so many beautiful cars, it was time to head home for lunch. Going to this event I was never really a fan of Ferrari’s myself, but after walking around each car and admiring the intricate details and the smooth, sexy lines of each car, you can’t help but become a little interested in what could be one of history’s greatest motoring companies of our time.
From all of us here at SpeedNation, we want to congratulate the late Enzo Ferrari on 70 years of excellence in automotive engineering.