Classic Adelaide 2005
More than 100 cars covering almost entire history of the marque gathered for the event in the South Australian capital. Examples included F50, F40, 288 GTO, 308 GTB, 250 GT Lusso, Ferrari 330 GT,Daytona and 275 GTB.
The cars travelled to Adelaide from as far afield as the USA, Europe and New Zealand as well as from all Australian states and territories. The event saw this unique collection take part in both competitive and non-competitive events, along with a range of public displays that brought out tens of thousands of eager spectators who were able to have a close look at the unique heritage of Ferrari that was celebrated at the event.
Classic Adelaide also enabled Ferrari fans to see two unique Ferrari 612 Scaglietti cars. One was the car that has just completed an epic 25,000 km tour of China, where it cross the Gobi desert and climbed the Himalayas to enter the record books as it set a new altitude record for two wheel drive cars. The second car previewed new Ferrari features which will become available in Australia in 2006, including carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM).
With Ferrari as the featured marque, this was the ninth event held in Adelaide since 1996, it not only attracted Ferrari cars but also people closely associated with the company, including former F1 Ferrari driver, Stefan Johansson. Ferrari was also represented by Mario Micheli, Ferrari Asia Pacific Manager, who included in his event duties navigating for Stefan Johansson in a Ferrari 328 GTS.
"This is a remarkable event," said Stefan Johansson. "It provides the drivers with an event that is both challenging and highly enjoyable, what ever their car or skill level. For the spectators, I have never been to an event where they can get so close to the cars and drivers in such a warmfriendly atmosphere. Everywhere I looked I saw people loving the event and the cars. It comes as no surprise to learn that Australia is home to one of the oldest Ferrari owners' clubs, such is the interest and loyalty shown to Ferrari!"
Text: Classic Driver
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