Ferrari Club Australia

Ferrari Club Australia
Ferrari Club Australia

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Auto Italia 2015

On the steps of Old Parliament house in Canberra, Ferrari’s where a sight to see at the 30th annual Auto Italia display.

Many members took the opportunity to drive down from Sydney on Saturday, with others coming from the A.C.T. to meet at Marulan. A drive from there back to Canberra and straight into the night’s festivities was the next order of business.


Sunday morning saw the cadre of car line up centre stage. You couldn’t miss them all lined up around the main pools on the lawn. Of course you couldn’t also miss the giant Ferrari tent drawing attention to F40 on display either. However, all makes and models of prancing horses were well represented in the display.


Of course, not only were there Ferrari’s but Alfa’s, Lancia’s, Fiat’s, Lamborghini's and more. Even the new Alfa 4C made an appearance.


A special thanks to those members who co-ordinated the events for members and made sure everyone arrived and departed safely. If you couldn’t make it this year we certainly hope to see you same time next year for another huge celebration of Italian motoring in our nation’s capitol.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

2015 Concourso

Although the day commenced with rain, by the start of event the rain had abated and an array of Ferrari's took their places along the Sydney foreshore at Woolwich.


Many of the cars where then subjected to judging scrutineering to determine the best in class. That didn’t matter the crowd who enjoyed a variety of food and drink as well as plenty of good conversation.


The event was supported by Ferrari Maserati Sydney, Shannons Insurance and Oatley Wines to name but a few of the many sponsors who attended the day.


The consourso is ‘the’ event for owners who want to display the hard work they have put into their vehicles to makes them as good as if they had just come out of the factory.


It is also a great opportunity for all Club members to attend and share their passion with other owners as well as many of the public who were surprised at what they found in the park on an overcast Sunday morning.


Congratulations to all the winners as well as the keen eyed judges who gave up their time to examine and score each entry. Special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the day a success for all who attended and we’ll see you back for next years event.

Melbourne F1 Grand Prix and Drive

It was a sensational 5 days of cars, meeting other car lovers, watching cars race, driving, seeing new cars, and enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

THURSDAY - The drive to Melbourne
Early morning a convoy of 10 cars from Sydney, and Canberra, drove to Melbourne. The Sydney and Canberra cars met in Yass and drove down the Hume Freeway. It was a colourful sight, with Ferraris red, yellow, and green. A highlight was the brand new signal green (verde del segnale) Ferrari 458 Speciale. Other cars in the group were a 430, a California, a 360 and a 360CS, a 512TR, a 308 GTB Vetro and several 599's. Heads turned in all the other cars and trucks on the road.


The first stop was Holbrook. Directly opposite the service station is the St Patrick's school where the kids were hanging over the fence to view all the Ferraris during their morning break. Seeing the interest from the children drivers offered to park the new Speciale inside the school and grounds and invited all the children from one class to take turns to sit in the car while they were photographed by the teacher. The owner concluded with a 10 minute talk to the students. The teacher appeared as excited as the pupils about the Ferrari, because she could now ask her students to write stories about their unexpected experience.


After Holbrook we had several more shorts stops. Arriving in Melbourne by mid afternoon, all the cars went to the car wash to be ready for show at the GP the next morning.

On Thursday evening the Victorian Division of the Ferrari Club hosted the traditional pre GP cocktail party at Guy Grossi’s Merchant Italian Restaurant in Rialto Towers. Herbert Appleroth, CEO Ferrari Australasia was in attendance and spoke about the upcoming GP season. It was a great night to meet people before the GP.

FRIDAY - First day of the Grand Prix
The Ferraris on show were checked into their displays very early. Each car had it's own garage. With time to spare in the morning we walked around the other displays without any other members of the public, while some others enjoyed VIP breakfasts.


Midday onwards we enjoyed time in the International Suite which had 140 people from the Ferrari Club of Australia. Positioned trackside, north facing, this had outstanding views of turns 3 & 4. We met more people, and enjoyed great food and drinks. 


That evening there were drinks for Ferrari Club members in the Middle Park Hotel just outside Gate 1 of the track. The Hotel was packed inside and outside with a vibrant atmosphere.

SATURDAY - The day before the Final
Our cars continued to be on display. More time in the International Suite, as well as walking the paddocks enjoying other displays and shows. 

Today was Pit Walk for some, whilst others experienced this on other days. We walked past the garages for the F1 race cars, watching crews prepare the cars, and seeing all the expensive equipment that goes along with the race cars.


Dinner for some of us was Lygon Street, which in Melbourne is a very popular place Saturday night for Ferraris, with some of the cafe's (like Cavallinos and Correttos) having a lot of Ferrari memorabilia. 

SUNDAY - Grand Prix Final Day and the Ferrari Club Cavalcade
Huge queues at the entrance gates an hour before opening but our VIP tickets let us bypass those queues. It was time to get the cars ready for the Ferrari Cavalcade our 40 cars lead by La Ferrari. All the cars had passengers who loved the experience as much as the drivers. Admiring the Ferraris in the garages before the cavalcade, and talking to the owners, was the Victorian Police Commissioner. Midday we did several "fast" laps around the race track. Many smiles before, during and after this highlight. Driving the track gives a different visual perspective, which is nice when watching the GP final race later.


Back to the International Suite for lunch and more viewing of on track activities. We meet more people, and enjoyed great food and drinks.

The F1 Grand Price race commenced 4pm. We are up close to the track with a prime position at turn 3 & 4. TV screens in the suite allow us to also monitor activities on other parts of the track and statistics.

After the race at 6pm the crowds walk on the track, and we collect our cars from the display. We then take a trip to Lygon Street, Carlton, which tonight is buzzing with activity with all the Italian restaurants, especially since Ferrari made it to the podium. We pull up at Cafe Cavallinos and are given parking out the front and VIP treatment. Here we meet more people and enjoy food and wine.


MONDAY - The drive from Melbourne.
Early morning we picked up the remaining cars from the Grand Prix display area, and then 9 Ferraris headed home in convoy along the Hume Freeway. Breakfast at McDonalds 2 hours out of Melbourne. Lunch at the Holbrook Bakery. Then the Canberra Ferraris forked off at Yass, and the Sydney Ferraris headed home. An easy and enjoyable drive with fairly light traffic on the Hume.


A special thanks goes to the President of the Victorian division of the FCA, and the Vice President of the FCA for organizing the activities and suite at the Grand Prix. The team put on a sensational event for the Ferrari Club which impressed many attendees with the great attention to detail and the friendliness of all involved.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

March Tech Night


In preparation for the upcoming NSW Club concourse, members had the opportunity to learn how to properly prepare their cars for judging.

The tech night was hosted by Supercar d’Elegance and provided members with a detailed tour of the facilitates, then a hands on demonstration of how to correctly detail a car, from cleaning, to details and finally polishing and paint correction.


With more than 40 members in attendance it was a great night of information, hand made pizza and conversation. Interest levels were high and there will be plenty taken back and applied in the next few weeks to get cars ready for the annual NSW concourse coming soon.


A big thanks to Sam and all the crew at Supercar d’Elegance for making the night a huge success as well putting on a great spread of food and drink.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Palm Beach Drive Day

A wonderful brunch and drive was arranged for the day. About 20 Ferraris started from Roseville and travelled to Palm Beach via Oxford Falls and the Northern Beaches.

A diverse range of Ferraris attended, including a Dino, four 458's, and many others between those vintages.

We all parked just metres from the sand in Governor Phillip Park at Palm Beach and enjoyed a beautiful brunch under the pergola at Dunes Restaurant. A very peaceful setting and perfect environment for lots of conversation.

It was the start of autumn, but felt more like one of the hottest summer days, as weather warmed up quickly, 30 degrees by 9am at the beach, and by midday was 35 degrees by the ocean.

After Palm Beach a number of cars drove via Church Point to West Head lookout in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. This is one of the most spectacular views in Sydney. Today Pittwater and the ocean sparkled in the glorious sunlight.