The 29th of July was the Australasian preview of the new Ferrari 488 GTB. Press events had been conducted during the morning but the evening was turned over to invited guest to experience the latest from Ferrari.
The even was held at the Inglis Newmarket Stables at Randwick. Upon arrival guest were greeted with a magnificent display of ‘historic’ Ferrari’s that preceded the 488GTB. The event was given extra impact with the inclusion of real 1HP equines trotting around the displays with attendants resplendent in formal dressage attire.
Proceeding through the grounds continued the showcase of previous versions including the 458, 430, 360 and 355, most owned by FCA members who kindly displayed them for the event.
Once inside the stable guests where greeted with a variety of displays, food, wine and more celebrating everything Ferrari.
The atmosphere began to build as the 488’s entrance neared. People crowded to the front to see the images and hear the sounds projected on the big screen.
After a short introduction from Herbert Appelroth, CEO of Ferrari Australiasia, everyone held their breath as the new 488 GTB made its entrance into the room.
The crowd then flooded in and around the car. They took the opportunity to examine the latest work from Maranello up close. They took turns getting behind the wheel to get a first hand taste of the car from the pilots seat of this rocket ship.
The true enthusiasts stayed almost to midnight, not wanting to leave. The rumour was that the last one to leave got to park the car but alas, unfortunately, that turned out to be nothing more than a rumour.
An amazing night. Well done Ferrari, the venue, set up, atmosphere was perfect. What a fine way to welcome the new 488 GTB to Australia. We look forward to seeing one out on a club run in 2016.