2014 FERRARI CONCORSO D’ELEGANZA – Sth Yarra, 27th. April 2014

What a great day to go for a drive, even though it was all on freeway. I was hoping that it wouldn’t rain on the day, as I had cleaned the car the day before, but there was no need to worry.

Leaving Traralgon at about 7.15am, with a cool clear day for starters, it was a bit of a noisy drive, so there was no real point in using the radio, even though I tried on a couple of occasions.

I tried to sit on about the same speed that my fuel gauge was going down, I think a draw was the result. Although it’s hard to tell as the car uses Veglia instruments, better known as “vague liars”.

I arrived at Como Park at around 8.50am after dodging the Lycra clad cyclists in South Yarra, who were everywhere.

When I arrived, there were already quite a few cars parked, with more coming in every minute. I was directed to park in line with the other cars which were not to be judged. This line-up was mainly 246s, 308s and 328s with the more modern cars parked behind in their own line-up.

The only down side to the event was people walking between the cars with push bikes. Needless to say, there were a few worried owners looking on, especially the bloke with his 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa replica for which he apparently paid one million dollars. He also has a 250GTO replica and five 1970s 750cc MV Augusta motorcycles !.

There were some very beautiful old and modern Ferraris on display and not all of them were red – Daytonas, 512BBs, 246GTS Dinos, 308GT4s, 308GTB/GTSs, 328GTSs, Testarossas, 345s, 355s, 360s, F40s etc.,etc.; apparently there were around 124 Ferraris on display.

There was not much as far as merchandise was concerned. The only seller was selling t-shirts for $120, or over $70 for caps.

There were other makes such as Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Bugatti etc. on display as well. On display also was a beautiful red FIAT Dino spider with not a Ferrari badge to be seen on it, what a great design.

The coffee was tremendous, as were their Pizzas.

The drive home was good, except that I must not be accustomed to Melbourne traffic, they seem to be a lot more aggressive than country drivers. Sometimes it’s dangerous just sitting on the speed limit.

It was a great day overall. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t find my car in that mass of red though; I made sure I memorised my number plate.

Words and pictures by John Althuizen.

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