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1960 saw the launch of the 250 GTE 2+2, which was the first Ferrari with reasonable four seat accommodation. There had been Ferrari models designated 2+2 during the fifties, but in reality their rear seats were really only suitable for small children, or adults for short journeys due to the limited legroom.  The debut of the 250 GTE 2+2 was unusual, as instead of being presented at a major motor show, its first public appearance was as the course car for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in June 1960.

50 years after its appearance at Le Mans, and on the same weekend as the 2010 running of the French endurance race, a gathering of the model was organised by Yvo Alexander in the Netherlands, to commemorate this Golden Anniversary. The commemoration took the form of a touring rally, starting in the early morning of Sunday June 13th 2010 in front of Café Loetje in Laren www.loetjelaren.nl, where the participants had a welcome coffee and spent some time getting to know each other, with the common thread being their individual GTE’s. From here they took a scenic drive through the woods of the Gooi region, passing special sites of historic and cultural interest, like the Royal Palace in Soestdijk, heading towards the lunch location at the Restaurant de Salentein in Nijkerk www.desalentein.nl. Around 18.00 some of the group drove back to Café Loetje for a final few drinks to celebrate a special day with their Ferrari 250 GTEs.