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Sywell Aerodrome, 05 June 2021

The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain held their first national event and social gathering since the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, at the historic Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire on 05 June. The gathering had been scheduled for 2020, but due to the ongoing pandemic was postponed until this year, when fortunately the easing of the lockdown allowed it to proceed as planned. The expanses of the aerodrome close to the hangars not only provided plenty of scope for display parking, but also for the recommended social distancing.

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The opportunity to get out on a bright and pleasantly warm summer’s day was not lost on the attendees, with a massive turnout of around 750 Ferraris descending on the venue during the course of the day. As might be expected, the majority were modern variants, but then that is an age related thing as to what one classifies as modern! Put another way there were not a great deal of pre-nineties variants in attendance, but there were a few classics like a pair of 275 GTS models, a 275 GTB made a brief appearance, a couple of examples of the Dino 246 GTS and a 365 GTC once owned by guitar legend Eric Clapton. There was also what appeared to be a faithful replica of a 330 LM Berlinetta, built on a 330 GT 2+2 chassis, a project initiated by a late client of Terry Hoyle and subsequently completed by Bell Classics. Modern supercars were represented by a F40, a pair each of F50s and Enzos, together with a Monza SP2, whilst there was a wide selection of the current range spread around in a variety of hues and liveries.

Apart from the wide spectrum of Ferrari models spread over the herbage, there was plenty of other attractions to keep one occupied should one tire of “kicking tyres”. Silverstone Auctions held a specific Ferrari related auction in a hangar adjacent to the main part of the show field, featuring a further broad selection of Ferrari models on offer, including some with previous celebrity ownership. These included an ex-Sir Elton John 365 GTB4 “Daytona”, chassis #15977, and a 458 Italia in an unusual Rosso Vinaccio, chassis #174340, once owned by radio and TV presenter Chris Evans and subsequently by Sir Chris Hoy MBE, Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete. The former failed to reach its reserve, whilst the latter went to a new home for £120,375 + buyer’s premium. There was also a 599 GTB Fiorano, chassis #158209, owned new by Eric Clapton, which achieved £107,500 plus buyer’s premium. Of the 25 cars offered 14 found new homes, whilst the wide variety of Ferrari related memorabilia produced some good sales results.

For those who wanted to exercise their “Prancing Horses” there was the opportunity to participate in the “Runway Speed Experience”, essentially to see how fast you/your car could go before you ran out of tarmac and ended up in the next county! There was also a Meguiar’s Pride of Ownership display, a variety of vendors, live music from a three piece band “Where’s Frank”. Very aptly during their lunchtime interlude, the stage was given over to an interview with another Frank, he being Frank Stephenson, who was the first Director of Ferrari-Maserati Concept Design and Development when the post was created in 2002, and whose designs included the Ferrari F430 and FXX, together with the Maserati GranSport and MC12. Also loosely in the “Frank” theme was the presence of Francesco Balli, the General Manager of Ferrari North Europe. If one was still in need of further entertainment, then there was a WWII aircraft display in the afternoon, featuring a Spitfire, Mustang, Lightning and Messerschmitt, a nice finale to the day for those who left early to try and beat the exodus.

Keith Bluemel