Ferrari Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

By: Vivien Goh

One of the most sought-after car makes in the world, Ferrari, celebrates its 60 th anniversary this year, with a marathon relay that arrived on our island on Monday the 5 th of Feb. Having commenced in Abu Dhabi on Jan 28 th , the Ferrari 60 Relay aims to cover 40 countries in 148 days. Singapore is the first Asian stop, and received the baton from the Emirates.

To start off the momentous occasion, a flag-off for 25 Ferraris took place at the Hong Seh Motors showroom Monday morning. Headed by Mr Alfred Tan, Managing Director of Hong Seh Motors, and Mr Marco Mattiaci, Executive Vice President of Ferrari Asia Pacific, the convoy stopped briefly for a petrol refill at Shell Boon Lay, before proceeding to The Fullerton Hotel. Included in the pack were rare models like the F40, F50, Enzo, 512TR Spider, Daytona and Dino.

Moving in single file, the procession was indeed a sight to behold.

At the Fullerton , the Ferrari 60 th Anniversary logo, together with the baton, was unveiled, following which, the Italian Ambassador His Excellency Falco de Luca Gabrielli was presented with a symbol of Singapore -a gold-plated Merlion. Dr Ben Neo, President of the Singapore chapter of the Ferrari Club, had the honour of carrying the baton from The Fullerton back to Hong Seh Motors at the end of the press conference.
Later on in the evening, the celebrations continued at St James' Powerhouse, where an impressive 63 Ferraris were parked, causing curious onlookers to crowd outside. The baton and Merlion were once again revealed to the appreciative crowd inside the premises, after which guests were invited to indulge in the lavish spread of food prepared by the Fullerton Hotel.

Also as part of the performance car-maker's celebratory plans, 60 new cars will be built specially for this occasion. Based on the 612 Scaglietti and the Granturismo, Ferrari's attention to detail will be very apparent in every car. Featuring sophisticated colour combinations, and a breathtaking new-generation electrochromic glass roof, the cars will truly showcase the Prancing Horse's technological superiority in the field of automobile design.

On the 6 th of Feb, the convoy continues on its journey, departing via the 2 nd Link to Malaysia . Next up on the relay's stops will be China , Japan , Australia , South Africa , America and the whole of Europe . Involving 10,000 Ferrari car owners and their cars, this is indeed a celebration of grand proportions.

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