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Old 8th January 2012, 22:45   #1
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Default The pilgrimage of the Tifosi

She says: "I always wanted to go to Italy"
He thinks: <Ferrari has its base in Italy>
He says: "Your wish is my command"
She says: "I want to see Venice and Florence"
He thinks: <Hope the detour to Maranello is short!>
He says: "Yes Baby, Italy it is" <The Pilgrimage of the Tifosi is happening!>

Cutting to the chase, I was in Italy for my honeymoon and it so happened that Maranello was on the way from Venice to Florence and so we made a quick pit stop there. lol. Ok, fine. It wasn't as by-the-way as I make it out to be!

Going by my wife's observation, the grin on my face for those 3-4 hours in Maranello was just something else. Heck, for someone who's been averaging a Ferrari sighting once every 5-6 years, being surrounded by them is just another thing. Imagine.

Cutting to the chase, here's how I have planned to organize this virtual tour:
1) Introduction & Location
2) Classic
3) Contemporary & recent vintage
4) Formula One
5) "20 minutes"

Here's a teaser!

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Old 9th January 2012, 17:32   #2
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My trip to Italy took me from Milan > Bellagio, Lake Como > Venice > Florence > Milan

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As per my strategy, the best time to 'drop' in a detour to Maranello whilst keeping it a subtle afterthought was on the drive from Mestre, Venice to Reggello, Florence.

Maranello, for the uninitiated, is the land of Ferrari. Read more about it on this link

Got up earlier than usual in Venice. Our car (a Fiat Punto) was parked near Mestre Rail Station so we had to take a Ferry, then a Train and then finally onto our car before we could be enroute!

He thinks: "How do I announce the detour to Maranello"
<Reverse psychology>
He says: "The Ferrari town is on our way. Alas, we are running late, This will have to be seen some other time"
She says: "No baby, Let's go check it out. Won't take us long"
He thinks:
He says: "The exit for Maranello is in 15 mins"
She says:"It was all planned na?"
He thinks:

Exit taken. I see the Ferrari signboards but it seems I have missed a turn. Wife asks me to calm down and not get so excited as I have a tough time finding parking and am getting increasingly hyper. Who wouldn't be?

Finally we squeeze into a parking spot of sorts and am out in a flash. We start walking towards the museum as its already 4:00 pm. There are youngsters hanging around the entrance wearing red Ferrari jackets.

Suddenly I hear "Kajra re Kajra re". Ok this is seriously OT when I am going to the Ferrari museum. I stop to turn around. An enterprising youngster has found a way of catching my attention. She walks up and offers a ride in a Ferrari at one of the many outlets that offer a ride. Maybe she saw me drooling so she knew I was easy game. I promise to do it post the museum visit.

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Pilgrimage has started!

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Old 9th January 2012, 17:58   #3
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The museum entry has the ticket counter and the merchandise area followed by the cafe and then starts the "Ogle Zone"

Here onwards, there's nothing that I can write that will remotely interest you so am going to just let you guys ogle!

You can click on the images for a larger resolution image. Especially the panoramic ones!

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After the classic Ferrari section there's a small room that talks about Ferrari's vision and their plant and other things that were so exciting that I kept clicking pics and am sure you all would love to know. LOL. Ok, let's not go OT here!

But before I go to the next floor, there's something parked there who's claim to the 'beautiful' tag is often disputed. Yes, it's the Enzo!

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You take the stairs up and that's when it hits you. Its not like the Classics on the ground floor aren't exciting or beautiful. It's just that I have been more exposed to the Ferraris of the last 2-3 decades and hence I find them more "ogle-worthy". And obviously when you talk beauty, the Enzo isn't really topping my list either!

Now I am spellbound!

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Now am seeing the Ferrari's I grew up on. Kid in a candy shop. Exactly!

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The FF
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You see a 458 next to it? I'll come to that later!
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A wireframe of a model I can't recall.
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The original 599 is much larger:
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Now the 458 Italia. Beautiful. Eye-catching. Wish it was in Red.

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Noticed anything in the picture above?? No? Look closely!

Here's a zoomed crop:

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Shoddiest paint touch up job I have ever seen. And it had to be on a Ferrari!

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And now the Ferrari SA Aperta - A special edition as a tribute to Pininfarina where S & A stand for Sergio and Andrea. An absolute beauty.
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Torture Seat - a la Ferrari style
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A few audio-visuals available in the room below
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A quick view of the remaining few:
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It's time to move to the next section
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I have never really been a Ferrari fan in F1. For that matter not even a fan of Schumi. I always have been a supporter of the Mclaren Mercedes and its set of drivers starting from Raikkonnen, Hakkinnen and Montoya. So while I loved the Ferrari sports cars like the 355 better than any other, I couldn't stand a red F1 car. Not even today. But since I had paid for the entry fee and my wife turns out to be a big Schumi supporter, I took a walk around the "Gallery of Champions" as they call it.

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Quite like what he says here:
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This is where they have a great sound booth in collaboration with JBL which allows you to hear some of the best sounds you'll ever get to see. For more info check out this video here:



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Imagine driving F1-type speeds with a tyre like this!
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We've been late in reaching the museum and its getting late for Mr. Enzo who doesn't leave his office till the last visitor is out. Time to leave.
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By now, am getting tired of only seeing no driving. Which reminds me of another video



lol. Time to drive a Ferrari!

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Oh boy! Oh Boy!! Total drool pics. Please tell me you took a spin in a Ferrari

And come up with a travelouge, a separate one at that!
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Now am seeing the Ferrari's I grew up on. Kid in a candy shop. Exactly!
You really look like one !

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Torture Seat - a la Ferrari style
Please share more on this if possible.

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Drooling, still coming back to my senses. Awesome pictures, if you have more please. Were you allowed to get pictures from inside the car as well?

Italy should be right-hand-drive right (Like in India), then why are these cars left-hand-drive ones (Like in USA)?
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Awesome tour!! A piligrimage indeed

Liked the sound video.

Italy, by the way mayank, is left hand drive.
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Did you drive a Ferrari while you were there? I went a few months before you and I managed to drive the 458 Italia.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...bolognese.html (Visit to Motoring Heaven! (Maranello and Sant'Agata Bolognese))
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Oh boy! Oh Boy!! Total drool pics. Please tell me you took a spin in a Ferrari

And come up with a travelouge, a separate one at that!
Yes I did end up taking a Ferrari California for a spin for about 20 mins! Getting out of it at the end of 20 mins wasn't the bad part, driving a Punto for 175 kms after that sucked!

Italy travelogue is next!

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Only additional thing I can share is that it wasn't a torture seat. I think it was a g-force testing setup though it looks like a torture chamber. Maybe driving a F1 car can be a form of torture too!

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Awesome pictures, if you have more please. Were you allowed to get pictures from inside the car as well?
Italy should be right-hand-drive right
Yes I have more. Will post soon! Wasn't really allowed to touch the cars and most cars were hard tops so only managed pics of the SA Aperta.
Italy is left-hand drive like most of Europe.

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Did you drive a Ferrari while you were there? I went a few months before you and I managed to drive the 458 Italia.

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@Nikhil, Did end up driving a California as its the only 4-seater and my wife wanted to sit too! Have seen your video and you were luckier than me as I ended up driving it during rush hour so didn't really get a good clean stretch to test the top speed!
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Yes I did end up taking a Ferrari California for a spin for about 20 mins! Getting out of it at the end of 20 mins wasn't the bad part, driving a Punto for 175 kms after that sucked!

Italy travelogue is next!


That made me go. Ain't it such an irony.

Awaiting the Italy travelouge. Post asap.
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Hi AVR,
Totally insane experience there buddy!
It was a True pilgrimage!

About the Ferrari test drive, does one of the officials accompany you in the car?
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