At just one year older than the beloved Ferrari F40, the Italian Car Day at Brooklands sponsored by Auto Italia has just celebrated it’s 26th birthday and is now officially old enough to be considered a classic. Much like the F40, the event at Brooklands, the biggest on their calendar, increases in popularity every year. Although fortunately the tickets prices for the event haven’t gone up in price at the same rate as the F40.
Performance Direct wanted to do their bit to help celebrate this fantastic event and the F40 reaching the quarter-century landmark so ran a number of competitions. These included a competition to win free tickets for the event via Facebook as well as a chance to win a passenger ride in a Lamborghini Aventador on the day. Alongside the Aventador competition we thought it’d be nice to give something back to the many under 18’s attending the show so we also offered a competition to go up the famous hill at Brooklands in a Ferrari 458 Italia with a professional driver at the wheel. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
It’s one of many things that have made me wish I was under 18 again that’s for sure. However, as that was more than half my lifetime ago I’ll give up on the dream on de-aging myself and just continue on with announcing the competition winner.
The excited 17 year old winner of the Ferrari 458 Italia competition, Summer, could be seen going up the famous steep hill at Brooklands in the supercar on Saturday. I would have been around that age when the Ferrari F40 was first unleashed upon an eagerly awaiting public and I was quite happy to settle for a poster of it on my wall as well as many a school yard discussion.
So, I for one am very jealous and can only imagine what a fantastic experience it must have been to experience a Ferrari that most people can only dream of. I also think that it’s great that so many of the UK’s motor shows have such a great family feel to them and that a new generation are getting exposure to cars both historic and new.