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Monday 17th September 2012

PH breaks World Record with Ferrari

...and hosts a rather special Sunday Service too



Ever since watching Norris McWhirter and Roy Castle on TV as a kid, I have always wanted to be a record breaker. This Saturday the dream was realised, and all I had to do was waft about in a Ferrari California for an hour or so. Breaking records is no chore, it seems.

Something borrowed...
Something borrowed...
Only a few hours before our Ferrari Sunday Service at Silverstone (more on that in a moment) Ferrari UK attempted to break the record for the biggest parade of Ferraris ever assembled, the existing record of 490 cars having been set at Fuji Speedway four years ago. During the day hundreds of owners arrived in all manner of cars, ranging from the gorgeously exotic 275 GTB/4 to the more attainable Mondial, showing that Ferrari owners are a diverse bunch ranging from the uber-wealthy to the more humble enthusiast whose car is literally their life's passion.

Me? Well, I was the pretender of the group as I abandoned the Chimaera and took delivery of ‘my’ 62-plate California for an hour or two, enabling me to be a record breaker too. After a slow start we all got onto the track. Somehow I made it up near the front of the grid, only a few cars from Mr Massa, amongst F40s and Enzos. I’m not sure if I should have been there, but I’m glad I was as I swanned around the start/finish straight trying to get my face on camera as the media interviewed Filipe.

Finally the countdown sounded and we were off at an un-Ferrari like 15mph. As we completed a full lap of the circuit a shout came on the radio of ‘Felipe, the cars behind are all faster than you, can you confirm you understand?’. He didn't pull over though, and so a relaxed approach to the racing line was taken.

Mr Popular
Mr Popular
One lap later we were done. As the owners drove off into the sunset I had to return the California to the paddock, but the sadness of that was more than outweighed by the knowledge that we'd helped make a new world record: 964 cars counted, and an entry in the next issue of the Guinness Book. The only thing missing was a trumpet solo by Mr Castle, but you can’t have it all.

It was time for me to rumble home in the TVR and show the Ferrari chaps how a V8 should sound....until a Scud did a flat shift and deafened me.

It was a great day and an honour to be a part of it. Well done to the chaps at Ferrari UK and the British Ferrari Owners Club for organising the event, and to BEN who received £5 from Ferrari for every car that took part. If you go for 1000 cars next year I am more than willing to help out again.



Only a few hours later, we returned bright and early to Silverstone to prepare for 700 of you to arrive for the latest round of the Sunday Service. With able volunteers on the gate we managed to get all of you into the private PistonHeads car park for a day of Ferrari racing, in addition of course to creating a great collection of cars to admire. A glance around the PH car park showed the diversity of the site with all manner of cars parked up. Best of all, we are all jolly nice folk too.

Mission Motorsport were on the gate with us, taking donations, and thanks to your generosity we managed to raise over £2400! If you would like to make a further donation please click this link. Thanks once again for digging so deep to raise so much money. We honestly never expected to raise so much so a virtual round of applause to all of you.

PistonHeads thanks also go to all of the PH volunteers who helped us on the day. Because of them the entry process was made even smoother and we can’t thank you enough for stepping up. Thanks also to Jason and the team at Ferrari UK for making it happen, and for donating a huge amount of tickets, programmes and effort to get PHers into the circuit for free.

Here's a time-lapse video of the entry gate taken by our tech man Switch (has sound, so be aware if at work)

 

Take part in the existing Sunday Service thread here, and look at pictures from the Sunday Service here

Garlick
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Mermaid

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"Mission Motorsport was on the gate with us taking donations and thanks to your generosity we managed to raise over £2400!"


Well done all thumbup

Thanks to the PH team for such a great event & to the Ferrari owners

Switch

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I should really remember to remove the start and end frames of my face from these things...

Great day all. Glad you're all so jolly in the mornings smile

DanDC5

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Really was a brilliant day. Going to be hard to top this one. So where/when is the next SS?

Garlick

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DanDC5 said:
So where/when is the next SS?
All in good time...

CampDavid

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Mermaid said:
"Mission Motorsport was on the gate with us taking donations and thanks to your generosity we managed to raise over £2400!"


Well done all thumbup

Thanks to the PH team for such a great event & to the Ferrari owners
Indeed, £2400 is a pretty decent effort. Well done
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Rawwr

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There's something special about seeing 'a lot of Ferraris'.

MagicalTrevor

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Guinness book of word records
Fantastic book, nearly as good as it's more famous sister publication wink

justanotherJC

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Rawwr said:
There's something special about seeing 'a lot of Ferraris'.
Definitely.

My kids wanted to get close to the action:




Many thanks to everyone at PH, Haymarket and Ferrari for a great day out.

(Edit: corrupted photo...)

Edited by justanotherJC on Monday 17th September 13:39

RS404

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We were there Saturday, just an amazing sight to see so many Ferraris and F1 and XX stuff on track too. video below, turn the sound up!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmBY-VMrT6w


Edited by RS404 on Monday 17th September 13:39

Electro1980

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Excelent day out. Anyone who doubts the FXX's and asks why needs to see them run. They make the F1 cars sound limp. The noise, just from the steps of the wing, is almost painfull.

MagicalTrevor

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MagicalTrevor said:
Fantastic book, nearly as good as it's more famous sister publication wink
Article said:
the Guinness book
You're not getting away with it that easily tongue out You can't just rename it to 'The Guinness Book' as that's also wrong wink /pedant


Shinobi

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Thanks very much for the tickets yesterday, had a great day. The first Sunday service for me but not the last.

Thanks again, really enjoyed the day.

DanDC5

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justanotherJC said:
Definitely.

My kids wanted to get close to the action:




Many thanks to everyone at PH, Haymarket and Ferrari for a great day out.

(Edit: corrupted photo...)

Edited by justanotherJC on Monday 17th September 13:39
laughlaugh

Garlick

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MagicalTrevor said:
MagicalTrevor said:
Fantastic book, nearly as good as it's more famous sister publication wink
Article said:
the Guinness book
You're not getting away with it that easily tongue out You can't just rename it to 'The Guinness Book' as that's also wrong wink /pedant
We're happy enough smile

Gridl0k

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Global PR for £5 per car. Good deal for the wop donkey.

MagicalTrevor

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Garlick said:
MagicalTrevor said:
MagicalTrevor said:
Fantastic book, nearly as good as it's more famous sister publication wink
Article said:
the Guinness book
You're not getting away with it that easily tongue out You can't just rename it to 'The Guinness Book' as that's also wrong wink /pedant
We're happy enough smile
Well if you're happy then I'm happy thumbup

Slapdash if you ask me wink

Garlick

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Gridl0k said:
Global PR for £5 per car. Good deal for the wop donkey.
Well, plus the exclusive hire of Silverstone for three days, staffing, TV helicopter, emergency services, event insurance, circuit marshals, a lot of Ferrari-owned vehicles transported, 1400 free tickets for PHers, catering, logistical teams, stand building, car park attendants etc, etc.

LouD86

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I got the shuttle bus over to the PH carpark, and marvelled at taking some pictures, especially of the Prius turning out, proud to be a Toyota Salesman!

Looked like a cracking turnout from you guys, I hid my Yaris in the normal carpark

M666 EVO

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Amazing, well done PH

Shirley you have more pictures?

XB70

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LouD86 said:
I got the shuttle bus over to the PH carpark, and marvelled at taking some pictures, especially of the Prius turning out, proud to be a Toyota Salesman!

Looked like a cracking turnout from you guys, I hid my Yaris in the normal carpark
I got told off for ignoring an SLS and instead giving thumbs up to someone driving a dark blue E38 LWB and then, later, photographing a silver LS460.

The SLS was nice though!
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