WOW!! and double WOW!!! The celebration of the fantabulous Ferrari is coming to the Franklin region in January 2014
This info from the NZFRM website : –
Current owners of the ex ‘works’ 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza sports racing car, the Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu, have confirmed the iconic Ferrari sports racing car will be on show at the second weekend of the Ferrari Festival to be held at Hampton Downs in January 2014.
This Ferrari Monza was one of two Monzas racing in New Zealand in 1957. It was brought to New Zealand by British driver Ken Wharton to race at the NZIGP meeting held at Ardmore in January 1957. It was said the car had been driven by ‘works’ driver Eugenio Castelotti in the tragic 1955 Le Mans 24 Hour race and driven by to win at Rouen in France, and to third places at Targa Florio in Sicily and the Swedish GP. Sadly, Ken Wharton was killed when driving the car in a sports car race at Ardmore in 1957.
As the only remaining example of the 13 exotic single-seater, sports racing and GT Ferraris that raced in New Zealand from 1954 until 1971, the Ferrari Festival organisers are delighted that the iconic 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza will be on display at the second weekend of the Ferrari Festival 2014. For information about the Ferrari Festival and to purchase tickets at ‘Early Bird’ prices, visit www.nzfmr.co.nz
The 2014 New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing in conjunction with the Ferrari Owners Club of New Zealand will attempt to set a New Zealand record at the event by gathering more than 100 Ferraris, including F1 cars, for a static grid display.
The two weekends of January 17-19 and 24-26 will be packed with action on the track and off it. As well as the unrivalled selection of historic racing classes that grace the Festival at Hampton Downs each year (Including the biggest annual gathering of Formula 5000 machinery), there will be demonstration runs by at least three Formula One Ferraris and other superb circuit-focussed Ferrari racers including historic vehicles and contemporary endurance racing machinery. An Italian-themed off track environment will also ensure it is a ‘must do’ weekend for all enthusiasts and fans of the Ferrari brand.
The record attempt will take place on the first Saturday (18th). On-track demonstrations are planned but will be limited to vehicles owned by Ferrari Club of New Zealand members, though all Ferraris are welcome to be part of the event and the record attempt. Ferrari owners can join the club in advance of the weekend by contacting the Club President to secure their opportunity to drive the circuit.
Check out your diaries and the info above and make sure that you can get to Hampton Downs in January – 17th-19th and/or 24th to 26th, for some exciting Ferrari action!