2017 is Ferrari’s 70th birthday, as the Italian maker celebrates the first Ferrari to have rolled out of Maranello, Italy in 1947. To commemorate this event, Hongkongers were treated yesterday to a rare sight of 70 Ferraris which drove at 70km/h from Lantau to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island to mark the “Prancing Horse’s” 70th anniversary.
The convoy of 70 sports cars passed by landmarks including the Tsing Ma Bridge, International Commerce Centre and International Finance Centre.
Joey Tong Yat-sing, president of the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Hong Kong, said: “We are very happy to see many in the local Ferrari community come together. We will continue to unite Ferrari lovers, promote passion for driving and bring more [good] vibes to the community via different events across Asia.”
The 2017 LaFerrari Aperta, with a price tag of US$3.4 million (HK$26.52 million), was brought to the gathering point near AsiaWorld-Expo on Lantau Island where Ferrari lovers saw it up close. It was not included though in the parade.
Club member Clerebond Chan Kin- pong said he acquired his first Ferrari when he was in his 30s and regards it as a treasure among his three Ferraris. He doesn’t drive them often on the streets.
“The parade was not to show off, but to promote the Lion Rock spirit and encourage youngsters to pursue their dreams and fight for what they want,” he said.
Established in 1987, the club offers a platform for Ferrari owners to share their passion for the “Prancing Horse” – the carmaker’s iconic logo.
The group has about 150 members. Apart from holding sponsorship events, the club has organized two charity drives in 2013 and 2015 and it offered rides to children afflicted with cancer.
Tong said Ferrari owners have to meet various requirements before they can join the club.
He said the club dissuades members from speeding and engaging in improper driving behavior.
Various events will be held all over the world in 2017 by clubs, here at Enzari we will be having our very first meet & greet on the 2nd April and although not strictly a Ferrari celebration, rest assured there will be a few prancing horses turning up, so make sure you are there to join in!