The motoring world invariably gets a poor press over most things – despite the fact that we are all now so dependent upon our cars that we would be totally lost without them. So it is refreshing to see a firm like Ferrari doing something to help the victims of the recent Italian earthquakes. They have raised over 1.8million euros in its auction to help the families of the victims of the earthquakes that struck Emilia-Romagna last month.
The main damage is a reasonable distance from Ferraris base at Marranello, but the disaster has made all of Italy pull together to help – an example of the social pull together that we perhaps lack in the UK?
As a luxury car company Ferrari have some very rich clients and also have a world wide following due to their road and F1 cars. So they were ideally placed to start an auction in support of the relief fund. What they offered for auction was rather special though……..
The auction included this 599XX car, which was sold to an American client for over 1.4 million euro. This was the fastest production car round the Nurburgring at one time. The car will delivered to its owner by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the next Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
A nose-cone of an F60 F1 car was purchased for 23,000 euros. An engine from the F2008 made 80,000 euros, almost twice its reserve price. The entire sum will be donated to the families of the victims.
A frankly amazing result and a sign of the good that can come out of Motorsport.