FERRARI TRACK DAY
November 2012 | Photos & words: RaceMasteR J |
Killarney Race Track, Cape Town.
There is no other Supercar
as evocative as a Ferrari and it’s one of the most exhilarating
to cars drive. I speak from experience as recently I had a once
in a lifetime opportunity to take a 458 Italia around Killarney.
So when news came that SEFAC, the Southern Equitorial Ferrari
Automobili Club, was going to be hosting a track day, I was there
like a bear! I was also told that they were expecting 1 of 599
limited edition 599 GTO’s to be present as well, which made
my anticipation even that more unbearable.
at the track I immediately noticed that this was no everyday affair.
Security was tight and if you weren’t on the special guest
list, too bad, you had to park in the general spectator area.
Fortunately I was on the list so I managed to park and get up
close and personal. Walking into pit lane there was a buzzing
hub of activity with plenty of colour coded owners walking about.
car that immediately grabbed my attention was a 458 Spider. One
reason being because it was painted in pearl white, and two, because
it was the first car in the row.
were undoubtedly more camera’s than cars. Not surprising
as this was a rare occasion for fans to adore there poster idols
in the metal.
though they are very rare, there were plenty around, the pits
were always full while the others thrashed their pride and joys
on the track.
thrash they did! These track days are covered by their insurance
companies so owners have peace of mind when they throw them into
highlight for me had to be the sight of this very rare 599 GTO
on track and the sound of it at full throttle.
fully prep’d track spec Maserati clearly was one of the
more experienced guys as it could be seen by his driving style
and bravery in and out of the corners.
were a few old timers in the mix as well like this F355 Challenge.
Still a looker!
328 GTS is showing its younger brother how it's done!
I used to have a poster of this car on my wall as a kid... amongst
I think the father looks more excited than the child here...
The brand new four wheel drive FF even did some laps around the
These cars can only really be apreciated when they're infront
of you. I never thought much of the 458 when it came out untill
I saw it for real.
Even the ladies got in on the action.
Track days are a serious business and no chances can afford to
The day ended off with a parade lap and owners and guests were
treated to lunch while they watched the Grand Prix. Thanks to
SEFAC for the invite and hospitality. We certainly are looking
forward to the next one!
a look through the rest of the pics below...