Members of the Ferrari Owners Club Singapore attended the build up to the 2010 FORMULA 1™ SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX. Ahead of the Qualifying Session, on Saturday 25th September at the Marina Bay circuit, 28 Ferrari owners took part in a track parade, led by the technological laboratory car 599XX, in its first appearance in Singapore.
The event, dedicated to owners that want to experience Prancing Horse fun to drive at its purest, was arranged after 8 months of hard work and strong collaboration between Ferrari Asia Pacific Marketing Manager Carl Gurdjian, Ferrari distributors Ital Auto Pte Ltd, in association with the Grand Prix organizers and Formula One Management.
The President of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency SR Nathan greeted the participants before the Parade.
The parade was greeted by Scuderia Ferrari driver Marc Gené and took place under race lighting conditions. Participants, covered several laps of the track, in full view of the estimated 82,000 spectators. The 599XX, the extreme track car which incorporates the most advanced technologies resulting from Ferrari’s road-going and F1 research was followed by 28 Ferraris including examples of the most innovative 8-cylinder sports car, the 458 Italia, and the latest GT model, the Ferrari California.
“Over and above showcasing the best that the brand has to offer in an environment and atmosphere so in keeping with Ferrari’s illustrious racing history, we hope to use this platform to play our part for charity,” said Mr. Teo Hock Seng, Managing Director of Ital Auto Pte Ltd. “All proceeds, 378,200 US dollars, will go to the Republic of Singapore President’s Charity, which will in turn disburse the sum collected to a wider group of deserving recipients.”
Due to this outstanding success, the Ferrari Parade will be held over the 2014 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX race weekend in support of President’s Challenge 2014 with more than 20 Ferrari owners on track.
Photos credits: Paul-Henry Cahier / Jean-Francois Galeron / Sutton Images
“I leave after 23 unforgettable years”
Maranello, 10th September 2014 – “Ferrari will have an important role to play within the FCA Group in the upcoming flotation on Wall Street. This will open up a new and different phase which I feel should be spearheaded by the CEO of the Group.
This is the end of an era and so I have decided to leave my position as Chairman after almost 23 marvellous and unforgettable years in addition to those spent at Enzo Ferrari’s side in the 1970s.
My thanks, first and foremost, to the exceptional Ferrari women and men from the factory, the offices, the race tracks and the markets across the world. They were the real architects of the company’s spectacular growth, its many unforgettable victories and its transformation into one of the world’s strongest brands.
A warm farewell and my thanks also to all of our technical and commercial partners, our dealers across the globe and, most particularly, the clients and collectors whose passion I so wholeheartedly share.
But my thoughts go also to our fans who have always supported us with great enthusiasm especially through the Scuderia’s most difficult moments.
Ferrari is the most wonderful company in the world. It has been a great privilege and honour to have been its leader. I devoted all of my enthusiasm and commitment to it over the years. Together with my family, it was, and continues to be, the most important thing in my life.
I wish the shareholders, particularly Piero Ferrari who has always been by my side, and everyone in the Company the many more years of success that Ferrari deserves.”