A “Three Course” Italian Evening

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I was recently invited by the Ferrari Club of America – Desert Region to a very special event, hosted by Ferrari of Scottsdale. An event they called “A ‘Three Course’ Italian Evening”, it was exactly that, a trio of mini-events, the highlight being the unveiling of Arizona’s first (and very likely, only) 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aptera. Built to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina, only 80 of these stunning roadsters will be produced. But the SA Aptera isn’t just about visual improvements, the 5.99 liter Ferrari V12 has been worked over to produce 661hp and the chassis has been redesigned to maintain the stiffness of the closed top model.

The second course was the unveiling of the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale, a street version of Maserati’s world championship GT4 sports racing car. The third and final course was a video presentation of the 2011 Mille Miglia, run by Tim DeMore and Gary Simon and covering 1000 miles, three days and 147 towns, I can only imagine how incredible it must’ve been with the Ferrari 599 GTO’s howling V12 at disposal.

A stunning black Koenigsegg CCX, tucked away in Ferrari of Scottsdale’s shop, was very nice and unexpected surprise in addition to the large variety of Ferrari F430 Scuderias, 16Ms, Ferrari 458 Italias, Ferrari Californias and more.



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