Ferrari Racing Days–Sydney

I created the above video as a montage of the action from the recent Ferrari Racing Days in Sydney that I attended. I would have liked the video shots to have been closer to the action but overall I don’t think it was too bad for video captured on a mobile. The biggest thing is the sound, listen to the cars scream by.

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I purchased the owner’s suite tickets for both days, which basically gave me access to everything. They certainly weren’t cheap but when you consider the fact that they includes full catering for the two days and special benefits like pit tours then it does balance up the ledger somewhat.

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I arrived on Saturday as part of the Drive to Sydney cavalcade which I covered in a previous post. Once parked I headed off for a walk through the ‘paddock’ and then onto the owner’s suite to grab a coffee and some treats.

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What surprised me most about the owner’s suite on this first day was how full it was. It make sense when you think about the fact that all the cavalcade drivers where there along with many others who only planned on attending the one day. For me it was kind of like the experience of when you go into an airline business lounge for the first time. You think that it is going to be a pretty exclusive place but it in fact ends up being a place where just about everybody is. This kind of takes the shine of the exclusivity if you ask me, but I certainly understand why that is the case business-wise.

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It certainly wasn’t unpleasant but I found the Sunday much more relaxed due to the lower amount of attendees.

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Above the owner’s suite was another restricted area that had a marquis as well as a view of the track right across the form the start finish line. This is the location from which most of the videos were shot.

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The events on the track continued on during both days with the highlight probably being the F1 show which included a few ‘mock’ pit stops and a burn out along the front straight. Nothing beats an old F1 engine sound.

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Out the back in the paddock they had a number of areas including an F1 zone for the kids (racing simulators and slot car racing), current model Ferrari display (i.e. new car looking for owners), the supercar pavilion (with a 288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo and La Ferrari) as well displays of ‘classic’ Ferraris.

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As an owner suite ticket holder I also got the opportunity to do a pit tour where they take you through all the working pits and show you all the cars (including form F1 models). That is really good and really informative as we found all about the different racing series Ferrari were conducting over the 2 days.

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There was of course all the action on the track which you could see from just about anywhere. However, it was always good to be able to retreat to the comfort of the owner’s suite, grab a drink and take a load off your feet while watching from above pit straight.

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I was certainly glad I went both days and was more than happy that I got my money’s worth. I think that you could have probably just done one day if weren’t that crazy about the prancing horse. For me, the Sunday was the better day, with less people, less rain and less stress (since I didn’t have to worry about my F355 getting wet).

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It was however a great experience to share my passion with everyone else who attended. They all seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. Kudos to Ferrari Australia for making this happen and to everyone who made it a success., I hope to see it back in Sydney real soon!

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Here are some official videos from the event:

Road to Sydney Cavalcade

On Saturday the 12th of April 2014 I rose early and headed to Glebe Island to be part of the Road to Sydney Cavalcade to Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the Ferrari Racing Days.

Having volunteered to assist with the logistics I arrived just before 6am. Problem was that the location staff weren’t really prepared for me and sent me around the back. I insisted that I should park just over ‘there’, but no, I was sent to the ‘great beyond’ to be out of the way.

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By the time I had walked back to where I knew I was supposed to assemble others where arriving and the location staff had realized their mistake. I therefore relocated the F355 into pride of place on the front row of the grid.

We then received our briefing and I took the post of directing participants as they arrived all the while wearing a very ‘fetching’ high visibility jacket.

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Just before 8am we had almost 140 Ferraris of all types and colours lined up ready to kick off. We had to wait in our cars with the engines off before being told to start. This was in order to keep the noise down being mindful of the local residents.

The cavalcade left by column, so I was the head of the third group, which was great since it meant I had someone to follow. I had my two GoPro cameras set up on the car but unfortunately the front facing one died after about 10 minutes. Something wrong with the battery I suspect. However, the rear facing camera worked fine as was able to capture the majority of the video above. This allowed the capture of the front of other cars which is probably a much better angle I think in retrospect.

We headed back down towards Victoria Road from Glebe Island, taking a right turn over the ANZAC Bridge. The good thing was we had the police stopping traffic for us at the intersections, so not worrying about hill starts.

As we reached the ANZAC bridge we became immersed in Sydney Saturday morning traffic and the cavalcade started to get fragmented as other cars broke into our line. The continued as we crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and heading along the Gore Hill Expressway into the Lane Cove tunnel.

It was truly amazing at how much traffic ‘suddenly’ materialized in and around the cavalcade but I suppose that is to be expected when you add a 140 off Ferraris to the roads anywhere.

We battled the traffic out of the Lane Cove Tunnel and onto the M2. Even here there seemed to be an inordinate amount of traffic on the road which prevented the free flow of cars.

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From the M2 we entered the M7 where things seems to move better, if still somewhat constrained. We crossed over the M4 taking the Hoxton Park exit around the back of Eastern Creek along Ferrers Road into Gate A at Sydney Motorsport Park, where we parked our vehicles in special designated parking having arrived without incident.

The Road to Sydney Cavalcade was a special event that I was proud to be part of (even if I wasn’t really keen about putting a large sticker on my bonnet). It was a unique feeling to be part of so many Ferraris travelling through the street of Sydney full of Ferrari enthusiasts all going to experience the unique event that was Ferrari Racing Days.

I’ll have a few posts about Ferrari Racing Days soon but the cavalcade certainly stand out as something unique that I was proud to be part of.

Rain rain go away

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As you can see I have my tickets for Ferrari Racing Days over the weekend in Sydney. Unfortunately, the weather looks like it will be somewhat wet on Saturday and really wet on Sunday. Damm!

Saturday I’ll also be taking part in the ‘Road to Sydney’ cavalcade across the Harbour Bridge and onto Eastern Creek. It is estimated that around 150 – 160 Ferraris will part of this making it a very spectacular event early Saturday morning. Hopefully, the weather stays good and other drivers attend.

I’ll be taking plenty of photos and slapping the GoPro on the car for the cavalcade so hopefully I’ll be posting back soon with plenty of great shots from the event.

Just to get you into the mood, here’s a shot taken by a Club member outside the Ferrari dealership. That’s an F50 on top and a F40 below. These are but 2 of the cars expected to be on display over the weekend.

So stay tune for more from my time at Ferrari Racing Days.