After the next trip in the F355 it will have clocked over 50,000 kms. That means I’ve done about 17,000 of those since I bought it about two and half years ago. That equates to about 130 kms per week and in most cases, given that I only normally go for a drive once a week, that is per drive.
As with all cars, there seems to be bias against those with higher kilometres, especially when it comes to supercars. However, one of the things that I learnt when I was on a Ferrari Drive day way back before I owned my car was that it is the service history that far more important than the kilometres travelled. In fact, supercars with low kilometres are more of a worry because they have not been used regularly enough. That leads to lots of problems with tubing, seals, and so on.
Thus, of primary concern when you purchase any time of supercar, is to examine the service logs and ensure that it has been serviced by a reputable mechanic on a regular basis to the specifications of the manufacturer. In my case, this means doing things like having the engine out to change the belts.
So remember, if you are in the market for any car I would suggest these days, don’t worry so much about the kilometres travelled. Concern yourself with confirming the that the car has been serviced regularly and to the manufactures specifications. Also remember that supercars that don’t get driven much and sit in garage tend to have more problems than those that get drive regularly. To me a car that is driven often is generally more loved and cared for than one that sits in a garage. I know that applies to my F355!
One event that I am looking to attend now on a more regular basis is the supercar get together on the third Sunday of every month at Le Montage in Lilyfield.
It runs from about 9am to 11am and is open to anyone to attend. There is coffee and breakfast and plenty of cars on display as you can see.
It is really amazing the sheer variety of cars that attend, both old and new.
and even US muscle
So, if you are in the vicinity on the third Sunday of the month and you are a petrol-head it is well worth your while to drop by and see what is on display.
You won’t be disappointed!
I was lucky enough to be invited over the weekend on a run with some other supercars out to the Bathurst 12 hour. We started early Saturday morning at Windsor and then proceeded along the Bells Line of Road to our first stop at Windsor.
We stopped briefly at Mt Victoria and Tanara before making our way to Mt Panorama Bathurst.
We lined our cars up with some other exotic cars and bikes for general display and then headed off to enjoy a pit tour of one of the Ferrari Teams.
We did have to cut the tour short because part of the benefit of going into the exhibit with our cars was that we were able to do a lap of teh circuit.
So, with the trusty GoPro mounted inside the car I captured the above video to give you a feel. It wasn’t a high speed lap it was a parade lap but it was still the highlight of the weekend for me as it was something I had been planning to do with the car at some stage (achievement unlocked).
We had dinner at the circuit and headed off to our overnight accommodation at Duckmaloi Farm, which I can highly recommend if you every get out that way.
Once everyone was roused and the extraction of cars sorted we headed back to the Mount to catch the race.
From there we headed back after a memorable weekend out bush at the spiritual home of Australian touring cars.