Ferrari party turns UK track red

2012-07-24 07:40

SILVERSTONE, England - A world-record 60 Ferrari F40's took to the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit during Sunday’s 2012 Silverstone Classic event to mark the Italian supercar’s 25th birthday.

The phalanx of scarlet cars led a glittering parade of marques, models and car clubs celebrating special events at the world’s biggest classic motor-racing festival.


On Saturday (July 21) it had been the turn of hundreds of BMW Z1, Z3, Z4 and Z8 sportscars to lap the famous GP track as part of the UK’s first ‘Z-fest’.

The F40 was the world’s first 200mph (320km/h) road car when it appeared in 1987 and is still rated by many to be the finest supercar in history. It was also the legendary Enzo Ferrari’s "supercar swansong" before his death in 1988.

In total more than 400 rare and exotic cars joined the parade on, notably iconic British sportscars such as TVRs, Lotus Elans, Triumph Spitfires, Austin Healeys and MGBs – 2012 is the MGB’s golden anniversary year – plus Lamborghini and Mercedes-Benz car club members.