FERRARI PASSIONColor festival with Ferrari 500
After a two-year break, the owners and fans of Cavallino Rampante reunited at Hockenheim as part of the one-sport championship. More than 500 Ferraris had made the trip for a huge multi-colored celebration.
Ferrari has competed in Formula 1 since 1950, traditionally in red. In addition, many know Ferrari only in this color. However, the original color of the brand is yellow, which is in the way of its second soul: it is the color of the city of Modena, which is part of the Ferrari brand and the black horse, the legacy of the family of the aviator Francesco Baracca. But it doesn’t stop there, as we saw during the Ferrari Passione at Hockenheim. The racing cars of owners who came from Germany, Switzerland and all over Europe to enjoy the famous brand of sports cars for one week and meet old friends after three years, sported all the colors of the rainbow.
Highlights in spades
The organizers had put together various programs to attract the participants. In a special exhibition, Ferrari presented the legendary “Big Five”, from the 288 GTO, to the LaFerrari, including the F40, F50 and Enzo. Among the most recent models, we can admire the 812 Competizione, the Daytona SP3 and the brand new 296 GTS. Many owners had also traveled to rare models, such as the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2, or even exclusive ones, such as the Omologata. Those interested also had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of Ferrari and the world of its classic models.
For once, the owners could not only watch the award ceremony, which took place over the weekend, but they also had the right to take a song inside their little gem. Many of the Ferrari drivers obviously had a field day. They also had the opportunity to test the Ferrari 296 GTB. Doubts about the six-cylinder hybrid that equips the last born of Maranello were quickly dispelled. Whether in terms of acceleration, handling or sound, the 296 GTB has received nothing but praise.
Parade around the track
For many of those present, the highlight was obviously the grand parade, during which all the road-going Ferraris on site circled the circuit. Usually reserved for the drivers of the red racing cars, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, the Hockenheim track was opened last weekend to Ferraris of all colors, from red to purple through yellow, blue, green or silver. If we do not know, at this time, when the two stars of Formula 1 will start again at Hockenheim, it is certain that many owners will be present again at the next Passione Ferrari. Let’s hope, however, that we don’t have to wait another three years.