AutoPlusID.com – Ferrari. The name stood for the automobile manufacturer and the racing driver. The manufacturer that dominated motor racing since the day it was founded.
“Race on sunday, sell on Monday” As famously said by Enzo Ferrari. To commemorate 70 years of producing the finest automobiles in history, Ferrari has been holding celebrations all over the world, which will culminate with a grand finale in Maranello during the month of September. In Indonesia, it’s celebrations began with the Ferrari Gentlemen Photography exhibition, followed by the Ferrari Classiche Photography and Writing contest, the launch of the LaFerrari Aperta and ending with the Ferrari Festival of Speed.
About a month ago I was sitting down on my front porch, sipping tea and scrolling through an endless stream of Instagram posts on my laptop when my phone buzzed. It was an invitation to a Ferrari competition. The word ‘Ferrari’ already enticed to join, but what had really got me hooked was the word ‘Classiche’, the Italian word for classic. The thought of photographing cars that were ‘extinct’ or ‘non-existent’ had my heart pumping and I immediately made the decision to attend the event.
On the eve of the event, I reexamined my invitation, and I stumbled across something rather amazing; as I was reading off the list of cars that would make an appearance at the competition, one car stood out from the rest: the 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione. In all of Ferrari’s 70 year history the Daytona is probably one of the greatest cars they’ve ever made. It got the looks, the pedigree and Ferrari’s signature Italian flair.
The next day, I woke up at an ungodly hour and I immediately made my way to the National Archive Building. This is the place where Ferrari’s 70th anniversary celebrations would begin in Indonesia.
The building itself was reminiscent of a classical Italian estate, the perfect battleground for the photography competition. I arrived much earlier than anyone did and it was well worth it.
The wrought iron gates of the National Archive Building gave way to a gravel courtyard littered with streamlined shapes hiding under fabric covers, shying away from the soft dawn light. Golden hues dappled and laced the semi-exposed wheels of the cars. The morning was still. Silent. Perfect. It was as if I was in another world.
Soon after, I was joined by my fellow AutoPlusID journalist, Ahmad Farahan, and we headed in to attend the briefing and formalities. Mr.Arie Christopher, CEO of Ferrari Jakarta, stepped forward and gave the opening remarks. “To celebrate 70 years of Ferrari’s existence in the supercar industry, we will commemorate our presence in Indonesia throughout the year of 2017,” Stated Mr.Arie Christopher. Ms.Innez Lawry, Marketing Head of Ferrari Jakarta, followed suit with words of her own before briefing us on today’s competition as well as the other 70th anniversary celebration events. Once Ms.Innez Lawry finished we were let out to start taking photographs of the cars, and by then we were finally able to see the cars in all their glory.
When I stepped out of the door one car caught my attention, called for me and beckoned me towards it. The Daytona. No longer draped in it’s grey cloak, it stood out from the rest of the cars there. This particular Daytona was the Competizione model, or for you and me, the Competition version of the already spectacular Daytona. Designed by Pininfarina, the Daytona differed from the other Ferraris of that time because of it’s untraditional styling. Instead of the usual swooping lines, the Daytona had sharp edges. That styling itself, had made it astonishingly beautiful in it’s own right. The car was devised by an artist’s eye and a craftsman’s hand.
The particular car that was present at this little ‘concours’ was one of eight ever made. The competizione greatly differed mechanically from it’s regular counterpart. It had aluminium and fibreglass body panels instead of regular steel, lightweight plexiglass windows instead of regular glass and an uprated engine that produced 450hp instead of the regular car’s 347hp. Aesthetically, it remained untouched except from the occasional splitter or spoiler.
I stood there, scrutinizing every inch of the car. From the fins on the long protruding bonnet to the subtle ducktail spoiler. Admiring the small details that helped these cars rocket to class victory in the 24 hours of Le Mans and Daytona. I was entranced, hypnotized and bewitched in mirages of driving in this beauty. Images of the golden era of motor racing flashed in my head, and in the midst of it all was the Daytona Competizione. It was the realization of a childhood dream.
When I was a young boy I idolised Enzo Ferrari and all of his creations. In particular the 250 series and the Daytona. I often thought “will I ever get to see these cars?”
And there I stood, and boy was it incredible.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “The love of beauty is taste, the creation of beauty is art,”
And what Ferrari has been doing for the past 70 years is the exactly that. Creating art.
Text by : Athaa AN