I can finally notice with delight a certain verve back on the blog, and especially that the motor sport issues are of different kinds, just the way I always hoped it would be; to create a real and proper virtual location inside Y&F, where all the enthusiasts of motor sport on two and four wheels have the possibility to meet and share their passion. I am well aware of the fact that it will take some time, but I like to imagine that one day soon - thanks to your fundamental contributions - we can really make it.
Having said that, I am glad to be able to finally announce in an official way the birth of YF-SFC, the new reality, we were already anticipating at the beginning of the year. YF-SFC will probably become the biggest association of Ferrari fans in the world: it is a way to give the opportunity to all of you, also to the ones who live on the other side of the planet, to associate themselves with a club and take part in the events, organized by the friends from the Scuderia Ferrari Club.
For all of those amongst you, who are already Y&F members, there is the possibility to finally receive the desired personalized membership cards and to take part in at least four official events organized by the SFC; events such as the popular soapbox races, visiting the Ferrari works and a discounts at Feraristore.com.
As every serious editor in chief I am against raising fees, which usually let sales figures of newspapers, magazines and also websites decline; in our case I think that 15 Euro per year are a really good investment. Especially considering that although we are an almost exclusively virtual community, we are still 100% part of the world of Ferrari, also in a physical way.
Think about it in practical terms. We’re talking about less than two cups of coffee per month; so do you think that it might be worth it?
Obviously now it’s your turn. We hope you will apply numerously; and as usual we will be here for you with many, many surprises in the bag – such as the new calendar, which has been created exclusively for you, to give you some special welcome inside this new “red” reality!!!
Today I want to take as a starting point a very interesting email that one of you has been forwarding to me personally, asking me the following question: why did it seem to me that between Kimi and Felipe there was some sort of icy mood on the podium? Is that just my impression or is there some real and serious internal rivalry in the team coming up? This is more or less the recap of the thoughts of our dear friend, whom I want reassure that inside the team there is the biggest possible harmony I’ve personally seen, although from the outside, over the last three years.
The satisfaction over the victory last Sunday and leading – although it has to be shared with the two McLaren drivers – the Driver’s Championship might have had a positive effect on everybody, and especially on a group of people such as ours, always looking for absolute perfection and the highest rank in the game. Having said that let me note again how rigid the Formula One protocol is, also as far as the ceremonies are concerned. So the drivers sometimes are kind of stimulated to be especially cool, what is, thanks to a major flexibility, hard to find at the Moto GP. But I can reassure you that you can stay completely calm, the members of the Scuderia, above all the drivers, are in fantastic shape and want to get back on the track to show again what a big player the F2007 is…as someone might say….
Hi, I am here again to announce the first possibility for all of us to get to know the world of the “soapboxes” and its events with the participation of the Scuderia Ferrari Club; there is hardly a better opportunity for this event than the celebrations for Francesco Baracca, the brave pilot, from whom Enzo Ferrari inherited the symbol of the Prancing Horse. During this event – this year held for the 7th time – the first run of the “Scuderia Ferrari Box 2007” Championship - where the fascinating vehicles, built by the different Clubs, challenge each other - is raced.Who wants to attend of this event and wants to get some ideas about how to finally build a Y&F soapbox (!) or who just wants to admire the wonderful Ferraris and pass a “red” day?The event will happen freely on Lugo di Romagna’s streets (near Ravenna, Italy).Please have a look at the programme below of the 2 days of the event.For any kind of question or information please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org with “Festa del Cavallino Rampante” as “Subject”.Saturday 21st April10:00hCHECKPOINT. LUGO di ROMAGNAP.zza MartiriWelcome breakfast in the exclusive atmosphere of the Museum “Francesco Baracca”11:00hTOUR OF THE “LOWER ROMAGNA”1 Fashion - 2 Ceramics - 3 Music - 4 Gastronomy13:00hLUNCH – Romagna’s Flavours15:00hCARS from Ferrari drive through the Lughesi streets of the historical “Savio Race Track”.16:00hCONCOURS d’Elegance for the cars from Ferrari - Francesco Baracca Cup17:00hTOUR OF THE “LOWER ROMAGNA”1 Fashion- 2 Ceramics - 3 Music – 4 Gastronomy20:30hOFFICIAL DINNEROrganiser: WAP srl - Via Foro Boario, 95 - Lugo (RA) - Fax +39-0545 902924 - www.festacavallinorampante.it - For information please contact Carla Guerra - Commune of Lugo - Servizio PromozioneTerritorio e Turismo Tel. +39-0545 38455Sunday, 22nd April10:00CHECKPOINT. LUGO di ROMAGNAP.zza Martiri.Welcome breakfast in the exclusive atmosphere of the Museum “Francesco Baracca”11:00:TWO LEGENDS ONE HORSE ROSSINI THEATRE. Participation of the Sporting Associations carrying the brand of the Prancing HorsePresentation of the book “Ferrari - Romanzo di una vita” by Oscar OreficiPresentation of Francesco Baracca Cup12:00hCOMMEMORATION for Francesco Baracca13:00hLUNCH – Romagna’s Flavoursù15:00hARRIVAL of the cars from Ferrari on P.zza Martiri – Photo Competition.TROPHY Scuderia Ferrari Box 2007: RACE I. First round of the championship for vehicles without engine, built by the tifosi of the Prancing Horse.17:00hPRESENTATION OF PRICES Scuderia Ferrari Box
Dear friends,I said to myself that we need some sort of spark. As the not very convincing race of the last weekend in Sepang has been shelved and we are waiting for a revenge on the race track of Sakhir during the upcoming weekend, I want to tell you about a piece of news, which has been officialized yesterday and can be found already today in many international newspapers.
It is a piece of news, which really makes me enthusiastic, while I am sure that it will arouse also the interest of many amongst you; let’s say at least of those who have more or less the same venerable age as me…. I’m talking about the comeback of the great Nigel Mansell, aka “The Lion”, behind the wheel of a car from Maranello and in this case with a F430 GT of the Scuderia Ecosse. This is not just any comeback, but it is a real and proper debut, in the context of the FIA GT Championships, during the second run of this racing series, which will be held on 6th May on the legendary race track of Silverstone. Well yes in Silverstone – place of many epic races of the “Lion”, as the one in the year 1987, when he caught up being detrimental to his team mate Piquet. 17 seconds in 17 laps with numerous overtaking manoeuvres on the outside lane in the legendary Stowe: a terrible bend to the right, which the cars entered with full throttle and more than 250 km/h. Well, what kind of memories – races, which have written the history of motorsports. We decided to present you this unique story in a special section, which is completely dedicated to the “Lion” and, as usual, exclusively accessible by our friends from Y&F. A very special contribution, which will be online just before his great comeback. Obviously hoping that it will be a “fantastic job”…
I’m taking about the one the organizers of the America's Cup had, the sailing competition seen as the Formula One of the sea. The Cup is entering its final stages with the Louis Vuitton Cup, the race exclusively for challengers; the winner will be the official competitor of Alinghi, the association holding the America’s Cup.
The idea is to dedicate a whole day, the so called “Unveiling Day” to open the gates for all the different teams, so the members of the participating parties can have a look, drop by and observe the sailing boats, but also greet their competitors and chat to the media to unveil their impressions right on the spot.
Many amongst you who follow the Cup might think now: well, brilliant idea. So everybody just shows the things they want to show, which is not necessarily what will be used during the races … Fair enough. But I think that something like that should happen in every competition, also the most protected ones, lie the America’s Cup. And let me also be a bit provocative: why not do something similar also in Formula One. Already via stolen photos, complaints and many more, everybody is already able to see what they have to or want to see … So why not leave some room for a minimum of real spirit, well not the one from de Coubertin, but at least the sporting spirit… What do you think?
Dear community friends,
In a few days, as will surely you have read, Y&F will become Y&F SFC and will begin participating in events organised by the Scuderia Ferrari Club: yet another occasion for community members to get closer to the world of Ferrari.
We will kick off with one of the events in 2006 that most excited Ferrari fans: the ‘Scuderia Ferrari Box’ trophy. What is it?
It is the soap box championship where vehicles without engines are launched with a push on a thrilling downhill track. This will start a standing based on time and distance. Every Scuderia Ferrari Club, and from this year also the community, can build its own soap box. The championship is held over nine races around Italy.
The most fearless and adventurous among you will construct a soap box in the simplest and most imaginative way possible while also respecting the criteria that you will find in the attached regulations.
In the photograph you can see an example of one of the soap boxes from last year. Over the coming few days you will be able to find other images of soap boxes constructed by the Club in the “events” photogallery.
The vehicles constructed by the Clubs last year were made in the simplest ways using the most basic materials, from iron to common metals. Team spirit and initiative reigned.
The first race will be in Lugo di Romagna, Emilia Romagna (Italy) on 22 April 2007. You will find more information about it over the coming weeks.
Remember that it is possible to begin participating in the championship even after the first race, as explained in the attached sporting regulations.
The Ferrariworld and Scuderia staff will supply all the information and provide constant support to the teams.
Proceeding in an orderly manner, what should someone interested do?To know every detail, please read the news in the "Events" section!....