Ferrari 60 Relay - Germany
This year, the legend Ferrari exists for 60 years.
A more than good reason to celebrate this anniversary with a relay trough more than 50 countries all over the world. Everything got started on January 28th, when the starting shot has been launched at Abu Dhabi. There, in 2009 a spectacular Ferrari Theme Park will be opened. From the 7th to 10th May, Germany has been host of this outstanding corso as well.
Here, the relay started on Monday morning in Wiesbaden, prefaced by a press conference with Ferrari Germany head Stefan Mueller. Caused by the bad weather, there have been only modern street Ferrari, except one black Ferrari 365 GT 2+2. More than 30 cars lined up in front of the old spa hotel - now a congress center - in the center of Wiesbaden.
After a quick corso trough the city, the official start of the Ferrari 60 Relay Germany has been celebrated. To the delight of several lawyers - specialised in tax law - who held a meeting at the old spa hotel, the sound of not less than 4 Enzos made the old building shake. Stefan Mueller used the red flag with the prancing horse as the starting signal, and minute by minute they started up in direction to the famous Nuerburgring. All participants couldn't await to race around the "green hell".
Once arrived, there has been an accident about 15 minutes before the cars reached the section "Bruennchen" at the "Nordschleife".
This caused a very special spectacle: Ferrari traffic-jam at the "green hell".
In bad weather conditions with heavy rain, the participants could show their whole ability while racing 2 laps in these conditions. Not much later they drove to the nearby hotel in Bad Neuenahr, to get a well-earned rest-period.
On Tuesday, the participants left there Ferrari at the parking lot to jump into a kart at Michael Schumacher's Kart center in Kerpen. After some hot race laps, the relay started again to their next stage, destination castle Hemmersbach in Horrem, close to Cologne.
The castle with its wonderful inner courtyard is made for the photogenic Ferrari. But this place also has something to offer for the participants and all racing enthusiasts - right next to the castle lies the villa of Graf Berghe von Trips. The integrated museum shows the history of Graf Trips with lots of informations and documentations, who drove for Ferrari in the Formula 1 from 1957 until his tragic death in September 1961 during the Grand Prix of Monza in Italy.
After leaving this magic place, the relay drove directly to Bensberg, to Schloss Lerbach, wich is ranked among the most luxury hotels in Germany. The hotel offers beside its unique ambience culinary master class, for gourmet chef Dieter Mueller tenders a delightful menue. With the Ferrari's parked in the inner courtyard, the participants kept talking about the their pet subject: Ferrari.