GTO Ferrari Tour of Tuscany - Snapshots, Part Two
The 250 GTO 55th Anniversary Tour was organised by Ferrari, and took place between 25th and 29th September 2017, primarily in Tuscany, with the event base at the splendid 5 star Villa Cora hotel in central Florence, in its own parkland overlooking the Boboli Gardens. It is just a couple of kilometres south of the famous Ponte Vecchio, and if walking to the bridge over the River Arno from the hotel one passed the Forte di Belvedere, where the L’Idea Ferrari exhibition was held in 1990.
Based from the host hotel the participants had visits to vineyards, drives on part of the original Mugello road circuit , laps of the current circuit, and a free day for shopping and sightseeing in the beautiful city of Florence.
On the final day of the tour, the snake of GTOs headed northwards using part of the famed Mille Miglia route over the Futa and Raticosa passes, with a coffee stop at the latter, before heading into Emilia Romagna and on to the finale at the Ferrari factory in Maranello. Upon arrival they drove through the Museo Ferrari parking area, where large crowds had assembled to witness their passing, before entering the Fiorano track, where they did three laps as an end to the driving part of the tour. The event ended with a gala dinner in the Ferrari Classiche workshop on the Friday evening.
Information and images from Keith Bluemel.
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Previous GTO Tours were covered in Cavallinos 16, 41, 72, 102, 133, 163 and 191.