Fearing that the cars were starting to get rolling, we started moving too, searching for a nice spot for this first morning saturday run. Sadly though the security was rather strict and we didn’t have much choice so we had to stay in the public places. We started to wait, and a few minutes later the Ferrari parade of the Zenith garages started with a black Ferrari FF with its GoPro mounted on the top, followed by a more classic colored Rosso Corsa Ferrari 360 Spider and its berlinetta range successor the Ferrari 458. Both the luminosity and the shooting place weren’t much helping for pictures, but as I said before, the important was rather the memories they bring back, and I hope that they will make you want to go to the next Ollon-Villars hillclimb retrospective, which will take place in 2016.

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Then arrived another black Italia, with a less flashy, more sober – some would even say sad – black interior, followed by a Ferrari 599 GTB with its Enzo derived V12 developing 620 horsepower being the group leader in front of two Maserati, a GranTurismo Coupé, and a GranCabrio S, with both their instantly recognizable V8 roar. Special mention goes of course to the S versions who have the bigger 4.7 liter engine and the better exhaust system which makes this car’s engine probably the most beautiful on the planet.

Two Ferrari F430s were chasing each other, with the front grey Spider version really pushing hard, and the red Coupé behind trying to keep up. Although the F430 is now more than ten years old, and might look a bit outdates in comparison of the 458 Italia, it is still an incredible berlinetta, with an effectiveness that still goes beyond imagination. Trying to master the 490 horsepower of the 4.3 liter V8 engine is a real challenge, especially if you try with all the driving aids off, in the famous CST mode on the manettino.

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Then a Ferrari 348ts joined by a Ferrari 328 GTS and another black Ferrari FF arrived. Although I really like the Ferrari 308, I have to admit that both the 328 and the 348 have always been less desirable to my eyes. The 308 was the first eight cylinder rear-engined berlinetta from the Modenese manufacturer and introduced the world to a whole era of cars which still continues today with the 458 Italia, whereas the 328 was just certainly an improved 308 but which had lost part of its character, and the 348 was the ugly duckling of the family with its too big tyres and its Testarossa inspired rear lamps.

The next convoy was lead by one of the most beautiful Alfa Romeo of the modern era, an 8C Competizione Coupé which was limited to only 500 units, making it a rare sight. With its Maserati engine and gearbox it was a great car to drive but not enough different from the Tridente’s creation to justify its enormous price tag gap between them in my opinion. It was followed by a Ferrari 360 Modena Coupé, one of the very last Testarossa, a Ferrari 512 M, two Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the lighter, stripped, and more powerful version of the standard F430, and finally a bicolor Giallo Modena with Nero roof Ferrari 458 Italia Coupé.

“The 8C Competizione : Keira Knightley body with Pavarotti’s voice”

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The real curiosity of this first run was certainly the 1994 Giallo Modena Ferrari 512 M. The “Modificata” for modified in italian Testarossa, began its life at the 1994 Paris Motorshow as the ultimate evolution of what had already begun to be considered as a legend, the 1984 Ferrari Testarossa. Almost 10 years later, the 512 M was presented with improvements in every details including chassis, security, aerodynamics, equipment, engine, and so on. Redesigned by Ferrari’s iconic designer Pininfarina, it had new front and rear lights, new front air intakes but the original and so characteristic line of the Testarossa was left untouched. The iconic flat twelve engine which first appeared on the Ferrari 365 BB arrived at its peak performance of 440 horsepower thanks to a higher compression rate, allowing the 512M to improve even more the already incredible performances achieved by the 512 TR, with a 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of over 315 km/h. With only 501 units built, it is one of the most exclusive Ferrari of the modern era, and the rarest Testarossa of them all.

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Speaking about Ferrari Testarossa, the convoy was followed by a 512 TR, and the first Ferrari 550 Maranello of the day. Although the 550 Maranello should have been called the 456 Maranello considering Ferrari’s nomination procedure has always had a very special place in the eyes of the purists and the afficionados of the prancing horse’s brand fans. Ferrari chose to change the name to 550 to clearly distinguish the Maranello from its eponymous 2+2 sister, the 456 GT. The 550 Maranello was the highly expected successor to the Testarossa, but it was more importantly Ferrari’s return to the traditional front-engined V12 Grand Tourers, which can trace their history back to the legendary 250, and today lead by the F12 Berlinetta. I decided after to turn myself around to take a few pictures from the rear of the different cars arriving, including another Ferrari F430 Scuderia which passed by very neatly, and a Maserati GranTurismo S where we could really see the suspension and weight influence in this technical medium speed turn, with the rear right tyres being a lot less in charge than the left ones.

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Another Ferrari F430 Scuderia was coming, with a strange vinyl paint on its body. Although I really like the Scuderia, as it is one of my favorite modern Ferraris, I have to say that this rather strange “Ange Barde” promotional one wasn’t specially beautiful for my liking. The white paint, and the red and black advertisement on it really didn’t help, as a standard striped unicolor Scuderia would just be perfect. It was followed by a cream white Maserati GranSport, a Rosso Corsa Ferrari 456 GT 2+2, a Rosso Corsa Ferrari 360 Modena Coupé, a Ferrari 400, another – grey this time – Maserati GranSport. and another Ferrari Legend, a 365 GTB/4 Daytona.

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The 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is probably one of Ferrari’s most legendary models with the 250, and in my mind even more historically important than the 275 GTB because whereas the 250 did all its reputation on the races, with the GTO allowing Ferrari to win the car manufacturer championship three consecutive years in 1962, 1963 and 1964, the Daytona built its reputation because for one of the first time in its history, Ferrari was challenged as never before. In fact two years earlier, in march 1966, Ferruccio Lamborghini which had only built its 350 and 400 Series set the cat among the pigeons by publicly revealing the now legendary Lamborghini Miura. It was the first rear engined and rear wheel drive V12 supercar of the automotive history and was a real surprise for the world, with its amazing design by Marcello Gandini, but more importantly, it became the fastest road going car in the world at the time. So Ferrari reacted, and as usual, with a front engined V12 GT, the Daytona.

“The Daytona is just as iconic as the 250”

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The only Ferrari replica of the day was following, a fake 250 GTO. Although being a replica it was very nicely made with most of the original details, and was based on an original 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2, with therefore an original 250 Colombo V12 engine. As we spotted earlier the same morning it was accompanied by the grey over red leather Ferrari 575 Superamerica, well and neatly driven by a nice woman.

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Closing the Ferrari processing was the rather special Ferrari 512 BB convertible by Koenig. As Ferrari never did a convertible nor a GTS version of the 512 BB, a few unsatisfied customers gave their italian marvel to german tuner to do the work of the italians. The result was this rare sight today, but still not as much modified as the Coupé that used to pass in the german tuner’s hand.

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