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BRITISH FERRARI PAIR RETURNING FOR “WORLD-FINEST” CLASSIC ADELAIDE

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									MEDIA RELEASE - (Tuesday) 14 October 2008


                 BRITISH FERRARI PAIR RETURNING FOR
                  “WORLD-FINEST” CLASSIC ADELAIDE




            (Sir Paul Vestey’s Ferrari 275GTB/C. Hi-res available on website)

NO-ONE has travelled farther or more often to drive in South Australia’s renowned
Classic Adelaide tarmac rally than British Ferrari crew Sir Paul Vestey and Doug
Nye.

The pair has entered what they call “the finest event of its type anywhere in the world”
every year since it started in 1997, all but one in a selection from Sir Paul’s stable of
historic racing Ferrari sports cars, and they will be back for this year’s event on 19-23
November.

Their mount will be a Ferrari 275GTB/C, which is sure to delight spectators as it races
through the scenic Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Southern Vales, Fleurieu Peninsula,
Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale regions with the same 12-cylinder roar that
accompanied it to a GT Category win at the 1966 Le Mans 24-Hours.

The car will be in the company of many other delectable examples from the Ferrari
stable in Maranello, Italy, as the 2008 Classic Adelaide joins worldwide celebrations of
the 40th anniversary of the 275GTB model’s successor, the 365 GTB4 Daytona.

The event is expected to attract up to 300 vehicles representing many of the motoring
world’s most desirable makes, participating either in timed Competition or un-timed
Touring sections on daily loops out of Adelaide.

The Vestey Ferrari’s competition days are over and it will run in the Thoroughbred
Touring category, but Nye, a motoring author and historian, says it has an illustrious
background.

“This year's GTB/C is a car we have brought to Adelaide before (in 1997 and 2001). It is
the very special lightweight competition GTB/C which was entered by the British
Maranello Concessionaires racing team at the Le Mans 24-Hours in 1966,” he explains.
“Driven there by Piers Courage and Roy Pike, it won the all-important GT Category - the
prize Mr Ferrari most valued, since it sold his GT cars for him, which sustained his
Formula 1 racing.

“Paul actually bought this car from Maranello Concessionaires soon after the Le Mans
24-Hour success. In his first outing in the car at the Paris 1000 kms that year, he
promptly won the GT Category again. Next time out, in the 1967 Monza 1000 kms race,
he drove the car to win the GT Category for a third time!

“He sold the GTB/C and bought it back, then sold it again, but again bought it back. It is,
he says, ‘like family’. It's a bit long and hefty for the tighter stages but on the more open
runs it's a race horse on a race track.”

Over the years, Vestey and Nye also have brought to Classic Adelaide three other
Ferraris, a 250GT Short-Wheelbase Berlinetta (SWB), 250GTO and a 250GT California
Spider. They also ended up in a Ford Lotus Cortina one year when the SWB
encountered valve trouble.

They keep coming back to enjoy driving fast on specially-closed public roads that are
among the world’s best for motoring enthusiasts.

“The great attraction of Classic Adelaide to us is the gorgeous road surface and scenery.
 Most European and US events are run on remote roads which see little use, which
normally means they are poorly surfaced, badly marked and very bumpy - so not much
fun,” Nye says.

“Classic Adelaide is like being let loose in a motoring playroom. The closed special
stages are a joy, with the magnificently flowing Paris Creek Road as the absolute cherry
on the cake. If we could, we'd roll it up and take it home with us!

“To us it is the finest event of its type anywhere in the world - the roads and countryside
are the best - and although we'll never admit to it publicly, we like no-nonsense Orstrylia,
even though we were thrilled to trounce you in the Rugby World Cup (twice) and in the
Olympics medal table.”

Classic Adelaide is one of South Australia’s most valuable major events and is
supported by the South Australia Government, SA Tourism Commission and Events SA.

David Edwards, Director of organiser Silverstone Events, said Classic Adelaide
delivered significant direct economic benefits to the local economy plus wide overseas
promotion of the State’s scenic, wine, food and other tourism attractions.

Its format offered many spectating opportunities throughout the 1000 km course,
including the Hilton Adelaide daily start, Peter Lehmann’s Winery, Victor Harbor,
Birdwood National Motor Museum, McLaren’s on the Lake, Maccesfield township, the
Gouger Street Party on Friday night and the East Terrace Party at the official finish on
Sunday.

Rally entrants also enjoy a number of special social events.

Until 14 November, entrants are being offered an “early bird” discount of $1000 for the
first 100 entries to the 2009 event.

For interviews, images or other assistance, contact:

Chris Nixon, Media Manager Tel: (61) 0 418 759 417
E-mail: media@silverstoneevents.com Web: www.classicadelaide.com.au

								
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