Every year Ferrari holds an event called Finali Mondiali to celebrate Ferrari's participation in motorsports. For 2016 the Daytona International Speedway was chosen as the event venue. While this was already going to be incredible what made it even more special is the fact that F1 cars would take to the Daytona road course including the high banks for the first time in Daytona's 51 year history. Not only have I not seen or heard an F1 car run before, never in my wildest dreams I would finally get to see one at Daytona. Ferrari also brought Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen and their F1 cars for some hot laps. Also on the schedule was the final race of the Ferrari Challenge series and track time for the Corse Clienti. Add to that a world record attempt at the most Ferrari's in a parade and the Finali Mondiali Concours d"Elegance surrounded by an infield full of Ferrari fans and you have probably the greatest gathering of Ferraris in history. Hard to pick what was my favorite moment out of the four day event because there was so much to take in. Some of the highlights for me were of course getting up close to those incredible F1 cars in the garage and then watching them on the track.
I got to see the Ferrari FXX K cars run for my first time. Those cars are based on the La Ferrari and seeing one of those in person would be cool. I think I saw around 23 LaFerraris that weekend and in several colors. One of my favorite cars to drive in sim racing is the Ferrari 333 SP and there were at least eight at Finali Mondiali. The Concours display was jaw dropping with some of the very best Ferraris both current and vintage on display. I got to see one of only five Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione, several one offs including the SP 275 RW Competizione and the P540 Superfast Aperta. The Lawrence Stroll 330 P4 was there and a 250 GTO. A 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti was on display. That car had recently set the record for a car at auction selling for $35,711,359.00 and it was surrounded by several other cars that would easily fetch eight figures themselves. I took some video as I walked around the cars and you can see it by clicking the picture above. As far as Ferrari goes this has to be the premier event and I'm so happy I was able to attend. I remember the time not too long ago when I set out to see and photograph an Enzo for the first time. Just a few years later here I find myself in the middle of them all. About the only thing left for me to experience now is actually driving one but my height along with my lack of Powerball skills will probably prevent that from happening but I can still take pics! Here are just a few of the images I took while at the 2016 Finali Mondiali. Hopefully Ferrari will consider returning to Daytona.