is a small city near Zurich, Switzerland, located right at the end
of the airport’s take-off runway. Due to the many aircraft
it is often rather noisy and the area is mostly occupied by businesses
and not too many residences.
Once every year the noise becomes even bigger. That is when the
Ferrari Day takes place at the nearby Indoor Kart Racing Center.
This spectacular event was held on Sunday 24 August 2003. This 4th
edition of the Ferrari gathering has now clearly become the largest
Ferrari meeting in Switzerland with a record attendance of 152 Ferraris.
The key to success is simple: A one-day meeting in the neighborhood
of Switzerland’s largest city, perfect weather, good organisation,
enthusiasm and the great idea of a charity event. All proceeds of
the day go to the charity 'Stiftung Wunderlampe' (Magic Light Foundation
- click on the logo above). This organisation was founded several
years ago and takes care of handicapped people and their special
dream wishes. Many prominent Swiss stars from show biz and sport
support this great foundation.
Early Sunday morning the first Ferraris arrived in front of the
Kart Center. They were parked on the large parking area while vendor
booth installations were completed and several restaurants opened.
Soon a sea of mostly red and yellow Ferraris arrived from all directions
and the organisers were quick in helping with the parking of the
cars by tipo. Whereas most Ferraris were newer models, a few were
quite rare and unknown to many visitors. Oldest Ferrari at the meeting
was Jo Vonlanthen’s 500/625 Monoposto, a car once driven by
Alberto Ascari in 1952/1953. The second oldest Ferrari was Konrad
Lutziger’s 250 GT Ellena, a beautiful deep red example without
front and rear bumpers. Originally delivered to Hollywood/CA, the
Swiss dealer owns this early 250 GT since eight years already. Very
genuine was a 250 GTE 2+2, a metallic blue example with tan interior
and packed with four people. It is owned by the same Swiss family
since many years.
Another interesting early Ferrari was a 1958 Type 250 GT Coupé
with Pinin Farina bodywork. Painted metallic grey and not restored
since day one this car has air outlets in the fenders and several
other unusual features. The current owner bought the car more than
30 years ago and it is equipped with an engine coming out of a genuine
250 GT SWB California Spider. There were no other Ferraris of the
1960s at Rümlang and there was no 330 GT 2+2, 330 GTC or even
a 275 GTB or perhaps a Daytona. However, the early 70s were well
represented by two fiberglass-bodied 308 GTBs and a beautiful early
365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer with the original six-pipe exhaust system.
Hoards of Mondials and 308s, 328s, 348s, 355s and Testarossas arrived
in Rümlang. Most attractive were also three F40s and an F50.
Everybody, including the handicapped children – some of them
in wheelchairs - admired happily the large numbers of Ferraris.
For many kids it has always been a dream to ride in a Ferrari one
day. Visitors could buy a ticket for US$ 45 for a passenger ride
in a Ferrari and all Ferrari owners agreed to accept young and old
enthusiasts in their cars. Shortly before lunch the tour began and
a sheer endless row of Ferraris departed from Rümlang for a
one-hour tour through the greater Zurich area.
All proceeds went to the Magic Light Foundation. This year no
less than US$ 10,000 was raised during the 4th Ferrari Day in Rümlang.
Newest Ferrari at the meeting was a brand-new Challenge Stradale
brought by Zurich-based Ferrari dealer Foitek AG. At 1 p.m. the
Ferraris returned to the parking area in front of the Kart Center.
Now was lunch time and people were entertained by a spectacular
stunt show with a Chevrolet Corvette, clowns and other attractions.
The afternoon was mostly spent on the parking lot comparing the
Many new friends were made during the day and many happy kids were
observed. They all love Ferrari and everybody was happy and enthusiastic.
The charity concept of the Ferrari Day in Rümlang is excellent
and the organizers have to be congratulated for a well-organised
here for Ferraris at Rümlang
© Marcel Massini 26/08/2003