Membership of the Ferrari Owners' Club of Great Britain is open to anyone who either owns or has owned a Ferrari. Members can register their partners to share their membership. The membership year runs from 1 November to 31 October. If you do not own a Ferrari, or have not done so, you can join the Prancing Horse Register, which brings almost all of these benefits.
The Club has something to offer all its members, whether their interests lie in socialising, track days, competition, concours or simply enjoying the Club's magazines and website. Membership is diverse, as is ownership, but with the majority owning cars from the 1980s onwards. This is reflected in support for events, but you do see the odd GTO at a monthly pub meet! The one thing all have in common is the love of this great marque.
These are the mainstay of the Club and it's not too much of an exaggeration to say that there's something going on somewhere in the country most weeks, especially during the summer.
The core of these are events organised centrally by the Club Office. Special gala dinners take place on the evenings before the Annual General Meeting in April and the National Meet and Concours in the summer. Most events are relaxed and informal, the Spring Ball at the AGM weekend is the only "black tie" event, most of us enjoying the opportunity to dress up at least once a year.
The AGM is followed by a special lunch and prizegiving of many fine trophies which reflect the history of the Club and its members over the years. Other dinners round off the end of each season for the racing and hillclimb championships.
A major feature of our calendar are our picnics, where members converge on a Stately Home or similar venue, to meet, mingle and enjoy each others' company and the atmosphere. In recent years there has been one in the Spring and another in the Summer. Many members also treat the National Concours as such, though to some it's a competitive event to present their car in the best possible condition and be judged on it.
An addition in the last couple of years has been our "Picnic with a Purpose" at a speed hillclimb course where unlimited non-competitive runs up the course add spice to the day.
Events like the Silverstone Classic Festival and Italian car events are supported by the Club. Here we often have a central parking area and marquee as a focal point for members.
The Club also organises tours of the Ferrari factory in Maranello and its famous surroundings.
The Club organises a number of Track Days for members who wish to experience the full performance of their cars in safety. These are Ferrari only and exclusive to members at "proper" race circuits such as Silverstone Grand Prix and Oulton Park. The days are divided into sessions, according to drivers' experience and car specification. The Club has its own team of instructors at every event. They are ARDS qualified and own and drive Ferraris themselves.
For those members who want to test themselves and their Ferraris in competition, the Club is unique amongst Owners' Clubs in organising its own race series, two for circuit racing and one for speed hillclimbing. The Pirelli Ferrari Hillclimb Championship is for standard, road going cars and takes place over typically 14 rounds (best eight to count).
There are two circuit racing series: the Pirelli Ferrari formula classic is for road going Ferraris, up to and including the Mondial t. There are a number of classes, depending on engine capacity and degree of modification. There is also Pirelli Ferrari Open, for more modern cars.
A common feature of all these is that they represent the best of Club motor racing, firm but fair competition on the track and having a good time when off it!
Much social activity in the Club takes place at Area Group level, where members in various regions get together and organise their own events. At present there are 22 covering the whole of Great Britain. Some Groups meet more than others and each has its own style, but there is a huge range of activities overall and any member is welcome to join in with any other Group. Activities are mostly social, lunches and BBQs being favourites. The Groups often support local events, such as classic car and air shows and much, much more.
Group drive-outs are another favourite with some, as are UK and foreign tours. Groups often do things in association with their local Ferrari dealers and there's a fair amount of karting. Increasing numbers of events have nothing to do with cars at all other and this year have included visits to an English winery and Big Cat sanctuary.
The monthly pub meet is the mainstay of many Groups and the Club's Christmas activities all take place at local level. Many Groups do sterling work for charities, raising thousands of pounds by organising events or supporting them, especially those local to them.
If, as a member, you think there's an activity or event that should be on the AG calendar, but isn't, you can always suggest it or better still organise it!
The Club's website is the prime and most immediate vehicle of communications with Club members, giving daily news of up-coming events, especially Area Group activities, entry forms, reports on past events, photo galleries and many other items of interest to the wider Ferrari community. There is also a Members' Forum for an exchange of Ferrari-related information.
The Club produces two printed publications, Ferrari News, a
bi-monthly news magazine included in the membership fee. Ferrari is a colour magazine issued quarterly and is on additional subscription.
Contributions to all of the above are welcomed with open arms.
Prancing Horse Register
If you are an enthusiast for the marque, but do not own a Ferrari, or have not done so, membership of the PHR brings almost all of the benefits of FOC membership, except driving at Track Days or in competitions and access to the Members' Section of the website. Many choose to get "up close and personal" with Ferraris by assisting at Club events. Indeed, without the PHR most Club events would not happen.
Joining the Club
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