There are few cars which can stir the emotions like a Ferrari can and this was evident by the crowd of adoring onlookers who gathered at the Diamond at the Ulster Folk Museum on Saturday 12 August to admire the stunning collection of Ferraris old and new that had come to celebrate 70 years of Ferrari.

Marco dos Santos and his team from Charles Hurst Ferrari had organised the event for Ferrari owners who had travelled from near and far to take part in the day of celebration which also included a photo shoot at Titanic Quarter and a dinner at Hillsborough Castle.

It was fitting that over 70 cars were present to mark Ferrari’s 70th birthday and there was something there to appeal to everyone. Centre stage were the two La Ferrari Apertas – one black and one red as well as the Ferrari 512TDF which looked menacing finished in red with black wheels.

The soundtrack was intoxicating as the cars arrived and the owners gave an obligatory blip of the throttle to the appreciative crowd. Everywhere you looked there was something to admire – from 488’s, 458’s, California’s, 430’s, 360’s, 355’s, 308’s, Dinos and even a 1978 Ferrari 400GT.

Although fewer in number the Ferraris from the 1960’s were simply breathtaking in their beauty – take your pick between a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC or the slightly later Ferrari 275 GTB.

The cars departed from the Folk Museum just before 4pm and it was quite a spectacle as they swept out onto the Bangor Road to head in convoy to Titanic Belfast – the police outriders stopped the traffic and allowed the prancing horses to gallop along the carriageway, being careful, of course to respect the speed limit.

I hope you enjoy the selection of photos.

Tim Logan

Club Secretary