Saturday 18 August 2018

Rare opportunity to see some of the world's most exclusive cars - here's how you can register

Piero Ferrari, Vice-Chairman of Ferrari, poses with a Ferrari sports car outside the New York Stock Exchange October 21, 2015. Shares in Ferrari rose 15 percent to $60 in the luxury group's Wall Street debut on Wednesday after it priced its share offering
Piero Ferrari, Vice-Chairman of Ferrari, poses with a Ferrari sports car outside the New York Stock Exchange October 21, 2015. Shares in Ferrari rose 15 percent to $60 in the luxury group's Wall Street debut on Wednesday after it priced its share offering
Toyota Auris Hybrid
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

A rare opportunity to see some of the world's most exclusive cars is promised for September 1 (it's a Saturday).

The Ferraris at Friends: A Day of Supercars and Super Cars extravaganza is planned at Friends' School Lisburn.

Among the 17 Ferraris will be a unique, gold-coloured Ferrari 488 GTB.

Also promised is the LaFerrari Aperta and the amazing F12 TDF.

Vintage fans will be delighted to learn that a model often cited as the first supercar - the 1979 Ferrari F40 - will also be on show. The day-long event is in aid of rugby development at Friends' School. Other cars are promised.

Sounds like fun, especially the 4pm big rev-up of all engines at the same time. The 6pm close will be followed by a convoy of the event vehicles through Lisburn city centre.

Owners of cars, bikes, trikes, tractors etc are invited to participate.

Planning has only started, and interested parties can register at www.friendsschoollisburn.org.uk/ferraris

Meanwhile...

Toyota is making much of the fact that more people in rural areas are buying self-charging hybrids.

There has been a 58pc increase in Connacht, 83pc in Leinster, 76pc in Munster and 54pc increase in Ulster (Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal) compared with the same timespan in 2017.

Obviously, in some areas the increases are coming off quite low bases but the figures do indicate what appears to be a significant shift in attitudes.

Here's a sample of how the increases are panning out in percentage terms: Offaly up 142pc, Longford 131pc, Louth 128pc, Wexford 119pc, Tipperary 115pc, Kerry 88pc, Donegal 88pc and Meath 83pc.

As you know Toyota is ceasing production of diesel passenger cars this year.

 

* Best wishes to the Winsdor Motor Group, which been announced as a Renault and Dacia dealership in Galway.

The group is celebrating 50 years in business this year.

And with the latest announcement, its 17 dealerships nationwide now include Windsor Galway Renault, and Windsor Galway Dacia, on the Old Dublin Road.

* Maserati has come up with a new 'entry-level' Levante model after introducing a 345bhp version of its V6 engine to the range.

It slots in beneath the Levante S.

The new 6cyl 3-litre has also been introduced to the Quattroporte versions.

It develops 79bhp less than the V6 in the Levante S but, as you would expect, it is claimed to be easier on the fuel.

* I'm still trying to decide if I like the shape or not, but nearly a million buyers of the Nissan Juke can't be wrong, can they?

Yes the millionth Juke recently rolled off the line at the company's Sunderland plant.

The company reckons a new Juke is built there every 105 seconds.

Indo Motoring

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