1,000th Ferrari Sails to Hong Kong

Human appetite for round numbers has no equal. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the automotive industry, where every ten, one thousand, a million something is reason enough for celebration. An understandable reaction, especially when you are a premium car builder.

Ferrari is used to do things on a big scale, so they held a special ceremony in Honk Kong, attended by over 65 international media representatives from Hong Kong, Macau and the adjacent markets in the Asia Pacific region, to mark the 1,000th Ferrari delivered on the Island.

The lucky winner of the "1,000" tag is a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti "One-To-One", the flagship of this years Ferrari range. The event comes... 45 years after the first Ferrari was delivered in Hong Kong in the early 1960's.

Unwillingly (or not), the owner of the 1,000th Ferrari became the star of the event. His name, Didier Li, is of no consequence to us. The way in which he received the car, however, is. Because it is outright unique...

The Scaglietti was delivered to his new owner on board the Huan, a Chinese junk - not the junk you think of - but the sailing ship (jong in Malay) floating in the Victoria Harbor. Li ordered the car sometimes last year, so we can only guess what went through the poor guy's mind when he finally got it, on a late afternoon, in the middle of a harbor, on the deck of a newly furbished private ship-for-hire...

In the end, the Ferrari ended up not on the bottom of the harbor, but on the streets, to join the other 115 Prancing Horse vehicles in Hong Kong. High blood pressure and rapid heart beats now await the future owner of the 1,500th Ferrari, who will probably receive at 10,000 meters, in a hot air balloon...
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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