London is well-known for its incredible car culture. Especially in the summer, it’s the perfect place for car enthusiasts. I bought myself train tickets and arranged a hotel room for four nights to meet up with some likeminded petrolheads! This is how my first day went..
Words and Photography: Max Lammers
Ferrari SF15-T and F12tdf at HR Owen Ferrari
After my friend (@ferrarifreak7) picked me up from my hotel on Wednesday morning, we drove to the South Kensington based HR Owen Ferrari dealership. They always have some great cars on display, but I was not expecting to see their SF15-T, which was given to them as a reward for being named Ferrari Dealer of the Year in 2015. Ferrari built the car from factory parts, but it didn’t came with an engine. Nonetheless, a great sight to see among the F12tdf and two 488 Spiders who happily joined the iconic F1 car.
The F12tdf on display is truly a unique example: Argento Nurburging with Nero Stellato racing stripe and a red/black alcantara interior. The car is in pristine condition and has done just over 300 miles. In terms of configuration, this one is very well-balanced. The brake calipers match the interior, the stripes match the wheels and it all matches with the stealth overall look of the silver paint job. One slight problem… it’ll set you back around 900.000 pounds.
Verde Tevere 250 SWB and naked LaFerrari Aperta
Next up was Joe Macari. This impressive dealership is based in a London area where you wouldn’t expect to see cars like an F50 or the F12tdf with a custom Zanasi front bumper parked outside under a layer of sand dust. After we parked the car and starting walking towards the main dealership, we noticed their 250 GT California Spider lurking in the showroom. We entered and were greeted by a bunch of Lamborghinis.
We were distracted by a line-up of incredible cars such as a LaFerrari Aperta without any stripes, a black 275 GTB and a Verde Tevere 250 GT SWB. The latter is one of the most noticeable examples ever made and a friend of ours took inspiration from it for his 488 Pista spec. Before noticing the lower placed wing mirrors, we thought we were dealing with a LaFerrari Coupe. This example had the removable carbon roof and a fairly standard interior.
Shooting a Portofino with HR Owen
We got in the car again and drove off to Premier Park, a small industrial park with companies such as Topaz Detailing, Pagani U.K. and the HR Owen Service Center. Unfortunately, we can’t mention the cars that were in for service, but I honestly think I have not seen a better gathering of Ferraris in my entire life. Helen Wakerley, media manager at HR Owen Ferrari, showed us around the service center and compound. She eventually took us out in their new Portofino demo.
The car is finished in Nero Daytona over a tan interior and sports the optional wheels. The Portofino features the same engine as in the GTC4Lusso T with a slightly detuned output of 592 bhp. The car replaced the California T and it looks amazing in real life. The big hips of the California disappeared so the Portofino really is a more elegant car. Find more pictures of the car here.