So the last couple of weekends have been New Zealand historic racing's annual big event, the NZFMR meet at Hampton Downs. What makes it a big (i.e. crowd-pleasing) event is that there's a bunch of stuff other than pure racing, each year based on a different theme (so far always a marque or driver). This year the theme was Ferrari. So of course they had a bunch. Here's some pics. There'll be another photo dump of everything non-Ferrari later.

Lets start with the best thing there (sorry, I'm a child of the 80s - cope!). The 288GTO:

Yes, there's some other cool stuff behind it, more of that later. But face it, it's not a 288GTO. This was my poster car as a teenager and it's the first time I've seen one in the flesh. Squeee!!!

Here it is in action.

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..and some evidence it's seen proper action.

Second coolest thing there (of the road cars at least): 250GTO. This one started life as a 250GTE and was converted to GTO spec by Ferrari.

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Interior shot. Crackle finish. Gated shift. Yum.

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Other exotica:

750 Monza

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Obligatory F40 and Enzo (there's an F50 somewhere, too: didn't get a photo)

The "not quite cool enough to be inside with the A-Listers" crowd:

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...and the plebs. Lots of plebs. It's a sad, sad day when a 246 Dino is a pleb, but there you go.

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Magnum would have been in heaven.

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There is at least one classic Ferrari in NZ that gets raced in anger routinely: I've seen this guy around before. It's not the most beautiful Fezza in the world, but it does "purposeful" pretty effectively. And it's fast.

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There were also some F1 cars - a couple of Turbo-era 156/85s...

...and a 412T1B offering V12 engine porn.

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Here's one of the 156/85s racing in the Formula 5000 race. To give some perspective to just how fast F5000s are: the Ferrari didn't win. Admittedly it was probably running in demo-spec rather than race-spec, but nonetheless, keeping up with one of these puppies is not bad for a 1970s "low cost" formula.

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I've posted this before, but here's a short clip of the F1 cars on a demo run. Turn the speakers right up - the 412 has a rep as the best sounding F1 car ever, and I can see why. It's spine-chilling.

And to close, here's every man, his dog, and his brother lapping at lunchtime. Apparently they got 140 Ferraris on track on the first day (here's some slightly more professional footage of that). the day I went it wasn't that many, but it's still a metric shitload of Ferrari.

p.s. TA4K30, you were going to liveblog this, what happened?