Ferrari was thrilled to be in the Australian city of Adelaide recently to celebrate our longstanding history with both the city and motorsport at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival.
This year Ferrari Formula One legend from the 1980’s, Stefan Johansson, was back at the wheel in the city where he raced at the Adelaide Grand Prix many decades ago. The Swedish born Johansson competed in 79 F1 races from 1983 to 1991.
This year he flew in to pilot a brand-new Ferrari 488 Spider in the Classic Adelaide Rally, driving the car from the start line at the Victoria Park track where he first turned a tire on the South Australian tarmac some 31 years ago.
From there, Johansson’s 488 Spider led a pack of more than ten Ferrari vehicles in the rally, travelling through the city and into the spectacular hills of Adelaide.
Several classic and modern Ferrari examples also took part, including the limited edition F12tdf, the new 488 GTB, the acclaimed 458 Italia and 458 Speciale, alongside classics such as the 308 GTB.
Fans eager to catch more than just a glimpse of Johannson and his car had many opportunities along the rally route including at the Penny’s Hill and Bird in Hand winery lunch stops. The streets of the city were also closed off for the Gouger Street Party at which Johansson and his Ferrari led a street parade of 170 cars through the centre of the Adelaide.
Johansson later took to the track in a Ferrari F156/85 on the days following the rally. Adelaide’s memories of Johansson are synonymous with Ferrari and there was much excitement surrounding his return to the track. Spectators also enjoyed a rare track display from the Ferrari F40GTE and 599XX across the weekend.
With its racing heritage, spectacular roads, stunning scenery, and enthusiastic motorsport fans, Adelaide provided the perfect backdrop to this world-class event.