A novel Ferrari experience

Last year I reached a conclusion: you need a lot of experience to get to cliché. The fact that you need to get out of your comfort zone to evaluate and develop old or new abilities is widely known. But, when it comes to lots of horsepower and a less than friendly road, you usually think twice whether or not you are capable of getting out of your comfort zone. Except for when you don’t have a choice…

-I have to tell you something. I don’t have experience.
-Too much information. Let’s go.

That’s how my conversation with the instructor begun, along with my experience with two gorgeous cars: Ferrari FF and Maserati Levante. Not on a regular road, but on a mountain road, with an enchanting view, at Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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-So, what car do you drive in Romania?
-I was trying to tell you, I don’t have a car.
After a brief silence, about halfway on our journey, visibly intrigued:
-But you do have a driving license, don’t you?
-Yes, at least that.

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What the Winterlude powered by Iqos experience taught me is that you become the person you see in the others’ eyes. When I was 18 and I had just gotten my driving licence, my father wouldn’t let me drive because he was afraid something might happen to me, since I was a beginner. As the years went by, my friends kept making the same jokes, until I started believing that I didn’t like driving, that I was no good and I would never be. When I got a job, I immediately turned down the possibility that I might drive a company’s car. And when I was informed of my going to Cortina and meeting the seven internationally accredited Ferrari instructors, I figured I’d be able to abstract from it somehow.

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Well, the first evening I saw them, I asked them if beauty was, perhaps, the criteria by which they were selected. Maybe so. Image is a criteria, not the most important one, but certainly one of them. No wonder that the woman instructors are also international models.

My enthusiasm and my curiosity made me get into the driver’s seat, and the fact that all the other participants were professionals lead my instructor to believe that I don’t have experience’  means that it was my first time driving a Ferrari FF and a Maserati Levante. In his eyes, I was a professional driver, and that gave me courage. Or, as I already said, it didn’t give me a choice. I had to be what they expected me to be. 

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After a week spent in the Dolomites, a circuit full of adrenaline and exclusive experiences, two words are stuck in my head: Gas and Break. We often find that our fears slow us down. But even through the most dangerous curves or on the bumpiest road, you can speed ahead if you are looking the way you are headed and you don’t lose yourself in the scenery. In other words, it wasn’t about cars or horsepower, but it was about people and novel experiences. Because perspective changes everything. Once in a lifetime.

You can book your Ferrari experience on www.ferrari.com.

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