Ferrari Enzo : More than 1500 miles in the greatest Ferrari ever!

Extraordinary places bring together extraordinary events. The Bonneville Salt Flats was a lake that covered one-third of the state of Utah some 15,000 years ago. Now it is a vast plain against the backdrop of mountains that spans 30,000 acres, covered with a snow-white, hard-packed crust of salt. It is a setting best described as an alien world that has seen many land speed records set by the likes of Sir Malcolm Campbell, Craig Breedlove and Gary Gabelich’s rocket car, the “Blue Flame.”

Today, with the wind gusts almost finishing their yearly task of drying the lake bed after the winter rainfalls, the Bonneville Salt Flats again plays the role of another unusual meeting point. After months of searching and waiting, R&T Design Director Richard M. Baron, photographer John Lamm, racing legend and Contributing Editor Phil Hill and I are finally here tiptoeing around on the salty earth for a sunset photo shoot. Standing just a few feet away is a brand-new, sparkling red Ferrari Enzo that appears almost as alien as the salt flats itself. Needless to say, we are looking forward to our drive in the incredible Enzo in the next few days. And all this is made possible by a generous owner, Richard Losee.

While it may appear that we gathered at Bonneville strictly for photography, really it is Phil Hill who provides the link between this hallowed ground for speed records and the newest prancing horse supercar. Phil set a record of 254.91 mph for MG in 1959 at this very location, and won the Formula 1 World Championship for Scuderia Ferrari in 1961. So it is fitting that I begin my excellent long-distance adventure in the passenger seat of the Enzo, with Phil at the helm, leaving the salt flats as the sun dips below the horizon.

Comments (2)

Kevin DealsDecember 4th, 2009 at 1:28 am

I’m not even the worlds biggest car guy, but to hit salt flats with one of those cars would be absolutely fantastic. I am envious of those who get to do such things.

grocery bagsFebruary 9th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I’ve always thought the Enzo was a good looking car. To each their own though.

However, I’ve been obsessed with “Storm Trooper” paint jobs since I got a pball gun storm trooper’d back in 2006. This is just the climax of my love.

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