It has been almost a year since I last wrote about life with the Ferrari Daytona so I guess it is time for an update on what I have been up to with 'The Mistress' as my wife likes to call the Daytona.
The short answer for the the first part of the year is not a lot, due to the COVID lockdowns that really prevented anyone doing much of anything other than stay at home. For the most part I amused myself with driving the virtual version on Forza Horizon 4.
When the lockdowns eased and the weather improved I was finally able to venture out with the car. After the months spent largely at home it was great to finally get behind the wheel and hear the mighty V12 fire up for the first time in the year. In fact and somewhat unusually it started up first go.
After that, through the summer I took the car out reasonably regularly and when the particularly poor British summer weather allowed. For the most part I eschewed the local events in favour of solo drives on a Sunday morning. I did however repeat my drive of 2020 down to the Old Mill Cafe in Wisborough green in the company of my friend Richard in his Maserati Khamsin.
In fact the only event I did with the Daytona in 2021 was in mid September at the Hope Classic rally in aid of the We See Hope charity. I only found out about this at the last minute thanks to a charity auction on Collecting Cars which was featuring the chance to drive my Dad's old Ferrari 250 SWB. From that I got in touch with the organisers and they invited me on the event.
It was particularly great and slightly emotional to see my Dad's old car still looking as good as it did when he sold it back in the late 2000's, even if it now wears a different and rather special registration plate - 250SWB. My Dad had actually enquired to the DVLA about the availability of this plate during his ownership. They contacted him not long after he sold it that it was available, and he passed the information onto the new owner who was able to acquire it (I have no idea how much for but I guess it was not a small amount of money).
The rally itself was good fun and took us on a route from Weybridge to the Wiston Estate in Sussex a journey of about 50 miles on back roads that I know well as they are where I regularly take the Daytona out on. It is all for a good cause and had a good collection of interesting cars (see previous post here for more pictures). The lunch on arrival included Q&A's with historic Porsche rally specialist Richard Tuthill, and Mclaren MSO's Heritage manager Thomas Reinhold. The latter's day job is basically looking after Mclaren F1's and Mercedes Mclaren SLR's and he brought the recently unveiled Mclaren SLR MSO along on the rally. I look forward to joining the event next year if we are available (see below)
Come October it was time for the Daytona to have a service. If anything it was slightly overdue with the delays caused by the pandemic. For personal reasons my usual mechanic was not able to carry out a service so I instead booked it in with my friends at Pendine Works up in Warwickshire. Pendine carry out mechanical work on a number of classic cars and also prepare them for historic racing. Previously they have looked after a couple of Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas so I knew the Daytona was in good hands.
The trip to Pendine is a little over 100miles which normally would be not problem, but the day I picked to go up there was the same day the fuel truck drivers shortage problems arose in the UK. As a result the 1st 3rd of the journey was somewhat stressful and almost abandoned until I was able to find a petrol station still supplying the V Power fuel the Daytona needs.
Mostly I needed just a basic service and oil change although, but I also asked Pendine to investigate a brake judder at speed and a little bit of play in the steering. The brakes turned out to be a heavily warped disc and I elected to have all of the brake discs and pads replaced. This actually delayed the whole service as it took a while to source the correct brakes from Ferrari. The first batch turned up with the correct part numbers but they must have come from different batches as the finish on each was quite different so they had to be returned and a new set supplied from the same batch. It is worth remembering that even as manufacturers set up their own classic certification programmes, most of the work and parts they supply are outsourced and the parts supply and quality may vary as a result.
The play in the steering, which may have been a by product of my encounter with a pothole last year, was corrected with some tightening up of the steering box. All this along with twelve new spark plugs and some attention to the distributors resulted in a hefty 4 figure bill although the vast majority of it was in parts rather than labour.
With all the delays in sourcing parts I was not able to get the car back until early December, which is not the ideal weather to drive the Daytona as it does not like the cold and the roads now had a layer of salt on them. Fortunately we were able to pick a clear and dry, if not warm, day and I was able to make the trip home without incident. It did need a proper clean up to get the salt off the car before putting it away in the dehumidified and heated garage for the winter.
Changes for 2022
As I have eluded to in previous articles, It is highly likely that my work will mean an extended multi year relocation to the United States in 2022. It's not really practical for us to take the Daytona with us so it will mean it will go into an extended period of storage while we are overseas. This will no doubt mean that instead of regular use over the year the car will have short periods of more intense use when I'm back visiting in the U.K. I will continue to report as and when I get to drive her next year. I will finish off this update with a few more pictures of the Daytona captured during the year.