In light of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary, Ferrari Malaysia (Naza Italia) recently held a grand gala dinner at the historical Fort Cornwallis in Georgetown, Penang to commemorate seven decades of the Prancing Horse. The event was organized in tandem with the global celebration of Ferrari’s 70th year in existence.

It began with a grand rally of Ferraris travelling in unison from Naza Italia’s Showroom in Kuala Lumpur to Penang’s UNESCO World Heritage site. As one of the largest of its kind held locally, the rally provided an unforgettable driving experience for participating Ferraristi, not to mention other travellers on the road that caught sight of the supercar convoy. The Ferraris arrived to a delighted crowd of awaiting Ferrari enthusiasts and an auspicious lion dance. The 50 Ferraris then lined up in an impressive formation along Jalan Padang Kota Lama, just in front of the Penang City Hall. Ferrari owners were treated to a variety of sumptuous local fare from hawker stalls specially set up on site for the occasion.

The 70th Anniversary festivities that took place all over the world were not only about honoring Ferrari’s history; the event was meant to inspire all to look ahead to the brand’s future and more milestones.

Naza Italia offered a glimpse of that during an elegant gala dinner at Fort Cornwallis, where it introduced the limited edition LaFerrari Aperta , the special series model launched to mark Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary. This exclusive and historical venue made for a fitting location at which to mark such a prestigious occasion. Esteemed Ferrari clients were picked up from their hotel by trishaw and brought to the location, where they were given a traditional Chinese drum welcome.

During the course of the evening, guests enjoyed a dance performance, serenades by a live band, and later in the evening were also entertained by a DJ. Several cars of Ferrari’s yesteryears, including the Ferrari 328 GTB, Ferrari Mondial & Ferrari 348 were displayed on the grounds, as a nod to the Cavallino Rampante’s past.

As part of its corporate social responsibility program and through its charitable foundation, Yayasan Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Naza Italia presented cheques for a total donation of RM105,000 to three homes in Penang: Pusat Jagaan Permata Kasih, St. Joseph’s Home and The Salvation Army Penang Children’s Home.

As the symbol and iconic model of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary, the LaFerrari Aperta is presented at every stage of the ceremonies worldwide. This special series model is a limited edition spider version of the LaFerrari supercar. The LaFerrari Aperta is dedicated to the most loyal of Ferrari customers and with only 209 units developed; it is a feature of utter exclusivity.

The supercar effortlessly combines extraordinary performance with the unique exhilaration of open-top driving. It is equipped with the same hybrid power unit as the coupé: an 800 cv 6,262cc V12 engine (specific power output of 128 cv/l, compression ratio 13.5:1) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor for a total power output of a 963 cv.

Ferrari Malaysia’s celebrations are part of a busy calendar of events happening in 60 countries across the globe. In a grand total of 70 events, clients and enthusiasts of the marque are being treated to specially crafted activities that honor the iconic luxury brand. As one of the cornerstones on which the Ferrari story was founded, “Driven by Emotion” is the theme of every tribute. The anniversary celebrations will culminate in Maranello on the weekend of 9 – 10 September.