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Rally round: The epic long-distance car races to join this year

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Ferrari Cavalcade Classiche

From epic off-road slogs to vintage street trundles, David Green issues a rallying cry for the best long-distance motor races...

Ferrari Cavalcade Classiche

Where/when: Various routes through the finer parts of Italy/September
Who goes: Ferrari lovers and collectors
What to drive: A classic – a 340 America from 1950 would do nicely
Endurance/difficulty: 2/5
Great if... you love Ferraris and good food

What do you do if you have a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder worth around £15 million lying around, itching to be driven? Simple – you secure a ticket to the annual Ferrari Cavalcade Classiche, launched in 2017 to celebrate the maker’s 70th birthday. You’ll need to be invited, but the prestige and provenance of a car like that should get you through the door. In only its third year, the rally is already achieving cult status with a pristine line-up of classic Ferraris, many restored and maintained by the manufacturer’s Classiche department in Modena. Expect a warm, friendly group of knowledgeable global owners – more than 20 countries were represented last year. A German husband-and-wife team came along in their 250, but made it a family a air with their son and daughter making up a separate entry in a baby Dino. Two brothers originally from Belfast, having sampled the first event in a 265 GTB, decided to upgrade for 2018 in a spectacular 750 Monza. The event followed the outstanding coastline of northern Sardinia and the Costa Smeralda. There were themed dinners with a helping of local culture – Sardinian dancers, black berets and lashings of hams, cheese and a glass of the (always good) local wine.

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