R THE RAM­PANT HORSE

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Bas­ti­aan Kelfkens, and stands for “South­ern Equito­rial Fer­rari Au­to­mo­bili Club” – with the let­ter ‘i’ in Equito­rial de­not­ing the equine con­nec­tion with the home of the Ram­pant Horse (“Il Cavallino Ram­pante”).

SEFAC cur­rently has around 450 mem­bers, a record num­ber for the club, whom Maruc­chi says are all de­voted mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts and range from “cap­tains of in­dus­try to those who have scraped their sav­ings to­gether for the dream of own­ing a Fer­rari.” There are no con­di­tions for be­ing part of SEFAC other than own­ing a Fer­rari and hav­ing a true pas­sion for the car and ev­ery­thing it rep­re­sents. The an­nual mem­ber­ship fee is R750, which in­cludes sub­sidised events and SEFAC’s an­nual glossy mag­a­zine. Of the 15 or so events that SEFAC holds ev­ery year, the most pop­u­lar by far is the an­nual track day at Kyalami, dur­ing which drivers get to ex­pe­ri­ence the high per­for­mance and pure speed that de­fines the iconic brand. This year, 180

Fer­raris graced the Kyalami track, which must have been a rather spe­cial sight. “We are a very wellestab­lished and re­spected club glob­ally, and the most suc­cess­ful in the coun­try by a long shot,” adds Maruc­chi. “Bri­tain, for ex­am­ple, is one of the top mar­kets for Fer­rari, and [SEFAC’s] events are far su­pe­rior in both their or­gan­i­sa­tion and at­ten­dance.” SEFAC mem­ber­ship can also open many door­ways, not to men­tion the fac­tory door in Maranello, but also to many like-minded peo­ple whom Maruc­chi says of­ten be­come not only friends, but busi­ness part­ners. (At Fin­week, we agreed that net­work­ing while sur­rounded by gleam­ing red Fer­raris cer­tainly beats traips­ing around a golf course!) And for those who think that SEFAC is one of those snooty “old boys’” clubs for the wellminted, Maruc­chi quickly dis­pels that no­tion. “We have fe­male mem­bers as well,” he ex­plains, “and you can now buy a sec­ond-hand Fer­rari for R300 000, which is roughly the price of a sec­ond-hand Golf GTI.”

Be warned, how­ever, that this club is not for posers, just for the passionate.

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