R THE RAMPANT HORSE
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.