Ferrari raises €1.8m for earthquake victims

© Ubaid Parkar, 23 June 2012
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Ferrari will donate €1.8 million to the families of the victims who died in the earthquakes that struck Italy last month after it raised the sum through an online auction.

Of the total amount, €1.4 million came through the sale of an exclusive one-off 599XX. The roadcar, which features a commemorative plaque signed by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and the two Formula 1 drivers, was bought by an American and will be handed over by the drivers at the Italian Grand Prix in September.

A nose cone of the 2009 Ferrari F1 car fetched €23,000 and the engine of the 2008 car, which clinched the constructors' championship, raised €80,000, more than twice the allocated price.

Other items included the helmets of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa and the overalls of Giancarlo Fisichella and even watches from the Italian manufacturer.

Donations were also made by fans and enthusiasts including a Russian who donated €100,000.

"I knew I could count on the big-heartedness of the Ferraristi but they’ve still managed to surprise me once again,” said chairman di Montezemolo. “I would like to thank all the clients, collectors and enthusiasts that did their bit. Their bids have sent out a message of warmth and solidarity to the people in our region affected by this tragedy.”

The twin disasters struck Emilia-Romagna on May 20th and 29th with many perishing at their workplace.


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