The Auto Bugatti #46 Ferrari F430 Challenge Stradale car, driven by race driver Martin Burrowes, from the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli racing series, with an older Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge Stradale in the background, on display on Preston Street (Corso Italia) in Ottawa’s Little Italy during the 2008 Ottawa Ferrari Festival held by the Ottawa chapter of the Ferrari Club of America.
As someone who has photographed Ferrari Challenge races in both Montreal and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, I noticed that Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati seems to be the dealership sponsoring the most cars in the North American Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli racing series. I assumed that this meant that a disproportionately high number of drivers were from Arizona or other southwestern states, but, apparently, they provide cars to Ferrari Challenge drivers from all over North America, as all of the sponsors seen here seem to be from the Montreal area: Auto Bugatti, Burrowes Insurance Brokers (Burrowes Courtiers d’Assurances), Groupe Direct – Services Routiers Spécializés (towing and other emergency road services), Construction CAL: Ceriko, Asselin, Lombardi Inc., and Brossard Location de Camions (truck rentals).
Incidentally, Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli is also the title of the videogame from System 3 and Activision that I’ve been anticipating more than I have ever anticipated any other videogame in my long history of videogame anticipation. It’s being released on the Playstation 3, the Nintendo Wii, the Nintendo DS, the Sony PSP, and even the Playstation 2. Unfortunately, due to licensing issues (presumably regarding the Project Gotham Racing series and/or the Forza Motorsports series, both of which make extensive use of the Ferrari license), the game isn’t being released on the XBox 360, the only current-gen system I own, for the time being, but the PlayStation 2 version looks very graphically-impressive for PS2, better than any other game I’ve seen on the system, even better than Gran Turismo 4. I hope the control is as tight as the previous Ferrari-exclusive videogame, Sega/AM2/Yu Suzuki’s Ferrari F355 Challenge: Passione Rossa on the Dreamcast and Playstation 2, a game with a rather punishing learning curve, but I’ve never felt more truly in control of a virtual car than I have with the car in that game. Ayrton Senna’s nephew Bruno Senna was the consultant from Ferrari involved in all stage’s of the game’s development, so it should be as authentic a Ferrari driving experience as can be simulated with a videogame controller (or Wii wheel).
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