Y OU MIGHT remember Gabriel from our May issue. He’s the 13-year-old guitar player who wrote to the Wheels Inbox to tell us how much he loved the magazine, and how he especially loved Ferrari. Gabriel is such a passionate Tifoso that when he busks at the local market he has a sign on his guitar case that says “all proceeds to my Ferrari”.
We applaud such dedication and entrepreneurship, so with help from Ferrari Australia, we wanted to fastforward his timeline a little.
Which is how we found ourselves at Gabriel’s front door on a chilly autumn morning, the deep bass of a red F8 Tributo doing its best to give away our position. Our arrival was a surprise (Gabriel’s parents were in on the plan) and seeing the unbridled shock and elation on Gabriel’s face delivered the kind of heart-warming positivity we could all use more of.
Gabriel quickly displayed he knew the F8 Tributo’s key performance metrics before saying “I love the V8 models but I’m not sure about the new hybrid one…”
A quick drive completed the surprise, after which Gabriel made a sobering calculation. “That was breathtaking! I’ve been dreaming about this car and now I just have to multiply my busking savings by 500!”