“After Monza, coming here to visit Ferrari, which I consider the greatest auto name in the world, really was the cherry on the cake,” declared Texan Governor Rick Perry who, together with his wife, Anita, enjoyed a long and cordial chat with the Ferrari Chairman in Maranello. During the aforementioned meeting, Mr Perry also explained that Ferrari is seen as the very epitome of Made in Italy quality in the United States.
The Governor was also fascinated by the huge amounts of natural daylight and extensive green areas in the Maranello complex. Having visited the production departments and met the people that work there, he also declared himself intrigued by the care lavished on the design of the various factory spaces created as part of the Formula Uomo programme launched by Luca di Montezemolo in the mid-1990s. “It feels like you’re in the open air, that you’re in the middle of a lovely forest. It’s an excellent working environment. Ferrari’s employees mustn’t be able to wait to get to work in the mornings!” he commented.
No visit to Ferrari would be complete with a first-hand experience of what all that hard work produces, so Governor Perry was treated to a few laps of the Fiorano Circuit. His spin in the multi-award-winning 458 Italia and the F12berlinetta also gave him a unique insight into the marriage of power, elegance and innovation that are the Prancing Horse signatures par excellence.
“The visit was a fantastic exhibition of works of art, artisan craftsmanship and hospitality” is how he summed his day during which he was also flanked by Dr Mauro Ferrari, CEO of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston.
The Governor’s next date with the Prancing Horse has already been set: on November 18th, he hosts the 19th and penultimate round of the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship which sees the Formula 1 cars return to the United States after a five-year absence.