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Tom Meade was a Californian dreamer who infiltrated Modena’s world-renowned “carrozziere” during the 1960s, creating a stunning series of one-off specials. We remember a man who was as much adventurer as car designer

Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti in front of his California; photo Sin

All that Jazz

Celebrated jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, who began his career playing with Frank Sinatra, recently discovered a whole new and extraordinary sound, that of his Ferrari California. we interviewed him at his home in LA, to find out about his art and his new passion

Chinese conductor Liu Jia stands in front of his 458 Italia; photo Jasper James

Lightning conductor

Under the baton of conductor Lu Jia, a musical score becomes a divine melody, a kind of audio feast: just Like the sound of a Ferrari engine; deep and powerful, from the very soul of the car, dynamically announcing a thousand years of Italy’s history and culture

Creating the right reflection on the windshield; photo Max Sarotto

Picture Perfect Ferrari

The first images that reveal the appearance of a new Ferrari are naturally very important, but how exactly do you photograph a new model? The angles, lighting and the stylistic details that characterise the car are just some of the factors involved in a launch photo shoot. Here, photographer Max Sarotto reveals the secrets

The California on the Swiss mountains; photo Joe Windsor-Williams

The power & the Glory

Two Ferraris, driven by two automotive journalists, on two different journeys. The two eight-cylinder models showcase the very latest in cutting edge Ferrari Technology, with the first going via the test track at Balocco and the second along the hairpin bends of The epic Gran San Bernardo pass. Their joint destination is the incredible Large Hadron Collider, at Cern near Geneva. Second part: California

Christina Hendricks with a Ferrari California; photo Mike Rosenthal

California’s leading lady

Christina Hendricks, female star of Mad Men was never interested in cars, until we took her out in the new Ferrari California

599 GTB Fiorano, photo: Anton Watts

A week to remember

Every August, car collectors and motor racing enthusiasts gather on a gorgeous stretch of the California coast for the Monterey Car Week. Aldofo Orsi tells us what to do and where to go to enjoy the very best of the classic races, exhibitions and auctions

458 Italia, John Lasseter creations

Now that’s animated!

Chief Creative Officer at Disney Pixar, creator of the film Cars and Ferrari enthusiast, John Lasseter was welcomed to Maranello by Felipe Massa who took him for a spin on the track. He returned the compliment with his own inimitable take on several Ferrari models

The foundry, photo: Neil Bridge

We made the first one

What’s involved in building a Ferrari? We flanked Maranello’s own skilled workers through every step of the process, from all the way from the foundry to the turning of the key in the finished car. A unique experience – watch the video footage too.