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and we sit six years later in 2010 with a shared passion and excitement in owning such a magnificent prancing horse. We hold a number of activities through the year:

Pleasure Drives, Rally, Track Day at Calabogie, an annual barbeque and of course the impromptu drive organized through phone calls among our members. In the winter of 2005 we began to play with the

idea of creating the FCA Ottawa Ferrari Festival. It was not a new idea. Enrico Valenti and a number of Tifosi had staged such an event in 2004. Over the years it had morphed into the Exotic Car show and away from the original theme. The Preston St. Business Improvement Association (BIA) felt that a return to the Ferrari Festival theme could work if it was properly developed. Mario Giannetti and Lori Mellor from the BIA sat down with us and we decided to re-launch the idea as the FCA Ottawa Ferrari Festival. The FCA Ottawa Ferrari Festival remains our premier

event which attracts Ferraris from Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and upper state New York. It is held annually in June on the last weekend of Italian Week. This partnership -- Preston St. BIA, Italian Week and FCA Ottawa -- attracts crowds of up to 120,000 people over the three-day span. Stuntman Stu is our MC and biggest fan. He keeps coming back year after year to help out. Our Festival is charity-driven. Over the past four

years we have donated $54,000 to Villa Marconi, a Long Term Health care facility which was built by the Italian community of Ottawa. It just seemed natural that we would come together. The Preston BIA remains our presenting sponsor, and a special group of founding

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sponsor companies that include Ferrari Maserati

Quebec, Talos Custom Homes,

Barwood Flooring and Laurysen Kitchens Ltd. continue to believe in the idea which has

allowed us to attract more support within our business

community. The 2010 Festival will kick off on Friday, June

18 at the Calabogie Motorsport Park. Thanks to Marc Steenbakkers and his group, the Ottawa region now boasts one of the premier tracks in North America. Jane Blinn always makes sure that we have a tiptop day. Everyone is welcome to come up and take a look. You

will see street legal Ferraris. Auto Bugatti will be down with Ferrari Challenge cars. We have invited Campagna Motors to join us with their T-Rex Track car, followed by Lamborghinis, BMWs and just about any other high performance driver/car who wants to join us. Saturday June 19 will see a number of activities

on Preston St. We begin at 1 p.m. with the Italian car parade. Delio & Giovanni from Frank’s Auto Centre put on a great event. We usually number between 100 to 150 Italian cars that range from collectable to brand-spanking new. Once again we are working with Ferrari Quebec to unveil the latest Ferrari and Maserati in Ottawa during the festival.

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