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One of the world’s best and most acclaimed classic car rallies, Classic Adelaide, will play host to the world competition debut of the recently released Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano when it is flagged away on November 15.

Unveiled to the public for the first time this year at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the 599 GTB boasts a six-litre V12 engine producing a staggering 620bhp, revving at 7,600rpm.

The all-new Ferrari will be driven by Sydney enthusiast Lindsay Hughes with co-driver Mario Guerrera in the Shannon’s Thoroughbred Tour category of the five day event.

The 599 GTB replaces the 575 Maranello as the latest interpretation of the famous ˆ V12 Berlinetta theme that has produced such classics as the 250 GT, the 275 GTB, and the 365 GTB4.

Although not competing for outright honours at Classic Adelaide, spectators will get the chance to see the 599 GTB in full anger in the Shannon’s Thoroughbred Tour.

The Shannon’s Thoroughbred tour gives participants a chance to enjoy a spirited, non-competitive drive over the full Classic Adelaide closed road course.

With speeds reaching 130km/h on closed road sections expect the magnificent roar of the Ferrari V12 engine to echo through the hills of Adelaide.

Six-time Bathurst 1000 winner and eight-time Targa Tasmania winner Jim Richards will again be competing for outright honours in 2006 in his 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo.

Richards believes that the cars in the Thoroughbred tour like the 599 GTB really add to the atmosphere of Classic Adelaide.

“Vehicles like the Ferrari really add to the spectacle and from the general publics point of view its fantastic,” said Jim Richards.

Classic Adelaide, with a field of 291 cars, gets underway on Wednesday the 15th of November with the prologue on a shortened version of the Adelaide Grand Prix circuit around Victoria Park, with the first competition car to be flagged away at 12.30pm.
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