• Nov 16, 2009
Last week, we all watched in collective awe as a $1.8 million Bugatti Veyron drove into a pond. While the driver claimed that he was attacked by a pelican, close examination of the video would appear to reveal... no pelican whatsoever. Instead, there's just a supercar inexplicably jumping into a marsh. Today, we've got another head scratcher for you – Luca Montezemolo beaching a Ferrari California.
Luca and the stuck California were at the Ferrari World Finals in Valencia, Spain. The Ferrari and Fiat Chairman was ferrying the Scuderia's brand-new F1 driver Fernando Alonso (who is technically still under contract with Renault) and carryover driver Felipe Massa around the track, waving to the fans. Then – for who knows what reason – Montezemolo decides to not bother with pit lane and just make a ninety degree right hander into a gravel trap. A gravel trap, it should be pointed out, that's used to catch and slow cars spinning out of control at triple digit speeds.

The result is the new Ferrari grand tourer getting stuck like whale. Montezemolo tries spinning the back tires a bit, which only digs them deeper, while Alonso and Massa attempt to push. Sooner than later, track workers show up and all three men escape to safety seated on the back of a blue California. Watch a few different videos of the ordeal, after the jump.

[Source: GT Spirit]







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      • 5 Years Ago
      'Just me, or does anyone else think the "California" is just plain ugly?

      I think it should have been shelved.
      • 5 Years Ago
      actually, all he did want to do was bring Alonso and Massa closer to the fans who were cheering. yet for some unexplicable reason he forgot that track gravel is designed to stop F1 cars...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except their facial expressions are saying: "dude what the eff, where are you going?!?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      They were demonstrating Ferrari's new roadside assistance program. If you are stuck a Ferrari F1 driver will come along to push you out. (although in the US it will likely be Luca Bador) If that does not work another Ferrari will come to pick you up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why Alonso didn't help? Massa did. Alonso is strange guy... maybe not a good team player?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks to me like he wanted to show off on the sand : might have been afraid to do burn outs on the track so he went in the sand, and dug himself in. Funny.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Oh Grampa!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The conversation they were having right before the "beaching".

      Massa: "Hey, did you hear about the Veryon that hit the pond?"
      Alonso: "Really? How did it happen?"
      Montezemolo: "Like this!" *veers off the road into the sand*
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw a low flying pelican go near the vehicle right before Luca veered off!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bellisimo :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm...wtf...did he honestly think he could drive right through it? What a 'tard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      good publicity stunt
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm getting sick just staring at the right rear wheel.
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