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Earthquake auction Ferrari 599 XX Evo handed to Google’s Benjamin Sloss

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700

The Ferrari 599 XX Evo auctioned by Ferrari to raise funds for the earthquake in the Emilia Romagna region has been handed to Benjamin Sloss of Google.

Back in May, following the earthquake in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, Ferrari ran an auction to raise funds to help victims of the earthquake’

Amongst the items put up for auction by Ferrari were an F60 nose-cone and an F2008 engine, but the star lot was a brand new Ferrari 599 XX Evo, Ferrari’s track-day only testbed for all things Maranello.

The winner of the 599 XX Evo turns out to be a deep-pocketed Google VP – Benjamin Sloss – who forked out €1.4 million for his new plaything (which was almost a bargain price) and, as part of the auction offering, he was rewarded for his generosity with a presentation of his new Ferrari at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo was on hand to present the 599 XX to Sloss and his wife, Christine, at Monza together with Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Under normal circumstances, being presented with your new Ferrari by the Ferrari boss would be a one-off meeting, but Benjamin Sloss hasn’t just bought a new Ferrari, he’s bought in to Ferrari’s Corse Clienti scheme.

That means Ferrari will be transporting his car round the world’s tracks for his delight and delectation, so the chances of Benjamin Sloss bumping in to Montezemolo, Alonso and Massa again are quite high.

In fact, they could all come together at the next Ferrari Corse Clienti outing at Silverstone later this month.

By Cars UK