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Make-A-Wish Foundation Gives an 11-Year-Old Boy a Ferrari-Filled Day

An 11-year-old boy dreamed of riding in a Ferrari — and the Make-A-Wish Foundation made it happen, hooking him up with two separate rides in the brand’s exclusive LaFerrari supercars, along with a few other exciting moments.

Austin, an 11-year-old Arkansas boy who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (the same disease that Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino had), rode in the cars during a 3-day Ferrari-filled weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area. Austin received his own personalized race suit, participated in racetrack hot laps in the race-ready F430 and 458 Challenge models and took two especially exciting rides in LaFerrari supercars near Sonoma, California. To top things off, Austin also got to meet Maroon 5 front man — and noted exotic-car collector — Adam Levine.

Although Austin didn’t go on record saying which part of his weekend he enjoyed most, we have to assume that it was riding in a LaFerrari — a $1 million-plus supercar and the crown jewel of Ferrari’s road-car lineup.

The event was organized by Make-A-Wish and the Ferrari Owners Group (FOG), a Bay Area-based group of Ferrari owners (whose name plays off of the legendary San Francisco weather). The groups have worked together before, with FOG raising over $500,000 for the charity thus far.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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