Working for Ferrari at the age of 18: A young guys dream?


To
work for Ferrari is extraordinary in almost every possible way. When I turned
18 I applied for a job at the local Ferrari dealership. We actually had one in
the little town where I came from. It was a lifelong dream for me.

Sadly,
I was rejected. But then some friends and I were going skiing 6 months later
and, needing money for the trip, I applied again and this time it was a
success.

I was
18 years old when I first sat in a Ferrari. I remember it as if it was
yesterday. It was a blacked out 2014 Ferrari FF with a 6.3-liter V12, with 650
horsepower. For Illustration I have attached a picture of a similar car below,
so you have a clue of what car I am talking about. To drive a Ferrari is an
insane feeling, especially one of the top models. It doesn’t make it less crazy
that I was just 18 at the time.

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The keys to the kingdom

I worked at the dealership for approximately 2.5 years. In the first month or so I would find myself driving all sorts of Ferraris. Getting used to old as well as new models was a major challenge, even though it sounds simple. I had just received my driver’s license.

I
would find myself in a Ferrari from the 1970s and ’80s with manual clutch as
hard a rock and 12-cylindered engine that could explode any second was
exceptionally difficult. And then there was the responsibility of being the one
in charge of closing the shop, making sure the workshop was clean, a big task
for a young guy like me.

I
had no real experience with cars before this and it was my first real job, but
I eventually become pretty good at it. Was I a little proud? You bet I was.

Time
flew as I became better and better at my work.

Meanwhile,
the company was getting more customers. Is there really a clientele for these
cars in little Denmark?  There is. It is
a surprisingly and quickly growing segment.

This
of course meant more and more cars all the time, while we were still located in
the same small building. I have attached a little picture from the garage
underneath the main building, where we stored some of the customers Ferraris
and other special cars. It was a great and cool garage, but eventually it
became too small and sort of chaotic.

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This LaFerrari and other cars stored beneath the Ferrari dealership.

As
I became better at the job, I would be involved in the more challenging tasks.
For example, the rector of a private school attended by the dealer’s son
invited parents to display their cool “summer” cars. You might imagine the
dealer would select something like the 458 Speciale, which was brand new at the
time. Instead, he decided to take both a 458 GT3 Le Mans racer and an F1 car
that was Michael Schumacher’s reserve racer.

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A Jag XJ 220 sits amongst the pre-owned supercars

Neither
of those cars could be driven on the public roads, so they had
to be transported by a large truck. It was truly crazy experience and something
straight out of a movie. Half of the 40 people working at the dealership ended
up lending a hand and it turned out to be more like a racing event than a
relaxing Friday car meet.

Working
at the dealership a couple of days a week meant getting the keys to a Ferrari
and getting to drive. It really is something everyone should have a chance of
trying in their life. I was lucky enough the chance came to me, and I can only
look back at that time with joy and excitement.

Just
before I stopped working there to study at university, the new 488 GTB was
released. We received one and I found myself with the keys in the hand.

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Wanna race?

Nonetheless,
after a couple of years of work, most of it became routine
even as the cars were getting more and more outrageous.

The
number of customers increased and so did our workload. The dealerships added
Maserati and was also dealing in other supercar brands. There were a Porsche
Carrera GT and a Lamborghini Diablo. It was like a like a gift that would never
stop giving.

The
most exclusive car we had in the shop in my time was, without doubt, the
fantastic Ferrari La Ferrari. I think it was owned by the family that owns
Lego, though I’m not sure. Regardless, it was the craziest car I have ever seen
in real life and my all-time favorite Ferrari. The look, the sound, everything
it stands for is why I love it so much.

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The
shop was always packed, and by the time my career there was over it was so
chaotic. The dealer was building a new super shop in a larger town closer to
Copenhagen. The building where I worked was rented out to another brand.

They
turned their minds towards extending the shop but instead they planned to build
a new super shop (see photo) in a larger town, closer to Copenhagen and to
international customers.

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I
feel fortunate to have worked in the dealership when I did. Even though I am
still young, I will always look back at it as one of the best times of my life.





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