Make-a-Wish Kid Gets Awesome Ferrari Day

There was much excitement this past weekend when the Ferrari Owners Group aligned with Make-A-Wish to make an 11-year-old boy from Arkansas who dreamt of driving in a $1.4 million LaFerrari become reality – and then some!

Austin suffers from Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, the very same disease Alfredo Ferrari (nicknamed Alfredino or Dino) (1932-1956) died of at the age of 24 – Dino was an Italian automotive engineer and the first son of automaker Enzo Ferrari.

Not only did Austin spend a three-day Ferrari- inspired weekend in the San Francisco area, but he:

  • Experienced on- and off-track passenger hot laps in both a retired 430 Ferrari Challenge Car AND a current 458 Ferrari Challenge Car
  • Was presented with his own specially ordered and personalized race suit
  • Drove in not one, but TWO very special and extremely rare LaFerrari ‘hyper’ luxury vehicles on Highway 121 in Sonoma (driven by their owners – car collector David Lee, and owner Christine Sloss)
  • AND, had an unexpected meeting and heartfelt conversation with Grammy-winner and frontman of Maroon 5, Adam Levine!

The ties between Ferrari Owners Group (FOG) and Make-A-Wish® have extended for several years, with FOG having raised more than $500,000 for the charity thus far – and FOG intends to raise an additional $500K this September during their Golden Gate Ferrari Festival, expected to be held September 10th, in the civic heart of San Francisco where an estimated 400 Ferraris, many selected from the finest and rarest collections, will be on display at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza Park, where the streets encircling the Park will be shut down to allow for a truly exceptional event.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at