Tuesday, August 01, 2006

This isn't terribly serious but it's a FUN story. I found it over at INSIDE LINE.

Ferrari Sells 400th Enzo and Gives Pope the Proceeds
Date posted: 12-06-2005

ROME — Italian supercar maker Ferrari raised $1.1 million from the sale of its 400th Enzo and donated the money to Pope Benedict XVI on Monday for humanitarian relief. The top-of-the-line Enzo, which was given to Pope John Paul II shortly before his death in April, was sold by Sotheby's for more than double the asking price to an unnamed American collector.

Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo presented Pope Benedict XVI with the check, while Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gave the pope a steering wheel to commemorate the donation which read: "The Formula 1 World Champion's steering wheel to His Holiness Benedict XVI, Christianity's driver. "Benedict XVI reportedly turned down the opportunity to use the Enzo as his personal vehicle, saying he had enough trouble trying to "drive the church.

"What this means to you: The Enzo would have made the ultimate pope-mobile, but Benedict apparently prefers to see the money go to a good cause.

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