I'm on the last leg of a three-day dash from Ferrari's Maranello factory to the Festival of Speed at Goodwood. Ferrari wanted to demonstrate the California and F430 Scuderia Spider 16M on the Goodwood hillclimb this weekend, and thought it might be a good idea to let journalists act as delivery drivers.

I'm not the most prolific trans-continentall driver, so this has been something of an experience.

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Despite its reputation, the Scuderia is neither a handful or an uncouth beast. In fact, it has been a surprisingly civilised companion even on long motorway drags across central France.

So now I'm off for Calais and the Eurotunnel, before taking on the M25 and getting the Ferrari to Goodwood in pristine condition.

There's no doubt, though, this has been the delivery drive of a lifetime.

And you can read about it in next week's magazine.

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