The UK’s, and one of the world’s, biggest Ferrari and Maserati dealerships will have its official Grand Opening in Nottingham next Tuesday evening (30 November). Graypaul Nottingham’s lavishly equipped £6.5 million facility in Lenton Lane will host an invitation-only gala reception for 500 VIP guests. The showroom’s regular stock of more than 50 new and pre-owned Maserati and Ferrari cars will make way for this landmark event.
‘The Grand Opening will celebrate the completion of our amazing new facility,’ comments Mario Vignali, Managing Director of Graypaul Nottingham. ‘It will also be a clear signal of what we aim to achieve in the future combined with a ‘thank you’ to all our staff who have worked so hard and to our customers for their loyalty and support.’
After visiting the new facility, Massimo Fedeli, Managing Director of Ferrari Maserati UK Ltd, commented: ‘I am delighted to be part of this historic event, the first new business to be launched since the UK market became part of the Ferrari Maserati Group. Mario Vignali and his team have made a huge investment at Graypaul and the party will certainly be a night to remember for staff and customers alike.’
Graypaul owner Roger Penske, the 67-year old automotive and motorsport legend, Chairman of the UnitedAuto Group and owner of the world’s largest car dealership (in California), will fly in from Detroit to declare Graypaul Nottingham officially ‘open’. Penske will be joined on the stage, standing before a photo-wall depicting the history of both the famous marques, by Massimo Fedeli and Graypaul’s Mario Vignali.
Apart from the glamorous atmosphere, generous hospitality and great company, there will be a host of special automotive attractions on Grand Opening Night. These will include six cars imported for the occasion - a Maserati 250F (arguably the most beautiful F1 car ever made), a Ferrari Ascari (from the Donington Collection), an Enzo Ferrari, plus one of just 25 Maserati MC12s to be made this year, and also a Ferrari F2003-GA single-seater. There will also be a surprise model, the only example in the country, making a rare UK appearance.Published 28 November 2004