- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 23, 2003

They felt the need … the need for speed. At the very least, the need to gawk at a machine, painted in luscious red, that was built for road-scorching at 200 mph.

The proprietors of Ferrari Maserati of Washington, a David Cox-designed complex near Washington Dulles International Airport, introduced a limited-edition Enzo Ferrari Wednesday night and invited a select set of “supercar” mavens to lick their chops.

The sexy $650,000 conveyance was presented like an infant after baptism. Its owner knew his commodity was red-hot but preferred to remain anonymous. He was happy to comment, however, that Ferrari has “really pushed the performance envelope” with its latest models.

Believe it or not, one can drive the new Enzo under any circumstances, he said — even in rush-hour Washington traffic. (Older Ferraris were prone to overheat in city gridlock.)

Ferrari marketing honcho Richard Sherbert and his Maserati counterpart, Michael Libby, helped dealership owner Allie Ash Jr. emcee the event, while attendees — mostly supercar aficionados and Ferrari or Maserati owners — sampled Italian specialties provided by Fabrizio Aielli, owner and head chef of Teatro Goldoni.

Most of the antipasti and lasagna were devoured early, and at one point, plates and plastic ware could be found only at the far end of the building, opposite the remaining food.

Daniela Anderson of Bethesda, who accompanied her race-car enthusiast husband, Ken,# had a hunch: “They make you walk from end to end so you get to look at the cars,” she said with a laugh.

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