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Ferrari Damages Oldest Historic Wall In China

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Ferrari Stunt in China: Gone Awry in 60 Seconds
By MARK MCDONALD
May 9, 2012, 3:54 am


HONG KONG — Luxury cars are viewed with a special disdain in China, and a certain amount of envy, too, of course, as tangible symbols of the country’s widening gap between the rich and the not. Audi A6 sedans (in black) are known to be the choice of party and government officials, for example. Bentleys and Ferraris are also very much in vogue among China’s privileged 1 percenters.

So when a new Ferrari was seen burning rubber on the 14th-century city wall in Nanjing, well, this is how Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, reported it on Wednesday :
China’s online community has displayed its anger over a video of a Ferrari 458 Italia performing “drifts” on the ramparts of the Zhonghua Gate, or Gate of China, in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province. The clip shows the special-edition car, valued at 6 million yuan ($954,000), hoisted onto and driven around the city gate on Sunday night in the run-up to a Ferrari show. The performance left clear tracks on the gate’s brick structure, and cleaners’ efforts to remove them failed on Monday, according to witnesses and Xinhua reporters at the site.
A Youku video clip of the incident is embedded below. The company has issued an apology. Ferrari is marking its 20th anniversary in China with this special model, only 20 of which will be sold in the country. The company says the car has been dipped in a new color that it’s calling “Marco Polo red.” The Nanjing city wall was built during the early Ming dynasty. Only 25 kilometers, or about 15 miles, of the original wall remain intact. “Still, it is the most ancient city wall still standing in China and in the world as a whole today,” according to part of the submission for the wall’s consideration as a Unesco World Heritage site. “It is witness to the brilliant achievements of ancient China in the planning of urban defense facilities, craftsmanship of city wall construction, and overall development of feudal capitals,” the document says. Xinhua said the “unathorized action,” which was staged by the local Ferrari distributor, had not been previously approved by the archaeological authorities. “Yang Guoqing, an expert on ancient city wall protection, believes the violent motion of the sports car could have compromised the inner structure of the gate,” the Xinhua report said, quoting Mr. Yang as saying, “The damage may be invisible at the moment, but very detrimental.”

Source: http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/ferrari-stunt-in-china-gone-awry-in-60-seconds/
Other sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18006291
http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/05/10/oops-ferrari-apologizes-for-damaging-ancient-chinese-wall/
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/ferrari_damages_ancient_chinese_RuFfO44kTVPRAJCdTd axRM

[video=youtube;pxbkUK-XqYs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxbkUK-XqYs[/video]

What's interesting about this is that the PRC routinely bans the word Ferrari from word searches every time there is some mishap involving this brand of vehicle as it usually means that someone who is well connected (ie close friend or relative of someone in high government) fucked up while driving their fancy Italian sports car. Supposedly, the Ferrari word ban has now been placed in effect over this episode too.
 

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these kids live like kings and princes if they committed murder their daddies would clean it up.
 

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these kids live like kings and princes if they committed murder their daddies would clean it up.
In truth, this latest dynasty isn't any different from the preceding ones. In this case, a company that caters to it's need for special toys is shown to have a total disregard for Chinese history and culture. While that's not to be unexpected from a foreign company like Ferrari, the anger that most people have is for the native city officials who allowed this.
 

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In truth, this latest dynasty isn't any different from the preceding ones. In this case, a company that caters to it's need for special toys is shown to have a total disregard for Chinese history and culture. While that's not to be unexpected from a foreign company like Ferrari, the anger that most people have is for the native city officials who allowed this.
A shame that greed and monetary power is placed a higher priority and importance over history and culture, throughout the world.
 
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