All I knew of Ferrari World before we had arrived was that they would have the “World’s Fastest Roller Coaster” within a building full of Ferraris. As I had been in the UAE a few days, I would not have believed any less to be true.
As we received our tickets for admission, the brave ones rushed to this “World’s Fastest” or as she is more commonly known, the Formula Rossa. The ride left little in question as we watched group after group go from zero to buzz-lightyear in a blink of an eye. Alas, I must say the ride was incredibly fast but very short lived.
As minds will, ours drifted to another form of sheer adrenaline inducing fun. Earlier in the day, we had noticed a gokart track within the YAS Raceway complex. We had been so fixated on the roller coasters that we had forgotten to manage enough time to fit in a gokart session, but we went anyway.
We arrived at the track and could not get in the karts soon enough. After a brief rules meeting, we promised not to drive too aggressively and we went out to the race track. As we were awaiting the green-light, I couldnt help but hear a concert going on in the distance. I was correct, because Sting was holding a concert on the other side of the nearby Ferrari World complex.
As the green light came closer, I could feel Sting channeling to me a message in a bottle. This message read, you must drift every corner, ride high, turn low, and ram any car that comes in your line. I took Sting’s advice and the race was on…. Apparently, Sting has never met my good friend Zach Johnson as he easily defeated all of us on his way to a first place finish.
YAS Island, its speedways, Ferrari World, the gokarts, and Sting made for one great evening. We were terribly late and nearly cost the class a trip to the Viceroy motel, but as our guide Tony so elegantly put it, “If you had fun, who cares.”