Car-tastrophe: Owner ‘in shock’ after Dubai valet crashes rare Ferrari




The valet has admitted hitting the accelerator instead of the brake, according to his colleagues

A rare Ferrari 250GT California Spider has been damaged after it was crashed by a valet in Dubai.

Neil Petch, the owner of the 1962 classic, said he is “in shock” after seeing his prized possession of 10 years lying wounded in the car park of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

The entrepreneur had dropped his car off and was heading to a lunch meeting at La Petite Maison when he got the bad news.

He told 7DAYS: “The friend I was meeting called me from the parking lot,” Petch said. “He said, ‘Neil, what happened to your car?’ I thought he was playing a prank. But he told me I better get down there. And then I saw it…”

While Petch declined to disclose the value of his auto, one of the classy convertibles – like the one famously seen in Hollywood film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ – sold at auction for  $10,894,900 in 2008, and is the most valuable vintage vehicle ever sold under the hammer.

Petch said the irony was that the car in ‘Ferris Bueller’ also features a “valet scene”. But while the attendant takes a joyride in the movie, in this case the driver made the mistake of putting his foot on the accelerator instead of the brake.

Valet attendants from Secure Parking Corporation confirmed the accident.

One of the employees told 7DAYS: “It was the driver’s fault. He admitted it. He pressed the accelerator by mistake.”

And another colleague of the driver said he believes the cost of damages will be docked from the driver’s salary.

“I think it will be a lot and his salary is only around Dhs2,500,” he told 7DAYS.

The company refused to comment.

But Petch said they had been “very professional” and had promised to compensate him for the repairs. However, he does not believe the driver can afford to pay to get it fixed.

He said: “The problem is any damage becomes part of the history of the car – so when you sell it, it matters.

“But I think it will be impossible for him [the driver] to pay it. I think as a business, companies need to take responsibility for their employees.”

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