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Maranello, 24th July - Kevin Garnett, the leading player with the Minnesota Timberwolves, on a private visit to the Ferrari factory, found it difficult to control his emotions when confronted with a bright blue Maserati 3.2, ...

Maranello, 24th July - Kevin Garnett, the leading player with the Minnesota Timberwolves, on a private visit to the Ferrari factory, found it difficult to control his emotions when confronted with a bright blue Maserati 3.2, bearing his name and that of the team which has made him famous throughout the world Garnett, 25, who measures 2 metres 11 and weighs 98 kilos is one of the stars of American pro basketball. He went straight from High School to the NBA, with a contract worth 120 million dollars over six years and in only his second year as a professional, he played in the All Star Game, doing the same for the following two years. He went into the NBA Top Twenty for the number of points scored, rebounds, number of blocking moves and balls recovered. Garnett, who is in Italy as a guest of personal sponsor, did not miss the opportunity to realise the dream of. millions of lads his age: to get close to Ferrari. Slightly behind schedule, as is expected of great stars from over the Pond, the Timberwolves champion crossed the threshold of the factory, to the amazement of the fans of the Prancing Horse, who usually gather outside the Ferrari area, followed by a crew from the American TV network, ESPN. With him was his manager, relatives and close friends. The giant two metres eleven player, was amazed at the sight of the world championship winning car on display in the foyer. "So small and so fast," he said, studying images of the company's successes, but he was mainly taken with the Maserati, decorated in his honour. "You are all took kind and I am overcome," he said with a slight air of embarrassment. But with that, he was soon looking all over the car and didn't take long to jump inside. This was not the easiest of manoeuvres to achieve and the lanky millionaire did suggest coming up with a "made to measure" version. The same thing happened when he took a look at the Ferraris, especially a bright red 360 Modena. "I don't believe it! Look at this guys, it's got the same gearshift as a Formula 1 car. This is my favourite." With that he launched a barrage of questions of such technical complexity that the Maranello experts had their work cut out to furnish all the answers.

After this, he was taken inside the premises, away from the prying eyes of the camera crews. The American champion signed autographs, shook hands and asked about the difference between the 12 and 8 cylinder machines. "I can't believe this engine puts out so much power! And the speed, it's just incredible." The security staff on hand had their work cut out keeping the entourage of friends and family from straying into areas which were out of bounds, as they tried to glimpse cars being built. Then it was time for more photos with the mechanics and he left with a particular request for a car, "made especially for me." Will his wish come true?

-Ferrari

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