All-Female Ferrari Rally Revs Up In SF, Raises Cash And Curiosity

By Carolyne Zinko
San Francisco Chronicle

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Seven fierce females joined forces for a 3 day race car rally (not only because they are totally cool) but to raise funds for a nonprofit benefiting underprivileged high school girls.

San Francisco Chronicle

Seven women gunned the engines of their high-performance Italian race cars on the top of Nob Hill on Friday — an “I am woman, hear me roar” salute — before taking off for Santa Barbara in a history-making, first all-female Ferrari rally in the U.S.

Clad in jumpsuits, sunglasses and metallic shoes to lend feminine flair to their $1.4 million LaFerraris and $260,000 458 Spiders, the group had plans to shop, dine at winemaker dinners and take a helicopter tour once at Bacara Resort & Spa. But the real purpose of the trip, which cost participants $5,000 each through donations or sponsorships, was to raise money for the Prancing Ponies Foundation, a nonprofit benefiting underprivileged high school girls.

Their route on the three-day rally, which began at the Fairmont Hotel, took them through downtown to Interstate 280 and south on Highway 1, a roughly 350-mile leg they are to repeat in reverse when returning Sunday. The high-performance cars outside the hotel drew dozens off gawkers who snapped photos and took videos to capture the earsplitting sounds of the engines.

“We are creating women leaders one girl at a time by raising funds to send them abroad to help them develop their self-esteem and self-confidence so that someday they are leaders and can own and race their own Ferraris,” said Chanterria McGilbra, a North Bay pharmaceutical executive who created the foundation and organized the rally.

McGilbra bought her first Ferrari last year with stock options from work and credited her experience abroad — earning a master’s degree in business from the International University of Monaco in 2007 — with improving her self-confidence.

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