10 Settembre 2017Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille (Fra)
Luogo: France - France
Sito internet: www.peterauto.peter.fr/
Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille is celebrating Ferrari’s 70th
anniversary with an exceptional retrospective retracing Maranello’s
history at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Some 30 cars that have taken part in the
race will be on display on Le Nôtre’s lawns at the chateau.
Celebrating Ferrari’s 70th anniversary by retracing the make’s history
at the Le Mans 24 Hours was a logical move for Peter Auto, which organises
Le Mans Classic every two years in association with the Automobile Cub de
l’Ouest. It was also a big challenge taking into account the fact that
the Italian make has racked up 407 entries in 56 events in the Sarthe
since 1949! Ferrari’s overall results include 9 outright victories and
21 category wins (the most recent this year in LM GTE Am), but there have
been a few setbacks along the way.
The Peter Auto team is proud to announce the presence of around 30
Ferraris that have left their mark on the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours
from 1950 to today. They will be in competition in the different classes
of the Concours d’Etat at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. Here
follows a brief description of the different cars on show.
Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (0728TR)
In 1958, this car with aerodynamic bodywork designed by Pininfarina and
made by Scaglietti broke the D-Type Jaguar’s domination of the Le Mans
race. The 250 TR in the hands of Olivier Gendebien and Phil Hill gave the
Scuderia its third victory in the Sarthe.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competition (2129GT)
First triple for Ferrari and victory in the Grand Touring class in 1961,
but this car run by the Equipe Nationale Belge didn’t have much luck as
it retired due to an accident in the fifth hour. It didn’t really matter
as it had already written its name in the legend of motor racing by
winning the Tour de France Auto in 1960.
Ferrari Breadvan (2819GT)
Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti were fired by Ferrari so they joined up
with Count Giovanni Volpi in 1962. The pair set themselves the challenge
of beating the Scuderia with a short-chassis 250 GT (2nd in the Tour de
France Auto in 1961). The result of their handiwork was this amazing
looking machine nicknamed the “Breadvan” that retired in the fourth
hour (transmission failure) after making a good start to the race.
Ferrari 250 GTO (4293GT)
Ferrari put on a brilliant display at Le Mans in 1963 as his cars filled
the first six places in the 24-Hours race. But it was all thanks to
private teams like the Équipe Nationale Belge which brought this 250 GTO
home in second position overall with victory in the Grand Touring category
to boot! This car also won the Spa 500 Km with Willy Mairesse at the
Dino 166P/206P (0834)
Enzo Ferrari created the Dino so as not to devalue the Ferrari name whose
cars were powered almost exclusively by V12 engines. The 166P had a small
1600 cc V6 under the bonnet so it was completely outclassed by the
larger-engined machines. In the hands of F1 driver Giancarlo Baghetti it
retired after only two laps due to engine failure.
Ferrari 330 P4 (0858)
The P4 often considered as the most beautiful racing car in the history of
motor sport competed in the “Race of the Century” in 1967. The outcome
of the memorable battle between Ford and Ferrari was victory for the
American giant and the Scuderia was defeated. Mike Parkes and Ludovico
Scarfiotti brought this car home in second place.
Ferrari 312 P (0872)
There were no works Ferraris at Le Mans in 1968. The following year the
Scuderia was back having built a car that complied with the new 3-litre
regulations for prototypes. On lap 1 Chris Amon ran over debris from the
Porsche 917 which John Woolfe had crashed at Maison Blanche. The 312 P was
rebuilt and sold to the N.A.R.T team that had an unsuccessful outing with
it in 1970.
Ferrari 512 S Spyder (1002)
Twenty-five 5-litre 512 Ss were built to obtain homologation in Group 5
(5-litre prototypes). The cars were then sold to various private teams
including the Escuderia Montjuich. This yellow Ferrari retired in 1970
(accident) and 1971 (gearbox) although it finished second in the 1971 Tour
de France Auto.
Ferrari 512 S Berlinetta (1016)
This car was one of the stars of Steve McQueen’s film Le Mansshot in the
summer of 1970. It looked marvellous in its long-tail version and it also
stood out because of the bubble in the roof to accommodate the tall Mike
Parkes. In the race the Englishman collided with two other Ferraris in
Ferrari 312 PB (0892)
After the withdrawal of the Prancing Horse the previous year the
long-awaited duel between Ferrari and Matra took place in 1973. The 312PB
made its Le Mans debut a year after its construction. Driven by Carlos
Pace and Arturo Merzario this car led the race after 6 hours, but was
overtaken by the Pescarolo-Larrousse Matra and finished second.
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione S2 (15373)
The Daytona was a true grand tourer and not a road-going car derived from
racing which was Ferrari’s policy at the time. The Daytona 365 GTB/4
Competizione had an exceptionally long life and was raced in the Le Mans
24 Hours by private teams between 1971 and 1978. This car finished eighth
in 1972 driven by Derek Bell, Teddy Pilette and Richard Bond.
Ferrari 308 GT4/LM (08020)
At the end of 1973 Ferrari gave up endurance and left it up to privateer
teams like N.A.R.T. to run his cars. The latter transformed this series
production 308 GT4 into a racing car. Its two Le Mans outing were both
setbacks due to clutch failure in 1974 and non-qualification in 1975.
Ferrari 512 BBLM (32129)
For the first time since 1949 there were no Ferraris at the start of the
24-Hour race in 1976. Once again the make owed its return to N.A.R.T,
which brought along a 512 BB prepared to American Championship IMSA
specifications. This imposing-looking machine raced in the Sarthe from
1979 to 1982, but was unable to match Porsche mainly due to a fragile
gearbox. This model entered by Charles Pozzi finished 10th in 1980.
Ferrari F40 LM (74045)
The BPR Championship was responsible for the return of Grand Touring cars
in force to Le Mans. Several teams opted for the F40 LM, a car that was
initially developed for the IMSA Championship. While McLaren pulled off a
surprise victory with its F1 GTR beating the prototypes Michel Ferté in
his blue Ferrari could do no better than 12th.
Ferrari 333 SP (019)
The 333 SP, unveiled in 1993, marked Ferrari’s return to
sports-prototype racing after a 20-year absence. But the Scuderia never
entered works cars. In 1998 this 333 SP ordered by Giampiero Moretti
(MOMO) won the Daytona 24 Hours followed by the Sebring 12 Hours. At Le
Mans it was up against tougher opposition and finished 14th. Another
identical model saw the flag in eighth place.
Prodrive Ferrari 550 GTO (108462)
Another private effort. The 550 Maranello was designed at Prodrive in
England and was so successful that it awakened the mother company’s
interest. The latter then began to develop its own cars which it sold to
semi-official teams. In 2003 this car won the GTS class at the Le Mans 24
Hours marking a turning point in the event’s history as it sparked
Ferrari’s official return to GT racing.