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Ferrari Visits Monaco Historics

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Organized since 1997 by the Automobile Club de Monaco, this biennial event takes place two weeks before the modern F1 Grand Prix. This is a real sprint race, designed for worldwide collectors, nostalgic enthusiasts, drivers, spectators and ardent supporters of the former days’ machines.

Within two and a half days, from the afternoon of Friday the 9th to Sunday May 11th, 2014, the Principality of Monaco transformed itself into a real temple to turn back the clock, with its Grand Prix de Monaco Historique now in its ninth edition. It was, indeed, about 50 years of motor racing commemorated, through seven exceptional series, with the respective races scheduled on Sunday.

Entered in the Class B for Pre-1961 Grand Prix Cars and F2, Tony Smith and his Dino 246 F1, c/n 0788, while qualified in tenth place, could not regrettably take the start of the race.

Next on the program was the Serie C for Sports Cars from 1952 to 1955 (a change from the previous editions), where seven Ferraris were entered. They finished rather far in the classification, as for instance David Franklin’s 225 S, c/n 0168 ED, and Roberto Crippa’s 340 MM, c/n 0294 AM, respectively 18th and 19th.

The public could enjoy for the second time in a row the rare 512 F1, c/n 0008, but after a good third spot on the grid in the Class D for F1 GP Cars 1500 cc from 1961 to 1965, its driver Joseph Colasacco had to retire prematurely in Sunday race with gearbox troubles.

Two Ferraris participated in the Serie E for F1 GP Cars from 1966 to 1972 – Franco Meiners finished tenth at the wheel of the 312 B3 Spazzaneve, c/n 0009, while John Goodman and his 312 B2, c/n 5, knew a sad fate when lapped by a leader. The driver was judged responsible for the wheel to wheel accident for having changed line, and was excluded from the meeting, while the car was badly damaged against the barrier.

The Class F for F1 GP Cars from 1973 to 1978 had three Ferraris entered – the 312 T lost its entire oil from the Casino back to the paddocks on one of his first laps covering the entire track with oil, sending several cars in the guardrails – but only one started, with Chris Mac Allister’s 312 T2, c/n 026, which had to retire just after the start.

Excepting these rather poor Ferrari results, the Automobile Club of Monaco managed to bring yet another good edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, an event not to be missed for worldwide collectors and classic motorsport fanatics, where they were able to admire a field of entries from all over the world, bringing together rare models and passionate drivers who took part in true competition.

Source: Information from Arnaud Blanfuney - Image from Olivier Bidaud

FERRARIS IN THE 9TH MONACO HISTORIC GRAND PRIX – MAY 9-11, 2014…
COMPILED BY ARNAUD BLANFUNEY

Number – Model – Chassis – Driver – Serie – Result
# 20 – 246 F1 – 0788 – Tony Smith (GB) – B – DNS
# 48 – 225 S Vignale Berlinetta – 0164/ED – Najeeb Khan (USA) – C – DNF
# 50 – 225 S Vignale Berlinetta – 0168/ED – David Franklin (GB) – C – 18 °
# 52 – 250 MM Berlinetta PF – 0298/MM – Arnold Meier (CH) – C – 28 °
# 54 – 340 MM Touring Spyder – 0294/AM – Roberto Crippa (I) – C – 19 °
# 56 – 500 Mondial – 0536 MD – Michael Roder (D) – C – 30 °
# 58 – 625 TF Vignale Spyder – 0304/TF – Juan Quintano (E) – C – DNS
# 60 – 750 Monza – 0504/M – Richard Frankel (GB) – C – DNQ
# 12 – 512 F1 – 0008 – Joseph Colasacco (USA) D – DNF
# 4 312 B3 Spazzaneve – 0009 – Franco Meiners (I) – E – 10 °
# 7 – 312 B2 – 5 – John Goodman (USA) – E – Excluded
# 1 – 312 T2 – 026 – Chris Mac Allister (USA) – F – DNF
# 11 – 312 B3 – 015 – Richard Dean (GB) – F – DNQ
# 12 – 312 T – 021 – Jean Guittard (F) – F DNQ