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Villoresi and Ascari at Silverstone

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Villoresi and Ascari at Silverstone

Villoresi and Ascari at Silverstone

We are on the starting grid at Silverstone for the second heat of the Daily Express International Trophy on August 20, 1949. Grids were far more relaxed in those days. In this Ferrari 125/F1 is Luigi Villoresi while his teammate Alberto Ascari stands just to his left next to the car. The Trophy was run in two 20-lap heats and a 30-lap final, thereby giving the spectators three Grand Prix races while not over-straining the often prewar cars which would usually made up most of the field in the immediate postwar years. These early Grand Prix...

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Flugplatz

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in F1, Featured, News | Comments Off on Flugplatz

Flugplatz

On the Nordschleife, the north circuit of the Nürburgring, there is a place called Flugplatz, literally “flying place.” It was so-called originally because nearby there was a small airfield used primarily for gliders. However, the entry to Flugplatz involves coming up over a brow at full speed as the road rises up steeply from the long descent of Quiddelbacher-Höhe. Here is Niki Lauda truly flying over that brow in the Ferrari 312T during practice for the 1976 German Grand Prix which would take place on August 1st. He was trying to equal his...

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Monaco GP: Rain Stops Play

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in F1, Featured, News | Comments Off on Monaco GP: Rain Stops Play

Monaco GP: Rain Stops Play

Ferrari 3rd and 4th fastest in FP2 There wasn’t much track action in the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Just 15 minutes in, the red flags came out and later the rain arrived. The cars all had to pit following Roberto Mehri’s accident in the Manor, at the exit to the tunnel and after that, the cars returned to the track in the final minutes of the session, with the weather barely better. Both Ferrari men started out on Softs, setting the third and fourth fastest times, which would still be the case after the long...

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Ferrari Racing Days: Shanghai Spectacle

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ferrari Racing Days: Shanghai Spectacle

Ferrari Racing Days: Shanghai Spectacle

This weekend sees the Ferrari Racing Days make a welcome return to Shanghai, China after last year’s highly successful outing. The Chinese Ferrari Racing Days are the largest Prancing Horse event in the entire area and tens of thousands of spectators are expected to throng the International Circuit for the occasion. In the course of the weekend, both public and Ferrari clients alike will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique sporting spirit and passion that only the Prancing Horse can offer. Star of the show. The Shanghai...

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Blancpain Endurance Series: Silverstone

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Featured, News, Racing | Comments Off on Blancpain Endurance Series: Silverstone

Blancpain Endurance Series: Silverstone

      The Blancpain Endurance Series championship resumes this weekend with its second round at Silverstone, which also counts as the fourth race of the combined Endurance and Sprint championship table. As usual the race has a full quota of Ferraris. The Rinaldi affair. The Silverstone race will see a Ferrari start in the Pro Cup class, the no. 333 of Rinaldi Racing driven by Rinat Salikhov, Marco Seefried and Norbert Siedler. This car won the Monza race in the overall standings but as it had only been entered for the Pro-Am...

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Roger Penske’s Ferrari

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Roger Penske’s Ferrari

Roger Penske’s Ferrari

For the 1971 season Roger Penske and his friend Philadelphia exotic car dealer Kirk White acquired a Ferrari 512S (chassis number 1040) from its American owners who had run it in three 1970 CanAm races. Penske then embarked on one of his typical “unfair advantage” programs of modification. The first step was to convert the 512S to “M” specification which produced a more aerodynamic shape as a berlinetta and having lighter weight fiberglass bodywork fitted, including a rear wing. Two engines were sent to Traco Engineering in California to be...

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The Road to Le Mans: SMP Racing’s Ferrari #72

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on The Road to Le Mans: SMP Racing’s Ferrari #72

The Road to Le Mans: SMP Racing’s Ferrari #72

Today we continue our introduction to the eight Ferrari client team crews set to start in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13. This time we are featuring the GTE-AM class and SMP Racing’s car no. 72. The team. SMP Racing is a Russian team involved in several different motorsport categories. It began competing as Russian Bears in 2007 and, over the years, became a force to be reckoned with in the GT championships. In 2014, it was one of the main players in the International GT Open championship and won the European Le Mans Series with a 458...

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5 Star for the Ferrari 458 Speciale

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on 5 Star for the Ferrari 458 Speciale

5 Star for the Ferrari 458 Speciale

The V8 awarded by Autocar Magazine Ferrari has been honoured once again to receive a 5-star award from Autocar magazine, with the 458 Speciale following in the footsteps of the 458 Italia which also received a 5-star award in 2014. The 458 Speciale is Ferrari’s last naturally-aspirated mid-engined V8 and is destined to be one of the all-time great Ferraris with a long list of industry accolades and awards. In its 5-star road test, Autocar described the 458 Speciale as: “Possibly the most exciting and uncompromising car in the world.” The...

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Ferraris at the Circuit di Piacenza Revival

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ferraris at the Circuit di Piacenza Revival

Ferraris at the Circuit di Piacenza Revival

Report from Correspondent Arnaud Meunier On May 11th, 1947, on Circuito di Piacenza, an important page in the history of the motor car was written: Franco Cortese offered the first turns of the wheel in competition of the 125 S, the first car of the Ferrari brand. In the small-engined class, there was Elio Zagato in a Fiat and Nuccio Bertone in a Stanguellini, two future geniuses of carriage-building. The Ferrari was in first but three laps before the finish it had to give up because of a problem with the fuel pump. Guido Barbieri and his...

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The Road to Le Mans: AF Corse’s Ferrari #83

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in F1, News, Racing | Comments Off on The Road to Le Mans: AF Corse’s Ferrari #83

The Road to Le Mans: AF Corse’s Ferrari #83

Today we begin our run-up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans during which we will introduce the eight Ferrari client teams lining out at the start on June 13. The French race is, of course, an event that’s worth an entire season, a competition that sets up the careers of the drivers, teams and constructors that manage to get their name on its roll of honour. We start our journey with a drum roll of sorts: the GTE-AM class and the highest-numbered Ferrari in the running, AF Corse’s no. 83. The team. AF Corse has been one of Ferrari’s leading client...

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