Cavallino magazine 102

December 1997 / January 1998

  • Language: American English American English
  • Editor: John W. Barnes Jr.
  • Publisher: Cavallino Inc.
  • Publication: Softcover | 208 x 277 mm | 64 pages
  • Code: ISSN 0889-2504

The Enthusiast's Magazine of Ferrari

On the cover the Ferrari 712 Can-Am, s/n 1010, photographed in California Marc Sonnery

Table of Contents

3 Ecco
6 Lettere
Keith Bluemel John Starkey, Alexis Callier, Marcel Massini, Antoine Prunet   Courtesy of Garage Francorchamps, Alberto Sorlini / The Klemantaski Collection
9 Luigi Villoresi
A towering figure passes on, all will miss him

Luigi "Gigi" Villoresi was born in Milano on May 16, 1909, and was considered one of the most prominent Italian race car drivers in the world. Gigi shared with his older brother, Emilio, or "Mimi", an innate passion for auto racing, and as a result it was no surprise when in 1933 the two brothers started racing as an endurance team at the wheel of a Fiat Balilla.

Pietro Castiglioni   Courtesy of Pietro Castiglioni
Luigi Villoresi, a Memorial - A few words on his passing by Pietro Castiglioni
12 Breaks your heart, doesn't it?

A picture of Ferrari's own scrap yard at the Factory in Maranello, where they deposit many of the prototypes, but mainly it is for all the cars that had to be crash tested to meet the impact requirements of various countries around the world.

Courtesy of Spy-der
Ferrari 275 GTB/4 honored on 30th Anniversary

In all the fuss over Ferrari's 50th, the four cam was nearly overlooked, except by a small group of owners in California. Long time Ferrari friend and four cam owner Patrick Ottis organized a weekend of touring for other owners like himself who enjoy driving these special cars. They left from the San Fransisco area and headed up the coast road all the way to the redwoods at the "Avenue of the Giants."

Guy Mangiamele
13 A small, but select, line up honors Ferrari

The big year for Ferrari at Monterey was 1994, of course, but this year of 1997 could not pass without something special happening, since it is Ferrari's 50th Anniversary. At Pebble Beach, there was an exclusive exhibit of some rare Ferraris, covering the entire range of Ferrari history, included were the 166 Spyder Corsa, s/n 002 C, and the F50 GT1, s/n 001.

David Newhardt
12 New F1 gear change system introduced

There were no new Ferraris to show at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, but Ferrari did introduce a novelty: the electro-hydraulic, steering wheel mounted, gear changing and clutch activating system known as "F1", for its production cars. There are two paddels behind the steering wheel, one shifts up for you, the other shifts down.

Hugo Garritsen
13 100 points at Pebble Beach - attaining the impossible
Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, s/n 0002 M

The grounds at this prestigious event are always impressive, and when the weather is good, the setting is hard to match. There is a Ferrari class there, of course, and this year it was won by the early 166 MM, s/n 000 M, owned by Bob Lee. In addition, the car gained a solid 100 points, something which has happend only on other time in the history of Ferraris at Pebble Beach.

David Newhardt
12 Customized Ferraris now available from the Factory

At the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, Ferrari introduced the "Carrozzeria Scaglietti" program, in which customers can have their Ferraris customized to their personal tastes, picking from an initial list of forty three available options. These include different interior seats, dash treatments, color schemes, and the use of carbon fibre for many of the structural components.

Andreas Birner
13 Ferrari Club of America, Pacific Region - 1997 Vintage Ferrari Concours
Concours Italiano, Carmel Valley, California - August 15, 1997
Gerald Roush, Ed Gilbertson, Sherry Lindberg
Ferraris at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Pebble Beach, California - August 17, 1997
Gerald Roush, Ed Gilbertson, Sherry Lindberg
18 Racing on a country road

When road racing resume in America after World War II, that revival took place on public roads in New York, at Watkins Glen in 1948 and Bridgehampton in 1949. Watkins rivaled such classic European venues as Spa in Belgium in terms of length, topography and driver challenge, but these early U.S. road circuits were not destined to survive.

Michael T. Lynch   Tom Burnside
20 Porfirio Rubirosa, his life and loves (and fondness for Ferraris)
This gregarious man led a playboy's life but still found time to race Ferraris

In the early twilight of July 6, 1965, a metallic grey Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet drives through the city park of Paris, the Bois de Boulogne, on the Avenue de la Reine Marguerite. The fatigued driver steers the exclusive sports convertible with so much champagne in his blood and at such high speed, that he loses control, and slides, crashing it into a tree on the avenue.

Marcel Massini   Keystone Photos, Marcel Massini Collection, Joe Smith, UPI Cablephoto
25 Ferrari 712 CanAm, s/n 1010
This interesting experiment housed the largest engine ever made by Ferrari

Ferrari's on-again, off-again affair with the remote and elusive, yet surprisingly attractive Canadian-American Challenge never received the concentration, means and impetus afforded by Ferrari for Formula One and Le Mans. The succession of Can-Am specials dis, however, culminate in the one-off 712, s/n 1010, which stands still today in Maranello history as the largest engined Ferrari ever made.

Marc Sonnery   Marc Sonnery
34 A Petit Pinin Farina!
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter, s/n 0263 EU

At the 1994 Cavallino Classic Concours, amidst dozens of red, aggressively shaped Ferraris, one unassuming two tone blue automobile went unnoticed by most casual observers and photographers, with the exception of one small group; the concours judges. It was thus to the surprise of many that, as the awards reached their zenith, the Best of Show cup went to none other than our subject: the 1952 212 Inter Coupe.

Marc Sonnery   Marc Sonnery
42 Le Mans in 1968, a remembrance
What is was like to drive a 250 LM in the great French 24 Hour Classic

In 1967, I had expected to compete at Le Mans, while I was a team driver at Ferrari. This not unreasonable assumption was based on the fact that I had been entrusted with all the preparatory testing of the works P4s and customer P3s, both at Modena, and subsequently at Monza, where I had been faster at night than during the day, which caused some dark mutterings chez Engineer Forghieri and company, but was only, in truth due to my increasing confidence with the car.

Jonathan Williams   Klemantaski Collection, Jonathan Williams, Alvar Young
44 Carrera Panamericana Special is presented
Ferrari 340/375 MM, s/n 0286 AM

After a several year restoration, Bruce McCaw brought his unique 340/375 to Monterey to share with everyone the re-introduction of this classic. Long burried in the ground (!), this rare racers was finally unearthed two years ago by Bill Noon, and all the pieces were bought by Mr. McCaw. Pete Lovely's shop in Washington was charged with bringing the car back to its condition as raced in the 1954 Carrara Panamericana, with that unique rear fin.

Stephen Schwartz
Laguna Seca never fails to impress
California - August 15-17, 1997

Even when it's not a special Ferrari year, as in 1994, many great racing Ferraris still partake in the Monterey Historic Races. Year in, year out, it's the same hearty band of competitors who bring some really vintage cars, and go racing with them.

Gerald Roush, Alan Boe   Kyle Burt
45 Ferrari Club of Japan sponsorship bears fruit

At the fourth All Japan GT Race at Fuji Speedway recently, two F355s were entered by the Ferrari Club of Japan. The first car, s/n 104466 driven by Tetsuya Ota and Anders Olofsson while the latter we believe to be s/n 100691.

Junichiro Hiramatsu   Junichiro Hiramatsu
46 Yes, they almost made it - what can one say
Formula One Championship

Italian Grand Prix - September 7, 1997 Austrian Grand Prix - September 21, 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix - September 28, 1997 Japanese Grand Prix - October 12, 1997 Grand Prix of Europe - October 26, 1997

Jean-François Galeron
45 WSC Ferraris storm Canada

In one of their strongest displays of power yet, four Ferrari F33 SPs came to Mosport and did very well, wining the pole and the race. The eventual winners were Morgan and Fellows in s/n 004, taking the victory after the car of Dibos and Velez, s/n 003, ran out of gas while leading, Moretti and Theys in s/n 016 were fourth after a good run, but the s/n 010 of Hermann and Montermini broke its suspension late in the race after fighting for the lead.

Spyro Cacoutis
47 Galleria
Special services for the Ferrari enthusiast
45 Ferrrari-Porsche Challenge ends the year mixed

Ferrari F40s and F355s campaigned bravely against an onslaught of 911 Porsches, but were overwhelmed. Part of the problem, of course, it that the F40s are getting old: they are still reliable, but their technology is not up to date. Everyone longs for an F50 GT but Ferrari still says no.

Hugo Garritsen   Hugo Garritsen
Ferrari Challenge reaches South America

This series for the Ferrari F355s has been successful beyond anyone's wildest dream. Starting in Europe, it quickly spread to North America, then to Japan, and eventually southeast Asia. This year a series began in Venezuela under the auspices of the Ferrari importer: it is titled the "Copa Ferrari Challenge." Seven races were run in 1997, with the overall winner on points being Fernando Baiz in s/n 107828.

Courtesy Francois Guerin
62 Mercato
The market as of December 1, 1997, from a survey of selected dealers