Cavallino magazine 163

February / March 2008

  • Language: American English American English
  • Publisher: John W. Barnes, Jr.
  • Publication: Softcover | 208 x 277 mm | 96 pages
  • Code: ISSN 0889-2504

The Journal of Ferrari History


On the cover the Ferrari 275 GTB, s/n 09041, photographed somewhere in the heart of Great Britain Keith Bluemel

Table of Contents

2 Ecco
What we have for you in this number 163
3 Cavallino reader services
Making your life a bit simpler
Peter Coltrin / The Klementaski Collection
Attenzione
4 A changing of the guard
The team is reorganized for the new year

On the 12th of November, 2007, Ferrari announced that as of the 1st of January, 2008, Stefano Dominicali will take over from Jean Todt as Director of the Gestione Sportiva. The 42 year old joined Ferrari upon graduation in 1991, and was soon appointed to head of the personnel department in the Gestione Sportiva, before becoming team manager in 1996.

Keith Bluemel   Ferrari SpA
Corse
6 Ferrari in GT racing for 2007
The final GT2 race of 2007 - the finish to a great year for Ferrari in GT2

The sixth and final round of the Le Mans Series was held at the Interlagos circuit in Brazil, three weeks after it had hosted the F1 Grand Prix. This was a long haul trip for the competitors, and this reflected in the smallest field of the season, with only twenty three cars making the journey from Europe, fourteen of which were in the GT2 category, and of these four were Ferraris.

Keith Bluemel
Corse
7 The French GT Championship 2007
FFSA - French GT

Competed in six meetings on six different circuits, the French GT Championship was once again a great success. Some beautiful cars (the series is one of the last in the world to still accept the impressive cars that are the backbone of GT1) with some famous drivers and you thus have some great races with many great battles.

Arnaud Blanfuney   Jean-Bernard Heros
Corse
GT2 clean sweep in 2007
American Le Mans Series / FIA GT / Le Mans Series

Quite a year for Ferrari in the three major endurance race series, the FIA GT, ALMS and LMS. In each of these series, Ferrari topped the charts in the GT2 category with the F403 GT, posting impressive performances that started with a nail biting finish in the 12 Hours of Sebring, the first round of the ALMS in March, when the Risi Competizione entered example won the class by fractions of a second after 12 hours of racing.

Keith Bluemel   DPPI, Denis L. Tanney, Hugo Garritsen
10 Lettere
Some thoughts and opinions, plus some updates on several unique Ferraris, from your fellow readers
Jerry McDermott, Jack Brewer, Tom Burnside, Courtesy Daniel Ghose, Vincente Alvarez / Whitefly Collection
15 California Dreaming
The GTO Tour celebrating 45 years of the Ferrari 250 GTO

In October this year, the Ferrari 250 GTO, sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of motoring" celebrated its 45th birthday. The Moët & Chandon Tour, an event organized for twenty years now, with the sole goal of celebrating this iconic automobile (of which only 36 were ever made!) once again went on the road - this year for the first time in the dreamy landscape of California.

Moët & Chandon   Patrick Payany, Stephane Foulon
Notizie
27 Bonhams Auction "Ferrari et les Prestigieuses Italiennes"
The Ferrari market enters a delicate period

The recent Bonhams auction in Gstaad, Switzerland, in December was instructive. It showed the general strength of the Ferrari market, with good sale prices being shown for most Ferrari models, but with no break-out prices that show a further strengthening of that market. Indeed, some owners who held out for out-of-the-ballpark prices were disappointed, and had to accept "no sale."

Marcel Massini
Mercato
28 Daimond Clamps

Over the years, Ferrari used a variety of hose clamps, from the 5 and 9 mm copiglia clamps to the mythical English Cheney clamps to the spring clamps on the pollution equipment on the later cars. One of the more unusual and rare clamps, used on the early Ferraris, was the 9 mm "Daimant" clamps derived from the common 9 mm copiglia models.

Peter Hall   Peter Hall
Particolare
31 Calendario
Where the Ferraris are and will be in 2008 - enjoy
36 FXX Evoluzione unveiled at Mugello

The new Ferrari FXX Evoluzione was unveiled at the World Finals held by Ferrari at Mugello last October. All the FXX owners were gathered together for a picture and you will no doubt recognize some of your friends. The importance of the FXX program was highlighted by the fact that Fiat CEO and Ferrari President Luco di Montezemolo was present, along with Ferrari CEO Jean Todt and Ferrari Director General Amedeo Felisa.

Ferrari SpA
Notizie
40 Destra contro Destra
The comparism of two competition 275 GTBs, s/n 07407 and 09041

The competition versions of the 275 GTB were only produced in two very small series, part from the prototype and the three "Speciale" models. The first series was of ten cars with the short nose configuration, manufactured in 1965, whilst the second series was produced in 1966, comprising of twelve cars with the long nose that had been adopted for the series to counteract the front end lift at high speed.

Keith Bluemel, Gregor Fisken   Keith Bluemel
Feature
50 Portuguese Taxi
The 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale, chassis s/n 0163 E

The car featured here is the 18th unit of the type 212 produced, and has chassis and engine number 0163 E. Bodywork for this unique Ferrari was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and built by Alfredo Vignale and his extremely talented team in Torina. Upon request of the original client, Manual Goncalves of Oporto, Portugal, the Ferrari has been painted black with a light green top. This was the color scheme then of the taxi cabs in Portugal. Apparently, Mr. Manuel Concalves tried to keep a low profile.

Marcel Massini   Gildo Mantovani, Marcel Massini
Feature
64 GTS Turbo... a love affair with a rare model
Recognizing the V-8s

When I wrote in Cavallino about my current Ferrari, a yellow 1990 Testarossa, I mentioned that I would be writing about a tipo that many readers may well have heard about but perhaps not seen, especially those subscribers living in the United States. For my previous Ferrari was a 1986 GTS Turbo, which was made primarily for the Italian market, with some also sold new to Portugal.

Jonathan Flower   David Wray
Otto
67 Background of the GTB & GTS Turbo
An explanation of the type

In 1982, Ferrari produced their first turbocharged road car with the introduction of the 208 GTB Turbo model, for the home market only. This neatly overcame the punitive tax levels on cars with engines of greater than two liter capacity, as it provided performance virtually on a par with its three liter siblings. The turbo models can easily be identified by a row of five slim slots in the front valance below the radiator grille, a more heavily louvered rear lid, and a NACA duct on the lower rear fender just forward of the wheel arch.

Keith Bluemel
Otto
70 A Guide to all Ferraris produced
Plus the market as of February 1, 2008... from a survey of selected dealers

A list of all the Ferraris, with dates, s/n ranges, current values, and some comments from your staff.

Guida
84 Galleria
Some products and services of interest, from Ferrari people who want to reach you