Cavallino Magazine issue 5

May / June 1979

Language American English language icon American English
Editor Chuck Queener
Publishing John W. Barnes, Jr. Publishing
Dimensions softcover, 56 pages, 208 x 277 mm

American English language icon Cover 1979 Dino 308 GT4

Chuck W. Queener


The Magazine for Ferrari Enthusiasts

Cavallino is the journal of Ferrari history, covering Ferraris old and new for over 40 years. It's the most reliable, most trusted source of everything Ferrari. Ever since the first issue in 1978 Cavallino presents extensive stories and detailed information from knowledgeable experts and enthusiasts who share the passion for Ferrari. All Ferraris are unique, and each one has its own chassis serial number. This is how the Ferrari world keeps track of all the great cars. Cavallino is the only publication that prints the serial number for every Ferrari mentioned in our stories, articles, and race results.

Cover of Cavallino Magazine issue 5, May / June 1979

Table of Contents

Page Section Description
1 Ecco Ecco

Peter Coltrin


2 Commento Commento

Phipps Photographic


Gary Rodrigues said a few words and answered some questions but what everyone was really waiting for was to see if Jody Scheckter, Gilles Villeneuve, and their team manager, Marco Piccinini, were really going to show. The surprised and shocked expressions on everyone's face when they walked in said it all. They were introduced, said a few words, stayed and mingled. Scheckter was very talkative explaining how impressed he is with the Ferrari organization.
4 Lettere Lettere

David Copperfield, Ted Steele, Kevin Melahn, Ted West


4 Lettere Easy Answers

R.M. Kitchingman, Ernest A. Beutler, Gary A. Schonwald, Gerald L. Roush


8 Calendàrio Calendario
11 Feature Ferrari 330 LMB

Peter C. Coltrin

Peter C. Coltrin


To me the 330 LMB was and is the ultimate front-engined Ferrari with the proviso that it was both a road and a race car. More race car than road car, admittently. To my knowledge, three were built - Le Mans being the main objective. I know that GTOs and 250/275s LMs are more popular, but this beast would see either of them off in a straight line from A to B. In early May on of the three was being readied by the late Mike Parkes for Le Mans. I asked if I could have a ride while he was testing it, and he graciously said "yes", if I signed a paper absolving him and Ferrari of all responsibilities. I did so on a scrap of paper, duly signed, etc., and off we went. Off, did we ever go!
14 Feature Dino 308 GT4

Chuck Queener

Chuck W. Queener, Peter C. Coltrin


There is no question that the core of the Ferrari mystique is his 12-cylinder engine. But through the past 30 years of the 21 constructors' championships that have been brought back to Maranello, the V-6 and V-8 Dinos have played an integral and invaluable part in creating the legend. The Dino 308 GT4 (30 for 3.0 liter, 8 for 8-cylinders and GT4 for Gran Turismo 4-place?!) was first introduced to the public in October 1973 at the Paris Salon. After five years the styling has the lasting quality I had hoped it would have. In fact, it looks better today than it did then.
20 Feature Ferrari's Mystery Grand Prix Twin
2-cylinder Engine

Eoin S. Young


Twenty years ago Enzo Ferrari was not in the happy horsepower position he enjoys in Grand Prix racing today. The formula had changed from 4.5-liters to 2.5-liters in 1954, and although Ferrari started well with uprated Type 625 versions of his Type 500 Formula 2 cars as well as the new 'Squalo' design, it was apparent that the prancing horse would be no match for the new Maserati 250F, the Lancia D50 or the return of Mercedes Benz.
23 Feature Ferrari 512 BB
Beauty and the Banking

Patrick Bedard

Bill Warner


One night early in January I met Luigi Chinetti, Jr., for dinner. We had both seen photos in the European racing papers of the new Ferrari 512 BB his father was brining over for Daytona. It was so unexpectedly beautiful that we had to get together like a couple of schoolgirls and talk about it. But we didn't really have enough info to fuel a proper fantasy.
26 Formula One South African Grand Prix

Giuseppe Bianco

Phipps Photographic


From the moment he first ran them, Villeneuve had this feeling about the 135s. They were for sure capable of a least 30 laps, and they were for sure enough to do low 1.13s. And that was with the old Ferrari T3. On the Friday of unofficial testing, when he would drive the Ferrari 312 T4 for the first time since Fiorano, Villeneuve would know for sure.
31 Formula One United States Grand Prix
"Won two, one-two" - to coin a phrase

Guiseppe Bianco

Guido Feretti, Chuck W. Queener, Phipps Photograph


Prior to Long Beach - and particularly after South Africa - Ferrari were red-hot favourites, which made it difficult for them to settle camly into their race preparations. Sure, the flat-12 and the transverse gearbox and the reliable, single-caliper brakes seemed tailor-made for Long Beach. And, yes, the Michelin radials would be seen at their best. At tight circuits they always are. But there is an over-riding problem in racing that begins with over-confidence. When things are looking so good, they invariably and finally are not.
37 Feature Inflation and Your Ferrari
For what it's worth, I can't get it for you wholesale

Stanley Nowak

Chuck W. Queener


For those of us who have been watching the Ferrari used car market closely for the past ten years or more, the current prices come as a traumatic shock. In some cases prices have jumbed 10% to 20% a month (!) over the past six months, and this phenomenon is unprecedented and frightening. Even the experts are now asking where it is all heading. Some call it lunacy but the inexorable pressures of supply and demand will not be denied.
42 Feature Ferrari, Lui

Gino Rancati, Dr. Angelo Wallace, Enzo Biagi

Franco Villani


Beginning with this issue, Ferrari, Lui by Gino Rancati will be serialized exclusively in Cavallino. Originally published in Milan in 1977, this book was written by an Italian television journalist who has enjoyed the respect of Ing. Ferrari.
54 Servizio Carburetor Maintenance
part 1 - Operation

K.W. McCay


The Weber carburetor has contributed in part to the Ferrari mystic. Whether this is because of the complexities of the component, its impressive appearance on a Ferrari engine, or the knowledge required to perform regular maintenance and adjustments is difficult to say. Probably all three have been contributing factors that have helped. The carburetor used on most Ferrari models are similar in operation and maintenance.