At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours there was a lot of emphasis on Ferrari, given that 2017 is the 70th anniversary of this famous automotive and racing brand. There were many important Ferraris on hand, including a large display outside of the Ferrari headquarters along the 1st fairway at the Pebble Beach Lodge.
However, the real Ferrari gems were included as part of the Pebble Beach Concours itself on the 18th fairway in front of the Lodge, a gathering of Ferrari Race Winners. Here are some of them.
This is the Ferrari 166MM (0008M) that was driven by Luigi Chinetti and Lord Selsdon (Peter Mitchell-Thomson) to win the 1949 Le Mans 24 Hours. This was the first of nine overall victories for Ferrari at the world’s most famous sports car race.
And this is the lovely 340 America berlinetta (0082A) that was driven by Luigi Villoresi (with mechanic Piero Cassani) to victory in the 1951 Mille Miglia.
One of the most important of all the Race Winners was this Ferrari 315 Sport (0684) which had been driven by Piero Taruffi to win the 1957 and last Mille Miglia. This small series of very powerful four-camshaft Ferrari sports racers were called by Phil Hill, “The best front-engined race cars every built by Ferrari.”
Another important Ferrari was this 250GT/Comp61 short wheelbase berlinetta (2689GT) which had been driven by Pierre Noblet and Jean Guichet to third place overall and first place in the GT category at the 1961 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Race Winners would not have been complete without a 250GTO, such as this lovely example (4293GT), which had been driven by “Jean Beurlys” (Jean Blaton) and Gérard Langlois van Ophem to second place overall and first in GT at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans.
From the 1960s prototype years was this very rare Ferrari 365P2 (0838) of the North American Racing Team which won the 1965 12 Hours of Reims, driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Jean Guichet, two weeks after this same car had finished seventh at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Pedro Rodriguez and Nino Vaccarella.
Race Winners all and quite an impressive collection!
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