We think that this is a superb photo, probably taken during practice for the Brands Hatch 1000 Km. race (sometimes also referred to as the BOAC 1000) which took place on April 12, 1970. The car is a Ferrari 512S shown braking for Druids Corner at the top of the hill which is about a half mile after the Brands Hatch start/finish line. Behind the Ferrari is the downhill right hand sweeper called Paddock Bend at the end of the front straight. This Ferrari was entered by the Swiss importer’s team Scuderia Filipinetti and driven by Herbert Müller and Mike Parkes. Practice was held in nice sunny weather whereas the race was a great wet weather event, but that is another story…
As a general comment, a Ferrari importer’s entry would rarely be able to challenge the factory entries and the result was no different here. Müller and Parkes qualified about 4.5 seconds slower than a Scuderia Ferrari 512S of Chris Amon and Arturo Merzario which took pole position ahead of several works and private Porsche 917s and another factory Ferrari 512S.
As indicated above the race was run in very challenging wet conditions. It was won by the works Porsche 917 of Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen with a five lap margin over the second place finisher, the Porsche 917 of Vic Elford and Denny Hulme. The Ferrari 512S shown here was 13th. The two Scuderia Ferrari 512S entries finished fifth and eighth.
Photo by Nigel Snowdon ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com
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