Category Mille Miglia

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Advice from Il Commendatore

Here we are at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, probably on April 27, 1956, before the team drove to Brescia for scrutineering and the start of the Mille Miglia. Enzo Ferrari is easily recognizable gesticulating as his drivers look on. On the left is Luigi Musso and on the right is Peter Collins, wearing Argentinean […]

The Greatest Ferrari Collection

Exactly 40 years ago a celebration was held at the house and racing circuit owned by the late Pierre Bardinon to mark the 20th anniversary of his then already famous Collection Mas du Clos, an unique assemblage of rare racing Ferraris. At that time the Collection Mas du Clos had some 70 Ferrari racing cars, including […]

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An Italian Smile

We are in the Piazza della Vittoria in Brescia on April 30, 1955 during scrutineering for the Mille Miglia. Here is handsome Eugenio Castellotti leaning against the Ferrari 121LM he will drive as he signs his autograph for two ladies, obviously delighted by the attention he is receiving. Castellotti whose race number 723 signified his […]

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Sleeping Beauties

This is the paddock at the airport of Palm Springs, California for the races which will take place on December 4, 1955. These two Ferraris are owned by California oil tycoon William Doheny and carry numbers signifying the Union 76 symbol of his Union Oil Company. The car in the foreground is a 4.4-liter Ferrari […]

Bobby Baird

Bobby Baird was a driver from Ulster in Northern Ireland who raced primarily in England during the early 1950s. Here he is driving his 3 liter Ferrari 250MM Vignale spider in the Production Sports Car Race during the International Trophy Meeting at Silverstone on May 9, 1953. He would finish tenth behind several Jaguar C-Types, […]

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During the Mille Miglia

Although not Louis Klemantaski’s favorite photograph, this is perhaps his most famous. Color in the mid-1950s was something pretty rare, especially action color. Color photographs were almost never run in either magazines or books because of the high printing cost. Klemantaski used to say that every color photograph he took was one that would never […]

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Tom Cole

This driver is the British-born American Tom Cole, who was active in racing in both America and Europe in the early 1950s. He is here seen at Silverstone during the non-Championship International Daily Express Trophy for F2 cars on May 9, 1953. The car he is driving is a two-liter Ferrari 500F2, owned by Belgian […]

Piloti che gente…

This is perhaps Louis Klemantaski’s most famous image: Peter Collins on his way to victory during the Giro di Sicilia on April 8, 1956 in a 3.5 liter Ferrari 857S with Klemantaski as his navigator. The Giro, known as the Tour of Sicily in English, was a 671 mile open road circumnavigation of the island, often used […]

Ferrari, Giovanni Bracco, klemcoll

A Mexican Pit Stop

The red car above is a Ferrari 250 Sport, the only one built. The “1-2-3” on the car is not a car number but sponsorship by a Mexican oil company. This Ferrari first appeared in the 1952 Mille Miglia, driven by Giovanni Bracco with Alfonso Rolfo as his passenger. The 250 Sport was a sort of factory hot […]

Ferrari, de Portago, Mille Miglia

Before the End…

It is May 12, 1957 at the Ravenna control during the last Mille Miglia. The car is a Ferrari 335 Sport driven by Alfonso de Portago with his American friend Edmund Nelson as his passenger. The 335 Sport was perhaps the ultimate front-engined Ferrari sports-racer with a 4.1 liter four-cam motor which put out about […]