Tag Archives: Luigi Chinetti

Ferrari, klemcoll, Spa-Francorchamps, Luigi Chinetti

In the Wet at Spa

This is a rather unusual Le Mans start as a mechanic helps Luigi Chinetti climb into his Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa at the start of the Grand Prix of the 24 Hours of Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps which took place on July10-11, 1948. Chinetti, who at this time had returned to France from America where he […]

A BMW Foray

On September 4, 1937 the famous RAC Tourist Trophy race for cars (there was also a Tourist Trophy for motorcycles) was held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. The “TT,” as it has always been informally called, was first run in 1905 back in the dawn of automobile racing and continues to this day which […]

Ricardo Rodriguez

Ricardo Rodríguez

In September 1961 the then 19 year old Ricardo Rodríguez arrived in Grand Prix racing. He was the youngest ever driver to appear in F1, until the arrival of Max Verstappen in 2016. His full family name in the Mexican style was Ricardo Valentin Rodríguez de la Vega. His older brother Pedro also became a famous […]

Chinetti, Spa-Francorchamps, Ferrari

A Family Celebration

Luigi Chinetti, in the dark leather jacket and sitting directly behind the flowers, seems well tired after winning the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on July 10, 1949. On his right is his co-driver Jean Lucas while his wife Marion is to his left and his young son Luigi (later on known as “Coco”) sits admiringly in front […]

Ferrari, Modena Aerautodromo, Chris Amon

Modena Aerautodromo

For many years race car testing around Modena took place primarily at the local general aviation airport on a rectangular circuit of access roads. Sometimes races were also held on the Aerautodromo, such as the Modena Grand Prix for F2 cars in the 1960s. Here the lead car is a 330P3/4 CanAm spyder, sometimes called a […]

Ferrari, Luigi Chineti, Spa-Francorchamps

A Great Win for Ferrari!

The date of this superb photograph is July 9, 1949 and Luigi Chinetti is driving a Ferrari 166MM through the famous Eau Rouge bend at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The race was the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and would become the second 24-hour endurance race victory for Chinetti and Ferrari within a single two week period, […]

Ferrari, 312P, Nurburgring, Chris Amon

Ferrari’s F1 Sports Racer

This is New Zealander Chris Amon braking his Ferrari 312P (0870) for the SüdKehre (South Curve) complex at the end of the pit straight on the original Nürburgring Nordschleife during the 1000 Km. race there on June 1, 1969. The chassis and motor of the 312P were designed at Ferrari by Mauro Forghieri to compete […]

Ferrari, 365P2, Modena aerautodromo, Luigi Chinetti

The White Whale

We are in the rudimentary pits at the Modena Aerautodromo in June 1966. The Aerautodromo was a small airport right next to the city, used primarily by a local flying club, but also used for testing racing cars on its perimeter roads. Occasional races, such as the non-championship Modena Grand Prix, were also held on […]

Ferrari,12 Hours Sebring, Bonnier, Bianchi

Getting Ready…

Here we are in the Ferrari garage before the start of the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring which would take place on March 24th. The Ferrari these two mechanics are preparing is one of the prior year’s Scuderia Ferrari 250TRi/61s, chassis number 0792, then owned by Count Giovanni Volpi’s Scuderia Serenissima which entered its cars as Scuderia […]

Ferrari, McCluggage, Pinkie Rollo, Sebring

The Ferrari and The Girls…

For the 1967 Sebring 12 Hours Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team arranged the entry of a new yellow alloy-bodied Ferrari 275GTS/4 “NART Spyder” – a standard road car, although only 10 were built of which this was the first. Because it was a standard car without any special preparation for racing and because the drivers were to be a […]