The winning Ferrari of Jo Bonnier and Lucien Bianchi. Count Giovanni Volpi bought some of Ferrari’s all conquering 1961 250TRI race cars for his Scuderia Serenissima team. This would be the last great Ferrari Serenissima would use. By late 1962 Volpi and others were caught up in a typical Ferrari “moment of confusion” and left.
The two Scuderia Serenissima Ferrari entries. The modified 250 Testa Rosa renamed 330 TRI and the 250 GT Berlinetta. #23 would win, the #22 Berlinetta would not finish. During the tumultuous great palace revolt of 1962, Enzo aggravated Volpi enough that the Vount funded a new company formed by ex-Ferrari people called ATS.
World Champion Phil Hill in the new Ferrari GTO. Typical of the erratic Mr. Ferrari, he decided not to send any factory cars to Sebring. Hill was disappointed not to be in one of the Sports race cars but the GTO was quick and finished 2nd overall entered by NART (North American Racing Team) the US importer Luigi Chinetti.
The Gurney / Holbert Porsche accelerates out of the last turn. The Abarth bodied cars were very successful. As the Italians from Carlo Abarth’s factory made every body by hand, no two were exactly the same. This drove the Germans crazy, but they could not deny it was beautiful, fast and it sold out immediately.
This Cunningham Cooper Monaco was powered by a Maserati engine. Driven by Bruce McLaren and Roger Penske nobody thought the car would last - but it did and even led. Rarely out of the top 5. The electrics went bad as dark settled and it took the crew an hour to fix the lights. Even with that huge delay the car was 5th overall and only 16 laps behind the winner.
Innes Ireland in the Ferrari 250TRI 61. Ireland and Moss took the car to a 3 lap lead when a mistake by a pit steward caused a DQ for illegal refueling. Moss brought the car in about 2pm to check the brakes. The pit for the NART team was full so the car was pushed to the refueling area. A pit steward mistakenly cut the fuel seal and a mechanic filled the tank.
This Chaparral I was driven by Jim Hall, Hap Sharp, Ronnie Hisson andChuck Daigh. The Chaparrals were fast and #10 finished 6th overall. The Texas oilmen knew they could compete with the best and over the next two decades Hall and the Chaparral’s won in long distance, CanAm, Indy and pioneered the black art of aerodynamic.
Note the coupes ran without a valance to assist in cooling. The motors were also special running with the water jackets blocked off, no head gasket and using a special water outlet at the back of the cylinder head. The idea was to eliminate the chance of a blown head gasket and the process had been used for many years dating back to the T series.
The #51 car now lives in California in the hands of Jim Plowden. Here is a photo from the fall of 2018. Dave Nicholas practiced at The Thermal Club but the engine was not up to the task after 2 years in a museum. The car is being resurrected (not restored) by the excellent Jim Alcorn. The idea is to race it at the Monterey Reunion in 2020.