There’s no denying that Ferrari has been the defining marque of this year’s Goodwood Revival, with our celebratory parade of fine road and racing machinery from the storied Italian marque’s early history. Putting together a list of our favourites from the event is therefore tough, with such a selection of significant examples in attendance. We’ve done our best, mind.
Seven fabulous Ferraris at Revival 2022
Ferrari 250 LM
You won’t miss the Giallo Modena 250 LM that was due to be a feature of the RAC TT Celebration, as well as the celebratory parade for the Scuderia. This stunning example raced at the Nürburgring, Spa and Monza in early 1965 without much success, before coming agonisingly close to the Le Mans win that same year, finishing just five laps behind the winning NART LM of Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt. At Revival it would have had a modern Le Mans legend behind the wheel, the outstanding Emanuele Pirro, in the RAC TT, had it not started to feel a little poorly.
Preceding the above LM’s exploits at Le Mans in 1965 was this Ferrari 275P, though it had rather more success. It’s one of very few chassis in history (including a Porsche 956 that featured at 79MM earlier this year) that have won Le Mans twice. In this Ferrari’s case, 1963 and 1964 were its years on the top step, cementing its place as endurance racing royalty. Granted when it won in 1963 it was a 250P but it’s the same chassis, so we won’t begrudge it. Especially given that it’s the last factory-ran Ferrari ever to win Le Mans. It also took honours at the 1964 24 Hours of Sebring.
If you didn’t already know, you do now. Ferrari was once as dominant at Le Mans as it was in F1 during the Schumacher era, winning the world famous enduro six years on the trot from 1960 to 1965. Before that streak though, the Scuderia’s powers at La Sarthe were suitably exercised by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien in 1958, with this Ferrari 250 TR58. As much in the heat of battle with the torrential rain as they were their competitors, Hill is said to have had to listen out for downshifting cars ahead to know when to slow down for Mulsanne corner. Still against those odds, the Scuderia’s third Le Mans win was secured and the three-year streak of the Jaguar D-Type broken.
Ferrari’s history isn’t all home-grown glory and absolute success, with a number of curious stories spanning its history. Early on in its F1 journey, Ferrari ran the innovative Lancia D50 grand prix cars, before buying up the company’s assets and re-branding and re-engineering it. There’s always room for debate over how much Ferrari is in the D50, no matter its year, but the intrigue of the story and discussion earns it a place on this list. As does the entirely unmistakable design, which puts the fuel in panier tanks between the wheels, aiding weight distribution and aerodynamics. A Ferrari iteration of the D50 was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio to win the 1956 F1 World Driver’s Championship
Ferrari 250 SWB
Seeing the competition potential of the 250 GT platform, it wasn’t long before Enzo Ferrari ordered the creation of a lighter-on-its-feet Short Wheelbase variant. Closing out the 1950s and into the early 1960s, 250 SWBs carved out a place in history as one of the great closed cockpit sports GTs of the era. Here at Goodwood, we of course remember the Rob Walker cars fondly, as driven to victory at our Goodwood TT in 1960 and 1961 by the late great Sir Stirling Moss. Both cars were seen trundling around our circuit side by side during the Ferrari parade, while a number of SWBs were seen battling at full speed in the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy.
Ferrari 225 S Vignale Berlinetta.
Of course predating the famous 250 as Ferrari’s premier sports GT car was the Ferrari 212/225, a Vignale Berlinetta sports racer version of which is here at Revival. This diminutive little coupe has lived a storied life, first being sold in America. It secured a second in class at the 1953 12 hours of Sebring. It also secured a win at the Carrera Sagua-Havana in Cuba in 1955, having been sold to a Cuban racer in 1955. It’s been with its current owner since 2013 and has been seen since at the Monaco Historique, the Revival, the Mille Miglia and Tour Auto. A beautiful example of an early Ferrari sportscar and one we’ve picked, if not for its competition history, but its sheer aesthetic beauty, a faculty as important as performance in the history of Ferrari.
Ferrari 250 GTO/64
The 225 is a curious one to contrast with a Ferrari GT car of the mid-60s, on the cusp of being usurped in terms of competition efficacy by mid-engined machinery. Indeed, the silhouette of the 250 GTO and GTO 64 is the one by which most typical long-bonneted GT cars we know and love today have abided, from Ferrari and beyond. A storming machine in period, it racked up numerous wins at Goodwood, including the TT in the hands of Graham Hill and has been in the same ownership since 1969. A true Goodwood great, it’s been racing at the Revival since the very first event in 1998. It’s probably the throughline car for the Revival this year, as a great Ferrari and a car in which Hill racked up one of his many victories.
Photography by Jochen van Cawenberge, Peter Summers, Jordan Butters and Joe Harding.
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