Posts Tagged ‘Ferrari 330P’

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Jack Sears chases Graham Hill, #21 Dan Gurney, Denny Hulme and Mike Salmon in line astern; AC Shelby Cobra, Ferrari 330P, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, Brabham BT8 Climax and Aston Martin DP214, 29 August 1964…

This group of cars indicative of the quality of the field, Hill won the race of changing fortunes from David Piper’s Ferrari 250LM and Dan Gurney’s Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.

Entry…

The Tourist Trophy is a much coveted sportscar victory, the 29th running of the classic at Goodwood on 29 August 1964 no exception to the strong field of entrants…

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Clark and Lotus 30 Ford during practice. Thats Team Lotus’ Andrew Ferguson behind the car and deer-stalker topped John Bolster with the headset on. Pitstops during the race not so serene! (unattributed)

The entry drawcards were GeePee drivers Bruce McLaren, Jim Clark and Graham Hill in outright contenders; ex-Penske ‘Zerex Spl’ Cooper Olds, works Lotus 30 Ford and Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 330P respectively. Other contenders were David Piper’s Ferrari 250LM and 5 AC Shelby Cobra’s driven by Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Jack Sears, Bob Olthoff and Roy Salvadori.

Denny Hulme and Hugh Dibley raced Brabham BT8 Climaxes. John Surtees, Richie Ginther, Innes Ireland and Tony Maggs Ferrari GTO’s. Most of the drivers electing to race the 132 miles solo, it was a  typically spectacular international grid of sporties of the day.

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Goodwood paddock; #23 Jack Sears Shelby Cobra, #22 Phil Hill and alongside him, Dan Gurney in Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes (unattributed)

Graham Hill ponders the speed of his Maranello Concessionaires entered 4litre Ferrari 330P chassis ‘0818’ during practice. It may not have been the quickest car in the race but it had the endurance the Group 7 ‘sprinters’ lacked.

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The Race…

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The start, front row L>R; McLaren, Clark and Hill, Hugh Dibley in the white Brabham BT8 Climax, #4 Piper Ferrari 250LM (unattributed)

Bruce popped the ‘Zerex’ on pole from Clark, Hill and Dibley. Dan was the quickest of the GT’s in his big, booming Cobra.

From the start McLaren led from a ‘very busy’ Clark, the Lotus much more of a handful than Bruce’s ‘mongrel’ Cooper T51 based special! Denny was 3rd in his nimble Brabham with Trevor Taylor’s Elva BMW in 4th. Bruce’ clutch failed to transmit the power of his ally Olds V8 and retired, the order was then Clark, Hulme, Taylor and Hill G. After 25 laps Piper and Salvadori were a lap back such was the pace of the frontrunners.

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Dan Gurney was 3rd in the best placed Shelby American entered Daytona Cobra Coupe (Getty)

Graham Hill spun the Ferrari at Woodcote on lap 17, Tony Maggs whips past in David Pipers Ferrari GTO, the South African finished tenth.

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(LAT)

Graham started to push, coming up to 3rd, then 2nd. Clark pitted for fuel on lap 64 giving Hill the lead, more drama for Clark as the Lotus had been under-filled, another 15 gallons were added and oil, then the hot motor wouldn’t fire. By this stage Hill was nearly a minute up the road. Clark then treated the crowd to a superb demonstration of on the limit driving ‘… in a hurry, needing all the road. He would come out of Woodcote, dust rising as the tail of the Lotus 30 touched the verge, accelerate in a burst of power that lifted the nose, slip through the chicane and like as not use the kerb out of it to bounce the car straight. Stop watches were out, Clark might close on Hill a couple of laps from the end…’

But it was not to be, Clark made a third pitstop when the car felt odd, the diagnosis a bottom wishbone locking ring had slackened off and was contacting a front wheel, so Graham Hill’s 330P Ferrari won from Piper’s 250LM, then came the AC Cobras of Gurney, Sears and Olthoff in coupe, sports and hardtop respectively! Hills average speed was 97.13mph and Bruce McLaren set a new sportscr car lap record of 1:23.8 in the ‘Zerex’ Cooper Olds before his retirement early in the race.

Etcetera…

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David Piper’s Ferrari 250LM (unattributed)

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Hill, Fazz 330P (unattributed)

Credits…

Motorsport October 1964, Sutton Images, LAT

Tailpiece: The TT would have been a nice win for the Lotus 30 Ford, not Chapman’s greatest bit of work. Clark at speed…

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(Sutton)

 

 

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Rodriguez victorious at Spa in the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix in his BRM P153, the narrowest of wins from Chris Amons’ March on a circuit made for the Mexicans skill and bravery…

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Pedro and brother Ricardo Rodriguez (right) in 1962. Ricardo died at the wheel of a Lotus 24 Climax in the Mexican Grand Prix 1962, the Rob Walker Racing entered cars’ rear suspension failed, the resultant collision killed him instantly at 20 years old. (Unattributed)

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Pedro cruising through the Sebring paddock in his ‘NART’ Ferrari 330P  (Unattributed)

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1967 British GP, Pedro practices Rindts’ car, Silverstone, Cooper T86 Maserati. 5th in the race won by Clarks’ Lotus 49 Ford. (Bernard Cahier)

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Spa 1000Km 1971, victory with Jackie Oliver in a Wyer Porsche 917K, Siffert/Bell behind and finished 2nd…lookout marshall! (Unattributed)

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Lotus 33 Climax, US GP  Watkins Glen 1966. Team Lotus entered an ‘old nail’ for Pedro, a 2 litre FWMV Climax engined 33 in a one off drive, he qualified 8th but DNF with transmission failure. Clark won in a Lotus 43 BRM. (Unattributed)

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Pedro #25 and Jo Siffert #24 , Porsche 917K, Lap 1 Spa 1000Km, 1970. Friends and rivals in the JW Automotive Team, Rodriguez ultimately the better driver. A gaggle of 917’s and 512’s behind. Siffert/Brian Redman won the race, Pedro/Kinnunen DNF with gearbox failure on lap 44.(unattributed)

Rodriguez, Monaco 1967, Coopet T81 Maserati

Rodriguez delicately caressing the big Cooper T81 Maser around Monaco 1967. He was 5th in the race won by Hulmes’ Brabham BT24 (unattributed)

Rodriguez , Porsche 917, Brands 1000Km 1970

Pedro put in a stunning, famous drive to win the Brands Hatch 1000Km in his ‘JW Automotive’ Porsche 917K, partnering with Leo Kinnunen in 1970. He is #10 here ‘hunting down’ the rival ‘Porsche Salzburg’ #11 917K of Elford/Hulme/Ahrens. Oh to have been there! (Unattributed)

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Pedro portrait 1971 (Automobile Year 18)

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BRM P153 at rest, British GP, Brands Hatch 1970. Rindt won in a Lotus 72 Ford, Pedro DNF, prang on lap 58. (Mike Hayward Collection)

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Porsche 908/3 1971 (Unattributed)

Rodriguez, one of those drivers who loved racing for its own sake, competed whenever he could was killed in an ‘Interseries’ (European CanAm or Group 7) race at the Norisring, Germany in July 1971.

He had started the season well, lightning fast in both his BRM P160 F1 car and Porsche 917 Sports Car and was pointlessly killed in a race of no importance when a slower car edged his Ferrari 512M into the wall, the car erupted into flames and one of the ‘aces’ of the era died shortly thereafter.

Photo Credits…

Bernard Cahier, Automobile Year, Mike Hayward Collection https://www.mikehaywardcollection.com/