One of those
delightful Testa Rossa Ferraris, 0726TR.
Scene is a little closer to the hairpin turn, in an area where you could see the
brakes glowing. I think there were a few cars with disc brakes in them days. Unfortunately
I can't recall who were the drivers of this car (Luigi Musso/Olivier Gendebien;
they finished second overall). I'm pretty sure Phil Hill and someone won (it was
Peter Collins), in a similar car #14.
can also see some more of the Flagman-Next-To-The-Track madness apparently
rampant at the time. You suppose that seated guy is reading the paper? Pretty
scary to stand there at all, let alone with attention focused on something other
than the ton or so of hot metal hurtling by.
a trophy tray Hill and Collins won:
the Firestone trophy for the Overall Maximum Distance Winner, Florida International
Twelve Hour Grand Prix of Endurance, March 22, 1958. I have the photo through
the offices of Russell Paterson, first Scottish Morgan Champion. He now has custody
of the plate, having won the British Morgan Challenge, a series run over ten events
at several English tracks. The tray has been presented to the Challenge Champion
for about 21 years.
Russell's interested in finding photos of Peter
Collins with the trophy, and any pertinent historical information.
eMail me and I'll put you in touch.
Hill and Collins
covered 1,040 miles (1,673.715 kms) in 200 laps of the 5.2 mile circuit, taking
12 hours, one minute and 22.6 seconds, an average speed of 86.501 mph (139.210
kph). I remember feeling great awe, watching them in the bright lights at the
podium ceremony. Memories of any trophies are absent; a reasonable guess would
be that this one was presented at a later ceremony.
Plenty of interesting
material in the R
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