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Club members, guests and Ferrari enthusiasts gathered at Woodcote Park to celebrate a marque that has played a pivotal role in the identity of Ferrari.
In 1949 the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta delivered Ferrari’s first ever victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the same year also won the Mille Miglia. Chassis number 0008M was the car which raced to victory in both races, and for an evening it was parked up in the Cedar Room for a dinner celebrating its success.
To capture the spirit of the event, tables were named after races the 166 triumphed at in 1949 – Spa, Le Mans or Mille Miglia, or took the surnames of its winning drivers – Salani, Biondetti, Chinett or Lord Selsdon.
In celebration of the evening there were also several other Ferraris displayed on the Cedar Lawn, including several 166’s, a Ferrari 212 Export and some exemplary tourers and sportscars which the ‘Prancing Horse’ has developed over the past seven decades, including an ‘Enzo’ and a Ferrari Daytona.
After a welcome from the Chairman of the Motoring Committee, Peter Read, there was a break for starters before Club member and Ferrari 166 owner Clive Beecham gave a brief history about the achievements of the 166 MM Barchetta. A short film showing the story of Ferrari was then played, setting the scene for the legacy which the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta would ensure for years to come.
After dessert and coffee, journalist Simon Taylor took to the stage to talk to special guests who had their own unique ties to Ferrari’s past.
The owner of chassis no. 0008M Anne Brockington Lee talked to the audience about her love of Ferrari and her fabled 166. Her late husband’s ties to Enzo Ferrari and Luigi Chinetti meant she felt the model was very much at home in her hands. ‘It really put Ferrari on the map’ she added.
Jon Shirley’s first ever sportscar was his 1949 Ferrari 166MM, chassis no. 0010M. And it wasn’t a bad first buy, having been driven to victory by Luigi Chinetti in the 1949 24 Hours of Spa.
Kevin Caulfield, the owner of a Ferrari 212 Export, explained it was the model’s 2.6 litre engine over a 2.0 litre version which differentiated it from the standard 166 model. He discussed the complex restoration process involved in getting his car to its current condition.
Former Formula 1 competitor and Ferrari sportscar racer David Piper also joined the evening. His interest in racing started with a C-type Jaguar, before he became known for competing in more unusual ‘racing green’ Ferraris. He explained the choice of colour: ‘We were with BP and that was their colour… It was nice and bright’. David also noted the perks of having BP as a sponsor, saying ‘…there was always a BP representative throughout the world so you could get free oil and fuel.’
Also in attendance was Piero Mancardi the CEO of Touring Superleggera, who explained the unique design of the Barchetta in the room. Meaning ‘Little Boat’ in Italian, Piero highlighted the Barchetta’s elegant lines weren’t just aesthetically pleasing, they also made the car more aerodynamic and were a large reasons for its success on the track.
The following morning, the cars journeyed onto Hampton Court via Brooklands, where they became the main feature of the 2019 Concours of Elegance over the three days. Following this the cars journeyed onto Italy to join a further ten cars revisiting the birthplace of the 166.