Friday, 5 August 2016

Friday's Ferrari

This is a car that took part in a Shell Historic Ferrari Maserati Challenge race at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in June 2003.
It's the 1971 Ferrari 712 Can-Am of Carlos Monteverde, driven at this meeting by David Franklin, and pictured here in the pit lane during a practice session. The programme of the event had this note about the race by Neil F Murray:

'These disc braked cars are well out of VSCC territory, thus making me unqualified to pass comment on them. However, one thing that I can guarantee you is that they will be extremely swift, with David Franklin's Can Am car of nearly 7 litres being near the front, if not out in front.'

The car started life in 1970 as a Ferrari 512 S but was converted to 712 specs in 1971, and its chassis number is 1010. On 1 February 2013 I showed a photograph of the car when it was part of a Ferrari display at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1997.

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