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    The sound is simply intoxicating. Crazy that it was in a wreck before it was first going to be on the show. He pretty much built his own Ferrari and you have to love a guy that will go to those lengths to drive his dream car.
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    FERRARI 250GTO RALLY The billion-dollar Tour de France Octane regular and #Ferrari-250GTO-Rally owner Nick Mason reports from an exclusive tour Photography courtesy of Dom Perignon

    Paris to the Loire Valley, France / #Ferrari-250GTO / #Ferrari-250 / #Ferrari /

    The #Ferrari-250GTO Rally has to have been one of the most prestigious noggin-and-natters in a world where ‘technical back-up’ means the sommelier being able to give an accurate description of the smarter end of the wine list. Some 23 of the 36 GTOs manufactured departed Paris and headed down to the Loire valley, the lovely Domaine des Hautes de Loire becoming our forward operating position. The first night was a little like being back at school. There were a few new boys (and girls) and a lot of old friends.

    As this was the 50th anniversary of the GTO, we visited many locations where the Ferrari celebrated its first victories. We enjoyed quite a photo opportunity at the Reims-Gueux pits and then motored on to the Hautvilliers Abbey for dinner with Luca di Montezemolo and Jean Todt.

    Although I frequently moan in a rather halfhearted way about the publicity given to the values of these cars, there was something quite attractive about throwing open one’s bedroom window to a car park occupied by a group of cars approaching the billion-dollar mark…

    Irrespective of value it’s the driving pleasure that counts, and the GTOs certainly got exercised accordingly, especially while doing a few laps of Montlhéry and the Le Mans Classic. No-one got badly lost and, thanks to the support of Monsieur Dom Perignon, a festive atmosphere prevailed. Despite all sorts of tales of cars being sold in the last year, I’m happy to report that most of the usual suspects were on parade. I remember 30-odd years ago when I was the rich kid. Now I’m the sad old sausage, but fortunately surrounded by a number of other friendly sausages to stave off depression.

    There was some drama. One accident – thankfully minor injury and a good opportunity for a bodyshop to show its worth. Then one owner, Bernie Carl, was hospitalised just before kick-off. All credit to Joan Carl for hosting a terrific lunch at their magnificent Loire property. Alarmingly, another couple received news of a domestic drama back in the USA. Fortunately another owner was leaving for America on his own jet two hours later, and he had them on board immediately. Not many other owner groups can offer this level of help. The final day was the road back to Paris and a magnificent dinner in Versailles Trianon Palace.

    After the intimacy of our Loire hotel we were a bit taken aback to find the Trianon car park awash with Bentleys, enjoying their own event, and GTOs shunted to various corners of a rather tight car park, but order was restored and the work of that Perignon fellow appeared again to keep our spirits up. And to keep everything thoroughly Euro, a sumptuous dinner was served in a French restaurant cooked by a British chef. We tried to settle the bill in drachmas but they weren’t interested.

    Top and above Pitlane of the historic Reims-Gueux circuit provides a photogenic backdrop for 23 Ferrari 250GTOs on the 50th anniversary tour; FIA president Jean Todt and Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo (in centre, Todt on left), flanked by former Microsoft president Jon Shirley and Michelle Yeoh, actress wife of Jean Todt.
    ‏ — at Loire Valley, France
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    Nigel Boothman

    Epic Restoration Ferrari 250 GTE

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 15 August 2017

    ‘It arrived with the engine seized solid and the exhaust roped on’. Epic Restoration Ferrari 250 GTE Obsessive quests for perfection. Hospital case Ferrari GTE saved. Epic Restoration You’d think a doctor as a long-term previous owner would spell good news – but for this Ferrari 250 GTE it meant years of neglect. We follow the rescue operation of this grand tourer that had a scrape with deathly dilapidation. Getting in at a ground floor price for any Ferrari 250 means the elevator of expense can only go one way. But saving this neglected GTE was worth every penny, says the owner. Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Jonathan Fleetwood.

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    CAR: #Ferrari-250-Testa-Rossa-Replica / #Ferrari-250-Testa-Rossa / #Ferrari-250 / #Ferrari / #Ferrari-V12 / #Colombo-V12 / #Ferrari-250TR / #1982 / #1963
    Year of manufacture: 1982, using ’1963 parts
    Asking price: £395,000
    Vendor: The Old Racing Car Company, north Norfolk; tel: 01692 538007; www.oldracingcar.co.uk


    Price n/a
    Max power 300bhp / DIN
    Max torque 220lb ft / DIN
    Standing ¼ -mile 4.5 secs
    Top speed 168mph
    Mpg n/a

    This bespoke Ferrari was built in 1982 by Garnier and Billot (P3 Automobiles) for former Le Mans racer Régis Fraissinet, using a 1963 #Ferrari-250GTE as a donor – the identity of which it retains. Incorporating Fraissinet’s favourite Ferrari characteristics, it most resembles the 250TR raced by Phil Hill in 1960, and came to the UK in about 2004.

    After 35 years, it’s just taking on a sheen of patina; the paint is even and undamaged and the well-crafted aluminium body is straight, with no stars, pings or chips. There’s evidence on the rear deck that it’s had a roll-bar, where holes have been filled, neatly ringed in socket-head screws. The alloy-rim wheels are in good shape, shod in 2015-dated Michelin Pilotes, with plenty of tread. Inside, the leather is taking on creases and the crackle dash finish is perfect. Like the original, there’s no speedo or odometer.

    The motor, a correctly presented outside-plug Colombo-V12 , is a 4-litre from a 330, said to make 380bhp. It’s clean and dry, wearing an alternator plus a remote oil filter, and there’s an electric fan. Its carbs are 40DFIs. This car has evidently been loved, and on our visit was being chaperoned by GTB Restorations, so the fluids will be clean and to the correct levels. Push in the key, press the button and it fires with a deep, thunderous rumble from the four-megaphone exhaust system. Though the clutch is sharp, the car’s light weight makes it easy to conduct – but steering lock is limited. The engine feels well set up, too – tractable from 2000rpm and with minimal spitting and popping through the carburettors.

    Going harder, the agile chassis flows beautifully through bends with a delightful feel to the steering – the motor simply providing as much power as you ask for the more you prod it, with a linear delivery, revving eagerly to 6500rpm and probably beyond. The all-disc brakes pull up straight, plus it’s easy to heel and toe. The gearchange is heavy, with hard-sprung detents, and you have to be precise where you aim the stick. It shows 5bar oil pressure, right in the middle of the gauge in typical Ferrari fashion, water at about 70ºC and oil temperature well under control, having just cracked off the stop. Gorgeous and, with that sublime #V12 howl, a bit addictive.


    EXTERIOR Straight aluminium; nice paint
    INTERIOR Not much, though it’s all good
    MECHANICALS Well sorted; drives beautifully
    VALUE ★★★★★★★★★★

    For Like the real thing, but for a 30th of the asking price

    Against Wouldn’t get HTP papers, so it can’t run in FIA events


    If you want the proper ’50s Ferrari sports-racer experience delivered using the right bits, this is fantastic value and is lovely in its own right.
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