This weekend has
seen the culmination of Ferrari's high-profile 60th
anniversary celebrations; and while the main focus of this
extravaganza has been on Maranello, Ferrari GB is marking
the occasion by lining up six significant models, one drawn
from each of the sportscar maker's six decades, in the
evocative and exclusive setting of the Stable Courtyard at
the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
sports cars from a six decade long history littered with so
many legendary models was always gong to be a demanding
task, but the six cars which sit in a line across the
imposing Stable Courtyard this weekend have been a real hit
with the vast numbers of Festival goers who have stream in
to seem them since the gates opened early on Friday morning.
Ferrari decade is represented by the 250 Testa Rossa which
was was built in 1957 as a second prototype
based on a lengthened 500TR chassis and fitted with a 3.1
litre engine; which was changed to 3.0 litres before the car
took to the race tracks in 1958. Originally fitted with a pontoon style front
end it was then converted to a '58 body style. The 'Testa Rossa'
name was derived from the red painted cam covers and it was
a term that was soon to become an integral part of Ferrari folk lore. So was
this car, as in 1958, Ferrari won the Sports Car Constructors'
World Championship. In the end just 21 of these machines
Next to this
slippery red sits a gorgeous 250 GTO, possibly the most desirable
Ferrari sports car ever created; and the 'GTO' designation
is deemed so special it is very rarely bestowed on a
Prancing Horse car. As such the 250 GTO simply couldn't be left out of
a line-up that celebrates 60 years of massive achievement. This
example, chassis 3505GT, is almost equally as famous, as it
is finished in the vivid green colours just as it was
originally delivered to the UDT-Laystall team.
The 250 GTO at
the Festival of Speed has in fact even more symbolic
connection with Goodwood, as was collected from new by Innes Ireland
for the Goodwood meeting, but after Stirling Moss' accident
the car didn't race. This example is one of the 36 3.0-litre
cars which were built, and one of the eight that today reside in the UK.
The six cars in the
display in the Stable Courtyard are surrounded by
the 60 symbols, mounted on the walls of the covered
structure, which represent each year in Ferrari's
This weekend is seeing the culmination of Ferrari's
high-profile 60th anniversary celebrations and to
mark the occasion Ferrari GB is lining up six
significant models in the Stable Courtyard at
The next decade is represented by the 365 GTB/4 Daytona,
another car synonymous with the Ferrari brand.
Powered by a 352 bhp 4.4 litre V12 engine it took its name
from a famous 1-2-3 victory for the Prancing Horse at the US
race track. Weighing 1200kg it could hit 175 mph and was built
between 1968 and 1973. This stunning blue example is one
of 158 UK-destined right hand drive versions, from a total
production run of 1284.
evocative historic models lined up in one covered area of
the Stable Courtyard,
and were complemented by an F40, F50 and Enzo which lined up
opposite them, this latter trio representing the 1980s, 1990s and
2000s. The F40 was introduced in 1987 to celebrate Ferrari's
40th anniversary, while the F50 arrived in 1995 and kicked
theme of transferring the company's F1 technology to the road. This
technological path was summed up in the ultimate manner when the all-carbon
fibre Enzo supercar made its entrance in 2002. 400 Enzos were built,
with stunning performance: it achieves
0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can hit a top speed in excess of
217 mph. This example is one of 31 in the UK.
The six stunning
historic models are perfectly complemented by two sports
cars cars from the current Ferrari road range, a duo that
are as equally capable of carrying the Maranello banner
forward as the older cars did in their day: a 599 GTB
Fiorano in Rosso Corsa and beige interior (UK list price £184,902)
and a 612 Scaglietti finished in Blu Tour de France, also
featuring a beige interior. The 612, which has a UK list
price of £187,952, is liveried in special "Police" colours
and highlights a police awareness campaign, dubbed 'Think!',
which aims to promote safer driving.