Ferrari 801 & Ferrari Dino 246
Two Ferrari Grand Prix cars from the early years of the World Championship this time. Both are kits from George Turner Models so not a lot of real scratch building as the quality and detailing of the kits is excellent. I did change the drivers heads with heads from Immense Miniatures and did some work on the Luigi Musso figure to create his bare arms.
Ferrari 801, Luigi Musso - 1957 French Grand Prix, Rouen-Les-Essarts
The 801 had a 2.5 litres V8 engine and was an evolution of the D50. It wasn’t as successful as its predecessor though. Ferrari did not win a race in 1957 but had several podium finishes with Hawthorn, Collins and Musso. The model I made is the car in which Luigi Musso finished second in the French Grand Prix behind Juan Manuel Fangio’s Maserati. One year later, poor Luigi would die, again at the French Grand Prix in Reims, after a violent crash.
Ferrari Dino 246, Phil Hill - 1960 Italian Grand Prix, Monza
The Dino 246 was fastly becoming obsolete when rear engined cars were taking over Grand Prix racing. But at the super fast Monza layout with the banked curves, the front engined Ferrari was still a good weapon. Several British teams boycotted this race because of the dangers of the banking and the championship was already decided. So this was a good opportunity for Ferrari to star in front of the Italian crowd and that is exactly what happened. The Ferraris finished 1-2-3 with Hill, Ginther and Mairesse.
Not significant for the championship but historic nonetheless as it was the first Grand Prix victory for Phil Hill, the first for an American and the last win for a front engined car.
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