Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ferrari Life Posts: 739
Yes I wrote that article. It was the result of several years of research into the then untouched history world of the four cylinder cars. And yes I had been confirmed by the Senate for promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1984 and retired from the Navy in 1988. Retired admirals are always subject to recall to serve at "the pleasure of the President" hence the retention of the title of which I am quite proud.
Since that article was written there have been quite a few discoveries which correct some of the deductions I had made in constructing the article. For example 0560 has always been a 750 Monza and not a 500 Mondial, 0576 was a 750 Monza and not a 500 Mondial, 0574 was a 500 Mondial and not covered in the article, and there are several corrections to the 1955 race results chart I devised. As a historian I am not bothered by the discrepancies as that is the nature of historical research. This was a starting place article for others to review and improve upon. I am bothered that many people have taken information in that article as gospel and today it is a little frustrating to see some of the mistakes being perpetuated. There are some things which will never be sorted out given the closed hand position of the factory and their retained records. For example I believe a circumstantial case can be made that 0534 was a 500 Mondial originally and converted to a 750 Monza early in its life, however the factory build sheets reflect it as a 750 Monza. After looking back at that first article I now conclude that there were for certain 8 500 Mondials (combination of the tipo 111 motor and the tipo 510 chassis), and perhaps a fifth if you count 0534. Another aspect of the factory operations in the spring of 1955 was the fact that the 750 Monza motor and the 500 Mondial motors are directly and easily interchangeable and there is some reason to believe that the factory used one type motor for a race or two and then replaced it with another type motor for sale to a customer. Now that is never going to come out of factory records.
In looking back over the previous paragraph I fear I have lapsed into some of the minutiae that makes folks eyes glaze over, sorry but that is the way I am. As those of you who know me, just try to get a short answer from me about the mechanical aspects of the little blue car...