A friend and former 500 Mondial (0536MD)owner, Jan Biekens, has been working for the past 6 years on a ground-up recreation of the 1961 Ferrari 156 "sharknose" GP car driven by Phil Hill, Wolfgang von Trips, et al. Since all of the sharknose cars were destroyed or cannibalized for the next year's model by 1963, there are no surviving original cars.
Jan created a website documenting the creation process here: http://www.sharknose.net/
Jan, a Belgian, painted the car in the livery of the Belgian national colors as the no. 8 car driven by Olivier Gendebien in the '61 GP of Belgium.
check out the trailer (shot at Spa) he posted on youtube for the documentary film he is making about the car - original and re-creation. I swear I get emotional every time I watch it. go high res and full screen w/ it!!
In Jan's own words:
"August 18 2010 Home at last !
Almost one year after Goodwood and more than six years after the start of the project the yellow Ferrari returned home. Everyone who was present on this rainy morning , so typical for Francorchamps, sensed the historical moment when the idyllic Ardennes were roughly disturbed by the roaring sound of the Sharknose taking the slightly banked downhill left hander towards Burnenville following up his way to Masta and taking the “Stavelot” corner disappearing towards Blanchimont.
Not only we drove on the old circuit to make a long wish come true but also to take the last shots for our film about the recreation of the Sharknose.
Jochen made a trailer from the shooting of the day.
For those who like to share a bit this day, I’ve put the trailer on YouTube.
As of commitments to Ferrari Spa. I will only have it there for a short period.
Enjoy ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU3qBlakYc4