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post #241 of 796 Old 07-25-2012, 12:54 PM
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crazy photo. I'm sure the football helmet and polo shirt would have saved him



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1956 12 Hours d'Hyeres; Gino Munaron
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Easily the most famous race for TLBC was the 1955 Grand Prix of Venezuela. The car was entered as a works entry; Harry Schell started the race, but was relieved by Eugenio Castellotti after the rear end of his 121LM blew up on the first lap. Castellotti came in first in class (2L) and 5th OA.

First, pre-race - the color-balance is off on that print since the French Racing Blue is nearly Royal Blue; also, you can see Castellotti standing tothe left of the red #2 car, his 121LM; his distinctive black and white helmet resting on the metal tonneau. Second pic was taken by Phil Hill. #12 was a 750 Monza driven by Carini.
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Harry Schell at the wheel.
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Bryan- Great stuff, keep them coming.

You and the Admiral should consider publishing a book on TLBC. Between factory data, Mondial history, photos, anecdotes, maintenance photos, concourse wins and photos, there is easily enough material for a book. Sign me up for a copy.
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Castellotti; the first pic is the one that we recieved many years ago that drove us crazy for a long time in trying to divine the history of our car, and back when the phenomena of Ferrari's re-stamping and switching serial numbers for certain clients was not as well known as it is now. The car following ours is the 1954 735S, s/n 0446, that was originally owned by Picard and traded back to the Factory in May 1955 so that Picard could buy our car, the series II 500 Mondial that should have been numbered 0556. The Factory gave the 735S our number, 0556, and stamped our car w/ the 735S's original number, 0446. So, using the convention that Ferrari historians use re: re-stamped cars, here you have 0446(0556)MD following 0556(0446)MD. In this race, the 735S was red-with white stripe, the racing colors of Switzerland since it was then owner/raced by Baron de Graffenreid.

Second pic is the only one in color we have found of our car w/ Castellotti and has never been posted on a Ferrari site (gracias, Sr. Munoz!).
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Bryuan- Great stuff, keep them coming.

You and the Admiral should consider publishing a book on TLBC. Between factory data, Mondial history, photos, anecdotes, maintenance photos, concourse wins and photos, there is easily enough material for a book. Sign me up for a copy.
we've talked about that . . .

When we get out there, Terry (11 months), you'll have to come up to see the car and "the Binder".

It has been awhile since I read the Owner's Manual you attached; I love the driving instructions section - boils down to "don't over-rev".
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Bryan- The OMs are fun to read and they had an amazing amount of technical data before the days of workshop manuals. OMs for the cars later than the 360 and 575M have gotten too much like Buick OMs and do not even have a maintenance schedule.

A book on TLBC would just about write itself. Done chronologically, it would be easy, and with an appendix with the owners manual, parts catalog if you have one, race history summary, concourse summary, etc.

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

Six and 3/4 years ago on a chilly winter morning these were photos taken just before/during using the hot high pressure washer on the body and chassis. I looking back over this thread I find lots of shots of a pretty blue car but I do not find many of the photos taken during the conservation process so I will endeavor to post some more of them.

This was before the invitation to Pebble Beach was received

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great pic. would love to see more. i remember first seeing this car in this condition at the ferrari nationals.



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Dear Ed,

Like this one?

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Like this one?

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Awesome, awesome stuff !!!

Great to see your "girlfriend" smiling (despite the fact that she is not dressed with makeup !) just as much as the caretaker is all smiles. Thank You for sharing.

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Dear Marcel,

Thanks for posting that photo, I had forgotten about the impressive collection of Ferrari clan visitors that day. Every one of them huge helpers and supporters of the little blue car and the extended effort to make it right again. Thanks guys.

Let to right: Marcel Massini, Rory Nansel, Keith Bluemel, self, Bill Bowdish, David Carte, BryanP (with Avery on hip), Mike Dunn, Zac Dugger and Tom Shaughnessy

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Now there is an all star cast! what was the occasion? I expect to see at least three of you next sunday.



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Dear Ed,

As I recall it was a spur of the moment kind of get together preceding the 2006 FCA National Meet at the Meadows.

I think your count is right for three of us at the St Michael's Concours next Sunday. See you there.

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

To dispel any thought that this was a piece of cake conservation project I need to mention one of the unpleasant discoveries in the process. In the late summer of 07 David Carte was prepping the chassis for protective coating when he first noticed a bump in the wrong place. A few quick measurements showed that the wreck at Nassau in Dec 56 did more than body damage. It knocked the rear frame askew. That helps explain why the gas tank securing bolts were so difficult to install and remove. The bump was on the side of the chassis member toward which it had been forced by the collision. Rather than applying heat and possibly destroying the strength of the chassis member David tried and was successful in cold winching the rear chassis members back into perfect alignment with centerline. Some days things just go right.

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So that bump is a compression?

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So that bump is a compression?
Dear Rik,

Exactly. The view is from directly above the chassis tube member on the right side of the car. The crash pushed the tubing toward the left side of the car causing the beginning of the compression bubble.

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