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This is from 62 years ago today, the dyno report on the first motor in my car. 173.5 hp from two liters in 1955 was a very good result.

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Was your car built in 1955, Robert? So was I - it was a good year!

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Dear John,

Well then I would say that 1955 was a good year!

The next attachment is the second dyno run a day after the first one. Cannot tell what they changed but the top number dropped some. I can say that today the venturi and jet sizes are the same as on this dyno sheet.

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

Sixty two years ago today François Picard of Nice, France and his friend Paul Maret raced my car for the very first time at the 24 Hour Gran Prix of Paris, or Bol d'Or, at Monthléry (5/15/55) wearing #4. Unfortunately Maret "ran out of road" and in the resulting crash broke his hand. There is a good picture of this car on the high Monthlery banking on page 124 of Antoine Prunet's book on sports racing Ferraris. There was damage to the right front suspension and the bodywork below the right hand headlight bucket. There was no railing along the top of the banking and Picard was quoted as saying "It took the strength of the troop to drive there". Note that in a right and drive car it is not all that easy to tell how close to the edge of the banking the left side of the car really is. The car color at this first race was the same as it is today reflecting the country racing color of France.

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Sixty two years ago today François Picard of Nice, France and his friend Paul Maret raced my car for the very first time at the 24 Hour Gran Prix of Paris, or Bol d'Or, at Monthléry (5/15/55) wearing #4. Unfortunately Maret "ran out of road" and in the resulting crash broke his hand. There is a good picture of this car on the high Monthlery banking on page 124 of Antoine Prunet's book on sports racing Ferraris. There was damage to the right front suspension and the bodywork below the right hand headlight bucket. There was no railing along the top of the banking and Picard was quoted as saying "It took the strength of the troop to drive there". Note that in a right and drive car it is not all that easy to tell how close to the edge of the banking the left side of the car really is. The car color at this first race was the same as it is today reflecting the country racing color of France.

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Bonjour mon Amiral,

I have a personal take on the story of your little blue car at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhery. Spring 1961 and I was living in Paris doing graduate law studies on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. During my three years + of Navy active duty I had saved up a little money and got paid for 60 days leave so to use Louis Armstrong's immortal phrase, had a bit of "walking around money." So I bought a Porsche 356b Super 90 coupe. A year earlier I had almost been in a position to buy and race one of the three Sebring Sprites that John Sprinzel and his shop, Speedwell, had built to contest all the long distance races, Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, le Mans, 1000km Nurburgring, 24 Hours Spa-Francorchamps. Helas! I could justify neither the expense nor the time and effort deflected from my Ford-sponsored studies. But I had taken the opportunity to acquire an F.I.A. Racing License as COMPETITOR (Entrant) and DRIVER, No. FIA 60:4751 issued by the Royal Automobile Club on 28th July 1960, at this moment under my very gaze! I took the train to Stuttgart, short tour of the Porsche factory, lunch in the workers cafeteria and a drive back to Paris arriving vers 5AM. To 33 rue de Grenelle where my fiancee lived with her Mom, tossed pebbles against her 2d story bedroom window, motioned her to dress and descend. Whereupon we drove to Linas-Montlhery and, displaying my FIA admission ticket, directly onto the track that was a road circuit of about 12 km and included one of the two high-bankings constituting the high-speed oval. The banking was particularly interesting: as one drove onto it - at whatever speed - your car found its correct level, feather the throttle and the carf drifted down to its correct level for that speed, add throttle and the car drifted up to its correct place on the banking. One could literally drive on the banking at 100mph with hands off the wheel! It was said that one could drive at up to 220 kmph (140mph) at the top edge of the banking. Maret must have crashed on the road part of the circuit for if he had flpwn off the edge of the banking - dozens of meters above the ground - he would have broken far more than his hand. What great days and what great memories. Below is an outline of the Autodrome and an image of Tania, my then-fiancee.
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Below is an outline of the Autodrome and an image of Tania, my then-fiancee.
Dear Seth,

Please try again in a different format with the track outline.

Re Tania, again your good taste reflects in your choice of female companions. Say hi to Judith for me.

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OT - another sea story - sort of

Some reminiscences from over fifty years ago, plus photos.

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Seth- Your 356B reminds me of my first car, bought in 1967, a 1957 356A Normal with a swinging 60 hp DIN. Floor was rusted out and she got about 30 mpg and 30 mpq, since all the engine seals were shot. Great fun to drive with the tail hung out, even though I had no clue what I was doing, she just cornered that way. Only kept her a short while since the transaxle also started howling, so sold her and bought a 61 Corvette. But that is another story.

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

Sixty two years ago yesterday the blue car competed in the 12 Hours of Hyeres on the French Riviera wearing race number 10. It was held just three days after the tragic death of Alberto Ascari at Monza. Paul Maret and Gino Munaron entered the car but as far as I can find, only Munaron drove. He was running in second place behind the 3 liter 750 Monza driven by the Swiss Canonica when in the 9th hour the tipo 111 motor, like several of its earlier brethren, broke a connecting rod and damaged the crankcase. Munaron then shared the remaining time driving the Canonica 750 Monza to the race win.

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Admiral congratulations on the anniversary. There should also be some type of celebration for this thread which you started on : 11-04-2008, almost 10 years ago! I would guess the longest living thread.

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Dear Kim,

Thanks for the congratulations. I have no idea as to oldest thread but clearly it is getting up there in age as am I.

A few posts back I noted that my car had a motor failure at the 29 May 1955 12 Hours d'Hyeres. In looking back over the statistics I can imagine that the motor shop at Ferrari was in a high state of panic/work as there were NINE motor failures in the first six 500 Mondial Series II cars by the end of May 1955. Best I can tell most were the result of the connecting rod failures. Apparently sometime later a British metallurgist is reputed to have analyzed the material used in the conn rods and found that it was perfect for compressive stresses but not in tension. With the large pistons (as compared to the earlier 12 cylinder motors) needing to be stopped at the top of the exhaust stroke the tensile strength of the conn rods was apparently not up to the task.

During the motor rebuild which I commenced in 2000, I decided that the motor casting was too valuable to risk keeping and using the original connecting rods, so I have installed Carrillos to eliminate that worry.

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

While noting the 73rd anniversary of D-Day yesterday, it occurred to me that sixty years ago today I graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and started my commissioned officer career. Somehow it does not seem that long ago when my Ensign boards were pinned on my shoulders, but I suppose as that old saying goes, "Time flies when you are having fun!"

In the following shot of the color guard I am on the left, the other three have passed on.

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Admiral- I was in the 3rd grade in Sweetwater, TX when you graduated. My father was commander of the DEW radar station there.

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Terry, I had no idea that any DEW station was not in the Arctic, and Sweetwater certainly does not meet that qualification.

By the way, fifty seven years ago today I wrote a check for $25.00 as a deposit toward the purchase of a forlorn heap of junk. I then asked the bank for personal loan to cover the balance owed of $2,200. My parents told me I had taken leave of my senses. That forlorn piece of junk had two inches of Bondo on the right rear quarter, upside down MGA tail lights, no wheels, a wooden box of heat scorched metal pieces and gears stashed under the rear of the car, the dark blue fender had streaks of paint where someone had tested their paint spray gun pattern, the seats were missing, the hood was jammed into the passenger compartment and the motor was covered in a thin layer of dried mud. But when I had taken a shop rag off the floor and wiped the mud off a valve cover, the magic words "FERRARI" showed through. At that moment my mind said "I have to save it!" Looking back I cannot really call it a red mist but at the time I suppose I did not act rationally. The present day view of that valve cover is shown below.

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Dear Dinosaur followers, (if there any left),

62 years ago today the blue car driven by Gino Munaron wearing face number 66 finished fifth in the Imola Shell Cup. Since the severe motor damage to the crankcase three weeks earlier at the 29 May 1955 12 Hours d'Hyeres a replacement motor had been installed. I surmise that this motor was a rebuild using a newly cast crankcase (and without an internal motor number) mated with the cylinder head/block from the prototype motor from 0512. This presumption is based on the fact that the serial numbers of the Weber 40DCOA/3 carburetors are #2 and #3. This is the motor which is still in the car today.

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Admiral,

I hadn't yet become a die hard Tifoso, mainly because my parents had only finished their honeymoon one month prior. I wouldn't come along until just before your march on the parade ground above.

But here we both are, two Navy guys who love fast machines, both those painted gray and the ones with little horses on them....

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

Fifty seven years ago today I wrote two checks totaling $2,200.00 and I became a Ferrari owner.

So David you were just over three, and Terry was in sixth grade. Sure seems like a long time ago, then the other hand I remember that day like it was yesterday.

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While noting the 73rd anniversary of D-Day yesterday, it occurred to me that sixty years ago today I graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and started my commissioned officer career. Somehow it does not seem that long ago when my Ensign boards were pinned on my shoulders, but I suppose as that old saying goes, "Time flies when you are having fun!"

In the following shot of the color guard I am on the left, the other three have passed on.

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Eric Green from the Albuquerque TV station KOAT Channel 7 about his ongoing series entitled "Eric's Auto Ambush" where while driving around New Mexico he spots interesting cars, stops them and asks whether they would like to take about their car. He noted that obviously his chances of spotting my car on the highway were slight but he would like to visit and see the car. Yesterday on the evening news the resulting video was played and I thought I would post the link to the YouTube version.


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Admiral- Even better the second time through, although the screen was a bit smaller. Nice news video.

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Admiral, thank you and that was great to be able to see in action. Such a rare sight for someone like myself.

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