NICK LEVENTIS is best known into the competition world for Strakka Racing – the World Endurance Racing team he founded, runs and drives for, with a highlight of taking the highest overall place ever (fifth) at Le Mans with an car that is LMP2. But, like an number that is increasing of’ racers, Nick has a foot in the Historics camp too, a world far from the carbonfibre and telemetry of the day job. Their is more securely planted than most, thanks to his dad Harry having been active in Historics for a number of decades. And the jewel in the crown of family heirlooms is this Ferrari 246S.
No HTP replica, 0784 has raced all its life, very first time out taking 2nd destination for the Ferrari works team of Hill and von Trips in the 1960 Targa Florio, though it retired from the subsequent Nurburgring 1000km with Ginther and Scarfiotti. You are going to know it from the Goodwood Revival, driven by Bobby Verdon-Roe to five Sussex Trophy wins. It was the Stirling Moss Trophy Winner in 2015.
Ginther, the unsung hero that is american looms big in this automobile’s history. One of the four built that is 246Ss the works team, while the only 1 with independent rear suspension, it originally had the standard sports racing human anatomy, like a Testa Rossa. For 1961 it was rebodied for US importer Luigi Chinetti by Fantuzzi, its style that is long-tail designed Ginther and tested at the Modena aerodrome. It sports a Gurney flap, devised by his mate Dan.
Driven by Jim Hall (another innovator of the era) and George Constantine, it won its class during the March Sebring 12 Hours. Nevertheless the speed that is additional long tail conferred then counted for nought, with retirements at Nassau, Sebring and Mosport, though in 1963 it finished first in class at the SCCA National at Bridgehampton.
Within the mid-70s it came back over the Atlantic to the Bardinon Collection in Mas du Clos, and ended up being restored by Fantuzzi. Later acquired by Richard Merritt in the US and shown at several concours, it had been then purchased by Steve O’Rourke in 1997 and restored again by Bob Houghton and O’Rourke’s team, reuniting the engine that is original the vehicle. That’s the Dino that is classic two-cam 2417cc V6 putting out 230bhp on three Weber 32DCNs.