Archives for February 2016
N.A.R.T A Concise History of the North American Racing Team 1957-1982
Author: Terry O’Neil
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing (December 14, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Review by Wallace Wyss
When you are new to the Ferrari world, there are lots of phrases people throw around like “SEFAC hot rod” and “NART”. Well, finally there has been a book written about one of these strange terms, NART, the acronym for North American Racing Team.
The protagonists are Luigi Chinetti Sr. and Jr; two very important personalities who essentially paved the way for acceptance and success of Ferrari in America. [Read more…] about North American Racing Team: A Review
Arese (Milan), February 6, 2016 – Each year, the Scuderia del Portello Alfa Romeo rewards its drivers during a meeting in the multipurpose room of the renovated Museo Storico Alfa Romeo. For the first time since it was renovated, the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese hosted the traditional awarding of the Portello Scuderia Champions. More than 300 guests from Japan, Portugal, England, Belgium, Germany, Mexico and Australia came together to celebrate with great enthusiasm and emotion their common passion for the brand Alfa Romeo. [Read more…] about Portello Awards at the Alfa Arese Museum
As we have seen in Part 2, about 156 Vignale Ferrari bodies were built, and after 1954 Vignale gradually stopped producing bodies for Ferrari and instead concentrated on the new Maserati 3500 as Ferrari teamed up with Pinin Farina for a new line of Ferraris.
Vignale would quickly win over the Orsis at Maserati, helping establish the 3500 as a serious contender to the Pinin Farina designed Ferrari 250GT series. And by the time it was over, Vignale produced over 2,400 bodies for Maserati. Despite the loss of Ferrari, Vignale had some very good years to come before his untimely death.
By Pete Vack
Heads Up! Be the first to identify the ultra-rare Vignale in the photo below by make and serial number and win a signed Paul Chenard 8×10 poster!
The Good Years
In some respects, Alfredo Vignale was much like Ferrari. He had humble beginnings and like Ferrari relished in having total control of his growing enterprise. He traveled rarely, and according to his brother, never set foot in Maranello.
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Photos and text by Hugues Vanhoolandt [Read more…] about Rétromobile in Blue by Hugues Vanhoolandt
Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp
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Photos and text by Alessandro Gerelli
[Read more…] about Rétromobile RM Sotheby’s Auction by Alessandro Gerelli
*Today, three articles from this year’s Cavallino and Vignale Part 3. Be sure to enter the contest to identify a rare Vignale and win a signed Paul Chenard poster.
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Photos and Text by Alessandro Gerelli
Cavallino Classic, the yearly meeting organized by Cavallino magazine, celebrated its 25th birthday with the usual show of Ferrari cars at The Breakers in Palm Beach, which included many of the cars that have won the contest in the last few years. [Read more…] about Cavallino Classic 2016 Part 1: The Breakers