On the 17th May 1970, Derek Bell drove his first Sports Car in an endurance race at the Spa 1000 Km. The car was a Ferrari 512 S, one of only 25 cars built to contest the Manufacturers’ World Championship in 1970 and 1971. The car was entered by Ecurie Francorchaps and Derek shared it with Belgian driver Hughes de Fierlant. With an all-alloy 5.0 litre V12 engine, generating 550hp, the 512 S had a top speed of over 212mph. Designed by Giacomo Calari as both a berlinetta and a spider, the car had a tubular spaceframe chassis with polycarbonate bodywork for a total weight of only 840kg.
Derek Bell started the Spa 1000 Km in 7th place, and finished 8th overall. The car is currently held in a private collection and is not normally campaigned. However, as part of the Derek Bell Celebration at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the owner wanted to ensure that Derek had the chance to be reunited with the car that launched his career in Sports Cars.
The Festival of Speed was also the perfect showcase for Ferrari’s XX Programmes cars, from Corse Clienti, designed to develop new technology for future road cars. The XX programme was first launched in 2005 with the FXX, followed by the 599XX in 2010 and the FXX K in 2015 – with all three cars making their first appearance at the Festival of Speed, putting on a great show for the crowds. The XX cars were followed up the notoriously tricky hillclimb by the LaFerrari, F12berlinetta, 488 GTB and the California T.
Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s Head of Centre Stile, also participated as a Judge in the Style et Luxe Concours, which included several outstanding examples from Ferrari’s heritage, such as a beautiful Ferrari 212 Inter, entered by Fritz Kroymans, and a Ferrari 330 GT Vignale Shooting Brake which was entered by renowned Ferrari enthusiast, musician Jay Kay, leader of Jamiroquai. The winner of the Coach and Horses class was the outstanding 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast, which also was a strong contender for overall winner.
Dick Lovett Ferrari Swindon were delighted to be in attendance at this fabulous event with a group of select guest. We hope all that attended enjoyed the experience.
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