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Peter Giddings Racing

1962 FERRARI 250 GT/L BERLINETTA COMPETIZIONE CHASSIS / ENGINE #4213

4213 GT is the first production Lusso and one of only three known examples that saw competitive use. This model was sold new through Garage Francorchamps SA in Brussels, Belgium, the famed dealership of Jacques Swaters.

4231 GT's first owner was Leon Dernier, a Belgian who frequently raced Ferraris under the alias "Elde", and entered his beautiful new Ferrari in various races including an event in 1963 at Spa-Francorchamps, at the Cote de Fleron hillclimb, where he placed third in the GT class, and at the Cote de la Roche hillclimb of the same year, where he finished first in his class.

His final stint behind the wheel was at the Cote de Bomeree hill climb, where he once again finished third in the GT class.

4213GT was next raced by David Cottingham in the 2001 Shell Historic Ferrari Maserati Challenge at Brands Hatch and Monza.

4321 GT's next owner was Jurgen Pyritz of Pyritz Yellow Racing in Germany who raced it at the Ferrari Days event at Spa-Francorchamps in April 2002. 

Michael Willms then raced #4213 at the Uwe Meissner Modena Motorsport Festival in 2003 at the famed Nurburgring.  Willms also competed at the Trofeo Baleares, with co-driver Erwin Bach, followed by the Kinnerton test day at Donington, England.

In November 2004, 4213GT was purchased by Heinrich Kampfer, a Ferrari expert and enthusiast with over thirty years racing experience, who restored it to latest regulations of the FIA and the Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge, whilst obtaining a Ferrari Classiche Certificate. 

Marcel Wettstein of Zurich was commissioned to restore the mechanical components, including the engine, gearbox, rear axle, and brakes. Mr. Wettstein is one of the premier specialists in Switzerland for vintage racing preparation on Ferraris and Maseratis. Every mechanical element was overhauled from the bearings to the gaskets, and the engine, now with an output of 275hp.

In keeping with current racing regulations, a roll bar and racing seats were installed, in addition to a fuel cell and a central fire system. 

After extensive testing and set up, 4213GT was entered in the 2005 Ferrari Challenge series with class second and third finishes.

Race results in Peter’s hands:

Ferrari Historic Challenge Laguna Seca, August 2008 (the first time he had ever seen or sat in the car, and without any practice or qualifying and, as a result, starting from the back of the grid):  6th in class.

Specifications:

2953 cc V-12 engine, 73 mm bore x 58.8 mm stroke, overhead camshaft, alloy block and heads
four-speed gearbox
independent front suspension, unequal length A-arms & coil springs
live rear axle, trailing arms, semi-elliptic leaf springs
four wheel disc brakes
2400 mm (94.5) inch wheelbase

This magnificent racing Lusso is now proudly owned by Peter's friend and fellow Alfisti, Mark Colbert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peter in the Lusso holds off a newer Ferrari. Ferrari Historic Challenge, Infineon Raceway, May 2009. Photo by Dennis Gray.

Lusso At Sears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter in Turn 11 on a damp, soggy Saturday Morning, Infineon Raceway. Photo by Dennis Gray.