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Racing historian Ron Cummings contributed
this photo of a Ferrari 375 Indy Car. Ron took the photo at Lindley
Bothwell's estate in 1970; in the background is Bothwell's Peugeot Indy
"One of the Indy Ferraris was in the
Lindley Bothwell collection for many years. It had Grant Piston Ring sponsorship
painted on the car. I remember Dick Guldstrand wanting to drive
the thing in the worst way. Bothwell later told me he sold it to a guy
who wanted it more than he, Bothwell, did."
|From Ron Cummings: "Bothwell's
375 Ferrari Indianapolis car. Jim Sitz & I discussed the car and Jim
insists that when he saw the Grant Piston Ring car, on two occasions, it
was painted yellow. So we don't know if this is really the Grant Indianapolis
car, repainted, or a sister car."
Author and historian Michael T.Lynch
"Four Ferrari 375 cars at Indy in 1952:
Serial No. 1. Race #12, Ascari's
factory car, only one to qualify. Retired 40th lap - collapsed wheel.
Running 12th at time.
No 2. Race #6. Grant
Piston Ring. Red. When Gerry Grant and his driver Johnnie Parsons
went to Italy to see how the car was coming, they ended up making a deal
for Parsons to run several European (probably mostly non-Champ) Grands
Prix in a Ferrari 500 FII. At Indy they felt they didn't get any
attention from the Italians, and Parsons bailed to an Offy. Grant
announced that the Euro deal was off. Danny Oakes couldn't
get it up to speed either and the car DNQ.
No. 3. Race #3. Johnny
Mauro's car with Kennedy Tank sponsorship. White. Mauro really wanted
the car for the Pike's Peak hillclimb and treated Indy as a lark, showing
off his toy to his buddies. He never got near qualifying speed.
He later crashed the car at a race in Denver, and when it returned from
being repaired in Italy, it was painted in the blue that Chinetti usually
used. Mauro had not told the factory to change the color. Now
in the Indy Museum painted as the Ascari car (pity the poor historian).
No. 4. Race #38. Howard
Keck. Mobil Oil sponsorship. Intended for Bobby Ball but Ball
also bailed for an Offy. Frank Coon had gone to Italy to learn how
to work on the car and had accompanied it on the boat from Italy.
At Indy, Coon and Jim Travers were too busy working on Vuky's Kurtis-Offy,
also entered by Keck, to get the Ferrari up to speed. They replaced
the Webers with a Hilbourn fuel injection system, but it didn't do any
good. A DNQ. Owned by Keck until the mid 1990s when it was
sold to Barrett-Jackson who performed a cosmetic "restoration" and destroyed
all the original finishes.
Website visitor D. Green remembers Johnny
Mauro and his Ferrari 375 Indy Car
"I knew Johnny Mauro fairly well in the
early '60s and I think I recall he still had the F1 Ferrari in the garage
at his house. It had been wrecked when he weht through the wooden fence
at the AAA Indy car race at Centennial (horse) Race Track in Littleton
(a Denver suburb). My best recall is that he sold it to the Indianapolis
Love your web page since I was born in
1936 and fell in love with sports cars and especially American specials.
Thanks for the memories."
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