Chantilly Arts & Elegance Hosts Le Mans Ferraris
Report by Arnaud Meunier. The 4th edition of Concours Chantilly Arts & Elegance was, as in past years, a great success, with 16,300 visitors, 20% more than the last edition! This all happened under a sunny Sunday, on September 10th, where the impassioned enthusiast could discover the cream of classic cars, with 90 examples in the famous gardens of historic Chateau Chantilly!
Featured were Alfa Romeos with special bodywork, from 1929 to 1960; cars which were owned by famous musicians, like the 1969 365 GTB/4 Spyder (s/n 12997) once owned by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd; many one-off specials lovingly known as “Ecceterini”; and four Bugatti Type 57 S. The 1936 Atlantic owned by Peter Mullin won the Best of Show for pre-war cars.
5 of the 16 class were reserved for Ferraris which had been entered in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. We counted 27 of these, from 1958 Le Mans winning 250 TR58 with Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien, which won the Prototype Open Car Class, with owner Sir Michael Kadoorie receiving the Best of Show for a Post-war car! This TR58 was well known and had been a part of the Pierre Bardinon collection for over 30 years.
The 1964 250 LM of Jean Guikas won the Prototypes Closed Car Class. This LM was raced at Le Mans in 1968 but before that Antonio Nicodemi finished first at Mugello in 1965 and in 1966 obtained a class win at the Targa Florio. Silvain Garant piloted it at the Paris 1000 km in 1968 and Jean Pierre Rouget with Gosselin raced it at Tour de France in 1969.
In the 250 class, we found the 1959 250 GT California alloy of Audrey & Martin Gruss, the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB winner of Tour de France in 1960, the 250 GT Sperimentale of Bruce Mc Caw who received a special award in class, the 250 GT Breadvan and two 250 GTOs, one which finished fifth overall and second in GT at Le Mans in 1964, and another which finished second overall and first in class at Le Mans in 1963. This latter, owned by William E ‘Chip’ Connor, received first place place in the 250 class.
There were more recent Ferraris too, with the 550 GTO developed by Prodrive for GTs Championships. Frederic Dor finished tenth overall and first in LM-GTS class at Le Mans in 2003 with Tomas Enge, Peter Kox and Jamie Davies. The F40 LM of Ulrich Schumacher received the special award in class, and the 512 BB LM from Le Mans of 1980 from Paul Knapfield won the class. It had finished in third place in the IMSA-GTX class at Le Mans in 1980 for the Pozzi team.
Finally, we discovered seven 365 GTB/4 competizione in the same class - the 365 GTB Group 4. The Special NART of Jean Guikas finished fifth at Le Mans in 1971 (at this time the 365 GTB/4 was not homologated in GT class!). The one of Dudley & Sally Mason won the class.
At Chantilly, the clubs were also welcomed. This was another opportunity to discover other Ferraris, especially in the Club Ferrari France area with around 30 Ferrari like a 250 GT Coupé Pinin Farina and a group of three F40s. Ferrari West Europe was present too with a 488 Challenge from the Pozzi team, a 488 GT3 and several examples of the 70th Anniversary livery.
Chantilly Art & Elegance has become one of the great multi-marque Concours around the world, like Villa d’Este in Italy or Pebble Beach in California. So, for sure the first Sunday of September 2018 will a good opportunity to see wonderful cars and, of course, some wonderful Ferraris.
Information from Arnaud Meunier. Images from Vincent Yernaux.
A chart of all the Ferraris entered, with chassis numbers, will be in Cavalllino 222, December 1 issue.