What a spectacle it was when a pair of 12-cylinderFerrari 312 B3s were fired up in Monaco. It was beautiful music that echoedbetween the buildings and the guardrails in the Principality, and quite distinctive among the standard eight-cylinder Cosworths. ‘Rain was forecast for the Sunday. Usually I would have beenhappy with that,’ said Marco Werner, who drove one of the ex-Niki Lauda Ferraris. However,given the value of the car, even the three-time Le Mans winner was beginning to have some doubts:‘Heavy rain, lots of puddles, and therefore plenty of opportunities tohit the wall. As if racing at Monaco wasn’t exciting enough already…’
Werner’s class ultimately shonethrough, and he finished a difficult race on the podium. His third place came after a DNF two years ago. Even this time,preparations were compromised. The team hadn’t turneda single lap of testing before the event. With that in mind, the result was all the more impressive. AUTOMOBILSPORT’s camera team was along for the ride for the pre-race preparations and the race weekend itself, with a report set to land on our online channels soon. In the meantime, enjoy Werner’s first-hand account ofhis time in the Ferrari, in this issue.
There are more examples of bringing childhood dreams and memories to life in this issue. For instance, the Giro d’Italia Automobilistico. The event was a fantastic adventure across Italy, Group 5 cars competing on what was a mix of rally and circuit stages. What more could you ask for? You can read all about the history of the Giro, which ran between 1973 and 1988, in our cover story – as well as interviews with Riccardo Patrese and Emilio Radaelli plussome insight into the special cars built by the competing manufacturers. This issue also features the second part of Ian Phillips’ Leyton House story, and a close look at what Virgilio Conrero did with the Opel GT 48 years ago.
Giro d'Italia Automobilistico SILHOUETTES RACING ON PUBLIC ROADS —
Giro d’Italia Automobilistico “I ENJOYED THE RALLY EXPERIENCE IMMENSELY!” — Interview with Riccardo Patrese
“A 600 HP MONSTER ON THE ROAD? I COULDN’T SAY NO!” — Interview with Emilio Radelli
FIAT-ABARTH, LANCIA AND ALFA ROMEO SPECIAL CARS FOR THE GIRO D'ITALIA