Fer­rari 250 GTO – The au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of 4153 GT


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Picture the scene – you’re stand­ing by a track high in the Pyrénées as a dis­tant rum­ble gets closer and a mag­nif­i­cent ma­chine mo­men­tar­ily screams into view and then skill­fully ne­go­ti­ates a se­ries of sharp bends be­fore the en­gine sound grad­u­ally fades into the dis­tance again. To­day some would doubt­less see a pre­cious Fer­rari 250 GTO as a pos­ses­sion to keep in pris­tine con­di­tion for the owner and friends to ad­mire. But 250 GTOs were built to race and chas­sis 4153 GT has the prove­nance to prove it. Pierre Du­may and Leon Dernier brought it home in fourth place at Le Mans in 1963 for a great start. The fol­low­ing year was even bet­ter with a win for Lu­cien Bianchi and Ge­orges Berger in the Tour de France. In 1965 there were seven events – a cou­ple of hill climbs, three ral­lies and two races. The car then went on to have a se­condary com­pe­ti­tion ca­reer in Spain be­tween 1966-69, many de­tails of which ap­pear in this vol­ume for the first time. Keith Bluemel’s homage to 4153 GT is an­other ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to the Great Cars Se­ries from Porter Press, with a great level of de­tail to ac­com­pany around 300 pho­tos. Epic stuff. David Brown Au­thor: Keith Bluemel Pub­lisher: Porter Press In­ter­na­tional (www. porter­press.co.uk)

ISBN 978-1-907085-27-7

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