As regular readers will know, in 2017 we produced a one-off ‘Summer Special’ issue of C&SC, marking the 70th birthday of possibly the world’s most famous, revered and respected marque: Ferrari. However, within that there was another significant anniversary that was notable by its absence, and that was 30 years of possibly the world’s most famous, revered and respected supercar: the F40.
In this issue (p104), James Page rights that wrong, by going under the skin of that awesome machine with the man who was responsible for the way the visceral, spectacular yet unusually approachable 200mph titan behaves, Ferrari’s chief test driver Dario Benuzzi. This true Maranello legend has been with the Modena manufacturer since 1971 and has reportedly tested every road car since the Dino. He, more than any other, is the man responsible for adding the emotional energy to every Prancing Horse, and few have more soul than the iconic F40.
Talking of emotion, it was something that was in plentiful supply at November’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC. The event’s theme this year of ‘Family Ties’ yielded some fascinating stories among the club displays, from a Sunbeam-talbot that has had a lifelong association with the fire service to the Lotus Drivers’ Club having several of the cars on its stand wrapped with striped graphics in an eye-catching tribute to much-missed former chairman – and key part of the LDC family – Mike Stripe, who sadly died in 2016. As ever, we were immensely proud to be able to reward the very best displays in our annual Club Awards, and you can find out all the winners on p12.
Tiger-striped Esprit GT3 was part of a superb LDC display