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Brescia, 1998

39 Ferrari in the 1998 Mille Miglia Storica
Some Ferrari of particular interest
Emanuele Pirro in the Mille Miglia

39 Ferrari in the 1998 Mille Miglia Storica
The 1998 Mille Miglia Storica did attract 39 Ferrari-teams among a total turnout of 358 cars. Many of them were regular and hence well-known participants, e. g. the famous 166/212 Coupé Reggiani "Uovo" ("Egg") s/n 024MB or the 250 MM Spider Vignale Series II s/n 0276M, which unfortunately is a complete rebuild.

But there were also some Ferrari which are seen more rarely or that were indeed competing in the "Mille" for the very first time. Some of them should be mentioned separately in this article while the total number of the Ferrari entered in this event is too high to mention each individual car.

Some Ferrari of particular interest
German car-dealer Axel Urban from Hamburg drove his 225 Inter Coupé Vignale s/n 0223EL; unfortunately, the car which had been located in France for quite a number of years dropped out of the race later, due to technical problems.

Gary Pearson, the well-known historic racer from England, piloted the dark metallic blue 212 Export Barchetta Touring s/n 0084E, owned by German Collector. Pearson's co-pilot was the famous photographer Rainer Schlegelmilch, who was preparing an article about the Mille Miglia Storica for the German magazine Focus. Some of his great shots can be admired on this website, too!

Of course, there were again several competitors from Japan, including Mr. Yamano in his rare 212 Inter Coupé s/n 0137EL which was bodied by the Swiss coachworkers of Ghia Aigle (not related to the famous Italian "Ghia" design branch now owned by Ford who did body many early Ferrari cars as well).
Collector Ralph Bruggmann from Switzerland brought his flamboyantly bodied 212 Inter Coupé Vignale s/n 0287EU. Another nice, but less extraordinary Ferrari clothed by Vignale was the 212 Export Berlinetta s/n 0080E owned by Pablo Gonzales from Mexico; Gonzales is a regular contestant in the Mille Miglia, as is his restorer, Steve Tillack from California.

Tillack piloted the 340 America Berlinetta Touring s/n 0126A. A second 340 America had come to Italy from Belgium: Ennio Gianaroli's Touring Barchetta s/n 0116A. Obviously this car has been restored recently for it is now painted red while it used to be yellow for many years.

A total restoration had been performed on another Ferrari from the U.S.: The 166 MM/53 Spider Vignale s/n 0290M. The condition of this car is breathtaking, thanks to restorer Wayne Obry who co-piloted the car in this event.

Four 225 S Vignale Spider Series I had been entered in the '98 "Mille", two of them coming from France: s/n 0192ET is owned by Olivier Cazalières from Paris and s/n 0172ET had been brought by Xavier Beaumartin from Bordeaux. The latter car is powered by an engine coming from 250 GT Coupé Ellena s/n 0869GT.

A very old Ferrari to participate in this year's Mille Miglia was the 195 S Coupé Touring s/n 0085S of Yoji Oyama from Japan. This car, too, was subject to a sensational ground-up restoration and is painted in the lovely combination of dark blue with a silver-gray top and fitted with a red leather interior. In recent years, Mr. Oyama did absolve the 1000 miles drive in his 166 MM Barchetta Touring s/n 0038M.

Two 250 MM Berlinetta Pinin Farina were among the Ferrari as well: Ron Finger from the USA brought his s/n 0250M which features covered headlights, while s/n 0298M of German collector Hartmut Ibing has open headlights.

Bill Serri from New Jersey drove his rare 250 Monza Spider Scaglietti s/n 0442M, and Bill Noon of Symbolic Motor Cars took the wheel of Charles Arnott's 500 TR s/n 0652MDTR which is fitted with a V12-engine coming from a Ferrari 250 GT.

Emanuele Pirro in the Mille Miglia
Audi's touring car pilot Emanuele Pirro and his wife Marlene did compete in the dramatic 375 MM Spider Pinin Farina s/n 0376AM.

Pirro did perform outstandingly in his second Mille Miglia entry (he did already participate in 1996): For a while, he was running on 27th position and became 39th in the end, which is quite remarkable. Emanuele Pirro's father Franco shared his son's passion being the co-pilot in 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Scaglietti TdF s/n 0925GT which was steered by Kevin Jones of DK Engineering.

Unfortunately, the "Mille" was overshadowed by at least one accident involving a Ferrari: Jon Masterson's perfectly restored 1956 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Scaglietti TdF s/n 0585GT was damaged badly in a crash. According to our knowledge, no other of the participating Ferrari has become the victim of a severe damage this year.

Despite of this incident, the Mille Miglia Storica did again provide much fun to both the contestants and a million spectators. The event seems to be especially popular among German motoring enthusiasts since there were so many Germans who brought their collector's cars to Italy to accompany the participants in an "adequate" way. Many Ferrari not part of the event could be seen en route as well.

The weather was gorgeous, warm and sunny this year, although it did rain heavily during both the start and the arrival at Brescia, and the crowds were as ecstatic as usual.

Although some of the Ferrari did not make it to the finish due to technical problem this year, the majority of the competitors is likely to be seen again in the 1999 Mille Miglia Storica.

Text Andreas Birner

Ferraris in the Mille Miglia 1998


Pos. Punti Crew Ferrari s/n


31 4067 Auteri/Segafredo 340 MM Vignale Spyder

rebodied as Touring Barchetta 0284AM


40 3651 Vitali/de Angelis 250 GT Boano 0583GT


47 3361 Emanuele Pirro/Marlene Pirro 375 MM PF Spyder 0376AM


49 3291 Barberis/Barberis 212 Inter 0275EU


50 3229 Le Maigre du Broil/Barbiano 166/212 Uovo 024MB


72 2374 Caggiatti/Caggiatti 500 TRC 0658MDTR


76 2298 Gonzales/Maldonado 212 Export Vignale Berlinetta 0080E


82 2154 Baietti/Lucchini 212 Export 0182ED


86 2007 Bonomi/Borromeo 212/225 0237EU


101 1745 Masseli/Parisi 250 MM 0276MM


110 1566 Ficht/Ficht 250 GT TdF 0897GT


120 1426 Tillack/Devine 340 America Touring Berlinetta 0126A


171 680 Gianaroli/Joye 340 America Touring Barchetta 0116A


178 648 Nakano/Tanaka 250 GT Coupe 0429GT


190 567 Cazalieres/Cazalieres 225 S 0192ET


192 564 Finger/Greene 250 MM 0250MM


199 536 Oyama/Oyama 195 Inter 0085S


212 379 Rotundo/Facchinetti 250 GT Boano 0547GT


213 377 Meier/Batoskova 750 Monza 0500M


215 347 Fuchs/Obry 166 MM/53 Vignale Spyder 0290M


217 331 Ferry/Phillips 250 GT TdF 0899GT


231 247 Cagiatti/Jmenez 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spyder 0580MD


232 234 Kevin Jones/Franco Pirro 250 GT TdF 0925GT


234 217 Pape/Hanelmann 250 MM PF Berlinetta 0298MM


244 54 Mastroeni/Boletti 250 Europa GT 0399GT


246 9 Bruggmann/Bruggmann 212 Inter 0287EU


253 0 Tambor/TBA 250 GT Boano 0569GT


nc Pearson/Schlegelmilch 212 Export Touring Barchetta 0084E


nc 138 Dudley/Dudley 166 Inter Touring Coupe 0071S


nc 810 Beaumartin/Castex 225 S 0172ET


nc 0 Noon/Arnott 500 TR 0652MDTR


dnf 3114 Silecki/Sigman 225 S Vignale Spyder 0218ET


dnf 0 Serri/McNielly 250 Monza 0442M


dnf 0 Streve-Muehlens/Goerres 750 Monza 0470M


dnf 0 Masterson/Busuttil 250 GT TdF 0585GT


dnf 3 Urban/Tambor 225 Inter Vignale Coupe 0223EL


wd Kleine/Kleine 166 MM Touring Barchetta 0068M


wd Yamano/Yamano 212 Inter Aigle Coupe 0137EL

Compiled Andreas Birner - May, 15th 1998

340 MM Barchetta Fantuzzi s/n 0284AM
Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupe s/n 0583GT
375 MM s/n 0376AM
Ferrari 212 Inter PF Coupe s/n 0275EU
Ferrari 166 MM Fontana Jet Coupe s/n 024MB
Ferrari 500 TRC Spider Scaglietti, s/n 0658MDTR
Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Berlinetta s/n 0080E
Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Spider, s/n 0182ED
212 Inter Coupé Vignale s/n 0237EU
Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0897GT
340 America Berlinetta Touring s/n 0126A
Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta s/n 0116A
212 Export s/n 0084E & 375 MM s/n 0376AM
250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT
Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 0065S
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