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Nuerburgring, 29 – 30 June 2011

The biennial Modena Motorsport Track Days were held on the full Grand Prix circuit at the Nurburgring on Wednesday and Thursday, 29th & 30th June. The event always attracts a splendid array of Ferrari road and competition cars, including around a dozen F1 cars, together with a wide variety of other marques. This year these included a trio of fifties Maserati sports racing cars, a 250 F and a pair of MC12s, an Audi R8 LMS, a McLaren F1 GTR, Porsches including a GT1, 908 and 962, a Dodge Viper GTR and a Ford GT40. The weather in the Nurburgring area can be very changeable, and it certainly was, as after a bright sunny start to the first day, black clouds rolled in around lunchtime, depositing heavy rain, which lasted well into the afternoon, leaving a thick mist for the remainder of the day. This curtailed most of the on track activity, apart from a few hardy souls who ventured out later in the afternoon in the miserable conditions. Fortunately the weather on the second day was much more clement, with mainly bright sunshine and light cloud, allowing everybody to make up for the track time lost on the Wednesday.

The event provides participants with plenty of track time, with sessions arranged in groups of cars of similar types, i.e. F1 cars, sports racing and GT competition cars, and road cars. As a bonus to the Ferrari participants, all Ferraris in attendance are automatically included in an informal Concorso d’Eleganza, with a number of classes spanning the range of cars in attendance, the winners receiving elegantly crafted leather plaques by Schedoni, and a certificate signed by the judging team. The prizes were presented by the renowned ex-Ferrari and Porsche works driver, and six times Le Mans winner, Jacky Ickx.

Although early production Ferraris were relatively thin on the ground, possibly due to the inclement weather forecast, overall there was still a fine and varied selection of models to be enjoyed, and to hear the high pitched scream of multiple V10 and V12 Ferrari F1 engines was worth the trip alone! Amongst the stars were the 250 GT SWB California Spider, chassis # 2015 GT, which ran in the 1960 24 Heures du Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1961. The 2009 edition featured the 1968 312 F1 car, chassis # 0007, and this year there was another example, chassis # 0003 in attendance, which took the Monoposto award. There was also a quartet of 250 GT SWB berlinettas, a 196 Dino sports racing car, a pair of 313 P(B) Spiders, a 512 M, a 512 BB/LM, the Enzo prototype, chassis # 90865, a pair of FXXs and a 599XX, to name but a few. At the end of the day, the Best of Show award
went to the 126 C2 of Michael Willms, chassis # 061, newly built to give it the appearance of a different car raced by Gilles Villeneuve, this being the only remaining example of this model still in existence, which also saw plenty of track action over the two days.

Ferrari Concours Winners
Model Chassis # Colour Entrant

Class 1: Fifties Street Cars (Presented by Anamera)
Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider 1011 GT Black M. Willms

Class 2: Fifties Race Cars (Presented by Ferrari Model Club) Dino 196 0776 Red A. Birkenstock

Class 3: Sixties Street Cars (Presented by AIL Classic Leasing) Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 1849 GT Red H. Koel

Class 4: Sixties Race Cars (Presented by Windreich Willy Balz) Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider 2015 GT Ivory J. Pawluk

Class 5: Seventies Street Cars (Presented by AIL Classic Leasing)
Dino 246 GT 01100 Nocciola (Gold) M. Bartz

Class 6: Seventies Race Cars (Presented by Windreich Willy Balz)
Ferrari 312 P (B) 0882 Red-Yellow C. Glaesel

Class 7: Street Cars up to 1984 (Presented by Windreich Willy Balz)
Dino 246 GTS 05780 Nocciola (Gold) V.Spielmann

Class 8: Race Cars up to 1984 (Presented by Windreich Willy Balz)
Ferrari 512 M 1018 Red-Yellow Stieger/Turning Wheels Collection

Class 9: Monoposto (Presented by Windreich Willy Balz)
Ferrari 312 F1 0003 Red J-P. Clement

Best Cabriolet (Presented by Windreich Willy Balz)
Ferrari 275 GTS 07653 Gunmetal Moseler

Best Restoration (Presented by Windreich Willy Balz)    365 GT4/BB 18225 Green Met’ M. Willms

Best of Show (Presented by Windreich Willy Balz)
Ferrari 126 C2 F1 061 Red M. Willms

Keith Bluemel