Cottesbrooke Hall, 30 June, 2002
On the day that Brazil won the Football World Cup Final, the Ferrari Owners’ Club
celebrated its 35th Anniversary with its National Meet & Concours in the pastoral setting of
the grounds of Cottesbrooke Hall to the north of Northampton. The event was well
supported by members, despite the clash with the football (it may have been different had
England reached the final!), with over 420 Ferraris in attendance during the course of the
day, fortunately enjoying fine weather throughout the proceedings.
Amongst the rarer models on display was the 212 Inter Vignale cabriolet, chassis #
0106E, of David Clarke, making a reappearance at a club event after a number of years
absence. A further 212 Inter model bodied by Vignale was the delightful pale yellow and
black coupe, chassis # 0197EL, of Sir Anthony Bamford. Another rare road car was a 500
Superfast, chassis # 6661SF, which looked magnificent in metallic blue, whilst a trio of
250 GT SWB models also graced the lawn. Amongst the competition cars there was a
166MM/53 Vignale Spider, a 500 Mondial, a 250 Testa Rossa, a pair of 250 LMs, a
BB512/LM, and the unique 212 E Montagna that won the European Mountain
Championship in 1969 driven by Peter Schetty.
Peter Everingham, the club secretary, and his dedicated band of assistants did a fine job
in assembling a fine array of models for the indulgence of the attendees. Whilst his
organising skills ensured that everything happened with military precision, as befits his
background. Apart from the predominantly red carpet of Ferraris, there were a diverse
range of trade stands to browse through, younger children were provided with an
amusement area, whilst the hall and grounds were open to view, so there was plenty to
occupy people in different ways throughout the day.
Some of the earlier Ferraris of particular Note in Attendance