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Ferrari 375 v12 Villoresi British GP 1952

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Nice shot of the huge 4.5 litre V12 Ferrari 375 Indianapolis of Luigi Villoresi during practice at Silverstone prior to the 1952 British GP meeting. The car was based on the 1951 F1 car and it raced at Indy driven by world champion Alberto Ascai. Later it was entered in the suppporting Daily Express Trophy event at the Btritish GP for Formula Libre against the BRM V16s and Thinwall Ferrari because in 1952 and 1953 all world championship Grand Prix were held to F2 regulations.

The Daily Express Trophy was won by Taruffi in the basicly similar Thinwall Special Ferrari at a speed some 3mph faster than Alberto Ascari managed in the Grand Prix itself (with an F2 Ferrari of course).

Villoresi was one of the top half dozen F1 drivers of the late 30s-early 50s and raced for most of the top teams. he was a close friend of Alberto Ascari and the two of them dominated the 1952-53 Grand Prix season for Ferrari before being lured to the new Lancia team in 1954.

10x8 inch (254x203mm)