As a long-time Ferrari enthusiast, l am writing to let you know how much I enjoyed the December 2002 issue — from the highly evocative picture of Chris Amon drifting the 312 at Silverstone to the marvellous article on the 312B3 Spazzaneve. The latter machine I had only previously found referred to in the briefest of detail — most of it negative.
It was fascinating to discover the rationale behind the concept, and to see that it is, in fact, a more aggressively handsome devil then had previously been depicted. I would love to learn how this chassis has survived when some of its more famous brethren apparently have not, and how it came into private ownership. I sincerely hope it has found a good and deserving new home.
I also enjoyed the article on the now-defunct Nivelles circuit. But I would like to correct a couple of minor errors, if I may be so bold. Jacky Ickx’s mount at the 1974 event was a Lotus 76, not a 72; similarly Niki Lauda was piloting a 312B3, not a 312T as described.
Speaking of Ickx — “Belgium’s favourite son” — it constantly astounds me how overlooked has been the career of one of the most versatile and accomplished racing drivers of all time. With a resume which includes eight grand prix victories (twice at the Nurburgring), six Le Mans wins, a Can-Am championship and a Paris-Dakar success, it would seem his career is long overdue a reflection.
I am, yours etc, Bryan Caldwell, Vancouver, Canada.