As a reader of Motor Sport for seventeen years, this is the first time I have written to congratulate you on your excellent magazine. I have iust finished reading February’s copy, from cover to cover as usual, and feel I must say how much I like the way the colour photographs accompanying the reports on the Argentine Grand Prix, and the Brands Hatch Rallycross are interspersed with the text, rather than all together in the middle pages. I found this new format added greatly to the colour and atmosphere of the written account of the events.
I also read with interest Clive Richardson’s article on Graypaul Ltd., and agree that Mr. Clarke’s personal collection of Ferraris is very desirable. C.R. also mentions in his article the Stirling Moss/Rob Walker 250GT Ferrari, rebottled by Drogo, as being the 1960 TT-winning car, when in point of fact it is the 1961 TTwinning car, chassis number 2735 GT, which was rebodied by Drogo after the shunt in the 1962 TT, not the 1961 race as stated. The Stirling Moss/Rob Walker 1960 TT-winning car, chassis number 2119 GT, I believe is still intact, and was owned by Anthony Bamford at one time. C.R. also states that if 2735 GT was “properly rebodied this famous car could be the most desirable 250GT of all.” Well, this car was badly crashed again in Ireland some time after the Drogo rebodying, and the original racing engine removed and installed in a 250GTO (chassis number 3729 – C.R.) It opens up the old question as to what constitutes an historical racing car. With its non-original engine, and its new body, I think it would be no more than a replica of that famous car, and therefore no more desirable than any other 250GT SWB Ferrari.
Hornchurch E.J. BURTON